The Nine Types Introduced
Type One is an idealist who holds themselves and others to high standards, with a strong inner critic who wants to correct and to avoid mistakes.
Type 1 at their best
- At their best, Ones learn to accept all parts of themselves, other people and the world as it is.
- They learn to let go of judgement, and realize that different qualities are not necessarily good or bad, and that everything has a rightful place.
- They become very open and inclusive of other people’s points of view and ways of doing things.
- They become much more relaxed, knowing that they do not have to carry the weight of the world.
- Strong leaders with exceptional wisdom and integrity, able to put their own agendas aside for the greater good.
- They become profoundly aware of the perfection that already exists in all things.
Type 1 at their Worst
- Can be prone to rigidity and usually believe there is a right way to do everything, therefore they correct others.
- Ones usually take on more responsibility than they need to, because they do not feel that others hold the same standards as they do.
- Ones can become irritable at how flawed things are, and at other people for not trying as hard as they are to make things perfect.
Type Two is a helper and nurturer who find their sense of value in how much they are needed and loved by significant people.
Type 2 at their best
- At their best, Twos realize that love is a state of being, and doesn’t need to be earned from others. This allows Twos to become genuinely giving, generous and helpful without the agenda of receiving love and acceptance in return.
- They are in tune with their own needs as well as the needs of others, and care for themselves, therefore able to help others from a place of wholeness instead of giving with the agenda of receiving.
- Very considerate and genuinely helpful to others, with clear boundaries and a high level of self-respect.
Type 2 at their Worst
- Twos forget about their own needs and desires by focusing entirely on helping to fulfill the needs and desires of others.
- Very in tune with what others need, and are very good at fulfilling those needs, can get angry or resentful when their own needs are not met by others in the same way.
- Don’t like asking for help, find it difficult to receive, and they don’t easily take care of themselves the way they take care of others.
- Twos feel that taking care of others’ needs is a way of giving love, therefore when their needs are not taken care of by others, they feel unloved.
Type Three is achievement and goal-oriented, always appearing confident and very image-conscious, adapting themselves to fit an image of success.
Type 3 at their best
- At their best, Threes become in touch with who they really are and what they really want, regardless of whether that wins them social approval or not.
- This allows Threes to be truly authentic and honest in everything they do.
- In touch with their innate value, they no longer seek self-worth through the admiration and respect of others, this brings a humble, and self-assured quality to everything they do.
- Their hardworking nature is now free to work for a cause beyond their individual success, this allows them to truly achieve while setting an example for others by being their authentic selves. They are naturally charismatic and make good leaders.
Type 3 at their Worst
- Unconsciously focus on displaying an image that they believe would be worthy of respect and admiration from others, become out of touch with who they really are outside of this image.
- Threes are very focused on planning, goals and “making things happen”, this comes from a belief that their value must be earned through achievement. This can lead to burnout from pushing themselves beyond their limits and overworking.
- Avoid failure by being strategic about how to appear successful at all costs, hiding any part of themselves that doesn’t fit the image they are creating.
Type Four is expressive and seeks deep connections with themselves and others, they feel that they are unique and can be temperamental due to attaching their sense of identity to their current mood.
Type 4 at their best
- At their best, Fours become grounded and present, and are actively participating in life despite their inner emotional experiences. This allows them to heal their underlying feelings of inferiority, due to the fact that their identity is now grounded in reality, rather than in their inner worlds.
- They are self-disciplined and use their creativity to make valuable contributions to the world.
- Self-accepting, nonjudgmental and authentic, they are in tune with the beauty and depth of each moment.
- Very creative and inspired, they are able to support others with deep empathy.
Type 4 at their Worst
- Fours compare themselves to others due to an underlying belief that they are somehow deficient or more flawed than others. This causes constant comparison which usually leaves Fours feeling either superior or inferior.
- Try to create a sense of identity out of the inner world of their emotions and they try to sustain this sense of identity in their imaginations and become emotionally volatile when they can’t sustain this identity out in the world.
- Due to not being able to fully sustain this identity out in the world, Fours justify their lack of fully functioning through their perceived deficiencies and flaws.
Type Five lives primarily in their own mind, emotionally detached and gathering information, seeking to understand and avoid being intruded upon.
Type 5 at their best
- At their best, Fives step out of their minds and learn that true knowledge can be gained from direct experience with life.
- By fully engaging with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of themselves, Fives become balanced, grounded, present and confident.
- Real knowledge and wisdom emerge, and Fives are able to bring their brilliant minds fully into the world and make exceptionally valuable contributions.
- They learn that when they fully show up in each moment, they are, at the root of their existence, connected to everything.
Type 5 at their Worst
- Fives feel that they have limited amounts of energy that can easily be drained by other people’s emotional demands, so they are extremely private and guard against being intruded upon -Seek knowledge as a way to feel competent and to compensate for not fully participating in other areas of life.
- Fives feel on a deep level that they are separate from everything and everyone, as if they are observing life from the outside and that stepping out of their minds and fully engaging will drain them, so they guard themselves, their energy and their resources by detaching. They feel guarded emotionally by withholding aspects of themselves from others.
Type Six doubts themselves and seek support and security from outside sources, very dutiful and loyal, struggle to fully trust themselves and authority.
Type 6 at their best
- At their best, Sixes learn to trust themselves and develop confidence in their own ability to handle what life brings them.
- They are able to perceive situations from many different perspectives simultaneously, making them excellent at problem-solving and contingency planning.
- Have a strong sense of inner strength, are very loyal and able to work hard for the greater good.
- Can be exceptionally courageous due to having deep faith in themselves and in life. This unshakeable inner guidance can allow them to make decisions from a place of faith and courage rather than fear and doubt, which alters the course of their lives.
Type 6 at their Worst
- Doubt themselves and others, seek to find a totally reliable source of guidance to have full faith in.
- Sixes can present as either phobic or counter phobic.
- Phobic: Feel that the world is not a secure place and try to find a fool-proof way to prevent worst case scenarios from happening, usually from sources outside themselves. Do this by being dutiful and following rules, as well as through mentally strategizing and worrying.
- Counter phobic: Pushes against their fear by going directly in to situations where they feel fearful to prove to themselves that they are courageous, may come across as bold and fearless.
- Some Sixes may display aspects of both phobic and counter phobic.
Type Seven is pain avoidant and seeks pleasure and stimulation, always engaging in exciting new ideas and experiences to avoid feeling anxious.
Type 7 at their best
- At their best, Sevens realize that chasing happiness is the very thing that keeps it out of reach, they become more grounded and present, allowing happiness to naturally arise in each moment, no longer running from pain, therefore able to truly experience emotional depth.
- They become able to tolerate their own pain, and are able to support others in their pain.
- Joyful and grateful in their approach to life, they now enjoy life for the simple pleasure of being alive in the moment, rather than removing their attention from the present and seeking enjoyment with an agenda of avoiding uncomfortable feelings.
- Very inventive, energetic, enthusiastic, with a sharp, consistent focus that sees projects through.
Type 7 at their Worst
- Constantly on the go, looking forward to positive experiences.
- Future-oriented. Minds are always moving to exciting new ideas, emotionally seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, and physically very busy, can come across as emotionally insensitive to others
- Constantly seeking stimulation and excitement to avoid feeling trapped in pain
- Avoids the darker aspects of themselves and of life, distracting themselves with new ideas and possibilities, when they feel the pain is catching up to them they move on to something new again, often leaving things unfinished.
- Prefer the idea phase of a project rather than the implementation.
Type Eight is powerful, intense and protective, feels anger easily and seeks to be in control of their external environment as a way to avoid feeling vulnerable.
Type 8 at their best
- At their best, Eights realize that there is strength in vulnerability, and this allows them to let go of many of their defenses and become compassionate leaders who emanate true strength and honor.
- Are more open-minded and emotionally sensitive to themselves and others.
- They let go of needing to be in control and of needing to assert their own will onto the world, allowing them to fully align themselves with the greater good, where they realize that they don’t need to protect themselves and others as much, once their defenses relax they become an inspiration to others.
Type 8 at their Worst
- Eights can become very forceful and “larger than life”, particularly when there is injustice and they feel must protect themselves or others who are less powerful.
- They appreciate truth and can become angry and even vengeful when they feel betrayed.
- Have strong dislike for perceived weakness, both in themselves and in others. They may perceive vulnerability of any kind as weakness, due to a deep fear of being controlled by others. Thus, they may unconsciously perceive being guarded as being strong and being vulnerable as being weak.
- Can have a strong physical presence which can be intimidating to others.
- Jump into taking big action, more concerned with the big picture than details.
Type Nine is conflict avoidant, wants to keep the peace and becomes resistant when they feel pressured into making decisions and forming their own opinions.
Type 9 at their best
- At their best, Nines realize that true peace comes from waking up to and embracing all of who they are, including their anger, and not numbing themselves to it.
- They are fully present, awake and alive to their true selves, able to assert themselves appropriately and fully engage in life.
- They are no longer afraid to assert themselves out of fear of conflict and they are in touch with what they want and how they truly feel. They no longer fear losing connection by having their own points of view or feelings because they realize on a very deep level that when they are connected to themselves, they are connected to all that is, and that cannot be lost.
Type 9 at their Worst
- Nines don’t easily access their own point of view or their real feelings, especially their anger, about a situation, they believe that asserting their own will could cause disruption and threaten their connection with others, so they avoid this by going along with others.
- They numb themselves or “check out” as a way to avoid their true thoughts and feelings.
- Unconsciously merge with other people and their agendas, sometimes mistaking them for their own agendas.
- Are able to see and understand multiple points of view and opinions, avoid conflict or ill-will between themselves and others and often find themselves in mediating roles to keep the peace.
Type Ones are idealists who hold themselves and others to high standards. They have strong inner critics who seek perfection and avoid mistakes, with a tendency to correct others.
Type Twos are focused on the needs of others. They tend to neglect themselves and find their sense of value in how much they are needed and loved by significant people.
Type Threes are focused on achievements and goals, placing a high value on being successful. They are very image-conscious, with a confident appearance.
Type Fours are focused on their emotional states, seeking deep connections with themselves and others. They are expressive, creative, and can be temperamental.
Type Fives have very active minds, seeking knowledge. They tend to be emotionally detached, needing time alone to gather information, and avoid being intruded upon.
Type Sixes seek support and security, with a tendency to worry. They are insightful, intuitive and loyal. They have difficulty fully trusting themselves and authority.
Type Sevens seek stimulation, engaging in new ideas and fun experiences, avoiding painful feelings. They tend to be unfocused and struggle to finish what they start.
Type Eights are intense and protective, they feel anger easily, and avoid feeling vulnerable. They seek to be in control of their environment, taking charge through bold action.
Type Nines avoid conflict by going along with others. They tend to become resistant when feeling pressured to make decisions or to oppose others and risk disturbing the peace.