What’s Under the Surface of Each Enneagram Type?

June 30, 2021

There is so much more below our surface— parts of us we hide and keep protected.

The thoughts and feelings we have are sometimes very different than how we appear to others.

The Enneagram 1 who seems critical is hardest on themselves.

The Enneagram 2 who seems generous and loving feels unworthy of love.

The Enneagram 3 who seems successful doesn’t feel good enough.

The Enneagram 4 who seems dramatic is afraid that their life is meaningless.

The Enneagram 5 who seems aloof is afraid of saying the wrong thing.

The Enneagram 6 who has a plan for everything is terrified something will go wrong.

The Enneagram 7 who is the life of the party suffers from severe FOMO.

The Enneagram 8 who seems powerful is hiding their vulnerability.

The Enneagram 9 who goes with the flow is crippled by people-pleasing.

Remember, there are layers deep below the surface of each of us. So don’t judge the big ol’ iceberg by its tip or the person just by how they appear on the outside!

Scroll to see what’s really underneath each Enneagram Type! (And to learn more about the Enneagram, go here.)

When it comes to understanding others and teaching others to understand us, seeing the difference between how we appear and how we feel can make the world feel safer and more accepting for all of us.

"Elle knows her stuff inside and out and she always teaches and coaches in the most authentic, humble and beautiful way. There are thousands of great Enneagram coaches and facilitators. I think Elle Zimmerman is the best!"

— Tommy Spaulding, NYT Bestselling Author, Globally recognized Keynote Speaker, and Leadership Expert

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