Enneagram Type 9

The Peacekeeper

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What is an Enneagram Type 9 (The Peacekeeper)?
People with an Enneagram Type 9 personality tend to be accepting, optimistic, and adaptive in their behavior. They like peace and tend to avoid conflict. They tend to enjoy time alone or with smaller groups of people.

Enneagram 9 Personality Traits

Basic Desire

The most basic desire of the Enneagram Type 9 is to have internal peace. Nines strive to be in harmony with themselves and the world around them.

Peacekeepers defend themselves by ignoring pain or numbing their internal conflicts through food, television, and other repetitive patterns. They have the tendency to avoid discomfort to the point of apathy.

Basic Fear

The basic fear of the Type 9 is that they may lose or be separated from others. They may attempt to prevent this by remaining peaceful and avoiding conflict, potentially adapting to others preferences, rather than stating their own. 

In summary, Enneagram 9 personalities tend to...

  • Avoid conflict with the world around them
  • Seek peace and harmony with themselves and others
  • Fear loss and separation
  • Be accepting and agreeable
  • Try to ignore or numb themselves to their problems

Enneagram 9 Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Enneagram 9 Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 9 personality include...

  • Ability to see multiple perspectives
  • Remaining calm and adaptable
  • Supporting and reassuring those around them
  • Mediating conflict between others
  • Being open minded and suspending judgement

Enneagram 9 Weaknesses

Enneagram 9 Weaknessess

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the Enneagram 9 personality include...

  • Difficulty facing personal conflict with others
  • Tendency to minimize problems
  • Avoiding difficult or upsetting situations
  • Being passive aggressive rather than addressing conflict

Enneagram 9 Growth

Enneagram 9 Growth

Growth opportunities that are typically associated with the Enneagram 9 personality include...

  • Recognizing that conflict is a necessary and beneficial part of life
  • Engaging in physical activity to connect with their body
  • Directly addressing an upsetting issue
  • Facing and working through their negative emotions

How Enneagram 9 personalities like to work

Enneagram 9 Working

Communicating with an Enneagram 9

Encourage them to be open about their personal needs and ideas; create an environment in which they feel safe to communicate honestly.
Enneagram 9 Meeting

Meeting with an Enneagram 9

Avoid creating pressure and encourage them to share their opinions or feelings.
Enneagram 9 Emailing

Emailing an Enneagram 9

Communicate the purpose clearly, while allowing room for small-talk and personal connection.
Enneagram 9 Feedback

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 9

Avoid being overly negative or critical; express growth areas as opportunities rather than flaws.
Enneagram 9 Conflict

Resolving conflict with an Enneagram 9

Ask them what they need, remain calm and patient, and express yourself gently.

Enneagram 9 Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Enneagram 9 Motivations

Enneagram 9s tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Stability and consistency in their personal life
  • Helping to bring two groups together
  • Resolving others’ personal tensions
  • Feeling safe, accepted, and heard

Enneagram 9 Stress

Enneagram 9 Stress

Enneagram 9s tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Disappointing those they love
  • Needing to make difficult decisions
  • Being interrupted or ignored
  • Pent-up and unexpressed emotion

Enneagram 9 Careers

Type Nines tend to thrive in an environment that allows them stability and encourages them to help other people. They enjoy slower-paced work that allows them to connect with others.

Enneagram 9 Energized at Work

Enneagram 9s feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to help others work through personal problems.
  • Their boss asks to hear their thoughts on a matter.
  • Their peers talk openly with them.
  • Their direct reports work are warm, respectful, and appreciative.
Enneagram 9 Drained at Work

Enneagram 9s feel drained at work when...

  • They are working in fast-paced, cut-throat environments.
  • Their boss maintains a serious, distant relationship with them.
  • Their peers disregard or dismiss their ideas or opinions.
  • Their direct reports push back on guidance.

Nines are patient and supportive. They are great listeners and work well in a position that utilizes their passion for peace-making.

Enneagram 9 Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with Enneagram 9 personality types

  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Diplomat
  • Psychiatrist
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Religious Worker

Enneagram 9 Relationships (Professional)

When type Nines work alongside people who are more driven and rational, they can help everyone feel more at peace and relaxed. If they work with another laid-back type, it’s important that they hold themselves accountable to being productive.

Enneagram 9 Work Well With

Enneagram 9s tend to work well with others who...

  • Dislike causing conflict
  • Take the time to get to know them
  • Are positive and open-minded
Enneagram 9 Obstacles

Enneagram 9s may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Feel overlooked or ignored by others
  • Sometimes miss deadlines on tasks
  • Encounter someone who frequently causes conflict

Enneagram 9 Relationships (Romantic)

Type Nines can be supportive, understanding partners, especially to those who feel disconnected or misunderstood. When in a relationship with another Nine, it’s important that they take turns leading and making decisions.

Enneagram 9 Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Enneagram 9s bring strengths like...

  • Ability to adapt to unexpected circumstances
  • Understanding their partner’s perspective
  • Being naturally supportive and encouraging
Enneagram 9 Reomantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Enneagram 9s may have trouble...

  • Facing emotionally difficult issues
  • Engaging in lengthy discussion with their partner
  • Outwardly expressing an unpopular opinion

Famous Examples of Enneagram 9s

Enneagram 9 Example Barack Obama
Barack Obama


Enneagram 9 Example Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges


Enneagram 9 Example Walt Disney
Walt Disney


Enneagram 9 Example Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton


Enneagram 9 Example Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan


Enneagram 9 Example Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel


Enneagram 9 Example Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo


Enneagram 9 Example Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman


Enneagram 9 Example 14th Dalai Lama
14th Dalai Lama


Enneagram 9 Example Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn


Enneagram 9 Example Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln


Enneagram 9 Example Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II


Enneagram 9 Example Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood


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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and 16-Personality types that are similar to Enneagram Type 9. 

DISC Type IS, Si, or S

16-Personality Type ENFP, ESFP, INFJ, INFP, or ISFP

You can find your DISC, Enneagram, and 16-Personality types by taking Crystal's free personality test.

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