All 9 Enneagram Types in Stress and Growth

If you already know your Enneagram type, you might find it helpful to see how your type generally responds in times of stress and growth. If you are unsure of your type, try reading below to see if you can identify the traits that you demonstrate. This process can help you on the journey of personal growth and understanding.

Within the Enneagram System, every number is connected to a line of growth and stress.  This line represents the characteristics each type exhibits during times of stress and growth, or in other words, disintegration and integration.  Some enneagram symbols use lines with an arrow to connect corresponding numbers.  The number an arrow faces illustrates the direction a number moves toward in times of stress and growth.

Enneagram Stress And Growth

At first glance, the Enneagram Structure can seem confusing without understanding what each line represents and why it is represented on the chart.  Keep reading to help you better understand how each type responds while under stress or experiencing growth.  You will also discover the number that each type goes to during times of disintegration or integration.

To help make your study about enneagram disintegration and integration a little easier, remember the following:

  • Every number exhibits characteristics of another number in times of stress and growth
  • Understanding how you respond in times of stress and growth can provide greater self-awareness
  • Learning more about the numbers you are connected to can broaden your ability to redirect your emotions and habits

Enneagram 1 Stress And Growth

Commonly known as the perfectionist type or the reformer, enneagram ones feel they need to be constantly changing and improving the world around them. They have amazing qualities such as a deep desire to make the world a better place however also have deep-rooted anger that can quickly change their emotion.

Ones are connected to type seven and type four. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 1 In Stress

During periods of stress, type ones will begin to take on qualities of type fours. This will cause them to begin resenting those around them who are having fun. They also will begin to be more sensitive to the criticism given to them, especially negative criticism. They become more critical and judgemental of themselves and those around them. During times of stress, type ones will become the worst critics.

Enneagram 1 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, type ones will begin to take on qualities of type sevens. They will become more fun and spontaneous. Self-acceptance will be in abundance during periods of growth. They will want to try new things and be open to many new and exciting opportunities. Seeing the good things in the world is a trait that type ones exhibit during periods of growth.

Enneagram 2 Stress And Growth

Type Twos are known as the Helpers. Their biggest motivation and desire is to feel needed and appreciated by those they love and care for. Twos are warm and caring, which gives them many opportunities and relationships with others. Their greatest downfall is their pride. They feel as though they know what is best for everyone around them.

Twos are connected to type eight and type four. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 2 In Stress

During periods of stress, twos will take on qualities of type eights. This will make them more demanding, manipulative, and controlling. They will begin to shift the blame of the situation on others around them. They may also go through the past and point out previous wrongs made in the past.

Enneagram 2 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, twos will take on qualities of fours. This will allow two’s to realize that self-care is good and not an act of selfishness. As they love themselves, they will realize it is not required to pretend to love everyone around them.

Enneagram 3 Stress And Growth

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Type threes are commonly known as Performers. Type threes are driven by success and aim for high productivity. Type threes strive to be successful or at least have the appearance of success. Because of this need to always have an appearance of success, type threes have a great downfall of deceit. They are very goal-oriented and have high enthusiasm for success.

Threes are connected to type nine and type six. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 3 In Stress

During periods of stress, threes will take on qualities of nines. It will cause them to lose energy, in turn losing motivation. They will begin to busy themselves with busy work rather than working on something productive.

Enneagram 3 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, threes will begin to take on qualities of sixes. They will begin to be warmer individuals, closer in touch with their emotions. They will begin to act stronger towards the desire to connect with loved ones. Threes will want to do what is best for the group.

Enneagram 4 Stress And Growth

Fours are commonly known as the Romantics or the Individualists. Fours are motivated to feel and be special. They want to be understood by those around them. Fours have big feelings and want to be free to experience these. Due to their big emotions, fours are generally driven by them. Creativity and moodiness are common characteristics of fours. Their greatest desire is to be understood for who they truly are. Fours can easily fall into the trap of envy.

Fours are connected to type two and type one. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 4 In Stress

During periods of stress, fours will often take on the qualities of twos. They will become excessively dependent on others while hiding their own needs. They crave and need attention from others and those around them. During stress, fours will want reassurance and care from loved ones in their lives.

Enneagram 4 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, fours will begin to take on qualities of type ones. Discipline will allow them to finish their creative ideas and dreams. They will be able to complete those creative ideas and make them a reality. Fours will be more connected to the present and centered during periods of growth. They can also have more control over their emotions, not always needing to act to each emotion they experience.

Enneagram 5 Stress And Growth

Fives are often known as Investigators because they are driven to gain extensive knowledge. Fives typically conserve their energy to avoid relying on others for help and aid. Fives tend to withhold their love and affection towards others. Fives have the potential to become very self-sufficient and capable of logical thought. Fives greatest desire in life is to be capable and independent. They do not want to be required to depend on someone else for their needs or wants. Most likely due to this desire, their greatest downfall tends to be greed.

Fives are connected to type seven and type eight. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 5 In Stress

During periods of stress, fives tend to take upon themselves qualities of sevens, including exhibiting clingy traits. These are often shown and expressed for their need for safety. Stress causes fives to become distracted easily and disorganized. They also become more condescending and frivolous. Fives become very selfish and self-concerned during high-stress situations.

Enneagram 5 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, fives may begin to take on qualities of eights. They may focus on positive change and making a difference in the world around them while supporting the efforts of others as well.

Enneagram 6 Stress And Growth

Sixes are known as Loyalists. They are committed, witty, and practical. They have an overwhelming need for security in their lives. Sixes will turn to authority figures in the world to find the security they so desperately crave. Sixes are loyal but struggle with trusting others and themselves—also, fear and anxiety are common emotions that type sixes experience.

Sixes are connected to type three and type nine. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 6 In Stress

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During periods of stress and hardship, sixes will take on the qualities of threes. They will show off an image of themselves to the world of having it all together while becoming workaholics. Sixes are afraid of not being successful and will not attempt new things unless they are positive they will succeed at the activity.

Enneagram 6 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, sixes become more like nines. Releasing anxiety and trusting themselves more than authority figures in their lives. Sixes can become more easy-going and light-hearted people during times of growth. They are also able to view life differently from multiple different angles. Sixes are more accepting during growth.

Enneagram 7 Stress And Growth

Type sevens are the Enthusiasts or the Epicures. Sevens are motivated to avoid pain and sadness and find fun and happiness. Sevens are adventurous, spontaneous and love to plan new and exciting things. Sevens have difficulty finding satisfaction, always wanting the next best and fun thing in their lives. Their biggest fear is being stuck in a state of negativity or pain.

Sevens are connected to type one and type five. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 7 In Stress

During periods of stress, type sevens usually begin to take on qualities of ones. They lose their positive and fun outlook on life, becoming more pessimistic. Sevens will be argumentative and blame those around them. Stress causes sevens to have a black-and-white outlook on life.

Enneagram 7 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, sevens become more like fives. They experience life on a deeper level. Sevens can be more comfortable being alone with themselves in silence. It is easier to find their meaning and purpose in life during periods of growth and security.

Enneagram 8 Stress And Growth

Eights are the Challengers of the Enneagrams. Eights are motivated by an intense desire to feel strong. They fear the idea of being weak or vulnerable in life situations. They are not afraid to speak with what is on their mind, direct and assertive. Eights often expect those around them to exemplify the same directness that they have. Eight’s greatest desire is to lead people towards reaching their potential and fighting unjust things in the world. Despite all the amazing qualities eights exhibit, their greatest downfall is the lust they commonly have in them.

Eights are connected to type five and type two. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 8 In Stress

During periods of stress, eights have the possibility to exemplify qualities of fives. They will become disconnected from their emotions. Eights can become secretive, not wanting people to get too close to them. They also begin to neglect self-care activities and practices when stuck in stressful situations.

Enneagram 8 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, eights will take upon themselves qualities of twos. They will begin to trust more in things bigger than themselves. They will stop having so much anxiety about showing their emotions to others around them. This will allow them to receive care and love from those who are close in their lives.

Enneagram 9 Stress And Growth

Nines are often the Peacemakers in different situations of life. Motivated by peace, nines easily merge with others and do all they can to avoid conflict. Nines are often easy-going and laid back. They hate the idea of conflict in any form, avoiding this at any cost. They may have a hard time taking care of their priorities, worried it might cause conflict in some way. They can struggle as decision-makers, not wanting to upset anyone who will not get their way based on their decision. Their greatest desire in life is to have peace and harmony in all aspects of their life.

Nines are connected to type six and type three. Depending on the situations around them, they will begin to take on traits of these types.

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Enneagram 9 In Stress

During periods of stress, nines can take on the qualities of sixes which cause them anxiety. They will become overcommitted and rigid. They doubt themselves in many aspects of their lives. They can become very reactive to stressful situations.

Enneagram 9 In Growth

During periods of growth and security, nines have the possibility to take on qualities from type threes. They will take command in their life and become better decision-makers. Nines become more self-confident and accepting of their existence in life during periods of growth.

Understanding how you respond to stress and growth can help you quickly identify aspects of your life to build better habits and thoughts.  Do you want to continue learning more about your type and how you are connected to other numbers, such as your wings?  Check out the post, All 18 Enneagram Wings | Helpful Descriptions for Every Type.

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Enneagram Stress And Growth References:

Enneagram Institute

EnneagramToday.com