36 Type Misidentifications


The following comparisons and contrasts are based both on similarities between types and between Levels from one type to another. Thus, some familiarity with the Levels of Development is necessary (PT, 45-47, 421-26, 465-93 and Chapter 4 in this book). Unless stated otherwise, the comparisons and contrasts made in this chapter are between average people of each type.

As you will see, the length of the following comparisons for each mistype varies greatly, from one paragraph to over ten. The reason for this is that some mistypes are so unlikely that little needs to be said (for instance, Types Eight and Nine). On the other hand, other mistypes are so common that we needed to make further distinctions and clarifications (for instance, Types Five and Nine). Please remember that these discussions are not about Type Compatibility, but are about type look-alikes and how to distinguish the types from each other.

 

Type 1 - The Reformer 

2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9


Type 2 - The Helper

1    3     4      5     6     7     8     9


Type 3 - The Achiever

1     2     4     5     6     7     8     9


Type 4 - The Individualist

1     2     3     5     6     7     8     9


Type 5 - The Investigator

1     2     3     4     6     7     8     9


Type 6 - The Loyalist

1     2     3     4     5     7     8     9


Type 7 - The Enthusiast

1     2     3     4     5     6     8     9


Type 8 - The Challenger

1     2     3     4     5     6     7     9


Type 9 - The Peacemaker

1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8

This material is adapted from Chapter 6 of the revised second edition of Understanding the Enneagram (Don Riso and Russ Hudson, 2000).