The 27 Tritypes

What is the Enneagram Tritype?

As described on the prior page, The Enneagram is an innate psychological and spiritual system and also part of your individualized personality blueprinting. It will give you the insights; understanding and perspectives that you need to start seeing yourself and the world around you from a different lens.

The Enneagram is comprised of 9 innate personality types each possessing their own gifts and challenges, and their own ways of navigating through everyday life.  There are 9 unique ways to see the world. Our Enneagram Type has a basic underlying fear, desire and inner critic message and these are all running like little tapes, albeit unconsciously, all day, every day.

The system is divided into 3 different centers of intelligences, which are the head, the heart and the gut.  These centers control if we are a person who thinks first, feels first, or acts first. We all have all 3 centers, but depending on which personality type you lead with, it will be the one that is in charge, and by default it will be the center of intelligence you will overuse, for better or worse.

27 tritypes

Where do you get triggered first: your thoughts, feelings, or actions?

Your Enneagram Tritype will reveal and explain the answer to this and much more. The Centers of Intelligence that rule the 9 Enneagram Personality Types are as follows:

The Head Center

Type 5: The Investigator
Type 6: The Loyalist
Type 7: The Enthusiast

In the head center, you will think first. The high side of this is that you will be connected to an inner clarity and guidance. The low side is you can overthink things and can be disconnected from your inner guidance, which can lead to increased anxiety and stress.

The Heart Center

Type 2: The Helper
Type 3: The Achiever
Type 4: The Individualist

In the heart center, you will feel first. The high side of this is you will have an emotional intelligence and sensitivity to yourself and others. The low side is that you can get swept up in your feelings believing they are facts. You can personalize and project your feelings and the actions and reactions of others. This can lead to what I call an “amygdala hijack”, or hurt feelings, depression, sadness and hopelessness.

The Gut Center

Type 8: The Challenger
Type 9: The Peacemaker
Type 1: The Reformer

If you are in the gut center, you will either act first or hold onto your position of not acting first.  The high side of this is an instinctual intelligence. You will know things viscerally. “What does your gut say?” It is what you know in each moment of “now”. The low side is either acting before you have fully processed or understood something or not acting either to assert your autonomy or out of denial. This can manifest as a fixed and stubborn way of being.

What to understand about your Tritype:

125 –THE MENTOR
126-THE SUPPORTER
127- THE TEACHER
135- THE TECHNICAL EXPERT
136-THE TASK MASTER
137-THE SYSTEMS BUILDER
145- THE RESEARCHER
146-THE PHILOSOPHER
147-THE VISIONARY

258- THE STRATEGIST
259-THE PROBLEM SOLVER
268-THE RESCUER
269-THE GOOD SAMARITAN
278-THE FREEDOM SEEKER
279-THE PEACE SEEKER
358-THE SOLUTION MASTER
359-THE THINKER
368-THE JUSTICE FIGHTER

369-THE MEDIATOR
378-THE MOVER AND SHAKER
379-THE AMBASSADOR
458-THE SCHOLAR
459-THE CONTEMPLATIVE
468-THE TRUTH TELLER
469-THE SEEKER
478-THE MESSENGER
479-THE GENTLE SPIRIT

81 enneagram subtypes

(Example of one of the tritype variants “the Visionary”)

Tritype consists of a type from each center of intelligence: a leading type, a secondary type and finally, a tertiary type. No matter what type leads in your Tritype, your Tritype remains the same. Ex. Tritype 1,4,7 is called “The Visionary” but so is the 4,1,7 or 7,4,1 and so on. You will have more qualities in common with those who have the same tritype as you, than those whom you only share the same primary type.

The Tritype explains instant attraction or relatedness to some and repulsion or non-relatedness towards others. When we see the world through similar lens as another, it is natural to feel an instantaneous relatedness.  For example, if you and your loved one share any Enneagram Types in common, that is where the two of you will naturally feel connected. Conversely, the things that you don’t accept about yourself you may judge in the other person (also called shadow issues).

Tritype individuates your particular personality type even further. It explains why one Type 7 “The Enthusiast” can look so different than another Type 7. An example of this would be 7,2,8 aka “The Free Spirit or a 7,2,9 aka “The Peace Seeker.”  These two Types of 7 will feel an instant connection and probably share a lot of things in common, but where they may get into trouble is their different strategy in their Gut center. The Type 8 “The Challenger’s” default is to confront conflict, whereas the Type 9 “The Peacemaker’s” default is to avoid it.

"Do I have to learn or master this system in order to get value from it? The amount of information you’ve given seems overwhelming..."

The answer is absolutely not! There are different ways that you can get value in learning about your Tritype and the Tritype of others whom are important you.

It’s up to you!  Whatever level of learning you’d like to do, I’m happy to be your guide.

To discover your Enneagram Tritype, click here for a free test. Then, feel free to schedule your complimentary 15 minute consultation to briefly discuss how discovering your Tritype and incorporating relations coaching can support you on your journey to self-discovery and freedom.