Type 1 and Type 1 Relationship

Learn about Enneagram types and relationships


What is an Enneagram Type 1
(The Idealist)?
People with an Enneagram type One personality tend to be rational, principled, and judicial in their behavior. They usually have a desire for justice and equality. They are motivated by a strong sense of right and wrong.


How can Type Ones communicate effectively with each other?

Ones are fair and honest with one another generally preferring direct and clear communication.

They should address concerns in person, designating specific meeting times to discuss important information.

Resolving Conflict

How can Type Ones resolve conflict?

Ones should work through personal issues together. They should acknowledge their own roles in the disagreement while expressing their perspectives clearly. They should each be careful to avoid unnecessarily criticizing the other or using harsh language.

Building Trust

How can Type Ones build trust?

Ones are likely to trust other Ones who share the same beliefs and passions. To build a stronger relationship, Ones should get to know each other through intentional discussion and open communication.

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Working Together

How can Type Ones work together?

Enneagram Ones tend to be logical and visionary, striving to make a major difference in their community. While they may bump heads at times, especially if advocating for different ideas, Ones are likely to respect one another and work well as a team. Ones can help each other make difficult decisions, find solutions to complicated problems, and accomplish personal goals.

Dealing with Change

How can Type Ones deal with change?

Ones may be excited by change, if it is moral, just, and benefits the community on a deeper level. However, they may be upset by unexpected or ineffectual change. If the situation is not beneficial, Ones will likely seek a new solution.

Managing Stress

Type Ones need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

Type Ones are easily stressed by...

  • Being perceived as rigid or inflexible
  • Receiving criticism from those they admire
  • Feeling as though they can’t make a difference
  • Overwhelming reminders of corruption in the world

Ones should avoid being overly critical of one another.

Encouraging and Motivating

Type Ones can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.

Type Ones are motivated by...

  • Fighting for issues of social justice
  • Volunteering and helping those less fortunate
  • Finding the right solutions to problems
  • Pursuing their own personal growth

Ones can help motivate each other by working toward solutions together.

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