Enneagram Type 1

The Idealist

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What is 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.

Enneagram Type 1 Personality Traits

People who identify as a type one generally have a basic fear of being immoral or unethical. They work to avoid making choices that are impurely motivated.

They also have an innate desire to be morally good. They try to fight for the rights of others and make choices that have positive impacts on the world.

Idealists tend to respond to negativity by redirecting their emotions in order to gain a sense of control. This may lead them to push themselves even deeper into their work.

In summary, Enneagram 1 personality types tend to…

  • Be advocates for change and justice
  • Passionately pursue what they perceive to be right
  • Make rational, balanced choices
  • Seek love and approval from those around them
  • Chase knowledge and wisdom

Strengths & Blind Spots

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.

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 1 personality type include...

  • Defending the rights of others
  • Awareness of and attention to details
  • Idealistic and optimistic worldview
  • Being deeply motivated by personal values
  • Ability to connect to and care for their community

Blind spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 1 personality type include…

  • Tendency to be perfectionistic
  • Difficulty accepting hard realities
  • Being highly critical of themselves and others
  • Possibility of becoming obsessive or self-righteous

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How Enneagram 1 personality types like to work

Communicating with a type one

Take them seriously, understanding their motivation to do what is right.

Meeting with a type one

Abide by the scheduled meeting time and focus on conveying the message clearly.

Emailing a type one

Keep emails sparse; address specific assignments or concerns and encourage them to share their thoughts.

Giving feedback to a type one

Be gentle and express feedback in a constructive way; give specific ways to improve.

Resolving conflict with a type one

Admit your own mistakes, while also expressing how you feel; allow them an opportunity to reflect by themselves, if necessary.  

Motivators & Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, 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.

Idealists tend to be motivated and energized by…

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

Idealists tend to be drained 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

Best jobs for an Enneagram 1

Enneagram type ones are deeply self-controlled and conscientious. They will pursue their passions endlessly and work well in environments that allow them to put their desires for moral justice into action.

Common jobs for people with the Enneagram 1 personality type are:

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Social Worker
  • Politician
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Journalist
  • Doctor


Enneagram types can sometimes share characteristics of the types above or below it. A type one can have a two wing or a nine wing. Click the links to read about the possible wings for a type one.

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