Enneagram Type 3

The Performer

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What is an Enneagram Type 3 (The Performer)?
People with an Enneagram Type 3 personality tend to be ambitious, adaptable, and enthusiastic in their behavior. They are driven and love to set and accomplish goals. They tend to adjust their roles, actions, and expressions to every setting or people-group in order to best fit each environment.

Enneagram 3 Personality Traits

Basic Desire

The most basic desire of the Enneagram Type 3 is to feel valued and accepted. They tend to seek accomplishment and admiration, usually expressing this by setting big goals and doing what it takes to succeed in order to earn validation or praise from those around them.

People who identify as the Type 3 often adapt to fit different settings very naturally, which can may lead to playing a character rather than being themselves.

Basic Fear

The basic fear of the Enneagram Type 3 is failure and worthlessness. They may hold a subconscious belief that in order to be worthy, they must succeed, or at least be perceived as successful.

In summary, Enneagram 3 personalities tend to...

  • Seek validation and acceptance through success
  • Fear being unworthy and unloved
  • Be adaptable and high-energy
  • Regularly set and accomplish goals
  • Focus on their personal development

Enneagram 3 Strengths

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.

Enneagram 3 Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 3 personality include...

  • Drive to accomplish and succeed
  • Motivating and encouraging those around them
  • Ability to understand and connect with others
  • Being charismatic and confident
  • Efficiency and practical thinking in the workplace

Enneagram 3 Weaknesses

Enneagram 3 Weaknessess

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the Enneagram 3 personality include...

  • Focusing too heavily on personal image
  • Difficulty accepting failure from themselves or others
  • Losing touch with or avoiding their own feelings
  • Being perceived as insensitive or overly competitive

Enneagram 3 Growth

Enneagram 3 Growth

Growth opportunities that are typically associated with the Enneagram 3 personality include...

  • Acknowledging the ways in which they have unintentionally deceived themselves or others
  • Understanding that their value does not lie in accomplishments or public image
  • Learning to take a step back and appreciate what they already have in life
  • Focusing on being themselves, rather than on becoming who they think the world wants them to be

How Enneagram 3 personalities like to work

Enneagram 3 Working

Communicating with an Enneagram 3

Be straightforward and clear; help them understand what you want or need.
Enneagram 3 Meeting

Meeting with an Enneagram 3

Express your needs directly; help designate specific tasks for them.
Enneagram 3 Emailing

Emailing an Enneagram 3

Keep emails concise; focus on addressing the purpose briefly.
Enneagram 3 Feedback

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 3

Utilize constructive criticism; help them to feel valued, while also showing them how they might improve.
Enneagram 3 Conflict

Resolving conflict with an Enneagram 3

Sit down and discuss what is bothering you; encourage them to consider their own emotions and to respect yours.

Enneagram 3 Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, 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.

Enneagram 3 Motivations

Enneagram 3s tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Accomplishing what they set out to do
  • Feeling loved and accepted by others
  • Having new goals to achieve
  • Public-speaking or meeting new people

Enneagram 3 Stress

Enneagram 3 Stress

Enneagram 3s tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Stress from feeling as though they need to constantly entertain
  • Repetitive failure or difficulty solving a problem
  • Being perceived negatively
  • Working to reconcile their own emotions

Enneagram 3 Careers

Type Threes tend to thrive in environments that allow them to constantly set and achieve new goals. They enjoy connecting with new people and using their relationships with others to help them pursue their ambitions.

Enneagram 3 Energized at Work

Enneagram 3s feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to meet and win over new people
  • Their boss gives them new opportunities and responsibilities
  • Their peers admire their accomplishments
  • Their direct reports listen to their instructions
Enneagram 3 Drained at Work

Enneagram 3s feel drained at work when...

  • They are ignored or criticized frequently
  • Their boss neglects to give them credit for their work
  • Their peers dislike them
  • Their direct reports disrespect their authority

Threes are driven and self-assured; they dream big and create a plan to reach their goals. They are action-oriented and work to achieve.

Enneagram 3 Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with Enneagram 3 personality types

  • Advertising Consultant
  • Marketer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Surgeon
  • Investment Banker
  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Enneagram 3 Relationships (Professional)

When type Threes work alongside people who are practical and grounded, they can offer an optimistic, motivated outlook. If they work with another Three, they need to be cautious of pushing competition too far.

Enneagram 3 Work Well With

Enneagram 3s tend to work well with others who...

  • Build personal connections with them
  • Recognize their hard work and achievements
  • Enjoy a healthy amount of competition
Enneagram 3 Obstacles

Enneagram 3s may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Fail to accomplish a set goal
  • Feel as though they are negatively perceived by coworkers
  • Neglect to consider how others will be affected by their achievements

Enneagram 3 Relationships (Romantic)

Type Threes can be open, driven partners when with someone who reminds them to take a step back from work and appreciate what they have already accomplished. When in a relationship with another work-motivated personality, Threes should remember to intentionally set aside time for the relationship.

Enneagram 3 Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Enneagram 3s bring strengths like...

  • Innate optimism and adaptability
  • Enthusiastic, people-oriented energy
  • Natural ability to communicate effectively
Enneagram 3 Reomantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Enneagram 3s may have trouble...

  • Acknowledging their role in a situation
  • Being emotionally vulnerable around their partner
  • Remembering to take time to invest in their relationship

Famous Examples of Enneagram 3s

Enneagram 3 Example Lizzo


Enneagram 3 Example Justin Beiber
Justin Beiber


Enneagram 3 Example Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa


Enneagram 3 Example Will Smith
Will Smith


Enneagram 3 Example Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi


Enneagram 3 Example David Copperfield
David Copperfield


Enneagram 3 Example Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson


Enneagram 3 Example Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali


Enneagram 3 Example Beyonce


Enneagram 3 Example Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey


Enneagram 3 Example Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga


Enneagram 3 Example Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol


Enneagram 3 Example Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day


Enneagram 3 Example F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald



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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and 16-Personality types that are similar to Enneagram Type 3. 

DISC Type D, Di, DI, or Id

16-Personality Type ENTJ or INTJ

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