Enneagram Type 3

The Performer

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What is Enneagram Type 3 (The Performer)?

People with an enneagram type three 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.

Type 3 Personality Traits

Enneagram type threes fear failure and worthlessness. They believe, perhaps subconsciously, that in order to be worthy, they must succeed, or at least be perceived as successful.

Their basic desire is to feel valued and accepted. They usually express this by seeking attention and success to earn validation or praise from those around them.

Performers defend themselves by adapting to fit different settings, which can eventually lead to playing a character rather than being themselves.

In summary, Enneagram 3 personality types 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

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 3 personality type 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


Blind spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 3 personality type 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

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How Enneagram 3 personality types like to work

Communicating with a type three

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

Meeting with a type three

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

Emailing a type three

Keep emails concise; focus on addressing the purpose briefly.

Giving feedback to a type three

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

Resolving conflict with a type three

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

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.

Performers 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


Performers tend to be 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

Best jobs for an Enneagram 3

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. They thrive in environments that allow them plenty of room for growth and accomplishment.

Common jobs for people with the Enneagram 3 personality type are:

  • Advertising Consultant

  • Marketer

  • Financial Analyst

  • Entrepreneur

  • Surgeon

  • Investment Banker

  • Lawyer

  • Politician

Wings

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

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