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Enneagram Type One - Standard Bearer

“People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a rightist. I do something until it's right, and then I move on to the next thing.”―James Cameron

Area of Avoidance: Feeling guilty about being bad or not good enough because of criticism.

Core Positive Attribute:Quality

Often Attracted to…

  • Reliability; high standards; attention to detail.

  • Honesty, Integrity and goodness.

  • Fairness and justice.

  • Complying with rules, regulations and procedures.

  • Operating within accepted social norms.

  • High ethics; moral standards; self-discipline.

  • Strong self-control.

Often Avoids…

  • Being bad, corrupt or defective.

  • Feelings of anger and resentment.

  • Displaying aggression.

  • Loss of self-control.

  • Errors or breaking the rules.

  • Contravening accepted norms.

  • Doing anything less than perfectly.

High Integration – characteristic behaviours

  • Strong moral and ethical values.

  • High integrity.

  • Striving to improve things.

  • A focus on quality.

  • A realisation that there is often more than one ‘right way’.

  • Flexibility and creativity in the achievement of desired outcomes.

  • A realisation that some rules are important, and some need to be challenged, changed, or even abandoned.

  • Focusing more on principles and values rather than entirely on ‘rules’.

Low Integration – characteristic behaviours

  • Very critical of self.

  • Very strict with self and with others.

  • Frequent guilty feelings for not being perfect or not doing better.

  • Frequently pointing out others’ mistakes or what they should have done differently. This comes across as picky and critical.

  • Inflexibility in thinking and ways of doing things. “There’s only one right way!”

  • Serious, heavy demeanour.

  • Extremely high, and often impossible to reach, standards and expectations.

Typical development needs

  • Learning to focus on principles and values rather than simply rules.

  • Learning to focus on the positive and what’s working well, not just the negative and what’s not working well.

  • Learning to be gentle with self and others.

By Colin Adam

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