What Animal Typifies Your Enneagram Personality? - E-Mediate

What Animal Typifies Your Enneagram Personality?

Since the most ancient of times, human behaviour has been linked to that of animals. Although we have assumed dominance over our non-human, fellow earth-dwellers, we still display many of their survival characteristics. Stealth, aggression, skittishness and passivity serve animals well, but they work for us too, helping us cope more effectively in a competitive and complex world.

Our undeniable link to animals is found everywhere in commercial and pop culture. We only have to look to comic books and Hollywood films to find examples of this: Wolverine, Spiderman, Batman, Catwoman, Antman…the list goes on and on. Then, of course, we have the shape-shifting characters in the Harry Potter, Twilight and True Blood series. Not to mention the use of aspirational animal symbols by brands such as Jaguar, Mustang, Ferrari and Skoda, and the countless examples of animal imagery in Chinese, Japanese and Native American culture.

Perhaps there is more to the link between humans and animals than you first thought. After all, we are animals, just animals who like to believe that’s not all we are!

So, what does all this mean for us as Enneagram types? By now, we should all know the number that corresponds to our personality, but what about the animal? What animal typifies your Enneagram personality?

Type 1 – The Reformer

Type 1s are bees. Think about it: A hive is the ultimate in design perfection. It is intricate and orderly, and each hexagonal component of the honeycomb is identical. Bees are incredibly hardworking and productive, keeping their heads down and rarely looking up to reassess. However, just like their human Type 1 counterparts, they will sting when angry.

Type 2 – The Helper

Type 2s’ animal is the Elephant. Elephants live in matriarchal groups that are, by their very nature, nurturing and caring, making sure the needs of all members of the herd – young and old – are met. Like Twos, elephants are great communicators. Twos are great at reading non-verbal cues, which is how they (think they) know just what other people need. Elephants and Twos are highly intelligent, both socially and mentally. Remember never to underestimate this, particularly when face to face with one!

Type 3 – The Achiever

Threes are chameleons. They can effortlessly transform into whatever they think will please whomever they’re with at the time. Appearance and personality are fluid, changing according to their environment and the company they’re in. However, just like chameleons, they will use their tongues with deadly effect if they see the opportunity to devour a fly.

Type 4 – The Individualist

Fours will not be surprised to learn their animal is a cat. Cats are mysterious creatures, gracing us with their presence when they feel like it, but also very happy in their own company. Cats are unique. They are aloof and independent, but can also be needy and demanding. They are drawn to those who actively try to avoid them, while avoiding those who love them.

Type 5 – The Investigator

Fives are owls: wise, solitary and laid back. They are easily overwhelmed, so only really venture out at night when the chaos of the day has subsided. However, they can also be aggressive, and have strong opinions. Like owls, Fives like to think their wisdom puts them above other people.

Type 6 – The Loyalist

Symbolised by a deer or buck, Sixes are skittish, always poised to run at the first hint of danger. Deer are very loyal, staying in herds for life and forming strong bonds with other members. They’re attentive and playful, making them popular friends. Their excellent night vision means they frequently see things others miss. They embody grace and freedom.

Type 7 – The Enthusiast

Like their animal counterpart, the butterfly, Sevens never stay in one place for very long, flitting restlessly from one attractive thing to the next. They do have goals, but are easily distracted. However, they are visionaries – early adopters who are excellent at spotting and implementing new trends.

Type 8 – The Challenger

The kings and queens of the jungle, Eights are lions. Strong and resilient, they are protective, brave, and willing to fight for what they want. Eights have to be part of a pride – a community, team, group or association – in order to stay positive and survive.

Type 9 – The Peacemaker

Nines are crocodiles. They love to bask in the sun for hours, slowing their heartbeats right down and zoning out. Don’t be fooled, however, by this apparent state of lethargy. When provoked, Nines will suddenly and unexpectedly snap and take a big bite – much to the shock of those around them.

If you’d like to find out more about Enneagram, and the amazing impact it can have on your team dynamics and productivity, contact Ellen Edwards on 082 940 2486, or email her at ellen@emediate.co.za.