Each of the nine types lives by a tacit creed (philosophy of
life) that defines how they see themselves, others, and the world around them:
Type One: I must be perfect
Type Two: I must be helpful
Type Three: I must be excellent
Type Four: I must be original
Type Five: I must be an expert
Type Six: I must be secure
Type Seven: I must be enthusiastic
Type Eight: I must be powerful
Type Nine: I must be malleable
Type One (I Must Be Perfect): When Ones are at their
best, they are conscientious, proper, correct, rational, self-disciplined,
placing a high value on integrity, objectivity which gives them an extremely
keen sense of what’s right and wrong. When under pressure, they become overly
critical, demanding, rigid, intolerant, overly detailed, methodical, afraid to
make mistakes, and too focused on rule-keeping.
Type Two (I Must Be Helpful): When Twos are at their
best, they are helpful, empathic, warm, supportive, compassionate, sensitive,
and nurturing. They enjoy being close with (and connected to) people and focus
on others’ well-being by identifying and meeting their needs. When under
pressure, they become overly intimate and intrusive, prone to build dependencies
– they give to get and impose their will on others through flattery, guilt, and
Type Three (I Must Be Excellent): When Threes are at
their best, they are role models of achievement and success and establish and
exemplify standards of excellence within their cultural context. They are
ambitious, competitive, goal-oriented, and embody highly valued competencies and
talents. When under pressure, they become overly focused on self-promotion,
creating an "idealized" self to be seen by others – they lose access to their
depth feelings and true identity and mobilize their achievements as an
"objective" validation of their value and worth.
Type Four (I Must Be Original): When Fours are at their
best, they are original, creative, self-revealing, authentic, different from
others, and express how they "see" the world indirectly by creating
something, e.g. art, music, literature, technology, services, etc. When under
pressure, they experience deep inner turmoil, moods of depression, melancholy,
withdrawal and a poignant sense of "cosmic" suffering and compulsive longing.
Type Five (I Must Be an Expert): When Fives are at their
best, they are reflective, analytical, curious, pioneering, open-minded,
independent thinkers with deep insight into the connections between complex and
seemingly unrelated concepts, bodies of knowledge, and human-natural phenomena.
When under pressure, they detach from the arena of life’s problems and become
provocative, iconoclastic, apathetic, stoically resigned to life’s "cosmic"
meaninglessness, and accumulate knowledge and understanding in the hope that it
will alleviate their profound sense of neediness, inner-poverty, isolation, and
alienation from themselves, others, and the world around them.
Type Six (I Must Be Secure): When Sixes are at their
best, they are cautious, responsible, hard-working and vigilant about
identifying potential problems in order to create a reliable and safe
environment for themselves and others. When under pressure,
they are hyper-alert, suspicious, chronically uncertain, looking
for hidden meanings and underlying patterns of intention, and filled with
anxiety in the absence of real threats.
Type Seven (I Must Be Enthusiastic): When Sevens are at
their best, they are a limitless source of thoughts and ideas – they are
spontaneous, curious, and adventurous, with quick, agile minds that focus on the
positive aspects of life. When under pressure, they become restless, easily
bored, overcommitted, stifled by stability and continuity in life, addicted to
excitement, narcissistic with a subtle attitude of superiority and "entitlement"
clothed beneath a calm, relaxed, confident exterior.
Type Eight (I Must Be Powerful): When Eights are at
their best, they are strong, assertive, persistent, tenacious, seeking
challenges, action-oriented with a take-charge attitude and enormous
determination and will-power to triumph over all obstacles and be influential in
their world. When under pressure, they become hostile, vindictive, defiant,
emotionally insensitive, desiring to control and dominate people and situations
to get what they want, or exploiting people and situations by taking what they
want by force and/or cunning.
Type Nine (I Must Be Malleable): When Nines are at their
best, they are self-aware, seekers of self-actualization, engaged and connected
to life, good-natured, friendly, easy-going, patient, tolerant, creative,
imaginative, excellent mediators and communicators, emotionally stable,
non-confrontational, and focused on life’s simple pleasures. When under
pressure, they become overly submissive and agreeable (peace at any price),
distractible, mechanically going through the motions in life and desensitized to
the point where their capacity for psychological insight is diminished
substantially - they long not to long, to stay blind to their blind spots.