Enneagram: Type 1 image

Enneagram: Type 1

If you are interested in the enneagram you will surely find our description of Type 1 interesting

Basic description of the type 1 Enneagram:

He is defined as the perfectionist. The perfectionist is that type of personality that tries to improve things, since it considers that nothing is perfect enough and therefore there is room for improvement in everything.

They are idealists who strive to put the chaos in order and are very attentive to detail. They are always attentive to their own mistakes and those of others. They need to improve everything and this can be good in some cases but counterproductive in others.

The inability to achieve perfection in Enneatype 1 makes him feel guilty for not being up to some situations and also fuels his anger at imperfections in general.

Anger is usually expressed in the form of impatience, frustration, annoyance, criticism, and judgment.

Although this Enneatype is generally good-hearted, the anger that builds up can lead to occasional attacks. Those with the strongest characteristics can also be intractable, while the "healthiest" ones can be loyal, responsible and highly capable friends. They are people of strong and sound principles who follow the rules, unfortunately they expect others to do the same.

They are generally practical, well organized, hardworking, honest and respectful people. They are more practice-oriented, organized, honest and respectful but their ongoing commitment to improve and attention to detail continually makes it difficult for them to relax. They always put duty before pleasure.

Emotionally they tend to be repressed and it is very difficult for them to express feelings of sweetness. They typically see emotionality as a sign of weakness and lack of control. On some occasions, due to perfectionism, Enneatype 1 can be confused with Enneatype 5 which, however, unlike type 1 which tends to anger, tends instead to worry and anxiety.

Key Trends:

They want to be right (according to their parameters). They continually strive to improve everything, to be consistent with their ideals and to be able to justify themselves and their conduct. They try to put themselves in the position of not being criticized by anyone.

When it's healthier:

Reliable and responsible, he likes to keep traditions and things that are done right. He takes the job very seriously and fulfills his duties. Respect the agreements. He radiates confidence and is available to help others.

Lost quality:

The ability to be in a good mood, laugh and do fun activities (things he should learn from Enneatype 7 instead).


Perfectionism. Nothing is perfect enough, it can be improved.

Breaking point:

Embittered character people disappoint him over and over again.

What should avoid:

To avoid the tendency towards Enneatype 4, in that case Enneatype 1 would be seized by continuous bad mood and irrationality.

Characteristics of the Enneatype 1

Basic component: Ira

Wrath is inherent deep within the structure of this personality. It could be described as a resentment caused by a feeling or feeling of injustice. The latter occurs when these people make an effort to do things "well" while they believe that the rest of the world is not trying hard enough. Anger presents itself as irritation, reproach and hatred, although in most cases it remains unexpressed because these people tend to always maintain a virtuous image of themselves.

Fixation: Perfectionism

The perfectionism of Enneatype 1 could be defined as an interest in the moral principles, ideals and demands of a very strong super ego. Also on the interpersonal level it is a tool of manipulation and domination. This is because these norms are defended so strongly and are imposed on others and serve to hide personal desires and needs.

Self image: I change things ...

Vision of himself as a person who improves the environment around him with his own effort and his ethical and moral values. See yourself as an efficient, trustworthy worker and person.

Fears: Fear of not being right, of being unsuitable.

The perfectionist wants and strives to do the "right" things. He is afraid that his ideals are wrong and counterproductive. He is afraid of being bad, corrupt, perverse or imperfect.

Deep Desire: To Feel Perfect.

Doing things "right" and being a "correct" person is what Enneatype 1 needs to feel "worthy".

Distortion of desire:

The desire for integrity degenerates into excessive and unhealthy perfectionism.

How he manipulates others:

Correcting others and insisting on convincing them of your own criteria and values.

His justification:

He justifies himself by appealing to "fairness" or to things that he believes are correct.

How he attacks the next:

Fearing that they are bad, unfit, corrupt, or defective in some respect, they try to show wickedness, corruption, and defects in others.

Defense mechanism:

For the moral ethics of Enneatype 1 certain thoughts and desires are unacceptable. For this he tries to cover them and deny them to himself by a continuous action against them and trying to generate the opposite image in order to suppress certain sensations.

Neurotic Characteristics in Enneatype 1:


Hardworking, responsible, obsessive and serious.


As a way of expressing anger, he wants to rationalize, deny and justify.


Difficulty of self-acceptance, devaluation of oneself and of others hidden under the guise of good and virtuous.


Assertive, atoritarian, rigid, haughty, role of superiority. He has the passion to be right.


Judge, reformer, rigid and puritanical. He requires himself and others to put duty first and pleasure after.


He has a lot of control over his repressed emotional exposure.


With himself and with others, he tends to give sermons and teach takes on the role of the savior.

Ideology of Enneatype 1

Unhealthy Ideas:

Healthy Ideas:

How Enneatype 1 achieves serenity (virtue)


Give yourself the right to be yourself and accept your mistakes and those of others. Stop doing and connect to your inner child, respect the impulses, do not worry so much and trust that nature is good and wise, that something higher supports us. Allow yourself more pleasure.

In the Social:

Letting go, accepting mistakes, making mistakes and flowing with more freedom and spontaneity. Look inward into your own intimacy, connect with your body and accept emotions and needs, share as an equal.

In the sexual sphere:

Relax, channel your emotions, see more of the other's needs and accept it, contain the impulse to correct. Calm the rush and anger by connecting more with pain and vulnerability. Cultivate patience.

Towards improvement ...

Be aware that it works without pauses. When a sportsman trains too much he can reach a stage where he accuses symptoms of "overtraining". These symptoms decrease your sporting performance. The only solution to this is to rest. In the same way, L'enneatype 1 should do, rest, calm the alarm bell ready to criticize, do not try to continually tire to improve everything, try to flow and also devote oneself to healthy leisure. Enneatype 1 must become aware that perfection is impossible and that it is not that inner voice that always pushes him to perfect everything. He is not that voice (the super ego) that continually pushes him to criticize others or that keeps telling him to keep his attitude composed and rigid during the day to appear something that is not really. Being is different from appearing, it should give space to its true being so it can achieve happiness.

If you are ennea type 1, let go, relax, and trust others as well. You cannot transform yourself into your ideal, it is impossible to become everything we imagine. You have to accept things and people as they are. Identify your emotional needs, you certainly have them like any human being. You have the right to be worried or sad. You can show your needs and ask other people for help. Having vulnerability doesn't mean being weak, it means being human.

Recognize and express your anger. Don't swallow it, or hold it, throw it out of your body and turn it into something positive, like sports, meditation, stretching, art. Express yourself don't repress yourself.

Read also: How to discover our personality with the enneagram.