Enneagram 9 Wing 1: What to Know

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Jesse Williams

The Enneagram system divides people into nine personality types, each with a defining belief at its core, which drives fears, motivations, actions, emotional management, and interpretation of the world around them.

Derived from the Greek “Ennea” (nine) and “Gramma” (something written or drawn), understanding their personality according to the Enneagram system has helped people make sense of different situations and broaden their perspectives.

Today, we look at the Enneagram 9 wing 1 and what the characteristics, fears, weaknesses, relationships, and careers of this particular type are like.

The “Moderator”: Enneagram Type 9w1

The 9 wing 1 refers to personality type 9, of the Enneagram system, with one wing. Also referred to as 9W1 Enneagram and Enneagram 9 W 1, people with this personality are said to be dreamers, with the personality type collectively known as “The Moderators”.

Enneagram 9W1 Description

This personality type is known to be stubborn, friendly, ambivalent, amiable, and more motivated and motivating than other type 9 personalities. They can also be quite helpful, going more out of their way to help those in need, than other types.

They’re also skilled negotiators, with an excellent knack for conflict resolution and diplomacy and a passion for bringing about peace in a situation. However, the type is also known to be quite judgmental.

Other key traits:

  • Tolerance
  • Empathy
  • Self-awareness, especially when it comes to feelings and their own character
  • Highly accommodative of new conditions and situations when necessary
  • Open-minded
  • A compromising nature

A few of the strengths of this type are the ability to look at a scenario from all angles and the ability to motivate themselves to work and not procrastinate.

Some weaknesses include self-neglect in the interest of keeping the peace, a constant search for perfection and self-improvement even when it’s unattainable and becoming distant and cold when stressed.

The personality type’s primary fear is losing or being separated from what is dear to it, along with the fear of misfortune, isolation, and conflict. The primary desire is to attain peace in all aspects of life, uniting opponents, establishing a routine, and being supported and accepted by everyone.

enneagram 9 wing 1 collaboration

Some popular 9W1 Enneagram characters include Audrey Hepburn, Selena Gomez, John Mulaney, and Bob Ross.

9W1 Relationships

Enneagram 9W1 personalities are patient, attentive, affectionate, and warm in relationships. They strive to be supportive of their partners, always trying to make them feel loved and safe. Just as they seek peace in their minds, bodies, and environments, they seek peace in their relationships and will always attempt to create it.

9W1s get stressed when their partners are uncomfortable or upset and will go to any lengths to create a safe and happy environment for them. These personalities prioritize their partners and expect the same from their significant other.

However, all the desire and attempts to keep peace in the relationship may lead to problems being swept under the rug instead of being addressed, which can be extremely harmful in the long run.

Enneagram 9 Wing 1 relationships

Considering their characteristics and their behavior in a relationship, 9W1s are most compatible with personality types 8, 3, and 1.

Careers for Enneagram 9W1

Enneagram 9W1 types do well in the following careers:

  • Pharmacist
  • Counselor
  • Veterinarian
  • Nurse
  • Environmental scientist
  • Diplomat
  • Religious worker
  • Human resources director
  • Museum curator

Since they’re hardworking, diligent, serious, and motivated, 9W1s will do well in any career, so this is not an exhaustive list. Many 9W1s do well in careers other than this, even if they are not deemed to be the best for this personality type.

Enneagram 9W1 vs 1W9

1W9 refers to personality type one with a nine wing. Since this type shares many personality traits with 9W1, it can be quite hard to differentiate between the two types. 1W9 personalities exhibit some of the mellowness of type 9 personalities.

However, some key differences exist. 1w9 personalities are moralistic and idealistic, with a deep sense of wrong and right. Like 9W1s, they want to avoid conflict, but will always do the morally right thing when trying to resolve a sticky situation.

9W1s, as we’ve seen, are calm and peace loving with a desire to do the right thing for their community and society, even if it isn’t necessarily the right thing in a strictly moral sense.

1W9s and 9W1s both like sticking to rules, but the motivation for doing so differs. The former does so because of a firm belief in rules making the world better, whereas the latter does so only because they don’t want to stir up any disagreements, arguments, or sticky situations.

The 1W9 type will firmly stand up for its ideals and beliefs, whereas the 9W1 type may not be too enthusiastic about doing so.

Additionally, 1W9s have a strong inner voice that’s quite critical, unlike 9W1s.

Enneagram 9W1 vs 9W8

9W8s and 9W1s are quick to anger, indecisive, easygoing, and natural mediators, but that’s where the similarities end.

9W8s love being in control, whereas 9W1s love being perfect. The former group is also more morally flexible, tough and intimidating, and complacent despite being active. The latter group, as we’ve seen, wants to be perfect in every sense (including morally), wants to be seen as proper and nice, and is prone to complacency.

The Bottom Line

If you’re an Enneagram type 9 wing 1, you now should have a fair idea of what your personality is according to the Enneagram system. Using this as a base can help you better perceive and interpret the world around you, as well as your relationship with other personality types.

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Written By Jesse Williams

Jesse has taken a deep dive into how personality effects our daily lives. After taking all the tests under the sun, she enjoys comparing her results with total strangers. It's fun for her.

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