The Enneagram is a framework that points to nine different ways of looking at the world. It refers to nine different Types, each representing the way certain individuals think, feel and act. It is more than a personality profile, as it delves deeper into the often-unconscious core motivations that lie deep in our personality, to help us to understand why we are the way we are.
While each of us has all nine motivations within us to a greater or lesser degree, one of the nine is more dominant and serves as the main driver for how we show up in the world.
Some individuals find it much easier to find themselves on the Enneagram and recognise their Type at first glance, where others may take a while longer and need guidance as they explore. Why is this? This is often due to the fact that the structure of the Enneagram goes beyond the level of visible behaviour. Instead, it is built from core motivations and fears which are more unconscious elements of personality and sometimes cannot be objectively observed.
This means that there are certain Types and Subtypes within the Enneagram that display some similar behaviours that are often referred to as lookalikes. Through our extensive research into typing and lookalikes at Integrative Enneagram Solutions, we find that these lookalikes are often more common with particular Subtypes, especially counter-types, which tend to display behaviours that are more difficult to recognise as ‘true to Type’ at a superficial level.
For example, the assertive Type 3 and Type 8 are lookalikes and are sometimes mistyped as each other, especially the social (SO) 3 Subtype with either the self-preservation (SP) 8 or one-on-one/sexual (SX) 8 Subtypes.