What is a type in the Enneagram?

Your Enneagram type (sometimes referred to as a “base type”) is represented by a number ranging from One to Nine. This type describes how you tend to view and interact with the world. It is a shorthand way to summarize a mix of deep-seated psychological traits that make you “you.” These traits include your core fears, desires, vices, virtues, avoidances, focuses, manipulation tactics, and more. You only have one type, and your type does not change over time. That isn’t to say people don’t change, but rather that you can become a better or worse version of yourself rather than an entirely different person. Understanding your type’s unconscious habits and patterns can help you move towards becoming the best version of yourself.