Herb Pearce Enneagram Personality Types, Communication & Growth

35+ Years of Teaching and Counseling

Enneagram Type Sequence

You are more than your core type. You are a mix of several types, although one type is dominant. A person’s life history encompasses a vast range of experience that exhibit many type qualities. People might go through a stage of life where one of their secondary types takes dominance. Work or home environments often require a type focus that is more effective than their core type. Everyone has a dominant type, yet we use other type parts to compensate, defend, survive, thrive or add other features to our lives.

As mentioned, different environments support certain type parts over others. If you are in a type 3 work environment you’d better be like a 3 or you might get laid off. Production requires output. If your spouse is an 8 you better develop some traits of 8 to respond to their quicker and direct communication. Life is always honing us to learn to be each type and manage ourselves in the environments in which we live.

Your sequence is the order in which all of your different type strengths generally show up. I define sequence simply as your top 3 types that you naturally use most of the time, the core or dominant type being first and your secondary and third type following in that general order. For instance, if someone is a 9, 7, and 5, it would make a different kind of type 9 than a 9-1-5, 9-5-3 or 9-2-6. Type 9 is the core type, and 7 and 5 are the types used for major strategies and perceptual life filters. These secondary and third types tend to show up naturally without much effort.

Your secondary type is the backup type behind your core type which you use often too, the one you could be mistyped as. You often exhibit these traits quickly at times and occasionally may use your secondary type to cover-up the difficult aspects of your core type and on occasion use it as much as your dominant type.