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Enneagram Tritype® Test

Katherine Fauvre is a IEA Accredited Professional with Distinction. In May 2023 she was inducted into the prestigious Marquis Who’s Who in America Biographical Registry. In August 2023 she was inducted into the International Association of Top Professionals and awarded the Top Enneagram Coach of the Year for 2024.

Katherine Fauvre is an IEA Accredited Professional with Distinction. In May 2023 she was inducted into the prestigious Marquis Who’s Who in America Biographical Registry. In August 2023 she was inducted into the International Association of Top Professionals and awarded the Top Enneagram Coach of the Year for 2023.

Enneagram Tritype® Test v8

• Comprehensive Testing Instrument
• Based on 22 Enneagram Research Studies
• 8 Tests in 1 with Special Features
• Programmed to Detect Patterns used by 6s
• Enneastyle Lexicon Assessment
• Analogous and Tritype® Enneaspreads
• Identifies Type, Tritype® & Instinctual Stacking

Tritype - What is Tritype? What are the Tritypes? What is the Tritype Theory? What is Tri-type? How do I find my Tritype? How do you identify your Tritype? What are the Enneagram Numbers? What are the Enneagram Tritype Archetypes? What is the Tritype Tristar?

Tritype®, a 27-point personality system coined and created by Katherine Chernick Fauvre, emerged during her 1994 qualitative research on the "internal experiences" of the types. Her ongoing research suggests that individuals use three Enneagram Types, not just one. These three types occur as the dominant type in each of the three centers of intelligence: head (5, 6, 7), heart (2, 3, 4), and gut (8, 9, 1), combining the idealized images, core fears, and defense strategies of all three types, creating a “new" type unto itself with a more specific focus and worldview. All three types are used in unison, in a rapidly repeating, hierarchical stacking order. The type at the top of your Tritype® Stacking is your "core" type.

Extensive research with tens of thousands of international participants has confirmed that each Tritype® Archetype comprises the character traits of the three types within the Tritype®. These traits within the Tritype® combine to create the 27 unique Tritypes®, each with its own set of core values, needs, fears, and concerns that include: a specific focus of attention, idealized image, core triggers, core fears, desires, blindspots, a sense of purpose, and growing edge, adding significant precision, accuracy, and scope to the Enneagram Typing process.

Research also suggests that the common theme found among the three types within an individual’s Tritype® identifies that individual’s archetypal life purpose and a critical blind spot to self-awareness. In addition, the shared view by the types in an individual’s Tritype® gives important clues as to what is needed to live a more conscious and meaningful life.

One of the three types in an individual's Tritype® is the “core” or dominant type and represents the ego’s preferred defense strategy and is in charge of the 3Type defense system. The ego always uses the strategies of all three types in unison in a rapid, repeating, hierarchical stacking order throughout the day, every day. The dominant type will continuously deploy the other two types in the Tritype® to make decisions and solve problems.

It is important to note that just combining the three preferred types, one from each of the three centers, is not enough to explain the attentional patterns of each of the 27 Tritype® Archetypes or to confirm which Tritype® is dominant. We can theorize about which type we identify with most in each triad, but the focus of attention of the Tritype® emerges because of what happens when these three types merge and, in effect, become one type, which is the Tritype®.

This is because the characteristics of all three types influence one another. As a result, some characteristics are amplified, while other characteristics are minimized by the characteristics of the two other types within the Tritype®. These distinct differences explain why each Tritype® is unique.

For example, the 478 Tritype® has the three “creative" Enneagram Types, one from each triad (4,7,8), which include the two types that prefer what is unusual (4,7), the two types that share the line of intensity (4-8), and the two assertive types (7,8) thus creating a type of person that is innovative, creative, outspoken, intense, assertive, deep, sensitive, and unconventional with an original way of doing things.

Having said that, types 8 and 7 combine to override the emotional sensitivity of type 4, so it is more hidden, but it is always there. The intensity of type 4 and type 8 is still there but the type7 brings a lighter touch...  If Type 4 is the lead type, the emotional nature of type 4 is more expressed than when type 7 or type 8 is the lead type.

Can your Tritype® Change?

Just as with your primary type, your Tritype® will never change. The only time you may think you have changed your Tritype® is because you have not yet discovered your Tritype®. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation as to what happens when the three types in your Tritype® merge and create the specific focus of attention of your Tritype®. This Trityping® error can happen if you have identified with your behaviors or descriptions of the types and Tritypes® rather than the actual defense strategies you use.

High Side and Low Side of Tritypes®

Just like our Enneagram type, we have a "high side" and a "low side" of these Tritype® interactions that distinguish each as having a separate purpose. The values and concerns of the three types in our Tritype® come together to become the guiding principles in life and give us our sense of values, purpose, and the guiding principles one should follow.

The high side of the intersection of these three Enneagram Types is that they define what gives life direction, focus, and purpose for the individual with that Tritype® combination.

The low side of this intersection is that the defense strategies collude or "miss the mark" in the same way, narrowing one’s ability to accurately self-assess, and may even prevent a person from achieving a higher level of self-awareness by keeping the individual mired in outdated, rigid beliefs.

This collusion is both an asset and a liability. An individual’s strengths are a result of these three types working in concert with one another. An individual’s weaknesses result from this collusion as well, which limits self-awareness and spiritual growth, creating what we term an “egoic" blind spot.

Making this blind spot conscious often releases neurotic symptoms just as aligning oneself with the archetypal energies found in the three types in one’s Tritype® can align an individual with their life purpose and mission. Identifying one’s Tritype® Archetype creates an opportunity to discover one’s innate abilities, develop expertise, and experience a greater sense of satisfaction.

Do Tritypes® have Wings?

Yes, the Tritypes® have wings. Each Tritype® fully represents the entire type, which includes Ichazo’s two wing types for each type. They also have lines of connection that are used both positively or negatively, combining the three Types, which in turn created the Tritypes®. Each of the 27 Tritypes® has wings. The Enneagram of Personality includes these because the Enneagram is a Trialectic System created by Oscar Ichazo.

The Tritype® is made up of three of the nine Enneagram types. These three types represent the dominant Enneagram type in each of the three centers of intelligence, which, when combined, create the 27 Tritype® Archetypes.

Each type within the Tritype® uses all dynamic aspects of the three types, including the wing types and the lines of connection related to the type. So, if the nine types have wings, and they do, then the three types in the 27 Tritypes® have wings as well.

A common source of mistyping the types within a Tritype® is based on a belief that one relates to the types within a Tritype®. This is not the case. The types in the Tritype® are based on the defense strategies of three of the nine Enneagram types. It is important to remember that the Tritype® is not just three types one relates to in each center. Instead, it is based on the defense strategies of the three types merging together, which function as a triad, creating a new type unto itself.

Enneagram Tritypes® are dynamic! 

It is helpful to note that the Enneagram types are dynamic due to each type’s relationship to both of its wing types and both of its lines of connection (both of which are patterns of three), and when combined, these forces generate the dynamic energy that create each of the 27 Tritypes®. This process is based on the Laws of one, three, and seven. It is possible that GI Gurdjieff and Oscar Ichazo used this Enneagram symbol because it is believed to map the movement in the universe. It thought to combine Divinity plus creation.

All nine-pointed symbols are Enneagrams. So, each type is a result of the dynamic interplay of the type with its two wing types, which is Ichazo’s Trialectics, and the type with both connecting lines, which is also Ichazo’s Trialectics.

Ways of working with the Tritype® System

Katherine has found that there are two main ways to work with the Tritype® material. The first is to study the differences within type by looking at the Tritype® relationship to those sharing the same dominant Enneagram type. The other is to compare the similarities between people with the same Tritype® across different core Enneagram types. This is referencing the Tritype® archetype.

Example: The Type 1 has nine different possible combinations (125, 126, 127, 135, 136, 137, 145, 146, 147). Through observation of how these different combinations of the Type 1 conceptualize and navigate the social world, distinctions may be noticed depending upon the types in the Tritype®. The other method is to recognize the archetype of each Tritype® combination. Fauvre posits that each of the 27 Tritype® combinations illustrate a particular and individual archetype. These archetypes were observed out of the recognition of the similar core triggers, core fears, life purposes, blind spots, and “growing edges” that seemed to personify how each Tritype® navigated the world.

Example: The 468 (486, 684, 648, 864, 846) has been deemed “The Truth Teller” by Katherine Fauvre. Most research participants who identified this as their Tritype® combination reported similar archetypal patterns that, according to Katherine, warranted this title, such as the desire to track inconsistencies and call off hidden agendas and ulterior motives. According to Katherine, each of the 27 Tritypes® has a corresponding archetype that gives a "snapshot" into the archetypal life path of that particular Tritype® combination. There are books and videos on the Enneagram Tritype® here. Learn more about Tritype® in the upcoming online Tritype® 10-Week Masterclass Trainings here.
©1995-2023 Katherine Chernick Fauvre: Originator of Tritype®

How is Tritype® different from Enneagram Type?

Tritype® theory suggests that we use three Enneagram types that combine to create a new type, with one dominant or 'core' type at the top of the stacking order, while Enneagram theory suggests that we have a single 'core' Enneagram type.

Tritype® can explain the distinctive ways in which each individual manages life using various combinations of ego strategies and coping mechanisms from each center. However, Tritype® (like the Enneagram) remains a theory of motivation and not one of behavior.
©1995-2023 Katherine Chernick Fauvre: Originator of Tritype®

Katherine Fauvre’s Tritype® and Ichazo’s Trifix®

Tritype® and Trifix share a fundamental similarity. Both "Tritype®" and "Trifix" acknowledge that individuals use all three triads or centers.

The distinctions between Katherine Chernick Fauvre's Tritype® theory and Oscar Ichazo's Trifix theory are evident in their names: Tritype® and Trifix, respectively.

Tritype®
Katherine Fauvre's Tritype® encompasses the complete utilization of each type, encompassing fixations, passions, convictions, and the dynamic aspects generated by the primary type's interactions with its two wings and two lines of connection.

Katherine found that with Tritype®, individuals employ the entire defense strategy of their three types, including mental fixations, emotional passions, visceral sensations, and convictions, as well as the defense strategies of the types merging to create a "new type unto itself."

Each Tritype® and Tritype® Archetype possesses a unique focus of attention, incorporating idealized images, core triggers, fears, concerns, desires, and preoccupations that shape a worldview, innate gifts, life purpose, and patterns of defense. They also entail innate struggles and a path of growth and healing.

Katherine arrived at this conclusion while researching the internal experience of types, initially through hundreds and eventually tens of thousands of interviews. It was particularly inspiring for her to discover that Ichazo had also reached the same conclusion that people use three centers and not just one.

Trifix
On the other hand,, Ichazo's Trifix solely focuses on using the three mental "fixations" without considering heart or gut fixations. Fixation or “fix” pertains exclusively to the mental fixed beliefs and preoccupations.

Trifix was not in Ichazo’s 1970 dissemination of the Enneagram. Nor was it taught by Dr. Claudio Naranjo's Enneagram teachings in his Seekers After Truth groups (SAT).

What is key is that Katherine Fauvre and Oscar Ichazo arrived at the same essential truth through separate means: people use all three triads. These discoveries are significant as both theories independently validate that people utilize all three centers.

Comparisons
Katherine Fauvre discovered Tritype® in 1994 during her in-depth inquiry process with thousands of research participants, and people use the "full Enneagram type" of the dominant type from each center of intelligence.

In contrast, Ichazo added the Trifix to his Arica School in 1997 and taught that people use the three fixations from the three types in the Trifix. Enneagram Monthly included two paragraphs on Ichazo’s Trifix in 1997.

Katherine's research, conducted in 1994, introduced the idea that people use three types, not just one. Ichazo introduced the idea that people used three fixations only in 1997. Not understanding the important distinctions that would emerge in 2007, the terms were combined.

From 1994 to 2007, Katherine was the only person to publicly teach and publish on all terms: 3Types, Tritype, TriCenter and Trigram, and Trifix. In 2007, Katherine separated her extensive research from Ichazo’s term in 2007 to clarify important distinctions.

In 2019, Ichazo finally published five general paragraphs on Trifix in his book "The Nine Constituents," but they lacked any detail on correlations or references to head, heart, or gut types. He never taught more on the subject.

In "The History of Integral Teaching" by Ichazo, it is confirmed that Trifix was mentioned for the first time in the Enneagram Monthly article published in January 1997. It was first taught to Aricans in 1997.

Coining of the term Tritype®

Tritype® was based on extensive research with tens of thousands of participants and correlations with Katherine’s Enneastyle Questionnaire (EQ) and her Enneacards Testing Instrument, which continued to reveal many distinct and meaningful patterns. These findings were further confirmed with additional studies that Katherine conducted.

As Katherine continued to write about and teach the 3Types (Tritype), TriCenter, Trigram, and Trifix, it became clear that she was the only one to do so. She always gave attribution to Ichazo for his term and added it to her work to honor him as the creator of the Enneagram of Personality. So Enneagram Enthusiasts confused her extensive body of research on the types, archetypes, and their meaningful interactions with “Ichazo’s single term Trifix, which was three fixations used in a clockwise order from the primary type.”

Katherine met an Arican teacher in 1997. She had also attended Ichazo’s Reunion Intensive in 2005, where she met other Aricans. Later, in 1997, the Arica Institute added Autodiagnosis and Advanced Fixations to the Arica training. This was the first time he had offered the concept of the Trifix to individuals.

In 2007, Katherine taught Trifix in Palo Alto, California. The Arican teacher Katherine met ten years earlier attended her Trifix training. After the training, they enjoyed discussing many aspects of the history of Ichazo’s Enneagons and the Enneagram of Personality and Trifix and her experiences with many different teachings.

Their discussion about the similarities and differences in the systems led to a conversation on the future and how enthusiasts would come to understand Katherine’s extensive body of work based on years of research and Oscar’s singular concept of Trifix. Katherine wanted to separate the term from her years of research. So they discussed ways that could happen without confusing others any more than was necessary.

The Arican teacher mentioned that Katherine had popularized the term Trifix due to teaching public courses, conducting research studies, posting her findings on the internet, and presenting her findings at the IEA conferences. So that she would not have a problem. The internet was rapidly growing exponentially. So was the term Trifix. Her work was well received because most strongly identified with using all three centers of intelligence.

Together, they looked for ways to distinguish her extensive research and body of work work from Ichazo’s concept. They finally found an important distinction. They discovered that Katherine’s research was on the whole type in the Tritype, the use of the three types, and that Ichazo’s concept was only focused on the three fixations of the types in the Trifix.

This meant that what they shared in common was the use of three triads only.

They were happy to find a distinction, and as it turned out, an essential distinction with details that further defined both systems. They were alike in that both recognized the use of three types: one from each center or triad. After that, the systems were two different approaches.

Katherine and the Arican were pleased to find a way to explain the differences between the concepts easily. They concluded that separating Katherine’s extensive body of work from Ichazo’s term made sense and seemed as though it was possible to clarify the differences.

This led to the Arican teacher asking Katherine if she would consider giving Ichazo the term Trifix so that he might be able to trademark it. Katherine readily agreed as she had always given him attribution for the term out of respect for his work as the creator of the Enneagram of Personality.

Katherine wanted to return to her earlier terms, which she still used: 3Types, Tricenter, and the Trigram symbol, which were already her copyrighted terms. However, the Arican teacher suggested Katherine use the word “Tritype” because Katherine’s findings were based on the discovery that individuals use three “types” rather than three “fixations” like Ichazo. That way, both terms would validate the same general principles of the Enneagram and use all three centers, but the definition varied after that.

Katherine liked the term Tritype® so much better than Trifix concerning having a dynamic set of three types. So, in April of 2007, after 13 years as 3Types, Trigram, and TriCenter and over 10 years as Trifix, the term Tritype® was coined as the overarching term for all of her work with the Tritypes® and Tritype®. Archetypes.

It has now been in effect since 2007. She encouraged Katherine to consider trademarking the term Tritype®, and they hoped to trademark Trifix. In both cases, distinguishing between the two systems would make it easier. The public and consumers could recognize the critical similarities and differences. She explained that trademarking the term would protect the consumer from confusion and misinformation and protect the owner’s intellectual property from being misstated, used, or misrepresented. So, in the end, enthusiasts would be able to see quickly what came from whom.

So she did. But the internet has made it difficult to maintain. With so many enthusiasts posting on both topics incorrectly, the differences still need to be clarified. So Katherine created the ETTv8 Testing Instrument to help people type more accurately.

The concept first came from Katherine’s research in 1994. Ichazo, independently from Katherine, found a similar pattern in 1997, further confirming the significance of the Enneagram of Personality. ©1995-2023 Katherine Chernick Fauvre.

What are the 27 Enneagram Tritype® Archetypes?  Tritype® Descriptions

Katherine Fauvre created the names of the 27 Tritype® Archetypes due to many qualitative interviews with each of the three types in each of the 27 Tritypes®. These are the names that participants representing all three types in each Tritype® could agree on as their term.

The Mentor Tritype®: 125, 152, 215, 251, 512, 521
If you are a 125, you are diligent, caring, and knowledgeable. You want to be ethical, helpful, and wise. You are idealistic and see what needs to be done and the simple and effective ways to do it. You seek practical systems and procedures to measure results and effectiveness. You are intensely private but care about people and what is needed. So, you readily offer your time and energy when you think something is needed.

The Supporter Tritype®: 126, 162, 216, 261, 612, 621
If you are a 126, you are diligent, caring, and inquisitive. You want to be ethical, helpful, and supportive. Highly responsible and cooperative, you are most comfortable when you do things ‘by the book’ and know what to expect. Focused on the needs and concerns of others, you feel you know what is important and what should or should not be done in any given situation. You seek ways to be of service and enjoy being the dynamic and influential power behind the throne.

The Teacher Tritype®: 127, 172, 217, 271, 712, 721
If you are a 127, you are diligent, caring, and innovative. You want to be ethical, empathetic, and inspired. Engaging, fun-loving, and outgoing, you want to be with people and be a part of what will make a difference. You seek fun with a purpose. You need to meet your goals and be responsible, but you also make sure there is time to play, celebrate, and enjoy life. You love discovering new things. You have a gift of being able to squeeze the boredom out of anything tedious.

The Technical Expert Tritype®: 135, 153, 315, 351, 513, 531
If you are a 135, you are diligent, focused, and knowledgeable. You want to be ethical, efficient, and wise. Highly rational, you seek systems and procedures. Detail-oriented, you like mathematical concepts and finding ways to break down and understand complex material. You are very precise and good with exacting details that others find difficult to manage. Often technical, you prefer to work with facts and logic and can, at times, seem unemotional or insensitive.

The Taskmaster Tritype®: 136, 163, 316, 361, 613, 631
If you are a 136, you are diligent, ambitious, and inquisitive. You want to be ethical, efficient, and dutiful. Highly industrious and responsible, you are focused on achievement. You feel obligated to be orderly and create a successful image as dictated by society. You emulate people you admire and cultivate values that others respect. Most importantly, you focus on your duty and commonly accepted ways of doing things to feel confident and at ease.

The Systems Builder Tritype®: 137, 173, 317, 371, 713, 731
If you are a 137, you are diligent, ambitious, and innovative. You want to be ethical, efficient, and upbeat. You are self-motivated and want to set and achieve your goals. Naturally perfectionistic, you present the image that is most admired.  You want to do your best and want to look good doing it. You naturally focus on success and seek ways to measure it. You do this by noticing what others value, mapping the steps to achieve your goal, and perfecting what you do so it is recognized by others.

The Researcher Tritype®: 145, 154, 415, 451, 514, 541
If you are a 145, you are diligent, intuitive, and knowledgeable. You want to be ethical, original, and wise. Highly intellectual, creative, and methodical, you naturally focus on what need to know and learn to express your internal sense of aesthetics. Researching comes naturally because you wish to be a true expert in whatever you do. An astute judge of what others perceive is correct, you seek and quote experts to avoid being seen as ignorant. Mastery provides the skills you desire to manifest your creative interests.

The Philosopher Tritype®: 146, 164, 416, 461, 614, 641
If you are a 146, you are diligent, intuitive, and inquisitive. You want to be ethical, original, and certain. You are a private and introspective person and prefer to keep your world small to pursue your creative interests. Only one or two know your true thoughts and insecurities. Morally focused, you voice your expectations and criticisms, hoping your insights will help them to improve. However, you are kind-hearted, and cannot turn a blind eye to others you feel you should assist.

The Visionary Tritype®: 147, 174, 417, 471, 714, 741
If you are a 147, you are diligent, intuitive, and innovative. You want to be ethical, expressive, and positive. You are passionate and idealistic and want to make a difference in the world and do what is it right.  You see many possible approaches to any given situation. Diverse and hardworking, you uphold your idealism with standards of excellence and a strong moral compass. Perfectionistic by nature, you seek standards that improve lives.

The Strategist Tritype®: 258, 285, 528, 582, 825, 852
If you are a 258, you are caring, knowledgeable and protective. You want to be helpful, wise, and straightforward. You can take charge, be direct, and to the point but prefer to be relational. You are naturally empathetic and focused on people but need time on your own to follow your own pursuits undisturbed. You are both introverted and extroverted. Sometimes, you can be direct, move towards others, and ‘over' give or pull away to be alone and recharge.  This can be confusing to others.

The Problem Solver Tritype®: 259, 295, 529, 592, 925, 952
If you are a 259, you are caring, knowledgeable, and accepting. You want to be helpful, wise, and peaceful. You are naturally very quiet, soft-spoken, and shy, but observe and track everything going on around you.  You focus on problems and enjoy tinkering and fixing things. You need companionship and avoid feelings of loneliness by focusing on the needs and concerns of others. You are the smart, reserved, and sympathetic, ‘people’ person. You can see how to fix things but struggle with inaction when overwhelmed.

The Rescuer “Hero” Tritype®: 268, 286, 628, 682, 826, 862
If you are a 268, you are caring, supportive and protective. You want to be helpful, engaging, and straightforward. You are playful, provocative, and outspoken with a sense of bravado. You want to be in charge of your world but tend to focus on others and what is needed. You are attracted to the noble cause. You are the “every man or woman” who will fight the “good fight” for the greater good. You may be uncertain at times but will instantly challenge what is unjust or step up to shield others from harm.

The Good Samaritan Tritype®: 269, 296, 629, 692, 926, 962
If you are a 269, you are caring, inquisitive and accepting. You want to be helpful, supportive, and peaceful. You like people and want to find ways to engage with them. Your sense of pride comes from getting along with others and being of assistance. You are known for your kindness, easygoing, and friendly disposition. You will push for what you think is needed but may struggle with being seen as passive or quietly passive-aggressive.

The Free Spirit Tritype®: 278, 287, 728, 782, 827, 872
If you are a 278, you are caring, innovative and protective. You want to be helpful, loving, and straightforward. You are independent and assertive with a heart of gold. You have a ready smile, a rapier wit, and a twinkle in your eye. You are fun-loving and enjoy people and adventures nurturing those in your circle of care. You use your charming disposition to create an upbeat, positive, and action-packed environment. You follow your own muse but enjoy the attention and energy of a group of your choosing.

The Peacemaker Tritype®: 279, 297, 729, 792, 927, 972
If you are a 279, you are caring, innovative, and accepting. You want to be helpful, upbeat, and peaceful. You are very kind and tend to see the best in others. You focus on easy and comfortable ways of relating. You have a sunny disposition and are very kind and optimistic. You dislike any form of conflict or strife and use your sense of humor to smooth out difficulties. Your need for okay-ness can at times be seen as insensitive.

The Solution Master Tritype®: 358, 385, 538, 583, 835, 853
If you are a 358, you are ambitious, knowledgeable, and protective. You want to be efficient, wise, and straightforward. Tough-minded, you are good at studying a problem and finding both the original and practical solutions others often miss. You are a no-nonsense person and prefer to use logic over emotion to achieve your goals. Highly tenacious, you work tirelessly until you find effective solutions and can prevail against adversity.

The Thinker Tritype®: 359, 395, 539, 593, 935, 953
If you are a 359, you are ambitious, knowledgeable, and accepting. You want to be efficient, wise, and peaceful. Intellectual and clever, you have your eye on the prize but find amenable and pleasant ways to manage your goals. Kindhearted, you naturally offer help but prefer to avoid difficult situations. Often shy, you are very private and are slow to trust others. You need time to reveal yourself to others. You are ambitious but seek admiration in a subtle manner.

The Justice Fighter Tritype®: 368, 386, 638, 683, 836, 863
If you are a 368, you are ambitious, inquisitive, and protective. You want to be accomplished, loyal, and straightforward. Verbally adept and a good reader of people and situations, you have the ability to identify unjust authority, rebel against tyranny, and verbally spar against it. You seek people and situations that share your values and work hard to achieve your goals. You want to get along with others but can struggle with being too direct and outspoken.

The Mediator Tritype®: 369, 396, 639, 693, 936, 963
If you are a 369, you are ambitious, inquisitive, and accepting. You want to be successful, engaged, and peaceful. You seek peace, balance, and harmony. You want to know what is expected of you and will adjust your behavior to succeed. You want to be the everyman or woman, the good neighbor, friend, and coworker. You adapt to maintain this rapport because you need affirmation, reassurance, and a sense of well-being to feel connected to others.

The Mover Shaker Tritype®: 378, 387, 738, 783, 837, 873
If you are a 378, you are ambitious, innovative, and protective. You want to be efficient, happy, and straightforward. You are a dynamic go-getter, focused on the prize. An expansive powerhouse, you see the big picture and have the will to make it happen. You are a true entrepreneur and empire builder who recognizes what is possible and will work hard to achieve results. Obstacles are seen as competitive challenges.

The Ambassador Tritype®: 379, 397, 739, 793, 937, 973
If you are a 379, you are ambitious, innovative, and accepting. You want to be focused, upbeat, and peaceful. You are outgoing even if you are shy. You seek companionship, so naturally, include others in your circle. Your friendly, welcoming, and diplomatic approach provides a warm and pleasant atmosphere that fosters a sense of goodwill. Secretly, you avoid complications, preferring to stay with pleasantries. You strive for success and a feeling of personal importance.

The Scholar Tritype®: 458, 485, 548, 584, 845, 854
If you are a 458, you are intuitive, knowledgeable, and protective. You want to be original, wise, and straightforward. You study what makes people tick and quickly form and share strong opinions about what you learn. Somewhat introverted, you are identified as being someone who is an intuitive, and intellectual strategic thinker. You look to the past and identify great historical thinkers and philosophers you wish to emulate. You see and focus on the interconnections that others often miss.

The Contemplative Tritype®: 459, 495, 549, 594, 945, 954
If you are a 459, you are intuitive, knowledgeable, and accepting. You want to be original, wise, and peaceful. Highly self-aware and reflective, you are very shy, reserved, and self-conscious. You need regular quiet time to reflect on your thoughts and emotions. Easily flooded with emotion, it is difficult to voice your ideas and feelings. You are hurt when extroverts don’t ask for your thoughts and opinions, not realizing they may also be ill at ease.

The Truth Teller Tritype®: 468, 486, 648, 684, 846, 864
If you are a 468, you are intuitive, inquisitive, and protective. You want to be original, certain, and straightforward. You are outspoken and opinionated yet deeply sensitive and introspective. Your high sensitivity drives you to seek immediate resolution to potential issues or threats. You excel at detecting inconsistencies and exposing hidden agendas, deception, and ulterior motives. While are very kind, loving, and protective, your intensity may lead to lightning-fast reactions to careless acts or thoughtless deeds.

The Seeker Tritype®: 469, 496, 649, 694, 946, 964
If you are a 469, you are intuitive, inquisitive, and accepting. You want to be original, certain, and peaceful. You are very sensitive and can easily feel reserved and inhibited. You are a deep thinker with strong emotions and can struggle with intense feelings of self-doubt. You seek answers to life’s questions. As a result, you need multiple sources of confirmation. You want to be individualistic but avoid confrontation because you fear it will cause separation.

The Messenger Tritype®: 478, 487, 748, 784, 847, 874
If you are a 478, you are intuitive, innovative, and protective. You want to be original, creative, and straightforward. A cutting-edge tracker of both your internal and external worlds, you are an unconventional, passionate, and self-possessed master of solutions. You seek what is new and innovative with a strong need to share what you learn with others. Outwardly, you come across as confident with a sense of panache, but inwardly, you are emotionally sensitive and shy.

The Gentle Spirit Tritype®: 479, 497, 749, 794, 947, 974
If you are a 479, you are intuitive, innovative, and accepting. You want to be original, positive, and peaceful. Others see you as very receptive and ethereal. You are identified with the defense of optimism and possibilities. Secretly, you are shy and long-suffering and tend to hide your painful feelings and pessimism for fear of being rejected. You focus on what is new and giving meaning to your suffering. Others see you as gentle, tenderhearted, and lyrical. You are attracted to healing arts.

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Tritype® Research Findings - IEA Journal 2012, Revised 2024

Errors in the Dissemination of the Enneagram
Integration-Disintegration - Stress-Security
What are the errors in the Dissemination of the Lines of Connection... Why is it important? Common Enneagram Mistyping!

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As a scholar, I have learned that most Enneagram teachers and enthusiasts would want to know that Claudio Naranjo repeatedly stated that he was misquoted in 1971 regarding the concept of integration-disintegration and stress-security. He said that the types always move to "both" wing types and “both” lines of connection during integration-disintegration and stress-security.

The types, wings, and lines of connection are neutral until the personality acts in a manner that is positive or negative.  So if the personality is positive and healthy, the types, wings, and lines are healthy, but if the personality drops down the levels and is negative, they are all considered negative. It is a system that represents the intersections of the law of 3 (369) and the law of 7 (142857) with the law of one (the circle). Research suggests that this  9-pointed Enneagram is thought to represent movement in the universe uniting Divinity with Creation.

In addition to stating this fact in his Seekers After Truth (SAT) groups, he also documented this fact in his book Enneatypes in Psychotherapy, published in 1994, in his 10-day intensive in Boulder, Colorado in 1996 (which I attended), and in his SAT Intensive in Germany in 2010 which is on video and can be purchased.

Naranjo did say that he considered this one evening in his SAT group in 1971 but immediately dismissed the notion because Oscar Ichazo's Enneagram of Personality was based on "Trialectics" rather than dialectics.

He also stated that this misunderstanding was an unfortunate error in the dissemination of the Enneagram that went around the world and caused many people to mistype themselves and that many books continued with this misunderstanding of Oscar Ichazo's “Trialectic” system of the Enneagram of Personality.

In 1996, when I attended Naranjo’s 10-day intensive in Boulder, I taught the Enneagram for 9 years, had three certifications and 3 research studies, and had written 2 books and did not know this important error. I did, however, notice the error when I conducted my first two qualitative research studies prior to attending Naranjo's Intensive. One study was Enneastyle: 9 Languages of the Enneagram Types, which was on the internal experience of the 9 Enneagram Types.  The other was A Study of the Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes.

I asked Naranjo about his view of integration-disintegration and stress-security in his 1996 Intensive. I asked because over 1000 study participants identified with both the positive and negative aspects of their lines of connection.

In addition, Oscar Ichazo never taught integration-disintegration or stress-security in this manner.

So you need only add that when integrating, you rapidly and continuously move to the high of your type, both wings, and both lines of connection, and when disintegrating, you also rapidly and continuously move to the low side of your type, both wings, and both lines of connection. Think of it as a piston that is always in motion. ©1995-2023 Katherine Chernick Fauvre: Originator of Tritype®

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Enneagram Enthusiast’s Questions:
“I heard Katherine Fauvre’s new Enneagram Tritype Test v8 is the “Best” Enneagram Test because it has nine tests in one, and ten tests if I book a session. Is that true? I am told it includes the Tritype Test, Instinctual Type Test, Subtypes Test, and Stacking Order Test is that correct? Is her test valid? What is it based on?”

Katherine’s Team Reply:
Katherine Fauvre's Enneagram Tritype® Test v8 (ETTv8) represents the culmination of her unwavering devotion to the Enneagram and personality typologies. Her remarkable journey in this field spans more than five decades, beginning in 1970 when she first delved into teaching personality systems. In 1985, her exploration led her to the Enneagram of Personality, a pivotal moment in her career. Additionally, she began her qualitative research on the "internal experiences" of the types in 1994. Through relentless commitment and extensive research over the years, Katherine has honed her expertise, making her a true authority in the world of the Enneagram.

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In 1994, Katherine embarked on an in-depth qualitative research journey, delving into the profound "internal experiences" intricately linked to Enneagram types. By 1995, she had earned certifications with the first three certification programs led by luminaries such as Helen Palmer-David Daniels in the Narrative Tradition, Don Riso-Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute, and Kathleen Hurley-Ted Dobson of the Breakthrough Method. These certifications solidified her position as a revered authority in the field.

Katherine is distinguished as the only person to have attended intensives with Dr. Claudio Naranjo, the creator of Subtypes in 1996, and Oscar Ichazo, the creator of the Enneagram of personality in 2005. Claudio Naranjo also validated her 1994-1995 Instinctual Type and Subtype Research Findings.

Throughout her illustrious career, Katherine actively engaged in various Enneagram programs, special events, and conferences. Her influential participation in events organized by the International Enneagram Association and The Shift Network for the Enneagram Global Summits played a pivotal role in harmonizing diverse perspectives within the Enneagram community. This active involvement contributed significantly to the development of more unified descriptions of Enneagram types.

Katherine's ETTv8 is the tangible manifestation of her unwavering commitment to the Enneagram. The roots of this comprehensive test trace back to her qualitative research, which began in 1985 and was officially formalized in 1994. This monumental research endeavor has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of participants from all corners of the globe. The research was deeply focused on unraveling the intricate "internal experiences" associated with her Enneagram types and Instinctual subtypes, Identifications, and Stackings.

Comprising nine distinct testing instruments, including the Enneastyle Questionnaire, ETTv8 seamlessly integrates these components into the 2020 Enneagram Tritype® Test. This advanced tool serves as a meticulously crafted guide to assist individuals in pinpointing their Enneagram type, Tritype®, Instinctual Stacking, and Subtype. Additionally, it aids in uncovering patterns indicative of specific Enneagram types and Tritype®s.

One of the most notable attributes of this test is its remarkable ability to provide support to individuals navigating the labyrinth of self-identification. This is particularly significant for individuals with type 6 and type 9 personalities, who frequently grapple with doubt and indecision as intrinsic elements of their defense mechanisms.

The testing process is a comprehensive evaluation and ranking of the Enneagram types that individuals closely resonate with. The ultimate objective is to uncover their core type. It is imperative to ensure that individuals resonate with the idealized images and core fears intricately linked to their identified Enneagram types, while actively employing the characteristic defense strategies.

Moreover, it is crucial to emphasize that the test takes into account the primary Enneagram types (3, 6, and 9). These individuals possess an innate inclination to navigate life's intricate tapestry of circumstances, situations, conditions, and behaviors in a manner that fosters a profound sense of equilibrium and completeness. Individuals with these primary types may often find resonance with one of their wing types rather than their core type, adding a layer of complexity to the Enneagram exploration process.

Katherine Fauvre's contributions to the Enneagram community have been widely recognized and celebrated. She is a former International Enneagram Association (IEA) board member and is an IEA Accredited Professional Enneagram Teacher with Distinction. On May 16, 2023, she was inducted into the prestigious Who's Who in America Biographical Registry, acknowledging her exceptional contributions and influence in the field. Later, on August 22, 2023, she was also honored with induction into the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), a testament to her standing as a top authority in her field.

Katherine's accolades extended beyond these inductions; she was bestowed with the title of "Top Enneagram Coach of the Year," a remarkable achievement recognizing her excellence in guiding individuals through their Enneagram journeys using her In-depth Inquiry Process, her work with Personal Empowerment, and Transformational Coaching. Furthermore, she was awarded the distinction of "Best Business Consultant" for the City of Menlo Park, California, in October 2023, cementing her reputation as a transformative force in her local community.

In conclusion, Katherine Fauvre's Enneagram Tritype® Test v8 represents the culmination of a lifelong commitment to the Enneagram and personality typologies. This innovative tool, born from decades of research and expertise, offers individuals a profound and comprehensive understanding of their Enneagram type, Tritype®, Instinctual Type, and Subtype. It achieves this by delving deep into their motivations, internal experiences, and responses to a meticulously designed battery of testing instruments. Katherine's dedication and impact on the field of personality exploration are exemplified not only by her pioneering work but also by the recognition and accolades she has been awarded.

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Tritype® Test Reviews

My test was a change from the past

April 3, 2024

Formerly, I tested as a 316, self preservation, social, sexual. A year ago or so I tested as a 125, 126. This time I tested as a 1, with a tritype of 285; social, self preservation, sexual. This is a change. As I have read about the self preservation 3 can mistype as a self preservation 1.

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SHARON RICHARDT

Response from Enneagram Tritype® Test

Hello…Are you getting different results from the Enneagram Tritype® Test v8? If so, you should have received special notices suggesting that you used the patterns that only those with type 6 and type 9 use. This test has 10 tests in one. I have been collecting research on the testing instruments I created 40 years ago. In 2017, I finally found someone that could program the specific patterns the types use. The most common type is the type 9. The most common Tritype® is 963. The Tritype® that most commonly mistypes is the social 693. This Tritype® struggles with all testing instruments. This is because they are meant to see what they initiate ( type 3), the other side of every issue (type 6), and all points of view (type 9). If you received 1-7 special notifications, it most likely means that you tested like type 6, type 9, or both type 6 and type 9. It also indicatesthat test-taker has type 6 and type 9. in in theirTritype®.

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I figured i was a 1, 3, 5 and therefore a bit puzzled by the results. I need time to review and digest the report so i better understand my 7, 8, 3 result.

December 4, 2023

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Jason Perkins

Response from Enneagram Tritype® Test

Your potential idea of Tritype® with your choices suggest a particular pattern that is often the 369 in any order…Look to see if you received any special notices suggesting type 6, type 9, or both.

Had to retake test 5 or six times because it wouldn’t save progress and kept timing out

November 28, 2023

Still haven’t seen my test results because every time I try to take test it times out before I’m finished. I feel so defeated. I’m sure it’s great but I don’t know because I haven’t been able to get to the end. It would be nice if progress was saved when taking a test.

kiley

Response from Enneagram Tritype® Test

We are so sorry for the confusion and feelings of defeat. For what it is worth… This test is the result of 40 years of research. Every aspect of it is designed to reveal your testing patterns. It comprises multiple tests that must be taken in a single sitting of approximately 20 to 40 minutes to achieve the most accurate results. Leaving the test disturbs the flow and continuity required for optimal results. Back-spacing or trying to save will cause you to lose your answers. It is designed to track many patterns to offer the most information possible about your potential Enneagram Type, Tritype®, Instinctual Type, and Stackings. Unlike other personality tests, it is based on motivations rather than behaviors. We hope you can try again when you have 45 minutes… Good luck!

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"Being incorrectly typed takes the power out of Enneagram work. I cannot say enough about the need to be correctly typed! I had mistyped myself, and for a number of years felt quite satisfied with being an Enneagram Nine. Making the decision to learn about Tritype, opened up the possibility for me to learn my Truetype. After meeting with Katherine and realizing I was a Type 2, Tritype 269, I truly felt like an entirely new world had opened up. Now the hard work could begin! Katherine’s expertise in this area is preeminent. I am incredibly grateful for her keen insight in helping me see myself as I truly am, not as I wanted to see me."
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How does this Tritype® Test Work?

This comprehensive and in-depth Enneagram Tritype® Test is only $25.

This test is based on 35 years of experience, 22 of Katherine’s Research Studies on the Enneagram, Tritype®, Instinctual Types and MBTI, and many other correlations. You can learn more about the Enneagram Types, Tritype® and Instinctual Subtypes at www.katherinefauvre.com.

The specific word choices on the Enneacards came from tens of thousands of research participants and thousands of qualitative interviews and In-depth Coaching Sessions.

How does it work?
Enneastyle Questionnaire: This is the open-ended testing instrument that led to all of the studies that followed, as it proved to accurately identify one’s self-image.

Make sure to answer all of the questions based on what has been true for you most of your life, most of the time… not who you could be, should be, want to be or have become.

It is critical that you answer as you are now and have always been, regardless of how much you have grown. Your Enneagram Type is the "you" from childhood to now... the you that has always been present.

Enneacards
You will receive several sets of 3 Enneacards and be asked to drag and drop the cards in the order of your first choice to your third choice.

If you notice that you have been given Enneacards that you have already seen, it is intentional. You are being served the Enneacards in a number of different ways. 😉 They are also the result of the Enneacards you have selected. They are being compared against your other choices.

Want to guess what someone's Tritype® might be?
Many people have asked me how to type someone they are no longer in contact with, like an old flame, friend, and, most importantly, a loved one that has passed away… You would be surprised at how close your answers might be.

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Then, this time, imagine the person for whom you are taking the test. Answer as they would answer the questions.  Then see if the results remind you of that person.

 Why the Enneagram System?

  • Honors personality diversity
  • Recognizes 9 views of reality, all of which are inherently valid
  • Identifies why you do what you do
  • Helps you to develop critical self-awareness
  • Improves your relationships with others
  • Helps to build cohesive groups, families, and teams
  • Develop compassion for others
  • Is a greater catalyst for change than any other personality typology

What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram (pronounced “any-a-gram”) is a personality system with roots in ancient Middle Eastern spiritual traditions. “Ennea” is the Greek word for nine, and “gram” means drawing or graph. The Enneagram symbol is a circle enclosing nine equidistant points connected by nine intersecting lines.

As we know it today, the Enneagram is a vital link between the psyche and the spirit. It is a complex and sophisticated conceptual system that is also a sensible and easily understood self-discovery tool. The nine points represent how the nine different personality types perceive and defend their realities.

The Enneagram types are distinguished from one another by unconscious motivations and preoccupations that produce patterns of perception, feeling, and behavior, which can be gifts or obstacles to the personality.

The nine points represent the ways in which the nine different personality types perceive and defend their realities. The Enneagram types are distinguished by unconscious motivations and preoccupations, which produce patterns of perception, feeling, and behavior, which can be gifts or obstacles to the personality.

The wisdom of the Enneagram is that it recognizes nine very different yet inherently valid views of reality. The power of the Enneagram is that it is a profound and comprehensive tool to harness and transform self-defeating behavior into life-enhancing personal empowerment. The gift of the Enneagram is that through self-discovery, one can create and sustain meaningful and lasting relationships.

The Enneagram is a useful tool in determining personal patterns of relating and in understanding differing styles of communicating. Through deeper insight, one can more fully understand one’s own communication style, as well as the styles of others.

With this knowledge, one can observe the core triggers that influence one’s ability to successfully respond to any given situation and avoid ineffectual, self-defeating reactivity. Ultimately, the Enneagram is an invaluable tool that defines nine distinct life strategies that, when understood, can give crucial insight into developing the self-awareness needed to create change.

Understanding the Enneagram

Many personality typologies identify important character traits, which in and of themselves are very instructive, but only the Enneagram identifies the specific core motivations and often unconscious unmet needs (real or imagined) that may cause the personality to go on red alert and react defensively.

The beauty of the Enneagram is that it is a very simple yet complex personality tool that is easily understood. This is due in part because each of the 9 types has a very specific way in which their view of the world is organized.

Once you recognize that your view of the world is along the same lines as one of the nine Enneagram Types, you can begin to examine the predictable ways you will react or respond to different situations. Then you can use the same considerations when determining your Tritype® Stacking and Instinctual Type and Subtype Stacking.

It is truly transformational to discover your Enneagram Type, Tritype® and Instinctual Type because once confirmed and understood, it is easy to pinpoint the moments and issues that will cause your defense strategies to go into overdrive.

With this knowledge, it is easy to recognize the very predictable defense patterns of the types. More importantly, with experience, you can discover your own personal triggers and track the ways in which your defense strategies work to protect you in times of stress.

Learning to recognize the micro movements, micro gestures and micro expressions that you use and those that signal the possibility of impending distress and potential conflict will give you the much needed time to intervene on your own behalf; long before you have become mired in frustrations or a fixed point of view.

Then you can begin the process of creating meaningful and lasting change.

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History of the Enneagram and Tritype®

Note from Katherine: A student of many teachings
I have had the good fortune of learning directly from the first Enneagram teachers, including Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo. I have also certified with Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Don Riso-Russ Hudson, and Kathleen Hurley-Ted Dobson (later Theodorre Donson) and know their work at a master level. In addition, I have conducted 22 completed research studies with tens of thousands of international participants, thousands of qualitative interviews, and  In-depth Inquiry Coaching Sessions.

What I do know is that I am forever changed by having had the opportunity to meet and study with such amazing people and teachers. As a result of what I learned from them, I have developed a much more expanded, integrated view of the types,  that is at the same time a much more focused way of seeing what causes the types to suffer and what supports them in releasing rigid beliefs, negative emotions, and habitual behaviors.

You could say that I now have a more detailed map as to what triggers the defense strategies and coping mechanisms of the Enneagram Types, Tritypes®, and Instinctual Types and Subtypes. And that the types themselves have taught me what is needed to quickly and radically help them to see, know, and feel for themselves the specific patterns and associations that can keep them mired in unnecessary suffering.

I write this now because I realize more and more that these divides are becoming larger and that many people are not aware of what came when and from whom and why. And, more importantly, how each of these missing pieces of information can help us to more fully love, understand, forgive, guide, and work with those we know and will encounter in the future. 

This in no way negates the wonderful work that Enneagram teachers are providing.  I just know that each teacher taught me aspects of the Enneagram the other teachers were not aware of and that many of these gifts modified my understanding of the types leading to a more compassionate understanding of the internal world of the Enneagram Types.

1st Dissemination of the Enneagram of Personality
Oscar Ichazo
The originator of The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality was created by Oscar Ichazo, a Bolivian spiritual seeker and mystic. He introduced his process of working with the Enneagram Instinctual Triads, Protoanalysis, Trialectics, and Dichotomies along with spiritual traditions to his students in Arica, Chile, in 1968.

Later, in July of 1970, he introduced the Enneagram and Protoanalysis as part of a 10-month spiritual training, which was also in Arica, Chile.

In April of 1971, after this initial dissemination of the Enneagram, Ichazo's students went on to create the Arica Spiritual School based on Ichazo's groundbreaking work.

Over the years, Ichazo added advanced concepts to his work, including his 40-day Training and his 2-week Domains of Consciousness Training. He also added Trifix to his work, teaching students that they had 3 fixations circa 2005.

Originally, Trifix referred to the three instinctual centers and that each center had a fixated view, a central question. In addition, he taught a 5-day intensive every five years with new information and materials on the Enneagram and spirituality.

2nd Dissemination of the Enneagram
Claudio Naranjo, MD: Creator of Instinctual Subtypes:

The Enneagram was further developed and transmitted by Dr. Claudio Naranjo, a Chilean Psychiatrist, and spiritual seeker.

Naranjo had been a student of Ichazo’s and attended his training in Arica, Chile, beginning in April of 1970. He also attended 5 months of the 10-month training in Chile that began July 1, 1970.

According to Naranjo, he had many conversations with Ichazo in 1970, discussing both the spiritual and psychological aspects of the Enneagram and the 9 types.

In 1971, after his time studying and collaborating with Ichazo in 1970, Naranjo went on to teach the Enneagram in confidential study groups he called  SAT groups for "Seekers After Truth" in Berkeley, California. He continued these SAT groups for 18 months from 1971-1973. Over time, he added his own work, including the Instinctual Subtypes.

In 1973, Naranjo stopped teaching in the US, stating that he did so because other people were taking credit for his work and misstating some of his key teachings.

First Diverging Viewpoints
As a result, both Ichazo and Naranjo's Enneagram teachings grew into two separate schools of thought.

3rd Dissemination of the Enneagram
Father Robert Ochs: Catholic Pipeline:
Another variation in the dissemination of the Enneagram occurred when Father Robert Ochs, from Loyola University in Chicago, began teaching the Enneagram at Loyola.

While on sabbatical in 1971, Ochs attended Naranjo’s SAT (Seekers After Truth) groups in Berkeley, California. Naranjo then gave Ochs permission to teach the Enneagram, which he did. Ochs focused on teaching from the short notes he had taken regarding Naranjo's descriptions of the nine types. His notes ended up in the hands of many Enneagram enthusiasts because nothing was published about the Enneagram by Ichazo or Naranjo.

Ochs did not include the Instinctual Subtypes as part of his teachings because Naranjo had yet to fully develop his work with the Instinctual Subtypes. This is why those "East of the divide" (those that learned the Enneagram via Ochs) did not know about the Instinctual Subtypes.

Ochs did, however, mistakenly misquote Naranjo with respect to the movements between the types and their lines of connection. Naranjo taught and documented that integration and disintegration was an incomplete understanding to his teaching of the types and that the types move to "both lines of connection" as well as their "wing types" when integrating and when disintegrating.

What went wrong? Why does it matter?
Ochs continued to teach integration and disintegration as a formula for working with the type's fixation based on a false premise that the types move to one line of connection when integrating and to the other when disintegrating.

Those who studied with Ochs and went on to became teachers did the same. Over time, this error exponentially spread misinformation about the types, and according to Naranjo, led to many mistypings and misunderstandings of the richness of the types.

In 1996, Naranjo said that he was misquoted in 1971 regarding the movement of the types' lines of connection within the Enneagram symbol. He said that this error went around the world and negatively impacted the understanding of the inner workings of the nine Enneagram Types.

He went on to explain that he did explore an idea regarding the arrows one evening with his SAT group but immediately saw that it was not viable the same evening.  He went on to say that this was because it was dialectic in nature and not Trialectic, which is what the Enneagram of Personality was based on.

Naranjo reiterated that he never taught that the Enneagram types move one direction in security/integration and the other in stress/disintegration, nor do they become another type. He stressed that such a view would negate the intrinsic dynamics of the Enneagram system because every type is constantly moving to both of its lines of connection and to both wing types at all times.

April 1994, Berkeley, California:
"A few days ago. I started thinking that it had to be something very special because it is the tenth anniversary of my work in the Latin world. I don't know how many of you know that I only taught in the U.S. for a year and a half. Then I decided not to continue, as an expression of disapproval toward some who regarded themselves to be endowed with the authority to write the first books about material that was not their own. Now the field is open, however, and I feel that our meeting signals the diffusion."
- Claudio Naranjo. Enneatypes in Psychotherapy

Katherine attended Naranjo's 1996 training in Boulder, Colorado, and so was present when he explained this misunderstanding to that group of attendees.

Naranjo also taught that integration/disintegration was an error in his SAT groups. In 1994, he documented it in his book Ennea-types and Psychotherapy, which was published in 1994, and on video in 2010 when he was teaching the Enneagram in Germany.

Ichazo never taught integration and disintegration to his students and aspirants either.

Confirmation that such a theory was not in Ichazo's teachings was confirmed in 2005 and again in 2019 by two teachers from Arica, Ichazo's Spiritual School. These teachers taught Ichazo's 40-day Training and his 2-week Domains of Consciousness Training, and other diverse workshops. One teacher, in particular, attended the 1970 training in Arica, Chile. So they are well acquainted with the history of Ichazo's work.

Katherine states that she personally met and conversed with them regarding Ichazo's work with the Enneagram of Personality the year she lived on Maui from November 2004 to December of 2005. This same year was when she attended Ichazo's 5-year Anniversary Intensive. To confirm important facts about Ichazo's dissemination of the Enneagram of Personality, she communicated with them again via email in 2019 and 2020.

The emergence of 3 schools of thought
Many people do not know that this inaccurate dissemination of the Enneagram occurred, so it still continues to circle the planet, and even more so due to the internet highway. The misquoting of such an important aspect of the Enneagram system changed the course of the Enneagram.

Hopefully, the misunderstanding will be corrected to include the Enneagram Types, the use of both lines of connection when stressed, and both lines when secure, via the same internet highway, which is why I include this information here.

Until that time comes, there are Enneagram students and teachers that were not taught Ichazo's Trifix and others that were not taught Naranjo's subtypes as a part of their Enneagram training.

Because of these differences, three very distinct schools of thought on the Enneagram came into being.

4th Dissemination of the Enneagram: One school restored
Katherine Fauvre Research, Certifications, and Tritype®

1985, Katherine Chernick (Fauvre) was introduced to the Enneagram before there were any books written of the Enneagram.

In 1994, just after the Enneagram conference, she began her formal research on the Instinctual Subtypes.

After 10 years of studying the Enneagram and teaching it to her clients and groups, she then began her three certification courses.

In 1995-1996, she certified with 3 different Enneagram Schools; Palmer-Daniels, Riso-Hudson, and Hurley-Dobson. She teaches that she learned a great deal from each certification process and from every participant she met along the way.

While certifying in 1995, she continued with 3 of her of 22 Enneagram studies on diverse aspects of the Enneagram.

History of Tritype®
In 1994, while conducting hundreds of  Enneagram Typing interviews, Katherine confirmed that participants used three Enneagram types and not just one and that these types appeared to be used in a specific order. She called this understanding both 3Types and TriCenter.

In April of 1996, after a 24 year absence, Claudio Naranjo taught the Enneagram for the first time since 1973. According to Naranjo, it was the first time he ever taught the Enneagram as a full intensive.  Katherine had a chance to attend his 7-day Intensive in Boulder, Colorado.

She found Naranjo's course to be eye-opening and that it filled in many important gaps in her understanding of the Enneagram types. She learned a great many things about the types that had been lost in the dissemination of the Enneagram or were incorrectly assigned to another type.

These errors, great and small, altered the dissemination of the Enneagram. There were key errors and additions about the types as they were initially taught by Ichazo and Naranjo.

These differences made a great deal of sense to her. She had studied many personality typologies prior to learning the Enneagram. Katherine had also worked with thousands of people in her earlier career. In addition, she had studied a great deal about Chinese Faceology, archetypes, body language, micro-expressions, and MBTI before encountering the Enneagram.

By 1996, she had already conducted three qualitative studies on the 'internal experience' of the types and Instinctual Types and had written two books: Enneastyle: The 9 Languages of Enneagram Type and A Study of the Instinctual Subtypes. She had also researched and discovered the Idealized Images and Core Fears of the 9 Enneagram Types.

As a result of these studies, with over 1,000 study participants, she was able to confirm that each type moves to both lines of connection when secure, calm, and healthy, and when troubled, stressed, and unhealthy. This was true with participants that were correctly typed and true of those inaccurately typed as well. In fact, it was one way to see their "Truetype" (correct Enneagram type, Tritype®, and Instinctual type, and Subtype).

So, Naranjo's way of teaching validated what the types had said about themselves.

Later, in 2005, as mentioned above, while living on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands, she was able to attend Ichazo's 5-day intensive.

Since her first study in 1995, she continued to work with and to interview thousands of clients, continued to research, collect, and evaluate tens of thousands of study participants' test results, and correlated the test-taker's Enneastyle Questionnaire (EQ) with 7 other testing instruments within their Enneagram Tritype® Test results.

This knowledge has remained a cornerstone of her work regarding how to work with the Enneagram type passions, fixations, preoccupations, core fears, idealized self-images, coping mechanisms, and defense strategies.

1995 Research Findings
Validate both Ichazo's Trifix and Naranjo's Instinctual Subtypes

Her first research findings on the 'internal experience' of the nine types and three Instinctual types revealed many key distinctions and nuances of the types and led to the creation of what is now known as Tritype®.

What is noteworthy and of interest is that these studies validated and continue to validate Ichazo's Trifix and Naranjo's subtypes, and in particular, the advanced theories they added after 1971.

Especially meaningful is that the initial studies and resulting findings of her 1995 research studies, Enneastyle, and the Instinctual Subtypes, were conducted and evaluated before she met Naranjo and had learned of his corrections and additions to the Enneagram and his subtypes before she knew of Ichazo's Trifix.

This suggests that the fears, concerns, preoccupations, coping mechanisms, and defense strategies of the Enneagram Types, Trifixes, Tritypes®, Instinctual Types, and Subtypes can be observed and, with awareness, understood.

Therefore, Katherine feels that it is imperative that one combine Ichazo's and Naranjo’s later views on the Enneagram. In addition, it is also deeply enriching to add the views, fears, and concerns of the nine types as revealed by thousands of her study participants and her interviews with tens of thousands of test-takers.

Accurately Typing Oneself and Others
Katherine believes that combining all of these approaches makes it much easier to accurately type oneself and others. It also makes it easier to understand the 'internal experiences' of the types and the processes operating at the most primal and fundamental levels of the types' defense strategies.

With this knowledge, she feels one can create and sustain meaningful and lasting relationships.

Behavior vs Motivation
Pay attention to what is motivating your behavior and not the behavior itself. This is crucial to accurately type oneself. This is especially difficult for the Type 6 and a small number of 9s to do because their defense strategies are designed to track behavior rather than motivation.
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9 Types of Empaths
How do I find my type of Empathy?
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How do I find my Types of Empathy?
Enneagram and 9 Types of Empaths

A few thoughts on Empathy and Empaths… Katherine began researching the different ways in which people experience and express empathy in 1969. Her research has continued to suggest several different types of empathy. Katherine has found that it is helpful for people to understand how they experience and express empathy... to be able to increase their emotional intelligence and develop the compassion needed to create lasting change in their lives. Empaths are highly sensitive people but are not always emotionally mature people. So, developing one's capacity for empathy and sympathy is one of the greatest ways to enhance our emotional intelligence, personal growth, and create community.

Cognitive Empathy:
Intuitive knowing and understanding
This type of empath has an intellectual understanding of what others are thinking and feeling. They recognize that others may be in distress and in need of assistance. They offer support by giving a logical approach to managing emotional states. They help others by mentally assessing what is needed.

The high side of this type of empathy is that they can deeply understand what others need, think and feel. They can be very wise. The low side is that they can use this understanding to manipulate others. Sociopaths can have this type of empathy and be devoid of any sympathy for the feelings of others.

Emotional Empathy:
Sympathetic resonance
This type of empath emotionally and physically feels what others are feeling. Emotional empaths feel what others feel as though they are their own feelings...

The high side of this type of empathy is that they can attune to others and can truly know what another is experiencing. They are identified with their depth of feeling. The low side of this type of empathy is when they can’t manage their own emotional states... and focus only on their own distressing emotions, often hysterically acting out their emotions. As a result, they can emotionally burn out and/or feel like emotional vampires to others.

Physical Empathy:
Physical sensations
This type of empath is very sensitive and may not know how empathetic they actually are. They feel empathy through bodily sensations without a connection to their deeper inner knowing or their emotions. These signals may be pleasant or extremely uncomfortable. When someone near them is in distress, they may experience the uncomfortable sensation without realizing what is causing them to be so irritable and uncomfortable.

The high side of this type of empathy is that they know through their physical sensations what is true in the moment regardless of what is being said or done. They know when something is off. They often offer advice and solutions to fix whatever may be causing distress to others.

The low side of this type of empathy is that they are easily overwhelmed by negative sensations and have trouble tolerating the distress of others. They can be hyper-focused on fixing or getting away from the person in distress rather than demonstrating care. To manage their emotional sensitivity, this type of empathy may shut down to the point of appearing calloused, cold, and indifferent.

Compassionate Empathy:

This is our goal and requires emotional intelligence and maturity. This type of empath can read others. They see, know, feel, and sense what others are thinking and feeling. They understand the predicament of others and demonstrate care and concern through sounds, words, and gestures. They readily feel the emotion and may feel like crying but will contain their own emotional empathic response in service of others, and instead step in and offer assistance in the manner that it is needed.

Biological Empathy:

Empathy appears to be inherited just as aggression and shyness are... which is why some people are naturally more empathic than others. We have a gene that may increase or decrease our innate capacity for empathy. We inherit our bandwidth for empathy, which is why some children feel pain when another child is hurt and cries while other children do not seem to be impacted.

Maturational Empathy:
Generally speaking, between 9-11 years of age, we have enough ego development to expand our empathy by understanding our impact on others. Ideally, with the right guidance, we can develop this type of empathy. But, even if we didn’t have the benevolent kindness of a guiding mentor, it is never too late to develop this capacity. We call this sensitivity with emotional maturity.

Experiential Empathy:
This type of empathy comes from having experiences. Some people might not be able to truly understand what another might be feeling and/or experiencing until they, too, have had the same experience. For example, they might feel sympathy for someone that lost their job... but if they also lose their own job, they might then move from having sympathy to having both sympathy and empathy. They now know on a personal level what it feels like to lose a job and have developed empathy for those that have lost their jobs.

Spiritual Empathy:
This type of empath is often described as an ‘old soul’. With this, empathy, compassion, and understanding are always present even if their behaviors are immature or reactive. The spiritual empath does not need to have had the experience to know what another is feeling. This type of empathy is what motivates us to create bonds and build bridges of community.

Spiritual Empathy is what connects us to one another on a universal level. This is why we care and are impacted when we see or hear of the other's suffering. Charity is born out of this type of empathy. When we recognize that we are deeply interconnected to all things great and small, we engage with and wish to support the needs and concerns of others. This is why we can feel moved to help a total stranger that is in distress.

Shutting down Empathy:
We all have empathy but in varying degrees. With empathy, we are able to put ourselves in another’s shoes, understand what is needed at any moment in time, and make informed decisions. Because empathy gives us the ability to know what others are thinking and feeling, it improves our decision-making processes.

However, there are times when the ego shuts down empathy due to empathy overload. This may be for a few seconds or much longer.

This is necessary for us to do in order to manage the adrenaline that comes from overwhelming distress. The defense system manages this distress by disassociating from the overwhelm of the empathetic feelings. It is usually immediate but temporary. It gives us the time needed to recognize solutions and take the appropriate action for a problem. This is needed because we are unable to make informed decisions when we are in a highly emotional state. Once we have a potential solution to a problem, we usually return to our natural empathetic style.

When and why do we shut down?
When we are hurt and/or in an argument with someone, we often shut down our empathy to manage the pain we are feeling, whether it is real or imagined. This is when we might say or do something we regret. Later, when our emotional states are no longer in overdrive, we can restore a sense of calm and apologize.

In order for the species to survive, people will have some degree of empathy, even if it is a tiny amount. Someone with a small amount of empathy might use it to manipulate and take advantage of others to increase their chances for survival. Others with greater amounts of empathy might instead use their empathy to help others survive in addition to their own survival.

Regardless of the level of empathy, we all need to be able to shut down our empathy at times in order to survive. If we did not have the ability to shut down our empathy, we would also not be able to survive as a species. I see this as a biological imperative.

Empathy shutdown can last a few seconds, or in extreme situations, last a lot longer depending on the intensity of the distress, the duration of the distress, and/or what values one has been taught or both.

If we were in full empathic resonance with others at all times, we would never be able to kill to eat or protect ourselves or those we care about from life-threatening danger. For example, soldiers need to be trained to shut down their empathy in order to be able to kill. They are taught to demonize the enemy and act with prejudice in order to survive going against the enemy.

The empath with a high level of empathy has a greater capacity to understand the suffering of others. However, when one understands the suffering of others, they, in turn, will suffer until they learn to manage their empathy and turn it into sympathy.

Being hurt or seeing someone else being hurt is extremely painful and upsetting for the empath with a moderate to a higher level of empathy. But even then, an empath with a high level of empathy may shut down their emotional empathy if they are repeatedly harmed or humiliated or need to protect someone else from the same. This type of wounding creates deep scars in the empath’s psyche, but with emotional support, this indifference can be healed, and the innate caring and compassion of the empath may re-emerge.

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for building bridges and understanding ourselves and others in a deep and profound way. It an ancient symbol of unity, diversity, change, and transformation. The building blocks for a supportive community can be found in the innate ways the 9 types demonstrate empathy. This is due to the fact that empathy is the way we connect to one another.

There are 9 types of empathy and 7 levels of empathy. There are also 9 Enneagram types, each of which expresses and experiences empathy in a very specific manner. Understanding the 9 diverse ways the 9 types express empathy helps us understand the ways in which others may be demonstrating compassion and consideration.

We can appreciate the diverse ways others may show us compassion and consideration. This is key as each type demonstrates empathy according to the needs and concerns of their own Enneagram type. We can miss the signals of empathy that other types are demonstrating, simply not know how to read the other type's style, and often feel let down when their way is foreign to us. So, for example, a 5 will demonstrate empathy by sharing the knowledge that they have acquired to be of assistance.

To create and sustain meaningful relationships, we need to develop our emotional intelligence and sense of personal empowerment. To feel empowered, it is essential that we be critically self-aware; recognize our values, goals, and skills, and our impact on others.

When we discover our style of expressing empathy, we can make sense of our world and the struggles we face in a new way. Empathy connects us to one another and gives us the compassion needed to build a community that honors and appreciates diversity.
©1995-2023 Katherine Chernick Fauvre: Originator of Tritype®

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9 Types of Empathy, 7 Levels of Empathy, 9 Types of Empaths and Personal Empowerment 3-week Masterclass Recording: Advanced Series

Empathy is the invisible thread that connects all of us to one another. It is our innate sense of humanity. It is the ability to understand and share the feelings of  another to put ourselves in their shoes.  All 9 types experience and demonstrate empathy, but how? And why does it seem like some types have more empathy than others?  Discover how the 9 Enneagram Types and 3 Instinctual Types experience and express empathy… and how we may miss the manner in which loved ones show us compassion according to their type.

As promised, I am now offering a 3 week, in-depth intensive expanding on the concepts that I am discussing in the Enneagram Global Summit.

In this online course, I will be teaching about my study of empathy. I will cover the subtleties of the 9 Types of Empathy, The 7 levels of Empathy, and The 9 Types of Empaths. In addition, I am including what is needed to understand your type of empathy and the steps to become more personally empowered.

I will expand more on:
• The 9 Types of Empathy
• The 7 Levels of Empathy
• Tips on Personal Empowerment for the 9 Types
• How you can use Empathy and Personal Empowerment to work with the Types in a new way
• How Empathy can be better understood in relationship to the Tritype and how the expression of Empathy can differ by Tritype

For example, some Tritypes like the 269 express empathy in the way they personally tend to others, and other Tritypes like the 358 will express empathy by providing for others.  Another example is that the 146 Tritype is focused on their sensitivity to pressure and "getting it right," so they will express empathy by helping to find and implement accurate and specific solutions in a caring way.

My study of Empathy began with a term paper in 1968. Empathy, like the Enneagram, has the power to transform people and situations. I have come to learn that empathy is the invisible thread that ties us to one another.  When we have empathy for others and ourselves, we have the ability to express and speak the language of compassion. With empathy, limiting beliefs fall away, and all differences are forgiven and understood.

Since that first term paper, I have taught my findings in a number of diverse settings— from the board room and executives in department stores to high schools and universities and even in the county jail. Over the years, I learned a great deal more about empathy and how to recognize the different ways empathy can be expressed and why. I have conducted interviews in businesses, in courses, within families, and in coaching sessions.  I have continued to learn more about the ways in which people think in terms of empathy. And, like the Enneagram, empathy, when more fully understood and correlated with the Enneagram Types, is deeply compelling and life-affirming.

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• What did each Instinctual Type and Enneagram Type report they need on the Spiritual path?
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