What Does A Healthy Enneagram 1 Look Like?

This article will take a look at the type 1 enneagram and how they behave when they are healthy and also provide tips on how they can reach these levels. Furthermore, the article will also introduce this enneagram type in detail as well as highlight its fears and desires.

What Does A Healthy Enneagram 1 Look Like? 

A healthy type 1 enneagram is someone who is wise and can distinguish between right and wrong thus their moral compass is on point. They are very principled and follow certain values retaining to either social, religious or cultural values. They do not go about life without a framework to work within but they have a standard or criteria to hold their own selves against.

Here are the 3 levels that we will discuss with regards to the type 1 enneagram when it is healthy:

  • Level 3 – Healthy
  • Level 2 – Very Healthy
  • Level 1 – At Their Best 

We will explore each level, but before that we will introduce the type 1 enneagram in detail!

Who Is An Enneagram Type 1?

The enneagram type 1 is also known as the Reformer because of their desire to change the world for the better – they believe they are on a mission to set things right! They are rational and idealistic and can be described by the terms self disciplined, purposeful, possibly perfectionists and hold values high.

These individuals are always on the move to make things better but they have this fear that they may make a mistake. Nonetheless they strive to produce perfect output and this may make them over critical of not only their own self but that of others too. This also causes them stress and anxiety as they are worried things may not go as planned – which is usually the case when it comes to life!

People with this enneagram type know the meaning of sacrifice. They may seem very disciplined to others but they are burning with passion and desire. It’s just that they know how to keep a control on themselves but look out – they might explode anything and this will give away their image of being in control! However, this personality type has the ability to forego what it is they desire in order to achieve the greater good for all.

Basic Fear.

These individuals believe in values and strong morals hence they have the fear that they will be corrupted by their innate desires and feelings. They feel they will become evil or defected and abandon the mission they have undertaken. 

This is possibly their fear because of the intensity of their desires that rage inside of them and how they struggle to keep a lid on them. They do not let their desires distract themselves or take over them but yes they do fear this may happen one day.

Basic Desire.

Deep down, this type wants to achieve the perfect balance in life where they feel at peace and complete but at the same time embark on their mission to a better world. They want to be good and have integrity and be honest not only to themself but to others as well. 

This desire is relevant to their inner chaotic state which is constantly struggling to push them to their knees so they give in to their inner desires and leave the pursuit of the bigger goal.

Tips On How To Reach Their Healthy State – Type 1s

In this section we will look at how the type 1 enneagram can reach their healthy state.

Learn To Accept The Beauty In Flaws.

It is important to understand there is some good in everything with some exceptions of course! Even in the mistakes we make there is something we can learn from! When we experiment and end up with different outcomes from the goal we learn about new phenomena, ideas and methods to do different things which will help us widen our horizon and things in creative ways when required.

Practice Meditation.

From the sections above, the readers must have realized that the one issue with type 1s is how they think and process their thoughts, feelings and desires. They are in a constant battle with themselves not to mention they think in a negative way. This can cause them anxiety especially if they keep focusing on how they are not meeting their goals in the perfect way they imagined.

Everything Cannot Be Objective.

Type 1 enneagrams must understand that everything in life cannot be viewed in an objective manner – there will always be grey spots which we must accept and live with until we are able to figure them out. Hence they must accept people who have different views because as a species we are still understanding how the world works and anyone could be right or wrong. 

Set Practical & Realistic Standards.

The goal of achieving true success is when you choose the right journey. It is not only the outcome that matters but the journey as well because that is indeed what shapes you. It is important that type 1 enneagrams look towards long term success which is not in bouts but is consistent. This is only possible if they set realistic goals that can be achieved. It will make it easier for others to stay with type 1s in their journeys.

The best way to do this is by taking input from their partners before they declare a worthy objective! Set SMART goals.

Incorporating Flexibility In Life.

One thing that all enneagrams must remember is that success is not guaranteed so they must be ready to incorporate failure or the ability to change their route into their lives otherwise they will fall into a deep sense of loss, failure and possibly depression. If this happens again and again it will make it difficult for them to get up and start again!

What Does A Healthy Enneagram 1 Look Like? 

In this section, we will look at how the type 1 enneagram behaves in their healthy states.

Level 3 – Healthy

At this level, these enneagrams hold themselves to very high principles of life hence they are often described by others as principled individuals. People believe them when they say something and will entrust them with their valuables and sensitive information. Furthermore, they are all about ethics, being just to others and ensuring fair ways of dealing. They have a heightened sense of responsibility and will ensure that they complete their commitments.

The type 2 enneagram is also of the belief that they have a higher purpose rather than leading a purely ‘animal’ life where they focus on their basic needs and desires only. They want to improve the quality of life.

Level 2 – Very Healthy

Despite having very strong values and a commitment to ensure things are dealt with in a very just manner, they desire to lead a moderate life where not only they live at ease but so do others. They are the perfect balance of right but at the same time allowing others to navigate through their mistakes and eventually come to their level.

This enneagram is a dedicated follower of their religion or whatever belief system they believe in. They have person and moral values as well and make sure they uphold them in every circumstance.

Level 1 – At Their Best (Very Best)

This is the level at which the type 1 enneagram can be said to be at their best. They are wise and discerning and can easily tell what is right or wrong. Furthermore, they are realistic and will noy push others to follow their values strictly but try to inspire others to see the benefit in doing good while at the same time strong proponents of the truth – they will not let others spread falsehood but stand up for what is right and the truth.

People who are type 2 enneagrams will be considered as the beacons of hope and trusted leaders who care about others but at the same time more about the entire of society. They will choose to help others but ensure they do so in the right and acceptable manner.


This article took a look at the type 1 enneagram and how they behave when they are at their very best. The article not only introduced the type 1 enneagram and its fears and desires but also provided tips on how to self improve so that the enneagram can reach the best or healthy version of themself!



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