Enneagram Type 1 – Perfectionist, Reformer, Idealist

Learn about the Enneagram Type 1. Type One is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic

Enneagram Type 1

Enneagram type 1 are also known as the Perfectionist. the Idealist or the Reformer. This personality type tends to be rational, principled, and judicial in their behavior.

Let’s look at this type ones, who they are, their characteristics, wings, stresses and more. 

Enneagram 1 type
Enneagram 1 – the perfectionist


Type 1 Enneagrams typically have a need to be perfect. 


Type 1 are rational, principled and purposeful. A typical Enneagram 1 is a rule follower.

About Enneagram Type 1
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They tend to see things more black and white and like the rules to be clear and laid out for themselves and everyone else. 

Character of God

Here is the character of God for an Enneagram 1: The goodness of God.

How We Distort That Characteristic

Enneagram Type 1s distort this characteristic by becoming perfectionists.

Gut Triad

Type 1 fall into the gut triad, motivated and fueled by anger.

Harmonic Approach – Competency

Enneagram 1 fall into the Competency Approach in regards to Harmonic Approach. Ones try solving problems in an objective, unemotional manner. 

  • Ones can get into conflicts by being too impatient, rigid, and critical.
  • Ones focus on solving problems by doing what’s right.
  • Ones strongly believe that by following the rules, their faith, or their principles they will come to a just and fair solution.
  • Ones feel that they must put their own wants (and feelings) aside in order to remain objective (and autonomous from influence).
  • Ones may appear cold to others and that they don’t take into account the feelings of others.

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Wings of Enneagram 1

Enneagram 1 wings are  No one is a pure personality type: everyone is a unique mixture of his or her basic type and usually one of the two types adjacent to it on the circumference of the Enneagram. One of the two types adjacent to your basic type is called your wing.

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Enneagram 1 Wings

Enneagram 1w2 – The Activist

Here is what you need to know about Enneagram 1w2:

Those that are 1w2 are extroverted, warm, helpful and empathetic on the high side of Two – but can be more critical and controlling on the low the low side of Two. Ones with a two wing are effective problem solvers.


One wing two have a natural desire to be humane and upstanding. They fight for the rights of those less fortunate and love making a difference. They tend to respond negatively by redirecting their emotions to gain a sense of control. 

1w9 work thru their emotions eternally. As they work thru their emotions externally, they may react with sudden outbursts or breaking points.


If you are an Enneagram 1w2, you can have a basic fear of being immoral and making impure choices. 

Enneagram 1w2 are known as the activist. 

Enneagram 1w9 – The Optimist

Here is what you need to know about Enneagram 1w9:

Those that are 1w9 tend to be more introverted, detached and relaxed. Ones with a nine wing are more idealistic and objective.


One wing nine want to be morally good. They fight for the rights of others through teaching and talking.


If you are an Enneagram 1w9, you can have a basic fear of being corrupt and unethical. Because of this, you are more objective and emotionally reserved because of a fear of making of making a morally wrong choice.

Enneagram 1w9 are known as the optimist. 

Stress and Security

Here are what stress and security types that Enneagram type 1s go to when in stress or (security) success. 

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enneagram 1 stress and security

STRESS – FOUR – inner critic starts working overtime

SECURITY – SEVEN – more self-accepting, spontaneous, fun and open to trying new thing

Sin and Counter Virtue

The deadly sin and counter virtue that Enneagram 1 need to watch for are:  


Ones compulsively strive to perfect the world and become chronically resentful towards those who cannot live up to their standards, particularly themselves.


Ones can learn to accept that there’s more than one way to do things and have more patience with the world – and themselves – for being imperfect.

Best Careers for Enneagram 1

Careers that require setting rules and that are filled with purpose are great for type 1s. Here are careers that a typical Enneagram 1 would be successful in: 

  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Police Officer
  • Accountant
  • Investigator
  • Social Worker
  • Judge

More Enneagram Resources

Learn more about your type and others with our resources, including these hilarious Enneagram memes and images.

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The best place to start on your journey is learning about the Enneagram test. There are a total of 9 Enneagram types, click below to learn more about each personality type.

Enneagram Type 1 is a part of the Digital Mom Blog Enneagram series