Four Core EnneaTriads for each Central Pattern (Type)

I will use my own Enneagram Type as an Example

I have a primary Enneagram Type or Style of Five. Of course, I have attributes of the other types in my character, but my dominant way of relating to the world and others is through the lens and world view of Type 5.

There has been an erroneous teaching that the lines and arrows on the Enneagram connect each type to just two other types. For Type 5, that would be primary lines of connection to Point 8 and Point 7.

The truth is that every Core or Central Pattern or Position (CP) is connected to all the other eight Enneagram Types. Your Core Pattern is the center of four core relationships in a personality matrix or square based on the 3 Object Relations Groups & the 3 Hornevian Groups that are the most important backbone relationships of the Enneagram.

6__________ 9__________ 3

2__________ 5__________ 8

1__________ 4__________ 7

For Type 5, I have a connection to my Center Group Members: 5, 6 & 7 is my Head Center Group. Hence, I am connected to Point 6, as well as Point 7. Teachers and books commonly teach only the connection to Points 8 and 7 as the "primary lines of connection" for Type 5. The connection to Point 6 is viewed as only a wing of Type 5.

Also, Type 5 has a connection to its Harmonic Group Members. 5, 3 & 1 is my Work-Focused Harmonic Group. Hence, I am connected also to points 3 & 1.

I have a connection to my Hornevian Group Members: 5, 9 & 4. These are often referred to as the Withdrawing Hornevian Group. Hence I am connected to points 9 & 4.

Lastly, I have a connection to my Object Relations Group: 5, 8 & 2. This group is called the Rejecting Object Relations Group. Hence I am connected to Point 2, in addition to Point 8.

This can be pictured in a diagram as being the Center Type in a 3 by 3 personality matrix including all 9 types. In short, my Primary Enneagram Type is the Center Point in my Enneagram Personality Matrix and connects me all the other Enneagram Types.


Type 5's Enneagram Personalty Matrix

The Enneagram Institute refers to this same group as Hornevian Aggressive Group. There are three Hornevian groups: Withdrawn, Aggressive, and Compliant, according to the Enneagram Institute.

In the Enneagram of the Healing Tradition, Types 3, 8 & 7 are referred to as "Go Getters", because they are action and future oriented.

Types 9, 4 & 5 are referred to as "Introspectives", because they are not action oriented and are past oriented.

Lastly, Types 6, 2 & 1 are referred to as "Networkers", because they are oriented towards the immediate obligations, duties, responsibilities and needs of the community, family and loved ones. They are present oriented. They are also action oriented, but their motivations are different than "Go Getters", who are primarily self-oriented.


Networkers--- Introspectives----Go Getters---

6__________ 9__________ 3

2__________ 5__________ 8

1__________ 4__________ 7


The number 5 is at the center of this 3 by 3 Personality Matric. Every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 5 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 5

The center row 2, 5, 8 is the Rejecting Object Relations Triad
The center column 9, 5, 4 is the Horverian Withdrawing Triad
The diagonal of 6, 5, 7 is the Thinking Center or Head Triad
The cross diagonal of 1, 5, 3 is the Competency (Work) Triad

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 5

The QuadType Cube for Enneagram Core Type 5 is as follows.

6__9__3
2__5__8
1__4__7

The number 5 is at the center of this Cube. Every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 5 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 5

the center row 2, 5, 8 is the Rejecting Object Relations Triad
the center column 9, 5, 4 is the Horverian Withdrawing Triad
the diagonal is 6, 5, 7 is the Head Triad (Center)
the cross diagonal is 1, 5, 3 is the Competency (Work) Triad

Another pattern should also be apparent. All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to and then reduced to number of 9. For the Center Column, 9+5+4 = 18 = 1+8 = 9. This pattern holds true for all the columns and all the diagonals, 6 + 5 + 7 = 18 = 1+8 = 9; cross diagonal 1+ 5 + 3 = 9.

The rows are also consistent in that for the types on the mental plane always adds up to and reduced to the number 9. For rows on the spiritual plane always add up to and reduce to the number 6. For rows on the physical plane always add up to and reduce to the number 3.


I can show this for all 9 Enneatypes with an associated QuadCube with its number at its center that reduces mathematically for each row, column or diagonal of matrices to 3, 6 or 9.

A Three Center Approach to Growth using QuadCubes

OZ WISDOM, by Kathy Hurley and Ted Dodson, is a great book that really helped me. It is a Center-based approach to Personal Growth & Healing by Kathy Hurley. Types 5, 4, and 9 are considered Introspectives (Withdrawing) Types. They need to develop the skills of the Go-Getter (Aggressive) Types (8, 7 and 3).

Types 8, 7 and 3 are consider Go-Getters (Aggressive) Types. They need to develop the skills of the Networkers (Compliant) Types (2, 1 and 6)

Lastly, Types 2, 1 and 6 are considered Networkers (Compliant) Types. They need to develop the skills of the Introspectives (Withdrawing) Types (5, 4 and 9)

In short, you need to develop need skills and shift time focus.
Introspectives are focused internally and in the past. They difficulty getting things done. Hence, they need to focus externally and on the future. This will lead to growth in many areas from productivity to self esteem and recognition.

Networkers are focused on others and in the present. They are so busy with their various responsibilities, obligations, duties, and caring activities that they don't have time to reflect on their own personal needs, let alone to fulfill their own desires. By changing the focus to their internal selves and reflecting on their past experiences, they can become in touch with their own personal needs and desires, and begin to try to get them met by others or by themselves.

Type 2 Caretakers need to be loved and care for too, by others and themselves. Relationships must be reciprocal, not exploitative. Bending over backwards to please and serve other will eventually give you a backache. Type 1 Perfectionists need others to take responsibility that things get done right and completed. Too much responsibility on one's shoulders can lead to headaches and trouble sleeping. Type 6 Dutiful Guardians need others to stand watch and provide security or they succumb to the constant pressure they place on themselves. Too much stress can cause a multitude of illnesses from heart disease to cancer, and even premature death. Type 6's have enough to worry about.

Go Getters are so focused on the future that they often miss out the present. They miss the lives of their children and spouses. Some even become "Workaholics", putting in long hours and a great deal of effort. They need to switch their focus to the here and now, and from themselves to others, especially if they want others to stick around and not find themselves isolated. Go Getters tend to pride themselves on their independence in all areas and being highly productive, quick and efficient. That is natural and understandable. What they fail to release is that their childhood wound leads them to be independent and too much independence can lead to emotional isolation. Like all types, our very strengths when overplayed become our greatest weaknesses.


The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 1

Go Getters--- Networkers----Introspectives

___8__________ 2__________ 5 ______Spiritual Plane (8+2+5 = 15 = 1+5 = 6)

___7__________ 1 __________4 ______Physical Plane (7+1+4 = 12 = 1+2 = 3)

___3__________ 6__________ 9 ______Mental Plane (3+6+9 = 18 = 1+8 = 9)

Note that every column, row, and diagonal that includes "1" corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 1

Center row 7, 1, 4 is the Frustrating Object Relations Triad
Center column 2, 1, 6 is the Compliant (Networker) Horverian Triad
Diagonal 8, 1, 9 is the Gut Triad (Center)
Cross Diagonal 3, 1, 5 is the Competency (Work) Triad.

Another pattern should also be apparent. All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to the reduced number of 9. Example for the Center Column, 2 +1 + 6 = 9
This pattern holds true for all the columns and all the diagonals, 8 + 1 + 9 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9; cross diagonal 3 + 1 + 5 = 9

The rows are also consistent in that for the types on the mental plane, that row always adds up to and reduced to the number 9. For rows on the spiritual plane, the rows add up to and reduce to the number 6. For rows on the physical plane, the rows add up to and reduce to the number 3.

This is pattern for all 9 matrices where the Enneatype of interest is the center square of the magic cube.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 2

GO GETTERS--- NETWORKERS----INTROSPECTIVES

__3__________ 6__________ 9______ Mental Plane (3+6+9 = 18 = 1+8 = 9)

__8__________ 2 __________5 ______Spiritual Plane (8+2+5 = 15 = 1+5 = 6)

__7__________ 1__________ 4 ______Physical Plane (7+1+4 = 12 = 1+2 = 3)

Note that every column, row, and diagonal that includes "2" corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 2

Center row 8, 2, 5 is the Rejecting Object Relations Triad
Center column 6, 2, 1 is the Compliant (Networker) Horverian Triad
Diagonal 3, 2, 4 is the Heart Triad (Center)
Cross Diagonal 7, 2, 9 is the Positive Outlook (Optimistic) Harmonic Triad.

Another pattern should also be apparent. All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to the reduced number of 9. Example for the Center Column, 6 +2 + 1 = 9
This pattern holds true for all the columns and all the diagonals, 3 + 2 + 4 = 9 and cross diagonal 7 + 2 + 9 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9

The rows are also consistent. For rows on the mental plane, the row adds up to and reduced to the number 9. For rows on the spiritual plane, the rows add up to and reduce to the number 6. For rows on the physical plane, the rows add up to and reduce to the number 3.

Type 2 is a Networker who needs to develop the abilities of Introspective Group: Types 4, 5, and 9.

Type 2 is also on the Spiritual Plane with Type 5 and 8 and all together comprise the Rejecting Object Relation Triad. By moving in the direction of integration in its Object Relations Group, Type 2 develops the positive qualities of Type 5. Type 2 has no need to focus on the direction of stress and movement towards Type 8, as this will happen naturally when Type 2's coping skills are overwhelmed.

So, I suggest you move initially towards Type 5, then take your first step out of your Comfort Zone towards your opposite type (-2 wing), Type 9. Type 2's have strong relationship to others and their network of family and friends is extremely important to them. They are motivated by their relationships with people, not inanimate objects or ideas. Hence, purely academic pursuits and independent scholarship are experienced as isolating and boring to them. It is their Achilles' heel. Type 2's feel more at homes in groups than in solitary pursuits. But, after reaching a mature age, that is where they need to focus and develop their ability to think, act and feel independently and look deep within themselves. They don't need to always agree, do for, please or cater to others. You will get 80% of the results of working the entire Hidden Path by just completing three steps towards this inherent weakness and develop the abilities of the Introspective Types: Type 5, Type 9 and then Type 4.

Remember, you have probably spend most of your life depending on and developing your "networker" strengths. You probably will not get much more by focusing on your Type 2 strengths. There comes a time in life will progress is measured by addressing your weaknesses and overcoming them.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 3

Introspectives----Go Getters--- Networkers

___4__________ 7__________ 1 ________ Physical Plane

___9__________ 3 __________6 ________ Mental Plane

___5__________ 8__________ 2 ________ Spiritual Plane

Note that every column, row, and diagonal that includes "3" corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 3.

Center row 9, 3, 6 is the Accepting Object Relations Triad
Center column 7, 3, 8 is the Assertive (Go Getter) Horverian Triad
Diagonal 4, 3, 2 is the Heart Triad (Center)
Cross Diagonal 5, 3, 1 is the Competency (Work) Triad.

Another pattern should also be apparent. All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to the reduced number of 9. Example for the Center Column, 7 +3 + 8 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9
This pattern holds true for all the columns and all the diagonals, 4 + 3 + 2 = 9; cross diagonal 5 + 3 + 1 = 9

The rows are also consistent in that for the types on the mental plane, that row always adds up to and reduced to the number 9. For rows on the spiritual plane, the rows add up to and reduce to the number 6. For rows on the physical plane, the rows add up to and reduce to the number 3.

This is pattern for all 9 matrices where the Enneatype of interest is the center square of the magic cube.


Example of Matrix Solution for Type 3

Type 3 is a Go Getter who needs to develop the abilities of Networker Group: Types 6, 2, and 1.

Type 3 is also on the Mental Plane with Type 6 and 9 and all together comprise the Accepting Object Relation Group. By moving in the direction of integration, Type 3 develops the positive qualities of Type 6. Type 3 has no need to focus on the direction of stress and movement towards Type 9, as this will happen naturally when Type 3's coping skills are overwhelmed.

So, I suggest you move initially towards Type 6, then take your first step out of your Comfort Zone towards your opposite type, Type 1. Type 3's are strongly independent Doers and have difficulty maintaining emotional bonds, particularly if these binds bind them. It is their Achilles' heel. Organizational Types like Types 6, 1 and 2 feel at homes in groups without the need to dominate, lead or head the group. You will get 80% of the results of working the entire Hidden Path by just completing three steps towards this inherent weakness and develop the abilities of the Networker Types: Type 6, Type 1 and then Type 2.

Remember, you have probably spend most of your life depending on and developing your "go getter" strengths. You probably will not get much more by focusing on your Type 3 strengths. There comes a time in life will progress is measured by addressing your weaknesses and overcoming them.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 4

2__5__8
1__4__7
6__9__3

The number 4 is at the center of this diagram and every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 4 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 4

the center row 1, 4, 7 is the Frustrating Object Relations Triad
the center column 5, 4, 9 is the Horverian Withdrawing Triad
the diagonal is 2, 4, 3 is the Heart Triad (Center)
the cross diagonal is 6, 4, 8 is the Emotionally Intense Harmonic Triad

All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to and then reduced to number of 9.

Example of Matrix Solution for Type 4

Type 4 is an Introspective or Withdrawing Harmonic Type who needs to develop the abilities of Assertive Horverian Go Getter Group: Types 8, 7, and 3.

Type 4 is also on the Physical Plane with Types 1 and 7 and all together comprise the Frustrating Object Relation Group. By moving in the clockwise direction, Type 4 develops the positive qualities of Type 7 of its Dominant Affective Group.

So, I suggest after your move initially towards Type 7, and then to move towards the other members of the Go Getter Group: Type 3 and Type 8. Type 4's are deep, emotional, introspective people and have a hard time "initiating action quickly". The prolonged introspective emotional thinking processes and memories of Type 4 make it extremely difficult for Type 4's to jump into action.

It is so important to realize that we have been developing the natural strengths of our specific Enneatype strengths since an early age, and by middle age, we have probably nearly maximized our abilities to exploit this natural asset. Further competence at this stage of life comes from developing other talents that lay dormant in us. In fact, we may well believe that we do not possess these other talents as we have failed to develop them. I have met Artistic Type 4's who never thought that they possessed any other abilities, who later in life bloomed as business men and women. We have all 9 energies and essences in all of us. Some are obvious to us and others are not. Others need to be addressed or they remain our Achilles heel and trip us up over and over again.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 6

7__1__4
3__6__9
8__2__5

The number 6 is at the center of this lo shu and every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 6 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 6

the center row 3, 6, 9 is the Accepting Object Relations Triad
the center column 1, 6, 2 is the Horverian Compliant Triad
the diagonal is 7, 6, 5 is the Head Triad (Center)
the cross diagonal is 8, 6, 4 is the Emotionally Intense Harmonic Triad

All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to and then reduced to number of 9.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 7

5__8__2
4__7__1
9__3__6

The number 7 is at the center of this lo shu and every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 7 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 7

the center row 4, 7, 1 is the Frustrating Object Relations Triad
the center column 8, 7, 3 is the Horverian Assertive Go Getter Triad
the diagonal is 5, 7, 6 is the Head Triad (Center)
the cross diagonal is 9, 7, 2 is the Positive Outlook (Optimistic) Harmonic Triad

All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to and then reduced to number of 9.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 8

9__3__6
5__8__2
4__7__1

The number 8 is at the center of this lo shu and every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 8 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 8

the center row 5, 8, 2 is the Rejecting Object Relations Triad
the center column 3, 8, 7 is the Horverian Assertive Go Getting Triad
the diagonal is 9, 8, 1 is the Gut Triad (Center)
the cross diagonal is 4, 8, 6 is the Emotionally Intense Harmonic Triad

All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to and then reduced to number of 9.

The Quad-Cube for Enneagram Core Type 9

1__4__7
6__9__3
2__5__8

The number 9 is at the center of this lo shu and every column, row and diagonal that includes the number 9 corresponds to one of four special Groups associated with Type 9

the center row 6, 9, 3 is the Accepting Object Relations Triad
the center column 4, 9, 5 is the Horverian Withdrawing Introspective Triad
the diagonal is 1, 9, 8 is the Gut Triad (Center)
the cross diagonal is 2, 9, 7 is the Positive Outlook Optimistic Harmonic Triad

All numbers in each of the columns and diagonals add up to and then reduced to number of 9.

Example of Matrix Solution for Type 1

Type 1 is a Networker who needs to develop the abilities of Introspective Group: Types 9, 5, and 4.

Type 1 is also on the Physical Plane with Types 4 and 7 and all together comprise the Frustrating Object Relation Group. By moving in the clockwise direction, Type 1 develops the positive qualities of Type 4 of its Dominant Affective Group.

So, I suggest after your move initially towards Type 4, and then to move towards the other members of the Introspective Group: Type 5 and Type 9. Type 1's are energetic, busy and productive people and have a hard time "wasting time" or "goofing off". The prolonged thinking processes of Type 5, the prolonged emotional recollections of Type 4 and the inactivity, sloth or lazy of Type 9 are extremely difficult for Type 1's to accept, yet master. They want to remain busy and organized. Yet, the diplomatic gifts of Type 9, the creative gifts of Type 4 and the penetrating insights of Type 5 will remain out of their reach until they do.

It is so important to realize that we have been developing the natural strengths of our specific Enneatype since an early age, and by middle age, we have probably nearly maximized our abilities to exploit this natural asset. Further competence at this stage of life comes from developing other talents that lay dormant in us. In fact, we may well believe that we do not possess these other talents as we have failed to develop them. I have met Perfectionist Type 1 who never thought that they possessed any artistic abilities, who late in life bloomed as artists. We have all 9 energies and essences in all of us. Some are obvious to us and others are not. Others need to be addressed or they remain our Achilles heel and trip us up over and over again.

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