The Enneagram is a system which divides all human behavior into nine personality divisions. Your main type is which ever of those nine behaviors you utilize most. Your mean type, is who you are, on average, based on the sum influence of all nine behaviors (i.e. your overall personality).

Most Enneagram books and tests focus on main type and use an additional "variant" classification (instead of mean type) to account for the influence of all nine behavior types. This is the same thing as mean typing, except instead of 9 delineations, there are only three. Mean type to variant key: Social variant = 1-3 mean types, Self Pres variant = 4-6 mean types, Sexual variant = 7-9 mean types.

1,2,3 behaviors are attention/acceptance seeking behaviors (social security). 7,8,9 behaviors are pleasure seeking behaviors (physical security). 4,5,6 are knowledge seeking behaviors (intellectual security). However, type 4 behavior is about seeking the knowledge of how to get attention and type 6 behavior is about seeking the knowledge of how to get pleasure. Now, no test or test taker is perfect but if your score is accurate then your results reflect two things. Who you try to be consciously (main type) and who you are unconciously (mean type/variant). Each of those reflects an orientation towards acceptance (1-3), pleasure (7-9), or knowledge (4-6). Only Type 5 is directly focused on gaining knowledge, all other types (main or mean) have some level of bias towards prioritizing acceptance or pleasure. At the heart of acceptance seeking behaviors is the belief that if I am attractive in some way, I will be taken care of. This results in superficial development. The problem with a pleasure bias is that it makes you more likely to be selfish and destructive because your short term pleasure is all you are tuned in on. You don't notice or care about the displeasure you might cause others or the long term pain you might be setting yourself up for. Acceptance and pleasure seeking behaviors keep people dependent. Knowledge seeking behaviors are about increasing independence, learning new and better ways to survive in life without conforming to others or taking advantage of others.

main type / mean type motivations
1 - perfectionism to attract love
2 - helpfulness to attract love
3 - achievement to attract love
4 - self definition to attract love
5w4 - intelligence to attract freedom
5w6 - intelligence to acquire freedom
6 - world definition to acquire pleasure
7 - experience/fun to acquire pleasure
8 - control to acquire pleasure
9 - peace to acquire pleasure

main type / mean type examples
5/4 - uses intelligence to define themself (brooding writer)
8/2 - uses control to help others (ceo of humanitarian organization)
3/7 - uses achievement to experience more of life (travel magazine journalist)
4/6 - uses self definition to be more secure (studio musician)
1/9 - uses perfectionism to have a more peaceful life (librarian)

What fuels my theories - experience, intuition, thought, books, statistical analysis of data compiled from this site.

Data resources :
- Polling on a ton of different issues, responses are broken down by main type, mean type, and gender.
- Interest databases: favorite bands, hobbies, self descriptions, flaws, ideal job. All databases are searchable by main type, mean type, and gender. I can query the favorite bands of 5w4/4w3s or the most common words used to describe themselves.

Statistical evidence:
- Cluster Analysis and Factor Analysis of the Enneagram

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