What is an Enneagram Type Three?

Enneagram Type Three people are typically high achievers who love the finer things in life. They are highly productive and driven to succeed, but may be overly competitive or have a tendency to be workaholics. At times, they may also become overly concerned with their image and what others think of them.

Type Three Strengths

At their best, Enneagram Type Threes are kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. They are naturally charismatic and are often looked upon as role models by others. As A-type personalities, Enneagram Type Three people are usually highly successful at anything they turn their hand to.

Type Three Weaknesses

Enneagram Type Three people can be extremely competitive, which may result in feelings of jealousy and a tendency towards one-upmanship. If they don’t get the recognition or approval they feel they deserve, they can be prone to feelings of despair or resentment.

An Overview Of Type Three

Threes are well equipped to be successful in their personal and professional lives. They’re very adaptable and can push themselves to inspire others and reap the rewards of their hard work and creativity. They often have a good sense of humour and usually take things in their stride. They’re highly organised, on top of their game and willing to take constructive criticism.

When they feel overlooked or underappreciated, Threes can become apathetic, feel unfulfilled and can be prone to developing low self-esteem. At their worst, Threes can be devious, deceptive and even vindictive towards others. Their drive to succeed and be the best means they can become ruthless and even go as far as to backstab or destroy others’ reputations, if it means they can come out on top.

Threes can benefit from striving to be more authentic, rather than constantly trying to compete with others or impress them. Slowing down, taking regular breaks and practicing gratitude are all hallmarks of a healthy Enneagram Type Three. Deep breathing, meditation and yoga may help. Getting involved in charity projects or doing pro bono work can help Threes get perspective on what’s really important in life. Working with others towards goals that are ultimately for the greater good rather than self-gain is also helpful in giving ambitious Threes a little perspective.

Famous Type Threes

According to The Enneagram Institute, famous Type Threes include Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Prince William, Condoleeza Rice, Muhammed Ali, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Bill Wilson (AA Founder), Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Michael Jordan, O.J. Simpson, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Sting, Whitney Houston, Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.

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