Enneagram Type 3

Enneagram Type 3 - The Performer, The Achiever - they are driven, goal-oriented, and efficient, while they fear being disrespected, or seen as worthless or undesirable without their achievements. 

Enneagram Type 3 symbolic animal - the peacock.

They are exemplified by the peacock - alluring, radiant, proud, and open.

They tend to focus on achieving goals.  They are highly motivated to be successful.

At their best....

Type 3s are life's producers.  They are eager, enthusiastic, and target-driven.

They are experts at making things happen, and they like to take rapid action to achieve their aims.

They believe that anything can be achieved with the right amount of focus and effort, and they orient themselves toward solutions, not problems.

They have the ability to bring authenticity and value to the present moment.

Patterns that might cause problems....

Enneagram Type 3s might have noticed that they:

  • engage in competitive behaviour and need to win
  • focus on projecting an image of success
  • seek to be attractive and desirable but avoid intimacy
  • regard themselves as a product to promote and 'sell' to others

They use these behaviours in an effort to maintain their sense of being valuable.

Type 3s may eventually come to realise that their constructed persona is creating the opposite effect and causing more problems instead.

A desire to break free from these patterns of behaviour is the first step for those who are dominant in Enneagram Type 3 to turn their lives around, and reorient themselves towards their soul's true intention.

How do I know if I'm a Type 3?

Multiple choice quiz

Taking an Enneagram test will give you an indication of what your dominant type MIGHT be, but it cannot give you a definitive answer. 

Some people can spot their dominant type straight away just by reading a description.  Others may take some time to work out which description fits best.

My advice is to start by looking at the motivation for each type. 

Type 3s are motivated by the desire to feel worthwhile, to be valued, to be desirable, to be successful.

Which of the 9 motivations is most important to you?

EFT Tapping for Enneagram Type 3

Look for specific events where you learned that you were valuable for your performance and achievements.

How did you know it was important to appear to be doing well even if you weren't?

Remember! - EFT Tapping is extremely powerful and can uncover intense emotions very quickly. 

If you know or suspect that there are unsettling or traumatic events in your past, do not use EFT without the assistance of a suitably qualified practitioner.

Tapping Affirmation for Enneagram Type 3

I release my need to impress others through my performance and successes.

Mindful Meditation for Enneagram Type 3

I can reorient myself towards my DiamondFire when I:

STOP trying to get validation of my worth through achievement

START recognising that I am valuable because of my True Nature


Quick List
Enneagram Motivations

Type 1 - to be good

Type 2 - to be appreciated

Type 3 - to be successful

Type 4 - to be unique

Type 5 - to be knowledgeable

Type 6 - to be prepared

Type 7 - to be free

Type 8 - to be self-reliant

Type 9 - to be at peace