Animals for the Head

Head types, driven by fear, suggest animals which scare easily and which keep their guard up, even when playful. There are plenty of possibilities of course, but these represent the types well.

o 5s – Owl


Historically associated with knowledge and objectivity, the owl represents the 5 with its fearful, unblinking stare and 360 vision keeping watch for danger from all quarters.
o 6s – Meerkats


Comical and quirky, meerkats take community living to the highest levels in true 6-like fashion.
o 7s – Chimpanzee

Quick thinking, resourceful and intelligent-chimps appear to live a life of fun and clever mimicry; so too the 7, whose clowning belies the fear beneath the smile.








Animals for the Heart

What do animals reveal to us about our personality?

Animals can evoke strong reactions and our likes and dislikes can reveal a great deal to us about our values and beliefs. We offer you the following as just one way of using animals to illustrate the personality types. We invite you to play with these ideas; see which ones resonate most with you.

Animals for the Heart types:

2s – Golden Labrador


2s, like golden Labradors, are reliable, affectionate, and infinitely lovable: they want to please and thrive in the helper role.


3s – Peacock


Dazzling and made for display, the male peacock epitomises the glitzy showcasing of the 3 – who could fail to be impressed?


4s – Black cat


Elusive and enigmatic, the black cat symbolises mystery, magic, the darkness of life; 4s will identify with the mystique and malaise of a solitary creature much misunderstood.

Colours for the Gut



What colours might represent the Gut types of the Enneagram?
The Champion – Enneagram type 8 – Red
Red is bold, passionate, arresting; like the 8, it commands respect and controls the environment: danger signs, traffic lights- examples of this colour’s dominance abound.
The Peacemaker – Enneagram type 9 – Green
Optimistic and uplifting as a colour associated with new life and nature, green symbolises 9s who bring calm and refreshing solace to the spirit, their intent: to be at ease and help others to do likewise.
The Reformer – Enneagram type 1 – Silver
1s, like the colour silver, are refined, sophisticated, unyielding in their standards and strong.


Colours for the Head



What colours might represent the Head types of the Enneagram?
The Forensic – Enneagram type 5 – Grey
Grey matter, the representation of cerebral intelligence, is the foundation of identity for the reclusive 5; an unobtrusive colour, apparently non-descript, it has no desire to be noticed.
The Teammate – Enneagram type 6 – Blue
Blue is the colour of sea and sky, a natural colour, associated with clarity and visibility, all of which speak of the 6, who seeks security and trust.
The Adventurer – Enneagram type 7 – Yellow
7s are vivacious, playful, buoyant and fun seeking-yellow represents them beautifully with its bright, unyielding optimism.

Gaining Perspective



Someone I worked with many years ago, gave me a copy of this poem and I often share it in my workshops about gaining balance and perspective…

Hope you enjoy reading it…

If I had my life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time.
I wouldn’t be so perfect. I would relax more. I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been on this trip. In fact, I know very few things that I would take so seriously. I’d be crazier.
I’d take more chances, I’d take more trips, I’d climb more mountains, I’d swim more rivers, I’d go more places I’ve never been to.
I’d eat more ice-cream and fewer beans.
I’d have more actual problems and fewer imaginary ones!
You see I’m one of those people who lives sensibly and sanely hour after hour and day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of those moments, moment by moment.
I’ve been one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it over again, I’d travel lighter next time.
If I had to do it all over again, I’d start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I’d ride more merry-go-rounds, I’d watch more sunrises if I had my life to live over again.
But you see, I don’t.

Written by an 85 year-old woman