Enneagram 9w1 VS 1w9: Which Are You?

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Enneagram 9w1 Vs 1w9 Wing Comparison: Which Are You?

What’s the difference between the enneagram 9w1 and the 1w9? In this blog, we’re comparing the 9w1, The Dreamer, with the 1w9, The Idealist.

What Is An Enneagram Wing?

In this blog, we’re comparing the 1w9 with the enneagram 9w1. While they may sound practically the same, there is a huge difference between the two!

Whichever number comes first dictated your core enneagram type. This affects what your core desires and core fears are.

The second number, your enneagram wing, determines your behaviors.

In other words, whatever your wing is will change how you appear to others. It’s important to know the difference between the enneagram 9w1 VS the 1w9 because your core desire will be completely different and your path to growth changes.

Recognizing the difference also will help you avoid mistyping!

Enneagram 9w1 1w9 Comparison
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Enneagram 1w9 vs 9w1 Comparison

In this article, we’re breaking down the difference between being an enneagram 9w1 versus being a 1w9.

To start, the names of these two enneagram types summarize their differences very well. The 9w1 is called The Dreamer, they generally have a whimsical, curious, and dreamy nature. Seeming to have their head in the clouds.

The 1w9 is called The Idealist, they have high moral standards and a desire for harmony, making them very idelaistic. They use their high ideals to improve the peace of the world around them and improve their own inner peace.

Enneagram Type 1: The Perfectionist

The enneagram 1 is known for their organized, practical, responsible, and moral nature. The type 1s core desire is perfection. They want their environment, society, and themselves to be perfect.

They become hyper-critical and bitter when they are at their worst. Becoming fixated on all the imperfections around them taking the responsibility of fixing them all.

Enneagram Type 9: The Peacemaker

The enneagram 9 is known for their friendly, easygoing, curious, and optimistic nature. The type 9s core desire is harmony. They want to feel a sense of zen everywhere they go and are deeply unsettled by chaos and conflict.

They become silent and numb when they are at their worst. Chaos becomes too much for them to handle and so they shut down to cope with it.

Read below and compare whether you think you are an enneagram 1w9 or 9w1…

Enneagram 9w1 The Dreamer
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Enneagram 9w1

The 9w1’s core desire of harmony is fulfilled by cultivating an organized and peaceful environment. It is extremely important to the 9w1 that they have alone time and a calming environment.

The 9w1 is called “the dreamer.” They take on the appearance of the perfectionist in some aspects, meaning that they seem orderly, stable, quiet, organized, and routine-oriented.

Enneagram 9w1 VS 1w9 Comparison

Because the 9w1 is a 9 at their core, they go to numbness is stress. When they become burnt out, the 9w1 will withdraw from the world and try to maintain their own little corner of harmony.

This is different for the 1w9. In stress, the 1w9 will control their environment more.

Enneagram 1w9 The Idealist
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Enneagram 1w9

1w9s core desire of perfection is fulfilled by making themselves and the world more harmonious. Harmony for them is aligned with high moral standards.

The 1w9 is going to take on the appearance of The Peacemaker, meaning that they seem calmer, more soft-spoken, quiet, and peaceful.

Enneagram 9w1 vs 1w9
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1w9s care more about their own environment being organized and harmonious.

Because the 1w9 is a 1 at their core, they go to resentment in stress. When they become burnt out, the 1w9 will step into a hyper-critical and controlling role. They feel the world (and themselves) aren’t perfect enough so they go about fixing everything in order to fulfill their core desire.

Enneagram 1w9 VS 9w1
Knowing whether you’re a 1w9 VS 9w1 changes your core desire!

Enneagram 1w2 VS 9w8

Because each enneagram type has the ability to tap into both wings, it’s important to take them into account when figuring out if you are a 1w9 or a 9w1.

The Enneagram 1w9 Also Has A 2 Wing

Even if you are an enneagram 1 with a dominant 9 wing, you have the ability to tap into your 2 wing.

Your 2 wing makes you a caring person, eager to lend a hand.

This wing 2 gives you a desire to serve and manage others. You care more about organizing events, creating organizations, leading movements, and helping others with your organizational skills and vision for perfection.

Whereas if you are an enneagram 9 with a 1 wing, this isn’t as common if a desire for you.

The Enneagram 9w1 Also Has An 8 Wing

As an enneagram 9 with a dominant 1 wing, you have the ability to tap into your 8 wing.

Your 8 wing makes you assertive and bold. There’s a part of you that you can tap into that is loud, protective, sarcastic, and energetic.

This wing 8 gives you a desire to challenge yourself and lead. You want to push yourself whether it is physical or mental and make time to be with people who get you to challenge yourself

Whereas if you are an enneagram 1 with a 9 wing, you don’t have this, what I would call an “impulsive” side of you that the 9w1 can tap into.


Did this blog help you understand the difference between the enneagram 9w1 versus the 1w9? Leave a comment below!

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