Enneagram 9w8 VS 9w1 Comparison: Which Wing Are You?

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The type nine is called The Peacemaker. You have a wing 8 or a wing 1. In this blog, we are comparing the Enneagram type 9w8 with the 9w1. Whether you’re a wing eight or a wing one is going to affect how you move through your day.

Howdy enneagram lovers and enneagram newbies! We are wrapping up our enneagram wing comparison series at last with our Enneagram Type 9, a.k.a ThePeacemaker.

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We are comparing the Enneagram 9w8 with the 9w1 so you can find out which one you truly are. Because knowing your wing is the secret to fulfilling your core desire. Let’s dive in.

Why Does My Wing Matter?

Before we continue, remember that your enneagram wing does not change your core desires. Your enneagram type determines your core desires and core fears. Your enneagram wing determines your behaviors. See the difference? Recognizing your wing can also help you avoid mistyping! If neither of the wings seems to resonate with you, then you might have mistyped.

We are comparing the 9w8, known as “The Referee,” versus the 9w1, known as “The Dreamer.” By knowing your wing, you can live in better alignment and fulfill your core desire with ease.

Enneagram 9w8 vs 9w1
Here is your guide to the Enneagram 9w8 versus 9w1.

Enneagram Type 9 Overview

The enneagram type nine is called the peacemaker. Your core desire is to have inner peace and harmony around you. As a 9 you are peaceful, easygoing, gentle, and friendly. Your core desire comes from the fear that if there is a conflict then you will be abandoned and alone. Arguing with people and asserting your needs don’t come naturally to you.

But depending on your wing, how you go about fulfilling this core desire for peace and harmony will be different. If you are a 9w8, you need more socialization and challenge to feel inner peace whereas, if you are a 9w1, you find your inner peace through an organized, peaceful environment.

Enneagram 9w8 vs 9w1 Comparison

In the enneagram, one wing is considered more “extraverted” and the other more “introverted” This doesn’t mean you have to be an introvert or extravert to be a certain wing, it just means you are going to have louder or quieter tendencies depending on which wing is dominant. The 9w8 is the extraverted wing that needs socialization more than the 9w1 counterpart.

People in the Enneagram community say that the goal is to have balance in your wings but we disagree (to some extent). You should have space in your life where you embrace each of your wings but it doesn’t matter if they are balanced. We believe that it’s extremely important that we know our dominant wing.

Enneagram 9 Wing Balance
In the enneagram, one wing is considered more “extraverted” and the other more “introverted”

The reason for this is that your wing plays a big role in lifestyle and habits. By knowing your wing, you can know what kind of habits and what way of life will bring you peak happiness.

Especially for you, wonderful type 9! You know that your core desire is to feel harmonious and peaceful and that your growth is to step into the ambitious and driven nature of a 3, but do you know where in your life you want to achieve that core desire?

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Enneagram 9w8

The biggest difference between the 9w8 and 9w1 is the 9w8 fulfills their core desire of inner peace by challenging themselves and being more aggressive whereas, if you are a 9w1, you fulfill your core desire by cultivating an organized and peaceful environment.

The 9w8 is called “the referee.”

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This is going to be the more extroverted wing and they take on the appearance of the challenger in some aspects, meaning that they seem assertive, loud, protective, sarcastic, and energetic. 9w8s are extremely social and they don’t back down from a fight, this can seem a bit like a paradox knowing their core desire but it is aligned.

As a 9w8, you have a hidden desire for challenge. If you are a 9w8, you must be challenging yourself whether it is physically or mentally, and making time to be with people who get you to challenge yourself.

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Enneagram 9w1

As I said earlier, the9w1 fulfills their core desire 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.” This is going to be the more introverted wing and they take on the appearance of the perfectionist in some aspects, meaning that they seem orderly, stable, quiet, organized, and routine-oriented.

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As a 9 wing 1, you care more about spending time by yourself and working in a job that brings you a sense of service to the world without having to face conflict.

Type 9w1s prefer to have fewer friendships than big social groups so you must be finding those people who make you feel authentic, expressive, and understood around.

Reminder For Enneagram 9s
One last reminder to enneagram 9s reading this blog…

Noticing Your Wing Throughout Your Day

Throughout your day, practice noticing when you’re embracing your 8 wing and when you’re embracing your 1 wing.

Do you feel happier when you are leading, socializing, and challenging yourself? Or do you feel better when you are alone and keeping things neat?

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Do you have a better idea of what your wing is? Hopefully, you do! Thanks for reading.


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