Enneagram 3 Achiever Performer core desire recognized and valuable, ladder of success reaching for stars


General Archetypal Names: Achiever, Motivator, Performer, Motivator, Inspirer (Watch a podcast discussion on the names and theme of Type 3 here)

Core Motivational Theme: Recognition/Success, Value/Worth

Core Fear: being unaccomplished, invaluable, unsuccessful, unacknowledged, not good enough/unworthy (in the context of social/group relationships)

Core Desire: being successful, recognized, inspiring, acknowledged, socially valuable, worthy 

Center of Intelligence: heart/feeling

Connecting Points: 6 (head/thinking), 9 (gut/instinctive)

Archetypal Journey (Levels of Consciousness)

From least to most conscious, these archetypes represent the varying ways that a human may respond to the core motivation arising out of point 3 on the Enneagram.

Bernie Madoff standing by stacks of money. Houston Astro injecting steroids. Enneagram 3 archetype, Opportunistic Con Artist

“If you aren’t recognized and successful you are nobody. I will do whatever it takes to get to the top; my deception doesn’t hurt anybody.”

Elegant Celebrity couple on red carpet with Jung persona masks. Enneagram 3 tarot archetype, Image-Conscious Status Seeker.

“I want to be recognized and successful. What does everybody like and want? How do I need to present myself to win their favor and convince them of my worth?”

Hindu goddess Durga like couple with multiple limbs giving gifts. Enneagram 3 awakened archetype, Heartfelt Philanthropist.

“Have thoughts, and therefore desires, that are in line with your deepest love and understanding…Ask yourself, “On whose behalf is this desire arising? Does it truly come from love, from intelligence, from peace; or does it come from a sense of lack?”…If our desires are impersonal, the universe tends to fulfill them because they are its own; it created them and it has the power to fulfill them.” – Rupert Spira

Only as one is willing to give up his present limitations and identity can he become that which he desires to be.”

-Neville Goddard.

Integration and Disintegration / Connecting Points

3 integration 6: validation seeking, agendas to cooperation, community, collaboration, transparency. Anxiety shame coverups
3 disintegration 9: people pleasing, unfulfilling desires, deception to disillusion, apathy, isolation, unseen. Acceptance