Adaptable, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
I have always been inspired by the beauty of difference in all of us and the construct of The Enneagram puts words to the differences. The Enneagram has helped me relate, grow, see blind spots, and love more deeply. We truly are unique hues on a spectrum of humanity and I admire the variety. The function of yellow isn't the same as red, but we need them both the same. My hope is that as you view these portraits, you will see the strengths that we all carry—and when misunderstandings arise, we can all begin to see through the lens of our brothers and sisters.
Enneagram 3’s embody the best in a culture, and others are able to see their own hopes and dreams mirrored in them. These people are driven, have vision, and get stuff done—all with the energy to bring you along with them.
I look at the Type 3’s in my life and wonder how in the world we have the same amount of hours in the day because they seem to maximize every single minute. Type 3’s are very aware of how things are perceived, so with this in mind, they know how to charm their way into places and positions. This ability is a strength, if used with the right intent and heart.
Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity, as well as sparkle, glitz, and glamour. In Color Psychology, success, achievement, and triumph are indicated by the color gold.
Monica is an Enneagram Type 3. She is driven, passionate, and an absolute go-getter. She uses her strengths to empower leaders and young adults. Her contagious enthusiasm and joy for achieving encourages those around her to do more, and be more.
This personality type is one that I look up to in so many ways. Their endless energy and ability to champion those around them is so encouraging to me. I have to brag on a specific Enneagram 3 who helped me complete this very project. If you don’t already know, I am an Enneagram Type 9: The Peacemaker. This type is commonly known for their ability to blend into any situation, not stir the pot, and for bringing a new perspective that mediates conflict. This type is also known for their procrastination and self-forgetting their own dreams, goals, and passions. As the deadline for my Enneagram Series project was approaching, I began to feel extremely overwhelmed and started to justify how there was no way I could complete this project in time—so I should just call it quits. As I verbalized this to my VERY Type 3 roommate, Amy, she stopped me mid-sentence and said, “Yes you can. You are doing this.” With her pointer finger in my face, she began to call out the very reasons why I was passionate about it in the first place and continued with, “This idea is amazing. You’re amazing. And it’s going to get done.” Spoken like a true Enneagram 3. I can’t express enough how I need this type of person in my life to remind me of the things that are good and correct me when I get stuck in my own way.
The Basic Fear of the Enneagram 3 is being worthless
The Basic Desire to feel valuable and worthwhile
Musician and Songwriter, Sleeping at Last, recently released an Enneagram series depicting each type in song. This project inspired me to create this photo series. I find it so beautiful when we use art to express the individuality of humanity.
One lyric that stuck with me from the song “Three” is written below:
“Now I only want what's real
to let my heart feel what it feels.
Gold, silver or bronze hold no value here,
where work and rest are equally revered.
I only want what's real
I set aside the highlight reel,
and leave my greatest failures on display with an asterisk;
Worthy of love anyway.”
At their best, this fully embodies the beauty of the Enneagram 3. The highlight reel is set aside, the imperfection is embraced and put on display. Their love isn’t earned by providing value or winning the gold medal. Rather, embracing what makes them beautifully imperfect.