According to the Enneagram, when you walk in the direction of growth, the process is known as integration. On a good day, you’ll borrow many positive traits from a strikingly different enneagram type (For example, an 8 might take on some traits of the 2). Integration usually happens when you’ve worked your way against the current to break through old, negative habits and made an effort to understand yourself and others.

Each Enneatype can develop and work on becoming the best possible, most self-actualized version of themselves, through introspection and dedication. Self-improvement is a lifelong journey, and one where you’ll certainly reap the benefits in the long run.

What are you like, curious Enneagram reader, on a good day? Let’s find out!

Enneatype 1

Your inner child emerges (characteristic of the 7) and you become more tolerant of the world around you. Instead of judging, you simply accept and appreciate the value in every experience, regardless of its perceived importance or ‘rightness’. You easily see the inter-connectedness between each individual; the social glue that holds us together.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You feel more grounded and in touch with the world around you.
  • Your perfectionism is less severe.
  • You allow others to find the truth on their own, in their own way.
  • You have a keen sense of “The Greater Good”
  • You easily admit your mistakes.
  • You have a clear sense of “right” and “wrong”, but you also know which battles are worth fighting and which aren’t.

Enneatype 2

During periods of growth, you can channel your big-hearted energy into self-discovery and expression. You may experiment with different creative outlets and whip up some incredible artwork, writing, or personal growth idea. You become freely giving, while able to practice self-care and forgiveness. You pick up traits from the creative 4 enneatype, and are more attuned to your personal feelings.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You don’t worry about “getting a return” on the love you give others.
  • You take care of, and nurture, yourself and your needs.
  • You don’t feel selfish when you say “No” or take time for yourself.
  • You have inner self-confidence that isn’t reliant on affirmation from others.
  • You are more in touch with your subjective feelings.
  • You are emotionally honest and accept yourself, flaws and all.

Enneatype 3

When you become more comfortable with your true self and let go of your perfectly curated persona, you start to gently considers others, and take the risk of trusting and showing your authentic self. The masks you wear shatter, and you are secure enough to step away from the stage and take turns in sharing the spotlight with others—it’s a team effort!

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You feel committed to someone or something outside of yourself.
  • You share your true feelings and vulnerabilities.
  • You don’t feel like you have to compete with anyone.
  • You feel like you can follow your own heart.
  • You have compassion for yourself and accept your mistakes and weaknesses.
  • You know when to rest so that you don’t burn yourself out.

Enneatype 4

You turn into a practical yet creative powerhouse who can give your talents back to the world selflessly. Through your natural gifts for art and communication, you gain a sense of social responsibility (as with type 1). You expertly weave the personal with the societal, expressing yourself in the form of political art, satire, long-form fiction, empowering lyrics, and the like.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You feel less self-conscious.
  • You feel connected with your true self and with the world around you.
  • You are more objective in your thinking and decision-making.
  • You are led by your convictions and principles.
  • You are more self-disciplined and hard-working.

Enneatype 5

You are able to transform your wisdom into simple words and freely share your thoughts with the world. Self-assured and confident, you borrow traits from the 8: determination, direction, and drive. You’re bold enough to trailblaze and make your expertise known. Instead of your normal tendency towards isolation, you make your way into the world through deep knowledge and understanding.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You have a strong grasp of the big picture.
  • You are okay with not knowing the answers, keeping an open mind, and observing what’s real.
  • You feel at peace with the world around you.
  • You act on your instincts more easily.
  • You feel braver and more confident in your skills.

Enneatype 6

Still waters run deep. You are calm and collected: a walking, talking zen master. The 9 enneatype in you emerges, and fear subsides. Instead of hypothesizing every possible worst-case scenario or outcome, you release control and accept reality as it is. You practice gratitude and can easily spot the beauty in everything.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You realize your own intrinsic value and worth.
  • You feel capable of coping with whatever life throws your way.
  • You feel genuinely secure in your relationships.
  • You are emotionally open, receptive, and empathetic.
  • You have a playful sense of humor.

Enneatype 7

Your typically searching, scattered nature is effectively grounded by a sense of analysis and deep understanding in your areas of interest. What does this mean? You’re able to make incredible creations and enjoy a nuanced understanding of the world. This paired with your wildly energetic and multifaceted character gives you the ability to grasp new concepts quickly.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You stay present in the moment instead of looking for entertaining distractions.
  • You affirm reality and all its risks, uncertainties, and rewards without anxiety.
  • You feel a sense of gratefulness for all you have.
  • You stop assuming happiness is something to be experienced later on when you have something else.
  • You research things in-depth.
  • You want to know more about the world and your attention is sustained for longer periods of time.

Enneatype 8

On a good day, you take a break from your tough exterior to show your secret caring and vulnerable side. By letting your guard down and embracing your softer core, you allow for genuine connection to emerge and develop. The innocent child in you emerges, and you’re openly expressive about your tender emotions. You exude traits similar to that of a healthy 2 enneatype.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You feel a strong sense of compassion for others.
  • You act without self-interest.
  • You wait before reacting, listening to your heart.
  • You’re okay with asking for help.
  • You put yourself on the line for what you believe in.
  • Forgiveness comes easily.

Enneatype 9

When you break through your usual chains of immobility and procrastination, great things happen. Your productivity skyrockets, and you’ll see parts of the ambitious 3 enneatype pop up in your life. A rush of creative flow will find its way into your work—and to your surprise—you’ll enjoy every second of it.

Other “Good Day” Signs:

  • You feel whole and complete within yourself.
  • You are aware of your true worth without feeling arrogant.
  • You are interested in developing yourself and your talents.
  • You have an inner sense of determination.
  • You feel at peace with asserting yourself and realize the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of aggression.

Any day can be transformed into a good day with enough self-discipline and the desire to actively choose positivity. Our thoughts have the potential to alter our actions, which shapes our behavior. And that’s powerful.

Have you experienced integration before? What was the process like? We’d love to hear about your journey in the comments below!

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Lily Yuan, Personality Blogger

Lily Yuan is a personality psychology writer who has a knack for just missing the bus. She tests as INTP and constantly questions her type. Learn more at www.lily-yuan.com or follow her on Twitter @LilyYuanWrites.

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