This is part of a series using enneagram in education. For more information on why enneagram in education, refer to this post. To read about other enneagram types in education, you can see those here.
Enneagram type 9, the mediator, or the accommodating companion.
A few words to describe this type:
Let’s pull this into a classroom setting. If you’re an enneagram type nine, you are a big-picture learner. Every little topic you learn about, you like to pull into a bigger setting to see how all of the pieces fit together and relate. You also have a hard time planning and prioritizing school work. Homework, essays, due dates, and more often get pushed to the side and done last minute. Group work is good for type nines, under the condition that everyone works together and harmoniously, contention and confrontation are type nine’s biggest turn aways and stressors.
How to get the most out of your education as a type nine.
- Work on keeping good notes of when assignments are due so that you’re not working at the last minute to get them in.
- Give yourself time to study away from friends, peers, and family. Quiet, alone time study will give you the best results.
- Immerse yourself in your studies in a hands-on way, even when your professors don’t give you the opportunity to.
- Use your deeply connected relationships to help you with your schoolwork, ask for help with studying or on assignments from friends.
- Build good, lasting relationships with teachers and professors.
“Mediators believe that to be loved and valued, you must blend in and go with the flow. Consequently, Mediators seek harmony and are inclusive, amiable, easygoing, comfortable and steady; they also can be self-forgetting, conflict-avoidant and stubborn.“Enneagram Worldwide
Type 9’s go to type 3 in growth and type 6 in stress.
Are you a type 9? What is important for you to have a successful learning environment?