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Enneagram Type 1 - The Reforming Moralist

Quality Control Specialist, Reformer, Perfectionist, Judge, Administrator, Rule Keeper, Crusader

Worldview of the Type 1


You are a conscientious, hardworking, and ethical, person who strives to make things better. You are a fair and just person and love to be meticulous.

Your attention to detail and careful adherence to protocols and procedures can be great assets to any team. On occasion, your high standards and need for constant improvement may be experienced by others as overly critical and/or controlling. Your keys to growth include recognizing and balancing your high standards with your desire to act fairly and considerately towards others, and seeing what is actually “right” in the present moment.

What You Are Great At

  • Identifying ways that things can be improved and upgraded.

  • Being very aware of what needs to be corrected.

  • Focusing on details and maintaining an eye for perfection.

  • Having strong ethics and striving for continuous improvement.

  • Maintaining high ideals, standards, and principles.

  • Working tirelessly for its own sake and seeing excellence as its own reward.

  • Taking initiative on the job and putting work before pleasure to do the job well.

  • Being well-organized, neat, and orderly.

  • Upholding responsibilities and following through with commitments.

  • Advocating for fairness and justice in the world.

  • Being self-disciplined and personally sacrificing for the greater good, team, or purpose.

  • Being practical, purposeful, proper, professional, well-mannered, and polite.

Core Wiring

You want to be accurate, honest, fair, and objective; but most importantly, you want to be respectable. You want to do what's right, and what you feel is appropriate. You have high standards and are methodical, ethical, and diligently striving for continual improvement. You believe that anything worth doing should be done properly. Under stress, you may show resentment and become angry, nit-picking, and overly critical. At your best, you are wise and noble. You act with integrity and offer sage guidance to the world.

What Drives You

Driven by the need for continuous improvement and high standards, you are diligent and hardworking in order to do what is right and avoid being criticized. You want to be accepted and respected for being responsible and ethical and for having integrity and high standards.

Inner World of the Type 1

Core Fears

Your core fear of being bad, wrong, or incorrect may express itself as being afraid of making bad decisions or being criticized because of your perceived faults and imperfection.

Core Desires

To be good, right, accurate, correct, and above reproach.

Core Needs

You need to know what is expected of you, so you can act accordingly and excel. You want to know what is considered appropriate, do things by the book, and avoid making mistakes. You continuously strive for self-improvement and expect others to do the same. You act in accordance with your high standards, moral beliefs, philosophies, and principles; you don't base your behaviors on another person's rules.

Core Beliefs

Everyone can and should strive to do their best and continually improve. There is a correct way to do things. We should all do what is right and do so properly.


  • Order, high standards, punctuality.

  • When everything has a place and everything is in its place.

  • When others appreciate and follow your good advice.

  • Responsibility, discipline, and working hard.

  • Setting up and streamlining systems and solutions.

  • Creating policies and operating procedures.

  • Everyone following the procedures and protocols.

  • Being responsible and doing your best.

  • Editing and correcting for accuracy.

  • Appropriateness and proper etiquette.

  • Making things better through continuous improvement.

  • Mentoring others to be the best they can be.


  • People that are late or inconsiderate.

  • Laziness, low standards, sloppiness, poor work ethic.

  • People being unprepared and making excuses.

  • Others not appreciating all your hard work.

  • Others not trying as hard as they can.

  • Inappropriate anger or emotional outbursts.

  • Being criticized (especially when the blame belongs elsewhere).

  • Taking shortcuts that compromise quality.

  • Anyone being irresponsible or inattentive.

  • Unfairness.

  • People without a moral compass.

  • Lack of clarity and focus.

Outer World of the Type 1


You adhere strongly to standards and codes of conduct to ensure appropriate actions that evade criticism. You may proactively criticize and judge yourself and others to enforce good conduct.

Impact of Strategies

Everyone notices how hard you work. As a result, they often believe you are correct and follow your orders.

What's Great About You

You are ethical, principled, hard-working, disciplined, thorough, prepared, and accountable. Others see you as someone who is very responsible, fair, and who will do what is right.

Attention goes to...

Your attention goes outward to the environment, to creating improvements, correcting imperfections, and righting what is wrong. In your search for what is perfect, you may become mired in details and lose sight of your original goal and intention. A growing edge for you is to recognize the value of completing a task over waiting for perfection.

Famous Type 1 Moralists

Angela Davis, Angela Merkel, Anne Boleyn, Anne Frank, Anne Hathaway, Ayn Rand, Cate Blanchett, Condoleezza Rice, Daenerys Targaryen, Donna Reed, Dr. Laura, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Warren, Emily Post, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Glenda Jackson, Greta Thunberg, Hermione Granger, Hillary Clinton, Jane Curtin, Jane Wyman, Judge Judy, Julie Andrews, Joan of Arc, Joanne Woodward, Katharine Hepburn, Laura Linney, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Lillian Hellman, Margaret Thatcher, Marine Le Pen, Marilyn Quayle, Martha Stewart, Mary Baker Eddy, Natalie Portman, Nina Garcia, Queen Elizabeth, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sidney Powell, Susan Brownmiller, Vanessa Redgrave. Al Gore, Barry Goldwater, Ben Shapiro, Bernie Sanders, Cesar Chavez, Colin Powell, Confucius, Daniel Ellsworth, Dean Jones, Dr. Dean Edell, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Edward Snowden, George McGovern, Mohandas Gandhi, H. Ross Perot, Harry Truman, Jack Webb, John Bradshaw, John Calvin, John Kerry, Jordan Peterson, Leonard Nimoy, Martin Luther, Matthew Murdock “Daredevil”, Michael Dukakis, Mike Pence, Nelson Mandela, Peter Jennings, Peter Strauss, Pope John Paul II, Ralph Nader, Ron Paul, Sam Harris, Samuel Johnson, Sidney Poitier, Steve Rogers "Captain America", Ted Koppel, The Lone Ranger, Tom Brokaw, Thurgood Marshall, Tony Randall, William F. Buckley, Yitzak Rabin



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