The Peacemaker is a nickname used to describe the Enneatype 9, one of the possible nine types in the Enneagram.

Defining Characteristics of the Enneagram Type 9

  • Calm, collected demeanor
  • Ability to diffuse conflict with ease
  • Zen-like presence
  • Mellow and soothing voice
  • Wide circle of acquaintances
  • Generally liked by most people
  • Fluid, slow movements and gestures

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What are Peacemakers like?

Gentle and agreeable, Peacemakers are the skilled mediators and counsellors in a group of friends or coworkers. They work hard behind the scenes in order to keep the group harmony steady and flowing. As children, they knew how to get along with each classmate, making them a great addition to any group project. They can easily see the many different sides to an issue and tend not to jump to conclusions quickly, if at all. Complacent and humble, Peacemakers are stable and gentle, willing to go the extra mile to avoid rocking the boat. They’re appreciative of the little things others do and the simple pleasures in life.

What are the Peacemaker’s core values?

Harmony, kindness and unity with the world. Idealistic and well-wishing, Peacemakers aim to be the glue that holds the entire group together—whether they’re with family, friends or colleagues. The quickest way into a Peacemaker’s heart is to acknowledge their contributions and reassure them of their importance. Gently sharing their nuggets of wisdom and serenity with others, Peacemakers believe in the power of forgiveness and acceptance. External comfort paired a sense of inner balance make up the Peacemakers’ ideal lifestyle—and they gladly create this atmosphere through every aspect of their lives.

How can I recognize a Type 9?

Peacemakers are social chameleons who can adapt to the group dynamic easily and help others get along. They’re soft-spoken yet loyal and fun to be around, intuitively knowing how to include and engage everyone in conversation. Peacemakers are cooperative and always willing to let someone join the circle and state their own opinions. Soft-spoken yet firm in their personal stances, they make an effort to neutralize tension and restore group harmony. Easygoing and willing to tolerate everyone, Peacemakers retain their self-esteem through being kind and helpful to others. They enjoy the comfortable side of life and may have a personal space to recharge from the outer world. Many are deep seekers of meaning and have a fond appreciation of spirituality and a sense of connectedness with the universe.

What are Peacemakers like under different levels of health?

At healthy levels: Peacemakers use their natural conflict-diffusing powers to maintain harmony and bring on the social fluidity in a group. They’re natural counsellors and teachers with a gift for persuasion and mediation. Optimistic and fully alive, they have a strong self-identity and can ascribe to a simple and healthy lifestyle. When self-actualized, Peacemakers can develop a keen sense of ambition and take the necessary steps to use their calm energy to better others’ lives and well-being. They’re excellent communicators, and patient enough to deal with any situation. Self-actualized Peacemakers can use their deep well of wisdom to help others resolve their internal and external conflicts.

At average levels: Peacemakers stay out of the limelight and maintain regular contact with their close friends and acquaintances. They may have issues with procrastination and can often correct their work habits with consistent schedules and careful planning. For Peacemakers, this is an important lifelong process. Peacemakers are change-adverse and lovers of the comfy and familiar. They enjoy the idea of a cozy retreat to take a break from the world and simply relax. They have the tendency to avoid direct confrontation and run away from problems when they emerge.

At unhealthy levels: Peacemakers become lethargic, unable to concentrate on a task and believe they do not matter in the grand scheme of things. They may become sluggish and unable to focus, simply procrastinating time away instead of achieving anything. Cruising through life on autopilot, Peacemakers go through the motions without trying to set goals or make improvements. On another note, Peacemakers may become internally self-critical for not being able to carry through with plans and establish a firm identity. Extremely stressed Peacemakers often fail to set personal boundaries, which may lead to burnout and emotional exhaustion. Their passive-aggressiveness ends up straining existing relationships.