Enneagram Type 9: “The Peacemaker”

Below is a ‘checklist’ of sorts to determine whether or not you could possibly be a Type Nine in the Enneagram of 9 Personality Types. Nine is the Peacemaker (also referred to in other sources as the Mediator, Naturalist, Accommodator or Abdicator). I am again quoting from The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele.  In general, Nines are “motivated by the need to keep the peace, to merge with others, and to avoid conflict.  Since they, especially, take on qualities of the other eight types, Nines have many variations in their personalities, from gentle and mild-mannered to independent and forceful.” They are described as “pleasant, peaceful, generous, patient, receptive, diplomatic, open-minded, empathic” at their best. They can also be “spaced-out, forgetful, stubborn, obsessive, apathetic, passive-aggressive, judgmental, unassertive” at their worst.

The most common types Myers-Briggs types for Type 9 are ISFP, and INFP.  Other possibilities are ISFJ and ENFP.  Slightly less common are ESFJ, ISTJ, ESFP, ISTP, INTJ, INTP, and INFJ.

Consider these statements in regard to your own personality, especially as you would have related to them before age 25 or so. Or if you’re not a Nine, you may recognize someone you know in here!

1. I often feel in union with nature and people.

2. Making choices can be very difficult.  I can see the advantages and disadvantages of every option.

3. It is sometimes hard for me to know what I want when I’m with other people.

4. Others see me as peaceful, but inside I often feel anxious.

5. Instead of tackling what I really need to do, I sometimes do little, unimportant things.

6. When there is unpleasantness going on around me, I just try to think about something else for a while.

7. I usually prefer walking away from a disagreement to confronting someone.

8. If I don’t have some routine and structure to my day, I get almost nothing done.

9. I tend to put things off until the last minute, but I almost always get them done.

10. I like to be calm and unhurried, but sometimes I overextend myself.

11. When people try to tell me what to do or try to control me, I get stubborn.

12. I like to be sure to have time in my day for relaxing.

13. Sometimes I feel shy and unsure of myself.

14. I enjoy just hanging out with my partner or friends.

15. Supportive and harmonious relationships are very important to me.

16. I am very sensitive about being judged and take criticism personally.

17. I like to listen and give people support.

18. I focus more on the positive than on the negative.

19. I have trouble getting rid of things.

20. I operate under the principle of inertia: If I’m going, it’s easy to keep going, but I sometimes have a hard time getting started.

Are you a Nine? Do you know a Nine? Let me know!


Meet My New Friend, The Enneagram

I’ve been recently introduced to the Enneagram personality typing system, and after no more than a brief and casual acquaintance, I believe we are becoming fast friends.

In a tasty nutshell, here are the types (note that these are not ‘levels’ of any kind where being a 1 is better than being a 9 or other nonsense):

Type 1: Perfectionist; seeks the “right” thing; idealist

Type 2: Helper; seeks to please; wants love

Type 3: Achiever; seeks recognition; wants appreciation

Type 4: Individualist; seeks authenticity; self-conscious

Type 5: Investigator; seeks knowledge; lives in the mind

Type 6: Loyalist; seeks security; anxious

Type 7: Enthusiast; seeks excitement; active mind

Type 8: Challenger; seeks power; energetic

Type 9: Peace-maker; seeks harmony; supportive

Check out the nine types and let me know what you think!  Here’s a great website I’ve bookmarked on the subject: http://theenneagram.blogspot.com/.  What type are you??

All the best,


Tuesday Trait: Self-Deception

Tuesday Handwriting Analysis Trait: Self-Deception is evident in handwriting when lower-case ‘o’s have loops on the left side, leading into the letter. The larger the loop the larger the self-deceit. This person is not facing something in his or her life. Self-deceived people often have a different view of themselves than others do and may sometimes be described as “living in their own world”.  Thoughts?

Quick anecdote: I used to have this trait fairly regularly before I began changing my handwriting and decided to take it out.  I’d been rid of it for quite a while by the time I traveled to England with a friend last summer.  But as I kept a journal of our activities and impressions, I began noticing self-deception loops in many of my ‘o’s!  I was annoyed that they were all of the sudden coming back after all that time and couldn’t understand why that would be happening.  Finally one day it dawned on me: Chelsea and I had made a decision to completely ignore the fact that we had to go back to reality after all of our gallivanting…we both teach at the same school, and back at home we were awaited by lesson plans and crazy schedules.  We had made a pact to try very hard to avoid talking to each other about school-teaching (as much as we do love it) and focus on our time away.  It was when I remembered this pact (and the significant part of my life that I was choosing to ignore!) that I relaxed and no longer bothered about the loops in my ‘o’s.  Sure enough, they went away as soon as I came back to the States. :)

All the best,


General Behavior: Clues to Emotional Expressiveness, Sociability & Decision-making

This Saturday, January 29, is the second in a series of Handwriting Analysis classes hosted and taught by yours truly!  Remember, each class easily stands on its own, so you can come to one, two…or all!  In any event, you’ll get valuable information that will enable you to understand yourself and others and communicate effectively with all types of people.

This week’s class is specifically on slant, size and weight of writing.  These elements enable analysts to determine important and fundamental things about the person holding the pen.  Things such as how expressive they are with their emotions, whether or not they are affectionate, how impetuous they are, how well they sympathize with others, etc.  Furthermore, we can tell if this person is social or prefers to be alone, or a little of both.  And this is only the beginning!

After learning how to discover the above traits, we’ll apply our knowledge to attendees’ handwriting (if they wish; no one’s forcing anyone to show their writing :)) and to the handwriting of such figures as Elvis Presley, Emily Dickinson & J.K. Rowling.

Class is in Moscow, ID, 12:00-2:00pm this coming Saturday, and the cost is $19.  Please consider joining us!  Email traittrackshandwriting@gmail.com to save your spot.

All the best,


P.S. Click here to see the full schedule of classes and topics from now until April.

P.P.S. Attendees of any class receive coupons for substantial discounts on five different types of analyses!

Handwriting Analysis of Emily Dickinson

Here, by special request from a reader, is a personality analysis of poetess Emily Dickinson’s handwriting.  Click on the picture of her writing to view a larger version.

The rightward slant of Dickinson’s handwriting shows that she is emotionally expressive.  She is likely more heart-ruled than head-ruled.  She often relies more on her desires rather than data or pure judgment.  She is affectionate and sympathetic, expressing what she feels.

Dickinson’s ‘t’-bars are very long; this is a highly valuable trait that indicates enthusiasm and drive.  People with this trait are very excited and driven when it comes to their aspirations and interests and have the ability to spread that enthusiasm to other people.

Her t-bars are also slanted downwards.  People with this trait tend to be good leaders and enjoy being in command.  This is the trait of dominance.

Many of Dickinson’s ‘t’s form a star-shape as she cross them without lifting her pen.  This is a sign of persistence, and those with this particular trait usually finish what they begin, even if it means having to overcome challenges in their way.

Okay, one more thing about the ‘t’s.  (There are more traits visible in the lower case ‘t’ than in any other single letter of the alphabet!).  Notice that she crosses her ‘t’s very high on the stem, usually at the very top or even above the stem so that the bar floats by itself.  The height plus the length of her ‘t’-bars indicate that she is a ‘dreamer‘, that is, someone whose goals are extremely high and she can literally see herself reaching them.  She is a visionary.  Along with high goals comes high self-esteem as well: Dickinson has much self-respect and healthy personal boundaries.

The incompleteness of Dickinson’s personal pronoun ‘I’ indicates a lack of presence of one or both of her parents or parent-figures.

Dickinson often leaves large spaces in between her words.  This indicates a need for personal space.  She may be caring and expressive, but she also needs her space and probably some alone time as well.  Give her some room.

Similarly, Dickinson has an independent nature, as shown by her ‘y’s which often go straight down below the baseline and do not curve upward again.  She prefers not to need other people all the time, but rather to get the job done on her own.

The sharply-pointed tops and bottoms of Dickinson’s ‘m’s and ‘n’s show that she thinks quickly and analyzes everything.  She is curious about many things and loves to investigate ideas for herself.  She probably gets impatient with people who don’t think as quickly as she does.

The figure-eight ‘f’s and ‘g’s in Dickinson’s writing reveal fluidity of thought. This is a common trait in writers, speakers, musicians, and dancers.  People with this stroke formation move easily from one thought to another without losing track of where they are, how they got there, and where they’re going.

Dickinson likely enjoys a good banter.  Her ‘p’-stems have high points above the rounded part, which indicates argumentativeness.  Given her quick and fluid thinking, she was probably very skilled in an argument!

Notice that Dickinson’s lower-case ‘d’s are written like a Greek delta .  This trait is especially common in readers and writers, and the trait name is “Desire for Culture.”  Those with this trait relish fine food, travel, literature, music, and other things of that nature.

Thank you to those who made it all the way through this long post!  Sometimes it’s just too hard to decide which five or so of the numerous traits in the handwriting to actually include here on the blog.  Please comment with any thoughts.  I know basically nothing about Emily Dickinson’s life, so I’d love to know more!

All the best,


PS – Handwriting analysis of more well-known figures can be found by clicking here.  Next up: Author of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens!

Handwriting Analysis of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, well-loved author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and others, has beautiful and unique writing that reveals much about her personality.  Click on the image above to view a larger version.  Here are a few of the traits I found in her writing:

1. Rightward Slant – Miss Austen noticeably slants to the right in her cursive.  This is normal for people of highly expressive natures.  She shows her emotions, feels comfortable expressing herself, and demonstrates compassion.  She easily sympathizes with others.

2. Desire for Culture – The lower case ‘d’ (as in ‘Friday’ at the top of the letter) that ends with a stroke high and to the left instead of returning to the baseline indicates a love for elegance, high art, fine dining, literature, and music.

3. Enthusiasm – Miss Austen’s long, rightward ‘t’-bars (as in ‘told’, ‘the’ and ‘weather’ in the first line and many following words) indicate a high level of enthusiasm, especially with regards to her interests.  This is a common trait of very successful people.  Those with this stroke are future-oriented and driven.

4. Independence – Though I said above that Miss Austen likes people and relates well to them, she also has an independent streak that shows up in her ‘y’s that end in a straight stroke below the baseline but do not veer out toward the left (as in ‘Friday’ and ‘My’ at the top).  People with this stroke prefer to get things done on their own, to not need anyone and not be needed in return.  They also do not mind spending time alone and have a need to be away from people now and then.  Not all of Austen’s ‘y’s look like this, so this personality trait would likely have shown up in some situations and not in others.  This can be a desirable trait as it also includes a sense of determination when the ‘y’ is especially heavy and straight.

5. Argumentativeness – The ‘p’ that separates from the stem and reaches high into the middle (and even upper zone) of handwriting reveals an argumentative nature.  Those with this trait might argue just for the fun of it and enjoy good verbal banter.  For examples of this ‘p’, see ‘prevent’ in the second line and ‘opportunity’ in the last line of the first paragraph.

6. Diplomacy – Many of Miss Austen’s ‘m’s begin with a hump that is taller than the others.  This is the sign of diplomacy, or the ability to approach even potentially sticky subjects with tact and grace.  This, coupled with the fact that she writes with a rightward slant, leads me to believe that Miss Austen probably had excellent social skills and was good with people.

All this talk about Jane Austen makes me want to pick up a book!  I’m off…

All the best,


PS – See handwriting analysis of more well-known figures by clicking here!