Hurley & Dobson - What's My Type?

Three: The Succeeder

Deception: Hide behind strength (Deceit)
Pseudo-deception: Failure
Antidote: Integrity
Pseudo-antidote: Completing tasks
Illusion of Reality: Being recognized/admired
Self-justification: "I will accomplish anything."
Time Orientation: Work toward future goals
Approach to Problem Solving: Aggressive: "I accomplish."
Relationship to Life: Way of Mediation: "I negotiate with life."


  1. Do you sometimes think you're too cynical or suspicious because you intuitively seem to know the hidden motives of others -- especially their dark, manipulative intentions?
  2. Are you able to be positive, optimistic, and upbeat around others even though you feel pessimistic or desperate about your life when you're alone?
  3. Do you guard against becoming too emotionally vulnerable or dependent upon even those closest to you because you fear being manipulated?
  4. When your goals are unclear or you don't have any goals, do you lose your energy and find that life is suddenly dull and boring?
  5. To avoid being rude or hurtful, do you often have to feign interest in a conversation you're having because a new idea or important current project is beginning to race through your mind?
  6. Do you prize relationships that are free and undemanding and break relationships that become too complicated or time consuming?
  7. Are you able instantly to hide your feelings of shock, disappointment, anger, embarrassment, and so on until you can deal with them in private?
  8. Would you tend to err on the side of saying too little rather than saying too much?
  9. Is it difficult for you to take time for yourself, to relax or to "do nothing" when there are still projects left undone?

Kathleen V. Hurley & Theodore E. Dobson

What's My Type?
Use the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best Self
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, 186 pages