Hurley & Dobson - What's My Type?

Nine: The Preservationist

Deception: Indifference (Sloth)
Pseudo-deception: Distress
Antidote: Diligence
Pseudo-antidote: Resignation
Illusion of Reality: Peace at any price
Self-justification: "I preserve my satisfaction."
Time Orientation: Preserve the past
Approach to Problem Solving: Withdrawing: "I am satisfied."
Relationship to Life: Way of Mediation: "I negotiate with life."


  1. Are you known as an easygoing, affable, common-sense kind of person even when inside you may be feeling very different?
  2. Is there a place in your home that you find comfortable and relaxing and to which you generally gravitate to think, read, or relax?
  3. Do arguments make you so uncomfortable that you avoid them, even to the point of walking out of the room when they begin?
  4. Are you greatly attracted to outdoor activities, and do you find being in nature an almost sacred experience of freedom?
  5. Do you feel that the best way to prevent trouble is to keep your thoughts to yourself and let the other person do the talking, even if you don't agree?
  6. Do you see yourself as an independent person who can do what you need or want to do and not be swayed by group pressure?
  7. Would you agree that in general people create most of their own difficulties because they take life too seriously and get all worked up over very minor things?
  8. Do you enjoy thinking your way through puzzling questions, and do you often find practical answers to intricate problems?
  9. When given the option, would you avoid sophisticated political or social gatherings, choosing instead the quieter, simpler pleasures of life?

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