Barack Obama a Nine-wing-One

As I was writing the previous post regarding personality type Nine-wing-One, I wondered whether had corrected their long-ago mistyping of Barack Obama. Nope, they still have him listed as a Three.

In 2009, on my now-defunct website,, I argued that he is a Nine-wing-One. I opted for a light-hearted proof: he doesn’t dress well enough to be a Three. Here’s some of what I wrote then.

… sorry guys, Obama is nowhere near type Three. Just recall the incident of the shapeless Levi’s at the ballgame. Following are Obama’s responses to the criticism of his lack of sartorial sense.
> “I’m a little frumpy.”
> “I hate to shop.”
> “Those jeans are comfortable.”
> “Here’s my attitude: Michelle, she looks fabulous. … For people who want a president to look great in his tight jeans, I’m sorry, I’m not the guy.”
This is not the image of a Three.

In a more serious vein, Beatrice Chestnut wrote a well-argued essay, “Barack Obama is a Nine, Not a Three,” in the February 2010 issue of Enneagram Monthly. She further specifies that he is a Nine-wing-One. Her two affirmative points:
1. He avoids conflict like a Nine.
2. He has issues around belonging, like a Nine.
She also makes a case against his being typed as a Three.


About Jean Adeler

Jean Adeler, Ph.D., is the originator of the Structural Enneagram.
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