# Thread: How would you rank the prevalence of each type?

1. ## How would you rank the prevalence of each type?

9w1 (most numerous)
6w7
6w5
9w8

= 75% of the population

And then you have a hodge podge of the rest; mainly 3s, 7s and 8s.

2. Aw, I don't really like these threads. I've seen it spawn myths about the most "common" types, as well as the "rare, special ones" (4s and 5s and 8s), leading to entire cultures of thought where most people are really 6s in denial, especially those who think they could be a "rare" type.

The short answer is, no one really has data as to the "most common/rare type". We have personal observations, which are entirely subjective, and totally dependent on our own typing abilities. Also, it appears that certain types "run in the family" and certain places may have (or attract) certain types, leading to "pockets" rather than an equal distribution. But so far, there's absolutely no way to reliably gauge the frequency at which each type occurs.

Having given my official stance on that, I will confess that I do notice a preponderance of people who state that they know a lot of 6s and 9s (which is, of course, proof of nothing). In my own life, there have been an absurd number of 4s, 5s (RARE TYPES! proof of nothing), 9s and 1s, or people with those fixes. I don't know that many 6s, 2s, 3s, or 8s. But, that's my own experience and is not intended as evidence of any particular rate of occurrence.

3. Originally Posted by Sanjuro
Aw, I don't really like these threads. I've seen it spawn myths about the most "common" types, as well as the "rare, special ones" (4s and 5s and 8s), leading to entire cultures of thought where most people are really 6s in denial, especially those who think they could be a "rare" type.

The short answer is, no one really has data as to the "most common/rare type". We have personal observations, which are entirely subjective, and totally dependent on our own typing abilities. Also, it appears that certain types "run in the family" and certain places may have (or attract) certain types, leading to "pockets" rather than an equal distribution. But so far, there's absolutely no way to reliably gauge the frequency at which each type occurs.

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This sums it up pretty much for me too.

4. The available statistics (there really isn't much) don't reflect reality in my opinion, because certain types are more drawn to self introspection, open to topics of psychology, etc. I've actually been keeping a chart on everyone I know who knows their type (quite a lot, as I go to a church that's that encourages the Enneagram as a tool for emotional health). So far:

2: nine people
6: eight people
3: six people
8: six people
1: five people
9: five people
7: five people
4: two people (including myself)
5: one person (+2 people suspected)

While this is fascinating (for me anyway), I know there are factors that still that skew my statistics. Even who I am and how I know each individual plays a factor. In order to get pure results, all of the people involved would have to be random and emotionally mature enough to be honest with themselves (most of the people on my chart are the latter at least).

5. Originally Posted by Stansmith
9w1 (most numerous)
6w7
6w5
9w8

= 75% of the population

And then you have a hodge podge of the rest; mainly 3s, 7s and 8s.
This seems strange to me; my initial thought is that your particular lens into the world, people you are surrounded by, is like a microcosm of the world, if you think 75% is actually composed of 9's and 6's.

For example, the medical field - nursing in particular - is I think filled with 2's. Likely social services and education as well. From my own work experience, I can say the corporate world has a lot of 1's, 3's, 6's, and 8's, with a large number of 5's in the technical realm. Certain subcultures/particularly counterphobic- anti-society ones may be filled with 6's, throwing in some 4's as well. But it seems to me, I'm going to say anecdotally, that there's a pretty even spread amongst all enneagrams.

I think there will be heavier bias of certain e-types depending on the 'pocket' of society you're actually looking at.

6. Originally Posted by Sanjuro
Aw, I don't really like these threads. I've seen it spawn myths about the most "common" types, as well as the "rare, special ones" (4s and 5s and 8s), leading to entire cultures of thought where most people are really 6s in denial, especially those who think they could be a "rare" type.

The short answer is, no one really has data as to the "most common/rare type". We have personal observations, which are entirely subjective, and totally dependent on our own typing abilities. Also, it appears that certain types "run in the family" and certain places may have (or attract) certain types, leading to "pockets" rather than an equal distribution. But so far, there's absolutely no way to reliably gauge the frequency at which each type occurs.

Having given my official stance on that, I will confess that I do notice a preponderance of people who state that they know a lot of 6s and 9s (which is, of course, proof of nothing). In my own life, there have been an absurd number of 4s, 5s (RARE TYPES! proof of nothing), 9s and 1s, or people with those fixes. I don't know that many 6s, 2s, 3s, or 8s. But, that's my own experience and is not intended as evidence of any particular rate of occurrence.

7. Extremely common
3w2 So/Sp, 3w4 Sp/Sx, 6w5 Sp/So, 6w5 Sp/Sx

Very common
3w2 So/Sx, 6w7 So/Sp, 6w7 So/Sx, 7w6 So/Sx, 8w9 Sp/So

Common
1w9 So/Sp, 3w2 Sp/Sx, 3w4 So/Sp, 7w8 So/Sx, 9w8 So/Sx, 9w1 Sp/So

Quite common
1w9 Sp/So, 2w3 So/Sx, 3w4 So/Sx, 6w7 Sp/So, 6w7 Sp/Sx, 9w1 Sx/Sp

Averagely common
1w9 Sp/Sx, 1w2 So/Sp, 4w3 So/Sx, 5w6 Sp/So, 6w7 Sx/Sp, 7w6 Sp/Sx, 7w6 So/Sp, 7w8 Sx/Sp, 8w7 Sp/So, 9w8 Sp/So, 9w8 Sp/Sx, 9w8 Sx/Sp, 9w1 Sp/Sx

Quite rare
1w9 So/Sx, 1w2 Sp/So, 2w3 So/Sp, 3w2 Sp/So, 3w4 Sx/So, 4w3 Sp/Sx, 4w5 Sp/Sx, 5w4 Sp/Sx, 5w6 Sp/Sx, 5w6 So/Sp, 6w5 So/Sp, 6w5 So/Sx, 6w7 Sx/So, 7w6 Sx/Sp, 8w7 So/Sx, 8w7 Sx/So, 8w9 Sp/Sx, 8w9 So/Sp, 8w9 Sx/Sp, 9w8 So/Sp, 9w1 So/Sp

Rare
2w1 Sp/So, 2w1 So/Sx, 2w3 Sp/So, 3w2 Sx/Sp, 3w4 Sx/Sp, 4w3 So/Sp, 5w4 So/Sx, 5w4 Sx/Sp, 6w5 Sx/Sp, 7w6 Sp/So, 7w6 Sx/So, 7w8 Sp/Sx, 7w8 So/Sp, 7w8 Sx/So, 8w7 Sp/Sx, 8w7 So/Sp, 9w1 So/Sx, 9w1 Sx/So

Very rare
1w9 Sx/Sp, 1w9 Sx/So, 1w2 Sp/Sx, 1w2 So/Sx, 1w2 Sx/Sp, 1w2 Sx/So, 2w1 Sp/Sx, 2w1 So/Sp, 2w1 Sx/So, 2w3 Sp/Sx, 2w3 Sx/Sp, 2w3 Sx/So, 3w2 Sx/So, 4w3 Sp/So, 4w3 Sx/Sp, 4w3 Sx/So, 4w5 So/Sp, 4w5 Sx/Sp, 5w4 Sp/So, 5w4 So/Sp, 5w6 So/Sx, 5w6 Sx/Sp, 5w6 Sx/So, 6w5 Sx/So, 7w8 Sp/So, 8w9 So/Sx, 8w9 Sx/So, 9w8 Sx/So

Extremely rare
2w1 Sx/Sp, 4w5 Sp/So, 4w5 So/Sx, 4w5 Sx/So, 5w4 Sx/So, 8w7 Sx/Sp

8. Originally Posted by Speed Gavroche
Extremely common
3w2 So/Sp, 3w4 Sp/Sx, 6w5 Sp/So, 6w5 Sp/Sx

Very common
3w2 So/Sx, 6w7 So/Sp, 6w7 So/Sx, 7w6 So/Sx, 8w9 Sp/So

Common
1w9 So/Sp, 3w2 Sp/Sx, 3w4 So/Sp, 7w8 So/Sx, 9w8 So/Sx, 9w1 Sp/So

Quite common
1w9 Sp/So, 2w3 So/Sx, 3w4 So/Sx, 6w7 Sp/So, 6w7 Sp/Sx, 9w1 Sx/Sp

Averagely common
1w9 Sp/Sx, 1w2 So/Sp, 4w3 So/Sx, 5w6 Sp/So, 6w7 Sx/Sp, 7w6 Sp/Sx, 7w6 So/Sp, 7w8 Sx/Sp, 8w7 Sp/So, 9w8 Sp/So, 9w8 Sp/Sx, 9w8 Sx/Sp, 9w1 Sp/Sx

Quite rare
1w9 So/Sx, 1w2 Sp/So, 2w3 So/Sp, 3w2 Sp/So, 3w4 Sx/So, 4w3 Sp/Sx, 4w5 Sp/Sx, 5w4 Sp/Sx, 5w6 Sp/Sx, 5w6 So/Sp, 6w5 So/Sp, 6w5 So/Sx, 6w7 Sx/So, 7w6 Sx/Sp, 8w7 So/Sx, 8w7 Sx/So, 8w9 Sp/Sx, 8w9 So/Sp, 8w9 Sx/Sp, 9w8 So/Sp, 9w1 So/Sp

Rare
2w1 Sp/So, 2w1 So/Sx, 2w3 Sp/So, 3w2 Sx/Sp, 3w4 Sx/Sp, 4w3 So/Sp, 5w4 So/Sx, 5w4 Sx/Sp, 6w5 Sx/Sp, 7w6 Sp/So, 7w6 Sx/So, 7w8 Sp/Sx, 7w8 So/Sp, 7w8 Sx/So, 8w7 Sp/Sx, 8w7 So/Sp, 9w1 So/Sx, 9w1 Sx/So

Very rare
1w9 Sx/Sp, 1w9 Sx/So, 1w2 Sp/Sx, 1w2 So/Sx, 1w2 Sx/Sp, 1w2 Sx/So, 2w1 Sp/Sx, 2w1 So/Sp, 2w1 Sx/So, 2w3 Sp/Sx, 2w3 Sx/Sp, 2w3 Sx/So, 3w2 Sx/So, 4w3 Sp/So, 4w3 Sx/Sp, 4w3 Sx/So, 4w5 So/Sp, 4w5 Sx/Sp, 5w4 Sp/So, 5w4 So/Sp, 5w6 So/Sx, 5w6 Sx/Sp, 5w6 Sx/So, 6w5 Sx/So, 7w8 Sp/So, 8w9 So/Sx, 8w9 Sx/So, 9w8 Sx/So

Extremely rare
2w1 Sx/Sp, 4w5 Sp/So, 4w5 So/Sx, 4w5 Sx/So, 5w4 Sx/So, 8w7 Sx/Sp
Interesting. How do you get this?

9. from most to least(in my experience):
4w3's (maybe its just so insanely easy to spot them, or ive just happened to meet a huge bunch of them.. but it seems like theres a 4w3, no mater where i go. and im not talking about the wanna be 4w3's.)
7w6's
9w1's
6w7's
8w7's

most rare to somewhat rare:
7w8(only seen three in my entire life, none whom i even talked to. so this ennea is truly a mystery to me. they all seemed like adhd lol. well, maybe adhd is another word for e7?)
2w3(only met one)
8w9 (one again)
1w9 (two)
4w5(i consider 4w5's the easiest ennea to spot, so i guess they really are scarce considering that. they really stand out with that super cute sad eye thing.)
5w4 ( three)

10. I just was combing through my Facebook and seem to know a ton of 7s, a few more w6 than w8, lots of 4s, both wings, lots of 9s, and then very few 1s, 8s, and 5s. The rest are in between.

But that's all totally subject to the bias of people being on Facebook and being my friend and my subjective typing and whatever else. Just thought it was interesting. Probably says more about me and Facebook than about Enneatype prevalence.

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