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Recognizing Unhealthy Enneagram Behaviors

On this episode of The Enneagram Mom podcast I dove into signs to find unhealthy enneagram behaviors. Knowing these can be major red flags in your relationship or those around you.

This episode stems from my first bonus episode where I dive into knowing Joshua Powell and Susan Cox Powell's enneagram numbers. I am an avid listener of the Cold podcast and wanted to understand this case as much as possible. Finally I landed on Susan Cox being a 7w6 and Joshua Powell a 8w9. Knowing a lot of his unhealthy traits and red flags.


As a child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic abuse survivor I want to bring more awareness to those unhealthy traits. We need to see the red flags in unhealthy numbers to start to identify what they might look like in every day people.

This podcast episode was not easy for me. As a child abuse & domestic abuse survivor I want there to be more of an awareness of what that might look like beyond physical abuse.

On episode 34 of the enneagram mom podcast I talk about the different forms of abuse. I did a bonus episode last week discussing Josh & Susan Powell’s enneagram numbers and talking about this case. @thecoldpodcast has inspired me to start to share my story in hopes it helps others.

Also look for these toxic traits in those around you and begin to set higher boundaries. I’m not a therapist but I highly recommend one if you are working through a toxic relationship.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. t's estimated that at least 1 in 7 children in the US has experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year.

Start to see the red flags and be there for those who need to be seen. Every single person deserves to feel safe.

Unhealthy enneagram 1 traits:

Hypocritical, intolerant, cruel, self-righteous, inflexible.

Unhealthy enneagram 2 traits:

Victim mentality, coercive, manipulative, self-serving, entitled.

Unhealthy enneagram 3 traits:

devious, exploitative, covetous, deceptive, vindictive.

Unhealthy enneagram 4 traits:

depressed, alienated, self-hatred, despair, hopeless.

Unhealthy enneagram 5 traits:

reclusive, eccentric, unstable, explosive, deranged.

Unhealthy enneagram 6 traits:

panicky, volatile, berating, irrational, hysterical.

Unhealthy enneagram 7 traits:

impulsive, infantile, erratic, compulsive, mania.

Unhealthy enneagram 8 traits:

ruthless, dictatorial, invulnerable, reckless, vengeful.

Unhealthy enneagram 9 traits:

repressed, undeveloped, incapable, neglectful, dissociate.


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Hi, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Tess and avid binge show watcher, enneagram enthusiast and 3w2!

The enneagram is a unique way to help you connect with yourself on a deeper level. I love what it has done for my marriage, relationship with my children and the people I work with. I can’t wait to dive in deep to all things enneagram!

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