"Be All That You Can Be."
Army Recruiting Theme Song
"Early to bed, early to rise, work like
hell and advertise."
Laurence J. Peter
"False face must hide what false heart
Threes are based in the Heart
Center. Their issues revolve around love and emotion. They
believe they will be loved for what they accomplish. Thus, they
focus on getting the job done to be a success. Often they are
identifiable as "workaholics." Threes are status and image conscious
and frequently consider how they appear to others. Being seen
as successful is important to Threes.
|Best Example of a Famous
"THREE": TOM CRUISE
||The Tin Man, The Wizard of Oz
||Ken and Barbie
| Cindy Crawford
| George Clooney
| Sharon Stone
|Mary Tyler Moore
Threes are the "stars"
of the Enneagram show. They are the optimistic Wayne Dyers of the world.
We love them as the cheerleaders, the
prom kings and queens, the captains of the football teams, and
the Kens and Barbies of our own romantic comedies.
Threes work hard to personify whatever is seen as the definition
of high accomplishment by their particular social group. They
are standardly hard-working, successful, efficient and goal-driven.
They appear self-assured and charming. They are typically preoccupied
with looking good, feeling good, making things happen and winning.
America loves Threes.
Because of their obsession with looking "the best," they
can become competitive, emotionally illusive, calculating, even
devious, losing touch with their real inner selves. Highly adaptable
and extremely practical, they're always looking for the admiration
and attention of others.
People are often attracted to Threes because of their hard-driving
dedication to work and their all-American image of success. At
their best, they are exceptional promoters and motivators, inspiring
others to be like them in positive ways and manifesting their
true selves with ease, modesty and authenticity.
- It's important to me to keep in good shape,
stay fit and look sharp.
- I need to be admired and seen as successful
so I can feel worthwhile and loved.
- Sometimes before social engagements I consider
what image I will present and who I should best associate
- I work lots – sometimes 7 days a week.
- I think of myself as highly competent and
- Sometimes I have to cut a few corners to
get the job done efficiently.
- I am optimistic, outgoing and can get along
well in many different groups of people.
- I'm happiest when I'm working all out to
achieve my goals. I have confidence that if I work hard I
can accomplish whatever I set my mind on.
- It can be hard for me to recognize my real
- I like keeping interactions with others light—not
too much talk about heavy emotions, not too much intimacy,
and I don't like confrontations.
- I'm always networking—it just comes
- I'm a top-notch salesperson. I almost always
excel in sales contests.
- Sometimes it's simply necessary to put feelings
on the back burner so they won't get in the way of getting
- My passion and excitement about a project
or a vision rub off on and motivate others.
- I like to subtly let people know the great
things I've got going in my life: the cool people I know,
the recognition I've gotten, the new training program at the
new gym, how well my team is doing at work, etc.
- Attaining financial security is one of life's
most important goals.
- I can be so focused on accomplishing my goals
that I can fail to notice that I'm overworking to the point
of exhaustion and fatigue.
- Somewhere along the line I got the idea that
I had to earn love by becoming successful, maintaining a good
image and making myself the best.
|The Performer, The Effective Person, The Status
|The main character (a Three of course) sees
herself as successful, "way cool," perfectly together,
and the plot deals with upholding that image by working
hard and winning every contest.
|The need to live life the right way, improve
self and others, and avoid anger.
|Of being without value in and of themselves,
of being worthless aside from their achievements.
| To be valuable for themselves and feel worthwhile.
|"How am I doing?" The focus is on
doing, achieving. Attention is spent on becoming successful,
on presenting the desired image, on the next goal-oriented
task. The true self is masked and unavailable. Threes
can identify with the image so thoroughly that the true
self is not known.
|Deceit (Role playing)
|Identification. Basically, in order not to
have to be aware of any failure, Threes identify with
whatever successful role they play and behave as if they
are the role they have identified with. They act as if
their job-- "the Doctor," "the actor," the super-salesman"--is
who they really are.