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Claudio Naranjo's types

Pride | Vanity

  • E2 is free and spontaneous; E3 is controlled, fearful of letting-go.[1]
  • E2 tends to be invasive; E3 more mindful of limits.[1]
  • E2 sells itself as great and expresses its generosity with great warmth; E3 sells its work or its organizational efficiency and, above all, its efforts, with a feeling of insecurity within himself.[2]
  • Sexual E2's image is inflated and grandiose. Radiant and magnificent in fantasy, he is not grounded in reality and facts. It is a dream, but a contagious dream, that convinces himself and others. It is different from the E3’s narcissism, whose marketing of the image is endorsed by titles, by an agenda full of concrete things he has achieved, by hours spent at the gym, by a big wardrobe, or by an excessive taste for cosmetics and plastic surgery.[3]

Like E3, E2 identifies with a happy image, but E2 is more so characterized by the "positive" image and E3 by the "successful" image. This means that the E3 is more tightly bound by the expectations of society, standards that are consensus, and by satisfying these standards it achieves a sense of success for itself. The E2 on the other hand has an image referenced from itself, its greatness is self-evident and doesn't need to fall back on any standard, because a standard supposes a limit.

Vanity is present especially in the “hysteroid” region of the enneagram (comprising ennea-types II, III, and IV), yet in the case of pride, as we have seen, it is satisfied through a combination of imaginative self-inflation and the support of selected individuals, while in ennea-type III, instead, the person mobilizes herself to “prove” objectively her value through an active implementation of the self-image in the face of a generalized other

- Naranjo

E2 E3
Self-evident value Standardized self-value
Limitless sense of value Proof of value
Little to no contact with shame Greater contact with shame


[1] Naranjo C. (1990), Character and Neurosis: An Integrative View

[2] Naranjo C. (2014), Vanidad (So3 Trait structure translated by mel)

[3] Naranjo, C. (2020), Psicología de los eneatipos: Orgullo (Trait Structure translated by QUWROF)

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