The Bridgerton Enneagram
With a cast of characters as deep and vast as those on Netflix’s Bridgerton, it was only a matter of time until we broke their personalities down into the most tried and true of mystical motivational charts: The Enneagram. Don’t act like you weren’t wondering who was a Bigger Eight: Lady Danbury or Queen Charlotte. Well, we have done the work and found the answers.
The Bridgerton Enneagram
One: The Reformer
Ones are rational and, conversely, idealistic perfectionists. Their biggest desire is to be perfect – perfectly moral, perfectly rational, perfectly situated. And who could be more excited about being called “flawless” than a One? That’s right. Daphne Bridgerton is our Enneagram One. Of course, Ones are usually eldest children, but as the oldest daughter, Daphne most assuredly received the lion’s share of female expectations that grow Ones into orderly and responsible over-achievers. But she did do that thing where she faked a connection to a handsome duke. Would a One ever?
Two: The Helper
Two’s. Caring, warm and protective. Generous with all and very prone to being possessive if they see someone they love go the wrong way. Two’s have a deep desire to be appreciated, but worry about being unworthy of the same love they give away so freely. Two’s have so much love to give that they often go overboard – sometimes being aggressive, decisive and controlling. Sound like a certain unsure Man of the House to you? That’s right, our Enneagram Two is Anthony Bridgerton: head of the family, doing everything he can to make things right for everyone under his care, but sometimes a bit hot-headed in how he does it. It’s hard for Twos to switch gears from helping others to taking care of themselves. We might see more of that from Anthony in season 2. Can’t wait to see him OVERLY care for a certain lady.
Three: The Achiever
Ah, the Enneagram Three. Full of self-confidence, ambition, momentum. Nothing will stand in a Three’s way of getting what they know and believe they deserve. They’re a mystery. They exhibit leadership but desperately want approval. They’re competitive but live to impress others. Who could possibly be this in control of her image, work all day and all night to achieve her goals, and care for nothing more than impressing others? None other than Portia Featherington. No one in the Bridgerton universe is more focused on the future, how to get there and how she looks doing it. Lady Featherington could commandeer a fleet in the Royal Navy, if only they’d let the ships be chartreuse.
Four: The Individualist
The biggest desire for our sweet Enneagram Fours is to find a place in the world, their place, that individual space that they believe only they can fill. Fours are sensitive, self-absorbed, creative and temperamental. Who could fit that space better than our artistic Benedict? The biggest fear that Fours face is being insignificant, never making their mark. Perhaps that’s why Benedict gets along so well with the other Bridgerton Enneagram Four: Eloise. With a strong Five wing, Eloise is less creative than Benedict, more cerebral and curious, but is definitely consumed with how different and other she feels in her world.
Five: The Investigator
Just the title of the Enneagram Five proves how strong Eloise’s wing is: no one spends more time investigating the ton in search of Lady Whistledown than Eloise. She’s endlessly curious. But a true Five is detached, isolated and observes from the sidelines. They want nothing more in life to be competent and independent. They have to be right. They have to know it all. And NO ONE knows it all more than Lady Whistledown herself, Penelope Featherington. Perceptive and secretive, Penelope is the definition of an Enneagram Five.
Six: The Loyalist
Poor sixes. Often given one of hardest times of all the enneagrams, Sixes are marred by anxiety. They want above all else to feel secure and fear being alone. At their best, Sixes are fiercely loyal to others, to their beliefs, to their values, to their … vows. Oh yes. Our resident Bridgerton Enneagram Six is the Duke of Hastings himself, Simon Bassett. As extremely loyal and committed as he is, Simon fears it won’t be reciprocated because his experience has borne that out. Anxious worriers tend to also head into overreaction and arrogance, terrified for the fall out. Has anyone shown more doubt than Simon?
It must be said that Marina is also a Six: loyal to a fault to Sir George Crane and to her feelings for him, searching for security and safety to the point of trapping someone in her scheme to get it.
Seven: The Enthusiast
If you’re a fan of that other mystical personality listicle, astrology, you’ll be able to recognize Enneagram Sevens as your Basic Bitch Leos. Busy, fun-loving, scattered, very extroverted, Sevens are well-liked and easily loved. Their biggest desire is to maintain their happiness. Biggest fear: FOMO. They will break into song, eat every eclair and spontaneously announce a trip to the Continent. That’s right, Colin Bridgerton is our quintessential Seven. After being beyond stressed out by Marina trapping him, we will never see Colin make a commitment to anything again. Or will we?
This author must allow that Queen Charlotte is also a Seven with one of the strongest Eight wings possible. You’ll see why.
Eight: The Challenger
Oh the Big Mean Eights. I can say that because I am one. Eights are the most misunderstood of the Enneagrams because others see them as so aggressive and harsh. But Eights are in the fight for all. Their biggest desire is to protect themselves no mater what, but that always extends to those they love. Their biggest fear: to seem vulnerable or weak. Who is the least weak individual in the ton? Well.
“I knew … I could not very well be frightened. So I made myself frightening. I sharpened my wit, and my wardrobe and my eye. And I made myself the most terrifying creature in any room I entered.”
That’s right. Lady Danbury. Her power, strength and authority all work together for the more vulnerable. Being overly opinionated is not a flaw; it is her fight against injustice. Protective, decisive and confrontational, Lady Danbury is the perfect Enneagram Eight.
Nine: The Peacemaker
Nines are known for wanting everyone to be calm and settled at all times. They are experts at avoiding conflict, not just for their own sake, but also for the sake of others and of appearances. Enneagram Nines can see things from multiple sides all at once, which makes them extremely understanding. But that also makes them aware of how others are perceiving their actions, so they can work behind the scenes with patient attention to get a desired outcome for everyone. Who could possibly balance all of that and remain everyone’s favorite? None other than Violet Bridgerton. How could you not be a peacemaker when you are the mother of eight?
Did we skip your favorite Bridgerton character? Tell us in the comments if you think we got some of them wrong. But: you have to tell us your Enneagram number too.
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