The Enneagram Types
The Committed, Security-Oriented
Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
(The Passive-Aggressive and Paranoid Personality Disorders)
Fear: Of being without support
Basic Desire: To have security and support
Enneagram Six with a Five-Wing: "The Defender"
Enneagram Six with a Seven-Wing: "The Buddy"
Healthy: Able to elicit strong emotional responses from others: very appealing, endearing, lovable, affectionate. Trust important: bonding with others, forming permanent relationships and alliances. / Dedicated to individuals and movements in which they deeply believe. Community builders: responsible, reliable, trustworthy. Hard-working and persevering, sacrificing for others, they create stability and security in their world, bringing a cooperative spirit.
At Their Best: Become self-affirming,
trusting of self and others, independent
yet symbiotically interdependent and cooperative
as an equal. Belief in self leads to true
courage, positive thinking, leadership,
and rich self-expression.
Average: Start investing their time
and energy into whatever they believe will
be safe and stable. Organizing and structuring,
they look to alliances and authorities for
security and continuity. Constantly vigilant,
anticipating problems. / To resist having
more demands made on them, they react against
others passive-aggressively. Become evasive,
indecisive, cautious, procrastinating, and
ambivalent. Are highly reactive, anxious,
and negative, giving contradictory, "mixed
signals." Internal confusion makes
them react unpredictably. / To compensate
for insecurities, they become sarcastic
and belligerent, blaming others for their
problems, taking a tough stance toward "outsiders."
Highly reactive and defensive, dividing
people into friends and enemies, while looking
for threats to their own security. Authoritarian
while fearful of authority, highly suspicious,
yet, conspiratorial, and fear-instilling
to silence their own fears.
Unhealthy: Fearing that they have
ruined their security, they become panicky,
volatile, and self-disparaging with acute
inferiority feelings. Seeing themselves
as defenseless, they seek out a stronger
authority or belief to resolve all problems.
Highly divisive, disparaging and berating
others / Feeling persecuted, that others
are "out to get them," they lash-out
and act irrationally, bringing about what
they fear. Fanaticism, violence. / Hysterical,
and seeking to escape punishment, they become
self-destructive and suicidal. Alcoholism,
drug overdoses, "skid row," self-abasing
Key Motivations: Want to have security,
to feel supported by others, to have certitude
and reassurance, to test the attitudes of
others toward them, to fight against anxiety
Examples: Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Princess Diana, George H. W. Bush, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Candice Bergen, Gilda Radner, Meg Ryan, Helen Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson, Patrick Swayze, Julia Roberts, Phil Donahue, Jay Leno, John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, David Letterman, Andy Rooney, Jessica Lange, Tom Clancy, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, and "George Costanza" (Seinfeld).