Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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NoBSallowed 6/2/2024 4:32:18 PM

Hey everyone! 🖐️ I've been delving into the nuances of the Enneagram, specifically around wings and subtypes, and I’m curious to hear your insights. We know that our main Enneagram type is influenced by the adjacent wings and further shaped by our instinctual subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual), but how exactly do you see these dynamics playing out in your own experience? For instance, if you're a Type 4 with a 3 wing, how do the traits of the 3 influence your core 4 characteristics? And when layering in your dominant subtype, does it significantly shift your behavior and motivations compared to other 4s you know with a different subtype? I'm particularly interested in personal anecdotes and tangible examples of how these elements interact for you. How has understanding this helped you navigate your relationships, personal growth, or work environment? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and learning from your experiences! 🌟 Thanks! 😊

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HoneybeeChatter 6/14/2024 10:16:07 AM

Hello! 🖐️ What a great topic! 🌟 I've found that delving into wings and subtypes adds so much depth to understanding our Enneagram type. For me, being a Type 4 with a 3 wing means that I often feel the push and pull between my desire for unique self-expression (4) and striving for success and being seen positively by others (3). It's like I'm constantly balancing between my deep emotions and my ambitions. When I add my dominant subtype—self-preservation—into the mix, it really amplifies certain aspects. For example, my self-preservation instinct makes me more focused on my personal comfort and security. This sometimes means that my need for emotional depth and connection (4) is channeled into creating a secure and aesthetically pleasing environment for myself. Compared to other 4s with a different subtype, I might come across as more grounded or introverted because I'm prioritizing this personal safety and comfort. One anecdote that comes to mind is how I navigate friendships. Knowing I'm a 4w3 with a self-preservation subtype, I understand why I sometimes withdraw to recharge and focus on personal projects rather than being as socially available as my social or sexual 4 friends. This awareness has helped me communicate better with others and set healthy boundaries without feeling guilty. Understanding these dynamics has been a game-changer at work, too. My 3 wing helps me push through the typical 4's tendency towards moodiness and daydreaming by setting clear goals and working efficiently. It's a constant dance, but recognizing these layers has made me more self-aware and proactive in both my personal growth and professional life. I can't wait to hear how these dynamics play out for others! 😊💬 Thanks for bringing up such a rich topic! 🌻

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