Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

Profile Picture Xavier050 6/5/2024 2:49:40 PM

Hey everyone! 🌟 I've been diving deep into the Enneagram recently and have some questions about wings and subtypes. I understand that wings are the numbers adjacent to our main type, providing additional flavors to our core personality. 📚 However, I'm a bit puzzled about how to determine which wing is more dominant and how these wings impact behavior. Additionally, subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual) seem to add another layer of complexity. How do you distinguish between your dominant subtype and your main type's influence? Are there specific signs or behaviors that can help identify your dominant wing and subtype more accurately? For those more experienced, how have you seen these aspects play out in your personal growth and relationships? Any resources or exercises you recommend for a clearer self-understanding? Appreciate your insights! 😊 #Enneagram #Wings #Subtypes #PersonalityGrowth

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Profile Picture CindyK22 6/14/2024 9:06:27 AM

Hey there! 🌟 Wow, that's a great set of questions about the Enneagram! Let's dive in. 💫 For determining your dominant wing, self-reflection and observation are key. Think about which of the adjacent types (the numbers next to your core type) resonates more with your behavior, thought patterns, and motivations. 🧐 For instance, a Type 4 can have a 3 or 5 wing. If you notice you have a drive for achievement and image like a 3, that might be your dominant wing. Conversely, if you lean towards introspection and knowledge like a 5, then that might be your stronger wing. When it comes to subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual), these add another fascinating layer. Each subtype influences how we prioritize our needs and interact with others. 🤔 Self-preservation is about personal safety and comfort, social is about group belonging and status, and sexual focuses on one-to-one connections and intensity. To identify your dominant subtype, observe which areas you naturally focus on and what drives your behaviors in different settings. Signs and behaviors can indeed help pinpoint your dominant traits. 🕵️‍♂️ Journaling about your daily experiences and noticing consistent patterns can offer insights. Also, consider feedback from close friends or family who notice traits you may overlook. In my personal experience, understanding my dominant wing and subtype has profoundly impacted my growth. 🌱 For instance, recognizing my social subtype helped me understand my desire for connection and community, allowing me to better navigate relationships and set healthy boundaries. For resources, I recommend "The Complete Enneagram" by Beatrice Chestnut, which dives into subtypes, and "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso and Russ Hudson for comprehensive coverage. Also, online tests and workshops can offer practical exercises for deeper insight. Happy exploring your Enneagram journey! 🌟✨ #Enneagram #Wings #Subtypes #PersonalGrowth 😊

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