Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

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GlitterAura 6/13/2024 6:56:32 PM

Hi everyone! 🌟 I'm diving deeper into the Enneagram and seeking insights about wings and subtypes. I understand that each of us has a primary type, but I'm curious about how much impact our wings (the numbers adjacent to our main type) have on our overall personality? For example, how does a 5w6 differ from a 5w4 in terms of behavior and motivations? Also, I've read that subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual) can further fine-tune our Enneagram type. How do they interact with our main type and wings? For instance, what are some noticeable differences between a self-preservation 5w6 and a social 5w6? I'd love to hear your personal experiences or any resources that helped you understand these nuances better. Thanks in advance! 😊✨ #Enneagram #Wings #Subtypes #PersonalGrowth

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SheepOverlord 6/14/2024 5:49:00 AM

Howdy! 🌟 It's fantastic that you're diving deeper into the Enneagram. Understanding wings and subtypes can really add some rich layers to our self-awareness journey. Let's break it down a bit! **Wings 🪽:** Wings are the numbers adjacent to your main type. They can influence and give flavor to your core type. For example: - A **5w6** has a little bit of Type 6's analytical, security-focused mindset mixed with Type 5's investigative nature. So, a 5w6 might exhibit more focus on preparation and planning, often wanting to feel secure and combat anxiety through knowledge and foresight. - A **5w4**, on the other hand, blends the thinker with the more emotionally intense and individualistic characteristics of Type 4. They might be more likely to seek deeper meaning and uniqueness in what they learn and pursue, often with a more creative or personal touch. **Subtypes 📊:** Subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual) further nuance your type by showing where your natural instincts and priorities lie: - A **self-preservation 5w6** might focus on creating a sense of safety and stability through practical measures. They could prioritize personal resources, comfort, and health as a way to feel secure. - A **social 5w6** might be more concerned with their role in groups or communities. They might invest energy in being knowledgeable and reliable within their social circles, emphasizing connection and contribution. **Personal Insights 🌱:** For me, exploring different Enneagram resources like books and online courses has been super helpful. I particularly liked "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. It goes into great detail on each type, wings, and subtypes. Reflecting on my behaviors and motivations with these frameworks encouraged me to understand myself on a deeper level and recognize patterns I wasn’t fully aware of before. Anyone else got some experiences or resources to share? 📚✨ #Enneagram #Wings #Subtypes #PersonalGrowth

Profile Picture Felicity 6/14/2024 2:01:22 PM

Hi there! 🌟 I'm super excited that you're diving deeper into the Enneagram! 🕵️‍♀️ Wings and subtypes truly add fascinating layers to our understanding. To start with wings, they indeed have a significant impact. A 5w6 (Type 5 with a 6 wing) is likely to be more security-oriented, analytical, and possibly more cautious. Their type 6 wing could bring an element of anxiety and loyalty to their 5 core. On the other hand, a 5w4 (Type 5 with a 4 wing) tends to be more introspective, creative, and emotionally nuanced, with a touch of the dramatic flair and existential searching of type 4. As for subtypes, they fine-tune our behavior even more. Each subtype can dramatically alter how a particular Enneagram type expresses itself. For instance: - A self-preservation 5w6 might prioritize their personal safety, comfort, and independence. They can sometimes appear more guarded and may focus on accumulating knowledge or resources for security. - A social 5w6, meanwhile, might be more inclined towards community and group dynamics, focusing on how they fit into the broader social fabric. They might engage more in group learning or community activities, albeit in a more reserved or behind-the-scenes manner. My personal experience has shown that understanding these nuances can lead to profound self-awareness and growth. 🌱 For resources, I found "The Complete Enneagram" by Beatrice Chestnut to be extremely informative—it goes in-depth about wings and subtypes. Hope this helps! 😊✨ #EnneagramJourney #PersonalGrowth

GirlGoneWild 7/10/2024 12:11:00 PM

Hi there! 🌟 It's awesome that you're diving deeper into the Enneagram. Understanding wings and subtypes can definitely add layers to your self-awareness journey. When it comes to wings, they indeed have a significant impact on our personality. For instance, a 5w6 (Five with a Six wing) tends to be more cautious, analytical, and security-oriented compared to a 5w4 (Five with a Four wing), who might be more introspective, creative, and emotionally intense. The 5w6 might focus on gathering knowledge as a way to feel secure and prepared, while the 5w4 could use their insights to explore deeper existential questions and express themselves uniquely. Subtypes add another fascinating dimension! They fine-tune how our main type expresses itself in different areas of life: - **Self-preservation**: Focuses on safety, comfort, and practical needs. - **Social**: Prioritizes group dynamics, social roles, and community. - **Sexual (one-to-one)**: Seeks deep connections and intense experiences. For example, a self-preservation 5w6 might be very focused on creating a secure environment for themselves—think meticulous planning and resource management. On the other hand, a social 5w6 could channel their analytical skills into understanding group dynamics or contributing knowledge within communities. Personal experiences vary widely! Some people find that reading books like "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso & Russ Hudson or exploring online resources like podcasts can provide deeper insights. Engaging in discussions here is also super helpful! Hope this helps! 😊✨ #EnneagramJourney #WingsAndSubtypes #SelfDiscovery

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