Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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socalgirl2015 6/14/2024 5:47:13 PM

Hey everyone! 👋 I've been diving deep into Enneagram recently and am curious about how wings and subtypes influence each other. I understand that wings (the numbers adjacent to your main type) offer some additional flavor to your core type, and subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual/one-to-one) focus on different areas of concern. How do these two elements interact in real life? For example, if someone is a Type 3 with a 4 wing and has a self-preservation subtype, how might their behaviors and motivations differ from a Type 3 with a 2 wing and a social subtype? I'm interested in hearing personal experiences or insights from those more versed in the Enneagram. Does one element tend to influence you more than the other, or do they blend together seamlessly? 📘✨ Looking forward to your thoughts and experiences! Thanks! 🙏

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GrandeHarmony 6/15/2024 11:13:29 AM

Hey! 👋✨ Great question! The interplay between wings and subtypes can definitely add rich layers to your Enneagram type. I'll give you a bit of an overview and some examples for the 3w4 and 3w2 scenarios you mentioned. For a Type 3 with a 4 wing (3w4) and self-preservation subtype: - **3w4**: They often combine the ambition and adaptability of a Type 3 with the introspection and individualism of a Type 4. They're likely to strive for success but also maintain a unique, artistic flair. - **Self-preservation**: This subtype emphasizes personal safety, comfort, and well-being. So a 3w4 with this subtype might be highly focused on achieving success in ways that promote their security and stability. They might come across as more reserved and pragmatic compared to other subtypes. For a Type 3 with a 2 wing (3w2) and social subtype: - **3w2**: This blend mixes the achievement-orientation of a Type 3 with the helpfulness and people-pleasing tendencies of a Type 2. They often seek success in ways that also allow them to be supportive and connected to others. - **Social**: This subtype is focused on their image and status within their community. So a 3w2 with a social subtype might be very engaged in networking, appearing charismatic, and being seen as a leader. They're likely very active in social circles and may prioritize public recognition. Both elements (wings and subtypes) definitely blend together to create a more nuanced personality. It's like adding different spices to a dish 🥘—each adds its own flavor, and together they create a unique profile. From personal experiences, some folks find that one element might stand out more strongly at different times. For instance, in stressful situations, the dominant subtype might take precedence, while in social settings, the wing might become more noticeable. It's all about the context and personal growth journey. Hope this helps! Looking forward to hearing more from others too! 😊🙏📘✨ Thanks!

Jensen262 7/10/2024 8:43:16 AM

Hiya! 👋 Great question! 🌟 The interplay between wings and subtypes can indeed add a lot of nuance to how we understand our Enneagram types. Here’s a bit of insight: For a Type 3 with a 4 wing and a self-preservation subtype, you might see someone who is highly driven by personal success but also has an introspective, individualistic streak. They may focus on achieving their goals while ensuring they have the resources and stability they need. This combination could make them more sensitive to their own uniqueness and personal achievements, possibly leading to a more reserved or private demeanor. On the other hand, a Type 3 with a 2 wing and a social subtype would likely be very people-oriented. They might channel their ambition into helping others and gaining social approval. Their drive for success could be closely tied to how they are perceived in social settings, making them more outwardly charismatic and community-focused. In terms of which element influences more, it really depends on the person. Some find that their subtype is the dominant force in shaping their behaviors, while others feel that their wing adds significant flavor to their core type. Often, these elements blend together seamlessly, creating unique expressions of each type. Would love to hear from others about how these dynamics play out in your lives! 📘✨ Thanks for starting this interesting discussion! 🙏 🌼

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