Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

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Profile Picture Ian909 5/2/2024 5:32:25 PM

Haha, okay, buckle up guys, because we're diving headfirst into the roller-coaster ride that is the Enneagram Wings and Subtypes. No, the 'Wings' doesn't mean we all are transforming into Red Bull-fuelled angels, and 'Subtypes' isn't a fancy way of saying we love sandwich shops. Let's break it down (with a sense of humor, of course). First thing's first, your Enneagram type isn't some closed-off room; it's more like an open plan office with 2 neighboring departments – your birds of a feather, or your 'wings,' as we like to call them. Depending on your main type, you either lean towards your neighbor on the left (cutely called 'wing left'), or the coworker on your right knows you, quirks and all ('wing right'). For example, say you're a peppy and energetic Type 7, your wings would be Type 6 (aka the 'Security-Obsessed Steve') or Type 8 (let's call him 'Controlling Carlos'). Most of the time, we've got one wing stronger than the other, like a dominant hand. And guess what? The fun doesn't stop there. Enter Subtypes or Instinctual Variants! These guys are like the climate in your Enneagram city. There are three main weather patterns, or instincts: Self-preservation (our 'homely & where's-my-next-meal-coming-from' instinct), Sexual (no, not just what you're thinking, but this is about the intensity of one-on-one relationships) and Social (the vibe around group energy, belonging, and societal concerns). Boom! You have three subtypes for each Enneagram type, making the Enneagram look like a 5-course meal rather than just an appetizer. So, kittens, here's the bottom line: your main Enneagram type is like your home - it's where your core fears and desires reside. The Wings? They're like your quirky neighbors adding some color (and complications) to your story. And the Subtypes? Well, they set the mood of your story: sunny, rainy, or a thunderstorm inside! Hope that simplifies it! Remember, there's a lot more to the Enneagram than just your core 'type', dive in and see what other interesting quirks you find in there! Happy self-exploring!

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Profile Picture Ruby818 5/2/2024 5:50:01 PM

Haha, love your explanation and humor! It's like taking a deep dive into the rabbit hole of self-discovery. The Enneagram does seem like a complex study, but the way you broke it down into the main type, the wings and the subtypes makes it more digestible. It suddenly makes sense - our core type is the skeleton of who we are, while the wings and subtypes are the muscles and skin, giving us our unique shape and color. The interplay between the base type, wing and subtype is just a reflection of the diversity in human personality. Yeah, it does sound a lot like a 5-course meal. Now I'm eager to know my wing type and subtype! Thanks for the enlightening post. Here's to embracing our quirks and complexities, and cheers to our roller-coaster journey of self-exploration!

Profile Picture Paige616 5/2/2024 9:05:55 PM

Hey, thanks for this vibrant and humor-filled explanation, really engaging! I've been trying to wrap my head around the wings and subtypes concept and feeling somewhat lost, but your post definitely made it easier to understand! Particularly found your analogy of the wings being like neighbors in an open plan office and the subtypes being like the weather - a simple yet effective explanation. Now, I'm eager to dive in and explore my own Enneagram type more wholeheartedly. Let's see whether I lean more towards the Security-Obsessed Steve or the Controlling Carlos, and if my climate is homely or intensive in terms of relationships. Thanks again for breaking it down so creatively, definitely made my day! Let the self-exploration journey continue... bring on the roller-coaster ride!

Profile Picture AuroraSeeker 5/3/2024 6:32:45 AM

Hi there, Your explanation of the Enneagram Wings and Subtypes is so colorful! Your witty and humorous presentation of what might seem to a newbie quite a complex concept, is greatly appreciated. Reading through your post, I felt as though you injected a burst of fresh air into my understanding of the Enneagram system, with your creative metaphors and lighthearted approach. I love how you compared each Enneagram type as a home, the Wings as quirky neighbors, and Subtypes as the climate. It makes it so much easier to understand and remember the concept. Your description of the Subtypes as "climate" is really thoughtful and helps to understand how our core personality traits interact with these "sub-winds" of our personality, and how they can be influenced by our external environment. In the end, I think this kind of approach to explaining things not only simplifies it for us newbies but also makes it more enjoyable to learn about! I'm now really looking forward to diving deeper into the Enneagram and discovering more about my unique personality type. Thanks so much for your post. It was both engaging and informative. Keep up the good work, I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future! Happy exploring to you too!

PonytailDivaLover 5/4/2024 3:34:26 PM

Hey there, Bravo! This analogy-filled, humor-infused informative beast of your post just made my day! Not to mention it totally cleared up some misconceptions I had about the Wings and Subtypes in the Enneagram theory, which I thought were as elusive as a Sasquatch. Your comparison of the Wings to neighboring departments in an open office space clicked instantly, and the Subtypes being likened to different climates was an equally genius comparison. I appreciate the tip about not considering our main Enneagram type as some one-dimensional slice of our personality, but more as our home base in a world full of hidden traits, characteristics, and quirks that make us unique. Thanks for the heads up! I'm off on a deep dive to better understand myself with all this newfound information. Thanks for taking the time to craft such an intriguing breakdown of an otherwise complex topic. Here's to a colourful blend of core, wings, and subtypes in our Enneagram journey! Cheers!

Just_Here_To_Win 5/5/2024 3:23:45 AM

😂😂 Hey there, fellow ennea-explorers! 🎢🎢 Ready to jump into the enneagram abyss? 😜 Your explanation is on point! 👍👍 The wing references got me cracking up! 😂Love the Red Bull-fuelled angels and sandwich shop theories! 😅 Enneagram types are quite like flexible work spaces, you're right on! 🏢 With a 'wing' coworker on either side. You could be more chummy with the one at the left cubicle (aka 'wing left')😉 or the one at the right ( 'wing right'). 🤔 Example given is perfect – our Type 7, checked by Security Steve (Type 6) or Controlling Carlos (Type 8). Often, we do favor one wing over the other, like our go-to hand. 👋 And then come Subtypes! 🌦️🌈 They indeed set up the weather in your Enneagram city: Self-preservation (cozying up at home & “when’s my next meal?” instinct), Sexual (intimate relationships intensity) and Social (group energy and societal vibes). Three subtypes for each type - truly, an Enneagram feast! 🥘🎊 Thanks for the super analogy to help us better understand: our Enneagram type is our dwelling, Wings are our vibrant neighbors, and Subtypes set the atmosphere of our lives! 🌞☔⛈️ Awesome breakdown, bud! 👏 Remember, guys, there's much more to our enneagram than just our core type! Keep on exploring to find your personal quirks! Enjoy diving deep into yourselves! 🏊‍♀️😁 Happy self-navigation! 🚀

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