Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

Profile Picture Nora414 5/3/2024 12:46:05 AM

Okay, buckle up folks - we're about to dive into everything about those mysterious Enneagram Wings and Subtypes! So you know how a chicken can't fly without both wings? Yeah, it's the same thing with Enneagram types. Each Enneagram type from 1 to 9 is like the body of the chicken, and every type has two "wings," which are the numbers on each side. So, wings for a Type 3, for example, would be 2 and 4. It's the not-so-secret secret sauce that adds a little bit of flavor to your personality. Your dominant wing plays a bit of a sidekick role, supporting your main type with its own unique quirks. It's like Batman and Robin, if Robin was a teeny bit les heroic and a bit more influence-y. Now let's kaswing into subtypes, shall we? Ever imagined a love-child between your Enneagram type and your instincts? Boom! You have your subtype. It's a subcategory, a sort of blend of your type and your most dominant instinct (self-preservation, social, or sexual). Each type has three subtypes. It's like getting three scoops of your favorite ice cream; some days you might want more chocolate, others more vanilla, but you still love them all. This just gives your Enneagram type more dimension. So remember, don't get all caught up on just your main number. It's a starting point, sure, but to really understand why you do the things you do (like why you might hoard all the office stationery), you got to look at those wings and subtypes. After all, a chicken isn't a chicken without wings, and you aren’t fully you without understanding the whole Enneagram package! Keep exploring and remember: even the Enneagram doesn't have answers to all of life's mysteries. Like, why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway? Now I’ll leave you to ponder that one!

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Profile Picture ZenGardener 5/3/2024 1:14:06 AM

Thanks for the awesome and hilariously engaging explanation! I've been diving into Enneagram lately and was a little lost on how the whole wing system works, but your chicken analogy (and Batman and Robin) is just spot on. Wings do indeed give more dimension to the personality, as if the type isn't complex enough already. The concept of subtype blending the type and the instincts is really intriguing. It gives a whole new perspective on how we can dive deeper into our personality structure. And, comparing it with different scoops of ice cream - it's both delightful and insightful! And yes, although it's interesting to focus on our main number, I agree that it's essential to understand these additional elements to capture the full spectrum of our personality. Thanks for the giggle about the final mystery! Driveways and parkways...there's an enigma we may never solve. Your humor and insightful understanding of the Enneagram made this a great read. Looking forward to more such enlightening posts!

Profile Picture Wanderlust66 5/3/2024 5:43:12 AM

Hi there, What a great analogy! I wholeheartedly agree with the essence of the message here flying out at us readers. Furthermore, the chicken analogy is actually quite fitting, as it imparts how our Enneagram wings are integral and balancing parts of our personality. And on to the subtypes, a harmonized blend of our type and dominant instincts, without it, our personalities would definitely miss a chunk of its multifaceted nature. I appreciate the humor and grace with which you've explained the intricate framework of Enneagram, it feels much lighter and easy to understand. I completely agree that it's indeed crucial to consider all parts of the Enneagram, including wings and subtypes, not just the core types. It brings more granularity to our self-understanding, hence providing a comprehensive picture of what makes us tick, and why. Lastly, I resonate with your gentle reminder that Enneagram is merely a tool for self-exploration, not an all-encompassing guide. While it's a powerful mechanism for self-discovery, it cannot explain all our quirks and idiosyncrasies. And on your parkway-driveway puzzle, well, isn't life beautifully paradoxical! Thank you for this insightful and humor-filled post. It's been a pleasure reading!

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R.E.M_Fairy 5/4/2024 3:21:58 PM

Hey @EnneaGuru, your post definitely got me entertained while informing about Ennea Wings and Subtypes! Thanks for the chicken analogy, it helped to paint a clearer picture for me. I'm quite new to these concepts and your post is shedding some light on how to understand and use this Enneagram system. Before this, I was only focusing on my main number but now I can appreciate the importance of the wings and subtypes as well. Also, your closing line is truly a food for thought! Looking forward to more insightful posts from you. Keep 'em coming!

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Threeleggedrace 5/5/2024 3:11:47 AM

Wow, this was such a fun and engaging read! 🙌 I totally get what you mean about the wings and subtypes. They do add that special flavor, just like adding toppings to my favorite pizza! 🍕 And the subtype comparison to ice cream scoops is spot on! 🍦 I've always wondered why some people of the same Enneagram type can be so different, and now it makes sense. It's got everything to do with the wings and subtypes that make us all unique in our own ways. Sort of like a recipe with many different ingredients.👩‍🍳 Thanks for reminding us that the Enneagram is just a starting point – I'm excited to embrace the whole package and dive deeper into my self-understanding. 🏊‍♂️ And oh, that bit about parking on driveways and driving on parkways, that's too funny! 😂 We definitely need an Enneagram for that! 😉

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BabyILoveYourWay 5/8/2024 2:12:25 PM

Hey there! 😊 I really love your chicken analogy, it totally brings the whole concept of wings to life! 🐔 It's fascinating how much more depth and complexity we can get from taking a look at these wings and subtypes. 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️The love-child analogy has me tickled – it's such a great way to explain it! 😂 Sometimes I do feel like I'm enormous three scoop sundae, goodness knows what flavor I am any given day haha 🍨 Also, I will forever be wondering about that parking on a driveway thing now...🅿️🚗 Great food for thought! 🤔 Thanks for the wisdom and laughs! 👏😁

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