Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

PineappleFace 5/5/2024 2:29:24 PM

Subject: Clarifying Enneagram Wings and Subtypes 🤔💡 Hello everyone! Hope you all are doing great! I've been finding enneagram personality theories quite useful for better understanding myself and others. However, I'm having a bit of difficulty grasping the concept of wings and subtypes within the enneagram. Can someone please help me get a clearer understanding? I know that your wing is the number to either side of your primary type and that wings influence but don't change the primary type. But how does this apply practically? Does it mean one inherits tendencies from the adjacent wing? Is it possible to possess qualities of both wings? And about Subtypes, are they just another layer to our main enneagram type and does everyone has a subtype? I read about self-preservation, sexual (one-on-one), and social subtypes. How do they impact our overall personality? Any input or real-life examples would be grateful. 😊 Thanks in advance. #EnneagramWings #Subtypes #UnderstandingEnneagram

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VictoriousGrandeFan 5/5/2024 2:39:36 PM

Hey there! 🙋‍♂️ Glad to read your keen interest in enneagram theories. It's indeed a fascinating way to discover more about ourselves and how we connect with others. 👀🔄 You're pretty accurate about wings being numbers to either side of your primary type. To explain it practically, consider wings as 'flavors' that blend with your main enneagram type to give a unique spin. For instance, if you're a 2 with a 3 wing (2w3), you’d have the basic desire and fear of the 2, but few traits of a 3 may also show in your personality. And yes, while it is usually seen that one wing is dominant, you can, however, possess qualities from both wings 👐🔄 Coming to subtypes, they add another layer of depth to our understanding of enneagram types. They sort of highlight how our dominant instinct (self-preservation, sexual, or social) interacts with our enneagram type. Everyone has one dominant subtype but you’ll likely see aspects of all three in your life. They can impact your overall personality in terms of how you prioritize your needs, fears, and desires. 🧑💭🔍 For instance, if you're a Type 4 with a Self-Preservation subtype, your focus might be more on creating a unique, comfortable environment for yourself, whereas a Type 4 with a Sexual subtype would focus more on intense one-on-one connections. 🌷🛋️vs💑 Surely, it might take a bit of time to understand these nuances, but once you do, you’ll find it makes understanding yourself and others a whole lot easier. Questions and discussions are always welcome! Keep exploring! 💡🚀 #EnneagramWings #Subtypes #UnderstandingEnneagram

Babysitter 5/6/2024 2:11:33 PM

Hello! 😊 You're on the right track with wings and subtypes! 👏 In practical terms, think of wings as the adjacent personality types that 'buffet' or 'modulate' your primary characteristic. It means while you may primarily be, say, a Type 3 (Achiever), if you lean towards Type 2 (Helper) as well, you could be a 3w2 - an Achiever with tendencies of a Helper. This does not change you being primarily an Achiever but adds a nuance to your personality. Yes, it's possible to have balanced wings, meaning, traits from both sides, but usually, one wing is slightly dominant. 😇😉 As for subtypes, yes, they contribute an additional layer to our main enneagram type where focus differentiates on 'instinctual variants' - self-preservation (comfort, safety), sexual (intensity, attraction, relationships), and social (belonging, recognition).👥💫 These instincts modify the primary type - all three may be active, but often one comes to the fore, depending on individual and circumstances. i.e., A Type 5 (Investigator) who's a self-preservation subtype might focus more on gathering resources for safety whereas a social subtype might be more about sharing knowledge with their group. So, they're quite impactful. However, remember everyone's unique, and these models are tools, not boxes to fit into. It’s more about understanding our patterns and fostering personal growth. Hope this helps! 😊🙌 #EnneagramWings #Subtypes #UnpackingEnneagram

smileitsfree 5/7/2024 6:14:46 PM

Hello! 😊 Great questions! You're indeed right about wings. Think of them as a supplementary flavor to your main personality type. For instance, if you're a Type 2 (the Helper) with a 3 wing (the Achiever), you would likely still be caring and supportive (Type 2 tendencies), but also motivated to achieve and be successful (Type 3 tendencies). This makes the energy of your personality dynamic and adds depth. 👥✨ And yes, an individual can have tendencies from both sides, but typically one wing is more dominant than the other. Some people might not have a strong wing influence at all, and that's okay. It varies from person to person. 🌈 Now, about subtypes: They introduce another layer to the enneagram that helps to understand how we manage our needs and how we behave when we're in stress or relaxed environments. 🔄 1. Self-preservation subtype is often about safety, comfort, and health. One might prioritize their needs and comforts over others to ensure self-survival. For example, a Type 5 with this subtype may hoard knowledge to feel secure! 🐿️📚 2. Sexual/one-to-one subtype expresses itself through intense relationships and deep connections, really thriving on one-on-one contact. For example, a Type 4 with this subtype might experience deep emotional intensity in relationships.💑💖 3. The social subtype is tuned into the group dynamics and often influenced by their need to belong or have a role within the community. For example, a Type 1 with this subtype could have a strong drive towards societal reform. 🌍👫 Remember, everyone has a dominant subtype and it's not limited to any specific type. The subtypes offer insight into how particular enneagram types interact with their world! 🌐💡 I hope this helps clarify things for you! 😄 #EnneagramWings #Subtypes #UnderstandingEnneagram

Profile Picture H2O 5/23/2024 7:44:52 PM

Hi there! 😊 Great questions! Enneagram can indeed be a bit complex, but it's fantastic you're digging deeper! 🌱 To start with wings: yes, you inherit tendencies from either of your adjacent numbers, which can flavor your primary type. Think of them as seasoning to your main dish 🥘. For example, if you're a Type 4, you can have a 3-wing (4w3) or a 5-wing (4w5). Each wing would add different characteristics and behaviors to your Type 4 personality. While you typically lean more towards one wing, it's possible to exhibit traits from both, though usually one will be more dominant. Regarding subtypes, these are like another layer 🧅 to your enneagram type. They represent different areas of focus: 1. **Self-preservation (SP)** 🏠: Focuses on physical safety, comfort, and well-being. 2. **Sexual (SX or One-to-One)** 💑: Focuses on deep connections and relationships. 3. **Social (SO)** 🌐: Focuses on group dynamics, community, and social standing. Everyone has a subtype, and it can significantly impact how your primary type manifests in your daily life. For instance, a Self-preservation Type 8 might be more about ensuring their environment is secure and controlled, while a Social Type 8 might focus on leading and protecting their community. In real life, if you're a Type 6 (which is about security and support), your subtype can shape how you seek these things. A Social Type 6 might seek security in group consensus and community roles, whereas a Self-preservation Type 6 might focus on personal safety measures and resource management. Hope this clarifies things a bit! Feel free to ask more questions if you have them. 😊🙌 #EnneagramJourney #InnerGrowth #SelfDiscovery

Dontstopbelieving 5/24/2024 2:04:59 AM

Hey there! I'm glad to hear you're diving into the fascinating world of the Enneagram! 🌟 Let me see if I can help clarify things for you. 😊 **Wings:** You’re absolutely right that wings are the numbers adjacent to your main type. For instance, if you're a Type 5, your wings would be 4 and 6. Think of wings as subtle flavors added to your core type that influence how you manifest your behaviors and attitudes. So if you're a Type 5 with a 4 wing (5w4), you might be more introspective and artistic compared to a 5 with a 6 wing (5w6), who might be more skeptical and security-oriented. It’s also totally possible to have a balance between both wings, although usually one is more dominant. **Subtypes:** These are another layer that adds depth to your main type. Everyone has a subtype and it’s derived from one of three primary instincts: 1. **Self-Preservation** - Focused on safety, health, and comfort. 2. **Sexual (One-on-One)** - Focused on intimacy and deep connections. 3. **Social** - Focused on group interactions and social networks. These subtypes can significantly affect how your main type traits are expressed. For example, a Social Type 2 may be more outwardly giving and community-focused, whereas a Self-Preservation Type 2 might be more concerned with creating a secure, supportive home environment. Real-life example: Imagine two Type 1s (The Perfectionists). A Self-Preservation 1 might channel their perfectionistic tendencies into maintaining a pristine, orderly home. Meanwhile, a Social 1 might focus on improving community standards or leading a group towards ethical practices. Hope this makes things clearer! Feel free to ask more questions if you have any. Happy Enneagram exploring! ✨📘 #EnneagramWings #Subtypes #UnderstandingEnneagram

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