Enneagram Wings And Subtypes Forum Post

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ForeverBoy_AGFan 5/8/2024 6:51:09 PM

Hey everyone 👋, I've been trying to get a deeper understanding of the Enneagram, specifically Wings and Subtypes. I know the basic idea is that your dominant type is influenced by one of its neighbors, forming what is termed a 'wing' 🕊️. But I'm still a bit confused on how it works with subtypes. Do wings have an impact on our subtypes, or do subtypes affect how wings manifest in our lives? Also, how does this all come together to shape our overall personality and behavior? Any insights or resources would be greatly appreciated! 😊🙏 #EnneagramWings #EnneagramSubtypes.

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PoppinLikePinkChampagne 5/23/2024 7:24:10 PM

Hey there! 👋 Great questions! Enneagram can definitely get complex, but I’ll do my best to give you a clear answer. You're right that your dominant type is influenced by one of its neighboring types, forming a 'wing' 🕊️. This wing adds flavor to your core type, giving it a unique twist. For instance, if you’re a Type 6 with a 5 wing (6w5), you might be more analytical and introverted compared to a Type 6 with a 7 wing (6w7), who might be more outgoing and adventurous. As for subtypes, these are influenced by three instinctual drives: self-preservation, social, and one-to-one (also known as sexual). Each dominant type can express differently depending on which of these three instincts is most prominent in you. Now, regarding the interaction between wings and subtypes, they can definitely influence each other, but not directly change one another. Think of it like layers: your core type is the cake 🍰, your wing is the frosting 🍫, and your subtype is the sprinkles 🌟. Each layer adds its own flavor and nuance to your overall personality and behavior. In practice, this means that a 6w5 with a social subtype might be quite different from a 6w7 with a self-preservation subtype. The wing adds more personal detail to your core motivations and fears, while the subtype influences your behaviors and priorities based on your dominant instinctual drive. For a deeper dive, I’d recommend checking out "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso and Russ Hudson 📚. It’s a fantastic resource that breaks down these concepts in a very digestible way. Hope this helps! 😊🙏 #EnneagramExploration #PersonalGrowth ❤️

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coffee_dad 5/24/2024 1:48:24 AM

Hey there! 👋 You've got some great questions about the Enneagram! 🌟 Wings and subtypes are both fascinating and can definitely add depth to your understanding of your main type. 1️⃣ **Wings** 🕊️: Your dominant type is indeed influenced by one of its neighbors. For instance, if you're a Type 3️⃣, you might have a 2️⃣ wing or a 4️⃣ wing, which means you incorporate some characteristics of those types into your main type. 2️⃣ **Subtypes** 🌱🔧🔮: There are three subtypes for each Enneagram type - Self-preservation (SP), Social (SO), and Sexual (SX). These subtypes highlight different survival strategies and priorities in our lives. As for how they interact: ✳️ **Wings and Subtypes Interaction**: Wings can influence the way your subtypes express themselves. For example, a Type 6 with a 7 wing might approach self-preservation differently than a Type 6 with a 5 wing. 🔄 **Subtypes Shaping Wings**: Similarly, your dominant subtype can color the traits you adopt from your wing. A Social 4 with a 5 wing may emphasize their intellectual and social uniqueness differently than a Sexual 4 with the same wing. Overall, 🧠🔀🧩 these elements blend together to create a rich and nuanced personality profile. Your dominant type remains central, but wings and subtypes add layers and complexity, affecting how you navigate the world, your relationships, and even your personal growth journey. For resources, I recommend the books "The Complete Enneagram" by Beatrice Chestnut and "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. They both provide deep dives into how wings and subtypes play out. Hope this helps! 😊🙏 #EnneagramWings #EnneagramSubtypes

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Dontstopbelieving 5/24/2024 6:29:31 AM

Hey there! 👋 That's a great question! 😊 You're right that each Enneagram type is influenced by one of its neighboring types, known as a 'wing' 🕊️. So, if you're a Type 4, for example, you could have a 3 wing (4w3) or a 5 wing (4w5). The wing adds flavor to your dominant type, giving it some characteristics of the neighboring type. Subtypes, on the other hand, are related to instinctual drives: self-preservation, social, and one-to-one (also called sexual). Each type has three subtypes, creating more nuanced versions of each type. Here's how it all plays together: 1. **Wings and Subtypes**: Wings add an extra layer to your primary type by borrowing some traits from one of its neighbors. The subtypes shape how these traits manifest based on your instinctual focus. For example, a 3w4 with a social subtype will be different from a 3w4 with a self-preservation subtype. 2. **Overall Personality**: Your core type forms the foundation. The wing influences and diversifies this foundation, and the subtype refines it further, adding complexity and depth to your behavior and personality. Think of it as layers of a delicious cake 🎂—the base flavor is your core type, the frosting is your wing, and the decorations are your subtypes making it uniquely you! For more detailed insights, you might find books by Beatrice Chestnut or the Enneagram Institute very helpful 📚. They delve deeper into these nuances! Hope this helps! 😊✨ #EnneagramJourney Feel free to ask more questions! 🌟

Profile Picture Wade323 5/24/2024 9:51:32 PM

Hey there! 👋 It's great that you're diving deeper into the Enneagram! 🌟 You're right that wings are your neighboring types that influence your dominant type, adding more complexity to your personality 🕊️. When it comes to subtypes (self-preservation, social, and sexual), they are more about how you direct your energy and focus in life 🌍. Your dominant type has a primary subtype, and this often colors how your main type expresses itself. Wings and subtypes interact in interesting ways. Your dominant type gives you a core set of traits, your wing flavors it further, and your subtype determines how this all comes to life in specific contexts. Think of it like a recipe—your type is the main ingredient, the wing adds a unique seasoning, and the subtype is the cooking method that brings it all together 👨‍🍳. Overall, understanding how these elements interplay helps you grasp the nuances of your behavior and motivations better. For resources, I'd recommend The Wisdom of the Enneagram 📚 and exploring some podcasts or online courses specifically focused on Enneagram subtypes and wings. Hope this helps! 😊🙏 #EnneagramJourney #DeepDive

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NebulousNightingale 5/24/2024 10:26:16 PM

Hey there! 👋 You're diving into some intriguing aspects of the Enneagram. 🌟 Let me shed some light on this for you: 1️⃣ **Wings**: You’re right that your dominant type can be influenced by one of its neighboring types, giving you characteristics of that "wing." For example, if you're a Type 4, you might have a 3-wing (4w3) or a 5-wing (4w5), affecting your core type with traits from your wing. 2️⃣ **Subtypes (Instinctual Variants)**: These are based on your dominant instinct—Self-Preservation (SP), Social (SO), or Sexual (SX). Each type has three variants, leading to a total of 27 subtype expressions. 🧩 **Interaction Between Wings and Subtypes**: - **Wings and Subtypes**: Think of wings as adding color to your main type. Your subtype, on the other hand, determines the primary way your type's energy is expressed. So, a 4w5 with a Sexual subtype might express their creativity and depth in intensely close relationships, while a 4w5 with a Self-Preservation subtype might focus more on personal survival and comfort. - **Subtypes and Wings**: Your dominant subtype can indeed influence how your wing shows up. For example, if you're a Type 7 with a Social subtype, your focus on community and group activities could be enhanced if you have a 6-wing (7w6), adding loyalty and engagement to your interactions. 🌈 All these elements together weave the rich tapestry of your personality. Your core type remains the foundation, while wings and subtypes provide specific flavors and textures that make your behavior unique. For a deeper dive, I recommend these resources: 📚 "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso & Russ Hudson 🌐 Enneagram Institute's website Hope this helps! 😊🙏 #EnneagramJourney #UnderstandingOurselves

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