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Basics of Enneagram Type 6

The Enneagram is a complex system that can guide our efforts to change the particular and repetitive aspects of how we think, feel, and act (patterns) that limit us and get in the way of achieving the results we want. While we all can identify with all of the types in one way or another, we tend to fixate or see and act in the world from one specific type.

This is a very basic guide to Type 6. Type 6 represents that part in all of us that needs a sense of security in the face of fear or anxiety. Regardless of our type, we can discover the wisdom of the journey from fear to courage that Type 6 faces every day and teaches us about.

Center of Intelligence: Head

Focus of Attention: Sixes focus on what might go wrong, danger, threats.

Patterns of:

Behavior: Sixes are among the types with most variability in behavior. Two Sixes can behave very differently. Excellent problem solvers, hard-working, loyal to those they trust. They want authority and at the same time are suspicious of it.

Feeling: Gaining their trust, you have a loyal friend. Sixes can visit emotions —beyond fear— in the presence of trust.

Thinking: Analytical and strategic. They can overthink things to the point of paralysis.

Passion:  Fear - fear is what we feel when we are faced with danger or threat Fear is associated with anxiety.

Path to Integration: Danger is an inherent part of life. Sixes fear is characterized by an anticipation of what might go wrong in an effort to control it. Courage is a way of being based on confidence and the certainty that we can take care of ourselves. Courage is based on inner power instead of a weapon to fight danger. It does not need aggression or vigilance.

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