Enneagram Type 2
Enneagram 2s- Helpers. Givers. 2s’ primary motivation is to be needed. To be needed, to a 2, is to be loved. They have the amazing ability to sense the emotions of others, assess their needs, and serve accordingly. Empathy for others is a solid strength. 2s’ biggest challenge is doing this service-work for themselves.
In good health, 2s are dependable, generous, empathetic, diplomatic and happy. They are wonderful friends- often equipped to lift others and champion their people. In an unhealthy state, their pride gets in their way, often creating the belief that because they understand the needs of others, they are indispensable and often know what’s right for others before others know what’s right for themselves.
They can also be manipulative, using acts of service to attempt to receive back what they want or need, not understanding that they don’t have to serve others to ask for things they need for themselves. They often do this subconsciously. This can create resentment when they don’t receive the exchange they were hoping for.
Wing of 1 (the Perfectionist/Reformer) creates a strong Companion, and Wing of 3 (the Performer/Achiever) creates a strong Host. 2s are members of the Heart triad, meaning their responses and decision making comes more emotionally to them (as opposed to instinctually [Gut] or thoughtfully [Head]). In stress, 2s lean into the 8 (Challenger/Boss) and can become very aggressive and angry; this can be used productively when leading or standing up for themselves as long as they are aware of their emotional state. In support, 2s lean into the 4 (Romantic/Individualist) and are able to see and love on the unique aspects about themselves, and able to articulate their needs accordingly.
Common occupations of Enneagram 2s include (but are not limited to) doctors, nurses, teachers, caregivers, hospice workers, counselors, religious leaders, humanitarians, social workers, homemakers, customer service, sales, non-profit work, and HR. Quite the spread! Remember - this is the tip of the iceberg, folks. Enneagram 2s are awesome and some of the greatest friends you will ever have. Just help them by reminding them that it’s ok to love themselves too!
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