Understanding the Enneagram Type 2 personality

Type-2-HelperI feel that it is important that I try to help people and form strong relationships.

They are in the Feelings Group and are concerned with empathy and altruism, they are caring, generous, possessive, and manipulative. At their best, they are encouraging, loving, self-nurturing, constant, joyous, humble, forgiving, gracious and compassionate (examples of this are Mother Teresa and Desmond Tutu).

Positively, the potential for thoughtfulness for others, necessary self-sacrifice, generosity, and nurturing. Negatively, the potential for intrusiveness, possessiveness, manipulation and self-deception.


Helpful therapy for enneagram type two’s

Learning to love & respect themselves and to stop people-pleasing. Realising that unless they look after themselves they can’t look after others. Help with motivation to dissolve old outdated beliefs about themselves. Overcoming feelings of rejection because they expect people to not want them around, so they often feel that they need to be extraordinarily kind and supportive to get people to love and support them. Understanding that true altruism asks for nothing in return, it is just something that they quietly do, and realising that letting go of the fear of not being liked, and the fear of being rejected, allows them to shed jealous feelings too because they no longer need to control others to make themselves feel safer.

Addictions: Abusing food and over-the-counter medications. Binging, especially on sweets and carbohydrates. Over-eating from feeling “love-starved.” Hypochondria to look for sympathy.

Enneagram type 2 wing personalities

Enneagram type 2 with a 1 wing is called the Servant or Social Worker – concerned, engaged, sympathetic, encouraging.

Enneagram type 2 with a 3 wing is called the Hostess or Socialiser – gracious, engaging, inviting, sociable, eager.

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