Enneagram Type Six’s Subtype Descriptions

Last time we had explanation of the Enneagram Type Six’s Wing Descriptions.

Today we are goong to look at Enneagram Type Six’s Subtype Descriptions. Which subtype are you?

Type #6 Self-Preservation Subtype

Can resemble 2s because they are warm, friendly, affable, affectionate and can be flattering and
Tend to be the most domestic of the three type 6 subtypes
Most Self-Preservation 6s are more phobic than counterphobic
• Witty and very genuine
• Want the best for everyone else as well as themselves
• Tactful with good manners and a gracious way with people
• Responsible, loyal and committed, they stand by their friends and those they love
• Often focus on maintaining their home and the stability of their home life
• Consider their home as somewhat like a castle, island, fortress or barrier of safety to
protect them against the dangers of the outside world

• Tend to be the most outwardly nervous, anxious, dependent and needy of the type 6
• Their underlying fear is that they won’t be able to take care of themselves, won’t have the
inner resources, capability, power or life skills to manage if something goes wrong
• Tend to worry and fret a great deal, especially about financial matters and their ability to
• Analyze decisions to death before making them to avoid making mistakes or jeopardizing
their safety
• Look to trusted others for reassurance and protection rather than to themselves
• Overly concerned about how authority figures perceive them; feel the need to be well liked
by them
• Can project their own unowned power onto another and then see that person as a threat
• Can develop theories about people’s negative moods or hostile intentions which are totally
• Subconsciously act warm and friendly towards others to disarm potential hostility
• Can put themselves down, use humor or charm as a way of diffusing someone’s perceived
• Can be ingratiating and flattering (like 2s) to win other people’s affections (and ensure
their survival)
• Can be self-deprecating, act vulnerable and bid to be rescued (like 4s)
• If fearful of their future safety, they can argue with their partner over money
• Can have anticipatory anxiety and fearful fantasies of worst-case scenarios
• At worst,

• Expect to be abandoned at any time and are terrified of having no support so they stay in
bad situations
• Can be depressed, paranoid and aggressive toward the very people they are looking to for

Type #6 Sexual Subtype

Tend to be the most openly defiant of authority of the three type 6 subtypes
Counterphobic Sexual 6s can resemble 8s; they confront their fears, talk tough and take risks
Phobic Sexual 6s can resemble 4s; they can be seductive, helpless or coquettish to win people’s
• Are goal-oriented, hard-working and energetic
• Keep themselves physically strong and/or physically attractive
• Lead disciplined lives that allow them to feel empowered and secure
• Can also be creative (somewhat like 4s) since they have a rich imagination and an eye for
Negative/Depleting: (for Sexual 6s that Protect Themselves with Strength):

• Try to hide their fears behind exaggerated strength (especially counterphobic 6s,
especially men)
• Have a lot of self-doubt about their sexual attractiveness and desirability
• Fear they would not be loved if others knew how much self-doubt they have
• Act strong and/or seductive but really feel insecure, fearful and self-doubting.
• Can have explosive emotional reactions when their connection with important others is
• Men in particular can try to give the impression of being macho, virile, manly and tough
• Can appear intimidating, arrogant or callous as a way to get people to not mess with them
and, thus, not threaten or scare them. They’re actually afraid of scaring themselves but
don’t realize it
• They think the threat is “out there” so they take on a strong persona to match any
perceived threat
• They can invite aggressive reactions to their belligerent reactions
• Test others to appraise their character, inner strength and fortitude (like 8s do)
Negative/Depleting: (for Sexual 6s that Protect Themselves with Beauty):
• Try to hide their fears behind a mask of beauty (especially phobic 6s, especially women)
• Can have the vanity of Sexual 3s and try to become the “ideal man” or “ideal woman”
• Sexual 6s know they are hiding but are afraid to take of their mask
• Female sexual 6s, especially, play up their attractiveness as a way of attracting a partner
• Allow people to mistake their outer appearance and sexual appeal for their inner self
• Can be tough also but prefer to use their beauty to protect themselves

• Subconsciously rationalize that if you love them for their beauty then when you find out
what a nervous wreck underneath they are you might still keep them because you love
them already anyway
• At worst, both “Strength” and “Beauty” Sexual 6s can be obsessively paranoid and
• Fear their erratic, emotionally reactive defiance and lashing out has ruined their intimate
• Can be self-destructive, impulsive and aggressive yet terrified of being without support

Type #6 Social Subtype

Most concerned with fitting in, belonging and doing what is societally acceptable of the three type
6 subtypes
Can resemble 2s because they’re warm, friendly, supportive, affectionate and create close bonds
with people
Can resemble 1s because they’re conscientious and strive to be an ideal employee or group
member, working hard for the boss (or group leader) and adhering to rules, procedures and
protocols dutifully
Most Social 6s are more phobic than counterphobic
• Like to put their trust and support in a cause or group they believe in; can be self-sacrificing
• Are very loyal, dutiful and devoted to the people in their clan and work tirelessly on their
• When healthy they can fight injustices courageously, especially with backing from their
inner circle
• Can speak up for themselves and don’t allow themselves to be overworked and
• Phobic Social 6s can occasionally act counterphobic and rebel against an untrustworthy
authority figure

• Can be dependent on and obedient to clear direction from authorities in charge
• Can easily give away their power by becoming too accommodating to a group, a boss or a
• Manage their social insecurities/anxieties by looking for reassurance and support from
friends and allies
• Fearful of standing out and consequently have difficulty striving for their own success
• Want success but worry about feeling overwhelmed and overstressed by too much
• Reluctant to take on visible leadership roles for fear of being criticized, judged, rejected or
cracking up
• Indecisive and ambivalent because of their inner anxiety

• Like to check in with family, friends, coworkers, etc. before making decisions to get
agreement, consensus and support that they are making the right choice or doing the right
• If alone without anyone to talk to or call they will refer to the voices of trusted others in
their mind to get guidance and support when making decisions
• Can project their courage/strength/power onto admired authority figures and
idealize/romanticize them
• Can be disillusioned and resentful of authority figures if they end up disappointing them in
some way
• Can become passive-aggressive when they’re frustrated at themselves or with unfair
authority figures
• Can fear losing the support of trusted allies if they act independently
• At worst, can become fanatical and obsessive about a group ideal they believe in
• Fear they won’t be able to survive or will be on the streets without support from their
friends and family
• Can have fixated beliefs and paranoia about anyone who is not in alignment with their