Overview

Enneagram Type Six, often referred to as "The Loyalist," or "The Questioner," has a personality type characterized by loyalty, commitment, dependability, and a strong sense of responsibility. Sixes focus their attention on security and therefore tend to be careful, vigilant, and on the lookout for potential threats or risks in their environment.

Sixes possess a keen sense of allegiance to their friends, family, and the institutions they believe in. They are reliable, responsible, and often take on leadership roles, as they feel a strong sense of duty and care towards their communities and those they live or work with closely.

At the core of Type Six personality is a sense of lack of support and trusted guidance, which is exacerbated by a tendency to fear uncertainty. This drives them to seek predictability and reassurance, often through loyalty to trusted individuals and/or various systems. The tendency to second-guess themselves can lead to anxiety and indecision. They may engage in worst-case scenario thinking or over-analyze situations in an attempt to mitigate potential risks.

Paradoxically, as Type Sixes learn to relax their vigilance and need for certainty, they begin to trust their own inner authority and navigate life’s challenges with ease and resilience. Embracing the natural dynamism of life, they embody a sense of trust and security in the face of unknown circumstances and are a solid presence in which others feel safe, secure and grounded.

GIFTS

  • Awake and Aware
  • Trustworthy
  • Cooperative
  • Committed

AT MY BEST

  • Courageous
  • Self-Reliant
  • Secure
  • Decisive

AVERAGE BEHAVIORS

  • Look for Security
  • Dutiful
  • Prepared
  • Doubting
  • Worrying
  • Pessimistic

IMPACT ON OTHERS

  • + Others feel included, engaged, and that they can count on me.
  • - Others feel cross-examined, and frustrated by my indecisiveness.

Iceberg Model

What distinguishes one personality from another? The answer is the hidden motivations that shape behavior, thinking, and way of being. In the Enneagram Iceberg Model, this is represented by what’s below the surface.

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Type Movements

INTEGRATING YOUR POTENTIAL

You embody qualities of Type 9: The Peacemaker


WHEN YOU'RE FEELING OFF

You are helped by the qualities of Type 3: The Achiever

TYPE 6

Key Insight

With sustained attention toward the aliveness of your inner body, and toward maintaining a soft and open heart, you recognize that support arises from this inner experience and not from mental activity.

 

Still Curious About Type 6?

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In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

 
 

Still Curious About Type 6?

OUR TEAM CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE.

In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

*Overview section is adapted from the Enneagram Inquiry Process™, created by Diana Redmond and Elizabeth Carrington and used with permission.Type models adapted from The Enneagram Iceberg Models in Deep Living with the Enneagram: Recovering Your True Nature, Roxanne Howe-Murphy and used with permission.