Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Style Two Instinctual Subtypes

Self-Preservation (Privileged)
More openly dependent. Pride resides as a child in "being the favorite in Daddy's or Mommy's eyes." Too soft, too much needing protection. Exerts power indirectly. Gives ineffective help because giving is expected to protect own privilege in return, and anger results when there's no reward (wants "best ticket," etc.).
At best kind and considerate, helps others grow and develop
At worst sense of entitlement, egocentric, pride in "being the favorite"
One-to-One/Sexual (Aggression/Seduction)
Every Two is seductive in one way or another, but this subtype is the specialist; aggressive in pursuit; becomes "attractive" by taking on partner's interests. Can lead partner around by the nose, even an Eight. Dependent in the moment of bonding, but quick to detach if not loved. More Eight-ish, wild, creative, original, adventuresome. Shows a seeming independence.
At best imaginative, innovative, adventuresome, convinces others to stretch
At worst manipulative, needs own ideas to dominate (but wants others to like it)
Social (Ambition)
The most pushy of Twos; like the Social Three but egocentric in a different way from the Three, with seduction through semblance of achievement, such as aligning own interests with those of a successful mentor. Wields influence indirectly; for example, by bringing people together who have common needs. Wants to impress. Not so warm as the other Two subtypes.
At best impressive, influential; helps shape service standards
At worst ambitious, propagandizing, power-hungry
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Peter O'Hanrahan: the subtypes "show how the ruling emotion of our type is expressed through our instinctual behavior." The above descriptions also draw from Helen Palmer's The Enneagram in Love & Work and workshops with Dr. Claudio Naranjo.

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