Up next is an overview of Enneagram 6, usually called the Loyalist. Feel free to click for a closer view!
The Loyalist is dubbed as such because of a strong tendency to seek security and remain “loyal” to it, whatever form it’s found in. 6’s look outside of themselves for this sense of safety, and thus tend to be somewhat uncertain and insecure within themselves. Be it friends with strong personalities, a corporation, job title or heritage, Loyalists tend to see these outside sources as insuring of their security, and they can be poster children for them.
6’s are the ultimate planners of the Enneagram. The individuals of this type that I’ve interviewed speak of “always being prepared”, having back up plans for even the most mundane circumstances, and fearing the unknown. This planning tendency is rooted in exactly that, fear of being without security, which can manifest in both internally and externally expressed anxiety.
The terms phobic and counter-phobic are often used when talking about the Loyalist, to distinguish between two very different fear reactions– best known as flight and fight, both of which 6’s experience. This dichotomy is one of the trademarks of Enneagram 6, the existence of both loyalism and skepticism, fear and bravado, etc. Both of these, though polar opposite, are motivated by fear and a quest for security. In most 6’s I know, this is often noticeable in a back-and-forth, indecisive, “this, no, that” double minded way.
Because of the void of a true sense of inner security, two problems may emerge for people of this type: Loyalists will often “test” people or entities that they trust, in order to really see if they are safe. On the flip side, 6’s often desire security so much that they subconsciously turn a blind eye to the flaws of their confidants, institutions, etc., becoming zealous, overly-devoted and naive.
If you’d like to know more about Enneagram 6, or have questions, let me know in the comments! Also, be on the lookout for Instincts of 6, which will be my next post. 🙂