Misidentification: 1 + 6


Honor is one of the strongest parallel themes in Loyalists and Reformers, both holding themselves to that lofty ideal, but with very different motivations.  Both 1 and 6 individuals tend to consider themselves *thinking-prone people of practical reason, and can have anger tendencies.

From there the differences and answer to the question “why?” are vast.  Reformers seek justice, honor and correctness out of a desire to see our broken world righted– they are idealists at heart, so their anger and tendency to desire control comes from a standpoint of disappointment or heartbreak at the state of “wrong” around and within them.  1 individuals answer to this internal sense of rightness, that some Enneagram texts refer to as “a judge” holding them to standards of perfection.  The dilemma then, of course, is for Reformers to separate themselves from this “judge”, to realize that they are included in the flawed state of our world (not a righteous exception to it).

In complete contrast, Enneagram 6 answers to an external sense of justice and security– this authority can be a friend group, a company, certain brand names or styles, religious structure, union or gang.  To some extent, Loyalists surrender their own responsibility to judgement (decision making) in order to feel the security of said group/entity choosing for them.  To maintain that safe feeling, 6s will defend those they are “loyal” to, regardless of right or wrong.  Conversely, 1s value correctness over personal ties.

A note on the anger that can be seen in both Reformers and Loyalists, 1s are called “frustrated”, while 6s are called “reactive”.  These are different kinds of anger, coming from different sources.  Frustration for a Reformer comes from a place of desiring control over a situation, person, etc. while still trying to wear the “good person” hat.  The term “8 in chains” is one of my favorites when describing this trait: while an Enneagram 8 would give themselves over to unbridled anger, 1s attempt to restrain themselves to satisfy the aforementioned “judge” (or inner concept of “good”).  This manifests as frustrated passive aggression, but does eventually boil over into anger.  A Loyalist’s reactivity on the other hand, is fueled more by anxiety or insecurity than anything else, and manifests generally in Fight or Flight– either suddenly fleeing from a situation, or an inflated, “loose cannon” attempt to go to bat with the perceived threat.  Both 1 and 6 can be called “hot headed” or “temperamental”, but with very different themes motivating their anger.

As always, if you are attempting to make a type conclusion, the aspects of health (integration/disintegration) for each type, and its wings can be very helpful.  If you’d like to discuss specifics, or learn more about misidentification, feel free to reach out to me at enneagramgirl@yahoo.com! 🙂  Tune in next time for my next misidentification write up, on 8 + 3.

*Loyalists actually are “head types”, while Reformers only feel like it (because they are really “gut types” going by instincts).  Interestingly enough, both 6s and 1s tend to be found on both sides of the MBTI T/F divide– whether that has anything to do with misidentification, is a thought I’ve entertained. 😉

Misidentification: 1 + 6

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