Instincts: 9

Now that we’ve discussed the basics of Enneagram 9, let’s talk about Instinctual differences among Peacemakers. If you need a refresher on what Instincts are, check out my first post on the topic.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific Enneagram type.

The passive mindset, self forgetting tendencies and tranquil nature of type 9 manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

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Though different, it’s easy to see how the first (general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 9’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual need.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred/needed most, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”. I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Have questions or thoughts about the instincts of Enneagram 9?  Feel free to leave a comment below!  A note on what’s next at Enneagram Girl, I am so excited to post a project in the next week or so that I have been working on for quite some time.  The project is photo and interview based, and involved men and women of each Enneagram core type.  Make sure to subscribe, or keep your eyes peeled if you’d like to check it out! 🙂

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Instincts: 9

Instincts: 8

Now that we’ve discussed the basics of Enneagram 8, let’s talk about Instinctual differences among Challengers. If you need a refresher on what Instincts are, check out my first post on the topic.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific Enneagram type.

The survival mentality, power seeking tendencies and dominating nature of type 8 manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

instincts8

Though different, it’s easy to see how the first (general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 7’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual need.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred/needed most, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”. I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Have any questions about instincts, Enneagram or typing? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!  Be on the lookout for my next post on the basics of type 9. 🙂

Instincts: 8

Instincts: 7

Now that we’ve discussed the basics of Enneagram 7, let’s talk about Instinctual differences among Enthusiasts. If you need a refresher on what Instincts are, check out my first post on the topic.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific Enneagram type.

The pain-avoiding tendencies, variety seeking and bouncy nature of type 7 manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

instincts7

Though different, it’s easy to see how the first (general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 7’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual need.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred/needed most, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”. I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Have any questions about instincts, Enneagram or typing? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!  Be on the lookout for my next post on the basics of type 8.

Instincts: 7

Instincts: 6

Alright, so we’ve overviewed type 6, the Loyalist.  Now let’s talk about Instinctual differences among Loyalists. If you need a refresher on what Instincts are, check out my first post on the topic.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific Enneagram type.

The planning tendencies, security seeking and anxious nature of type 6 manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

instincts6

Though different, it’s easy to see how the first (general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 6’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual need.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred/needed most, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”. I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Have any questions about instincts, Enneagram or typing? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!  Be on the lookout for my next post on the basics of type 7.

Instincts: 6

Instincts: 5

Now that we’ve covered the basics of core type 5, lets talk about instinctual differences! If you need a refresher on instinctual variants and what that means, check out my first post on the topic.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific Enneagram type.

The nihilism, knowledge seeking and withdrawn nature of type 5 manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

instincts5

Though different, it’s easy to see how the first (general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 5’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual need.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred/needed most, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”.  I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Have any questions about instincts, Enneagram or typing? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

Instincts: 5

Instincts: 4

After talking in the last post about the basics of the Individualist, let’s look at the instinctual variants and how they apply to 4 specifically. If you need a refresher on instinctual variants and what that means, check out my first post on the topic.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific Enneagram type.

The shame, focus on suffering and envy, and introspective nature of type 4, manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

instincts4

Though different, it’s easy to see how the first (general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 4’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual need.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred/needed most, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”.  I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Have any questions about instincts, Enneagram or typing? Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

*Sidebar: Clearly, these descriptions are getting longer the more I do. I think I’ll have to go back and flesh out 1-3 more eventually, so they all contain equally complete descriptions– I guess I’ve just gained steam along the way! 🙂

Instincts: 4

Instincts: 1

So, we now have a better idea of what an Enneagram 1 is, what they desire, what they fear, what motivates them to be the way they are. I don’t know about you, but I love to know that stuff about people! Each person I meet, I see as a unique variety of human. I actually joked with a friend once, that it’s kind of like Pokemon for me. 😉

Yes, you can laugh at that, but it’s kind of true!

Even now that you’ve read over (or have previous knowledge of) the basics of type 1, we need to realize that not all 1’s are the same– far from it. There are actually twelve versions of each Enneagram type; what with two wing variations and six instinctual stacks.  Both the differences and commonality between individuals of the same core can be striking!

Clearly, all of that information can be a little much at first, so back to our topic of today: Instinctual subtypes of Enneagram 1.

So what are instincts? Many good things have been written on this topic (and I’ll provide further reading below) but I think it comes down to this: we are born with all three instinctual needs within us (Self Preservation, Sexual and Social), instinctual stackings just tell us which we favor and which we neglect– sort of a hierarchy of emotional needs. The instinct we usually prioritize above the others, is actually also the area in which we have been most wounded or deprived. I’ve been amazed to see how applicable this has been in understanding relationships with others, especially those whose instinctual preferences might be different than our own. It all comes down to what we need.

instincts-general

When talking about instincts, it’s important to realize how the same instinct can look different from core type to core type. The general descriptions of the instincts (above) are much less specific than when those instincts are applied to a specific type.

The anger, perfectionism and self-righteousness of 1 manifest with each instinct in a unique way.

instincts1_1

It’s easy to see how the first (more general descriptions) factor into the type specific ones.  As aforementioned, all 1’s will probably relate somewhat to all three above descriptions, but more strongly with one or two.  This brings us to the concept of Instinctual Stack, which denotes the order of an individual’s instinctual preferences.  For instance, Sp/So tells us that Self Preservation is preferred, So is auxiliary and Sx is the “blind spot”.  I do also think looking into the instincts of your wing (especially if it is heavy) is important to behold the whole picture.

Other great sources for more detailed reading on the instincts, are The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut, these descriptions originally from (the now inactive) Ocean Moonshine, and the work of early Enneagram scholar, Claudio Naranjo (notes on his work on the instincts).

Next post: Basics of Enneagram 2!

Instincts: 1