Enneagram 6 Profile

I’ve seen firsthand how the Enneagram has influenced my therapy practice, my clients, and my own personal growth. In order to better understand its impact, I interviewed a representative of each number to see the world through their lens.

What do you love the most about your number?

I love that I can be very good at anticipating problems. I am very detail oriented and have a great sense of observation. Because of that, I rarely make mistakes at work. I am very good at establishing routine or habits. I am also very good at detecting people who are not genuine, have a false pretense, or are lying to me.

What is the hardest thing about your number?

Among the most important things for me are safety and security. To achieve them, I usually think about all the negative aspects of my actions and decisions. At times, it makes me pessimistic and resistant to change. I also have a fear of making mistakes and a hard time trusting myself. I tend to overthink and get paralyzed, struggling to make decisions. I also worry a lot.

How have you used the knowledge of your Enneagram number to grow toward your best self?

I think that to be able to be the best version of yourself, you need to know yourself. The Enneagram gives me a framework to better understand my behavior and my emotions.

How has the Enneagram been useful to you during the therapy process?

It allowed me to find a common link between traumatizing memories.  It also allowed me to better understand “why” I act or feel a certain way. With a better comprehension of why I am doing certain actions, it is easier to know what aspects of my personality I need to work on.

What advice would you give to other people of your same number?

Trust yourself. You take every action to make sure that you are doing the right thing. If you make the wrong decision or make a mistake, it is going to be alright. It’s OK to make mistakes.