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    Is Six the most evenly distributed Enneatype, or is it just me? I think I've seen examples of pretty much every type from it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
    Is Six the most evenly distributed Enneatype, or is it just me? I think I've seen examples of pretty much every type from it...
    One of those enneagram books I read says that 6 correlates with all types. There are so many manifestations of type 6. There's phobic 6 and counterphobic 6. The MBTI types leaning more towards phobic are different than those who are more counterphobic. Then there's the subtypes of 6. They seem more distinct somehow. The SP 6, SO 6, and SX 6 all seem quite different from each other. So its not surprising that there is so much variation in MBTI type among 6's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    One of those enneagram books I read says that 6 correlates with all types. There are so many manifestations of type 6. There's phobic 6 and counterphobic 6. The MBTI types leaning more towards phobic are different than those who are more counterphobic. Then there's the subtypes of 6. They seem more distinct somehow. The SP 6, SO 6, and SX 6 all seem quite different from each other. So its not surprising that there is so much variation in MBTI type among 6's.
    And because of that...it's rather amusing that so few people seem willing to identify themselves as 6 (certainly on this forum, though that seems to be changing a bit.) I think there's a perception of it as a "cowardly" or "not nice" e-type. I've even seen it said on this forum that 6 isn't a real type and doesn't really exist...it's just an unhealthy manifestation of another type.

    I think it can be cool.

    Mind you, I've had a harder time figuring out my e-type. I still think sometimes that I may be 9, though I'm unlikely to be any other type besides one of those two. I have had 2 a few times in tests, but it's really not me. I think it's because I have strong Fe and my life/social surroundings encourage me to do the friendly helpful going-towards-people thing.
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    Phobic 6s seem like 4s and counterphobic 6s seem like 8s, making it even harder to realize you're a 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Ness View Post
    Phobic 6s seem like 4s and counterphobic 6s seem like 8s, making it even harder to realize you're a 6.
    I'm somewhat 4-ish...at first I thought I had to be 4 because I'm INFJ...apparently a lot of people make that mistake! But 6 made a lot more sense for me. I relate to 9 in some ways but I do think I'm probably 6. Also aspects of 5 and 1, and slightly 2. 3 and 8, not at all. 7, when I'm feeling excited, adventurous and counterphobic.
    But I'm definitely a phobic 6 if I am 6.
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    There's also the fact that a lot of Enneagram profiles attach the Six type to such inspiring, beloved role models such as Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Jerry Falwell, John Hinckley, Jr. and Joseph McCarthy.

    Who wouldn't want to share their inner core with Tricky Dick?

    And yes, I've ranted about this before. Sorry, it just bugs me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    I'm somewhat 4-ish...at first I thought I had to be 4 because I'm INFJ...apparently a lot of people make that mistake! But 6 made a lot more sense for me. I relate to 9 in some ways but I do think I'm probably 6. Also aspects of 5 and 1, and slightly 2. 3 and 8, not at all. 7, when I'm feeling excited, adventurous and counterphobic.
    But I'm definitely a phobic 6 if I am 6.
    Do you identify with and strongly defend a group such as your family? Do you identify people according to their "tribal affiliations," so to speak? The type 6, whether phobic or counterphobic, is going to have some trait in common, basically clannishness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    Do you identify with and strongly defend a group such as your family? Do you identify people according to their "tribal affiliations," so to speak? The type 6, whether phobic or counterphobic, is going to have some trait in common, basically clannishness.
    Yeah...that does apply to me, in a lot of ways.

    I think I'm just too wound up to be a 9. I am a weird combination of laid-back and wound up. I have repeatedly been told how laid-back and calm I seem and that I have a calming effect on others. And I actually am pretty laid-back and easygoing about a lot of things. But...I worry quite a lot and can get very anxious; I am anxious about how others see me and feel about me; and I can be preserving a calm appearance while being nauseous and exhausted due to emotional stress. I also obsess about things and can become paranoid.

    On the bright side, I'm a very loyal friend. Sometimes too loyal if anything, I think...

    It does seem quite INFJ/e-type 6 to me. I'm not sure about my instinctual variant stacking though. I think I'm 6w5 though I have read 6w7 descriptions that I identify with a good deal, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Ness View Post
    Phobic 6s seem like 4s and counterphobic 6s seem like 8s, making it even harder to realize you're a 6.
    This convinces me even more that I am not a 6. I don't really see myself as an "individualist" and I am way too avoidant to be similar to be a 8.

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    that's my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Ness View Post
    Phobic 6s seem like 4s and counterphobic 6s seem like 8s, making it even harder to realize you're a 6.
    Oh weird, bro. That makes so much sense. Especially since 6s can go through both phobic and counterphobic phases, even though they may lean more frequently to one side than the other.

    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    I'm somewhat 4-ish...at first I thought I had to be 4 because I'm INFJ...apparently a lot of people make that mistake! But 6 made a lot more sense for me. I relate to 9 in some ways but I do think I'm probably 6. Also aspects of 5 and 1, and slightly 2. 3 and 8, not at all. 7, when I'm feeling excited, adventurous and counterphobic.
    But I'm definitely a phobic 6 if I am 6.
    I think 6w5 is more common for phobic 6s, and 6w7 for the counterphobics (like I supposedly am).

    So did you think you were 4w5? I thought I was 4w3 because apparently it's commonly confused with 6w7.

    Sometimes I'm still not sure if I'm a 4 or a 6.

    People have told me that I had such a hard time with my introversion/extroversion because of being a 4...that an ENFP 4 might easily confuse themselves with an INFx.

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