# Thread: How does this enneagram thing work?

1. ## How does this enneagram thing work?

Hey,

It's the first time I heard of enneagram. What is it exactly? And how do you type it into your profile? (I see some peeps typing 5w6 os/ps or something -> what the hell does that mean xD)

Please help me

Oh, I did a test and I found out that 5 is defenitly my main one (thinker).

2. There's some good introductory information here: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/intro.asp

The w stands for wing. So 5w6 is enneagram type 5 with a 6 wing. Wing theory is that for each enneagram type, they may take on characteristics of the two adjacent types which are referred to as wings. So for enneagram 5, this would be types 4 and 6. Some people strongly identify with these wings, others not as much. My experience has been most people can identify somewhat with both of the wings but one will be dominant. So a 5w6 identifies with the 6 characteristics more than 4. 5w4 identifies with 4 more than 6.

This gives an extra layer to enneagram typing.

There is also instinct theory. The three instincts are self-preservation (sp), social (so), and sexual (sx). People have all three of these instincts, but one tends to predominate, one has intermediate level of use, and the third is less used. This gives rise to an instinct stacking, or ranking of the instincts. A SP/SO/SX for example, relies on self-preservation the most, social second, and sexual the least. There are six possible stackings.

3. Originally Posted by Such Irony
There's some good introductory information here: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/intro.asp

The w stands for wing. So 5w6 is enneagram type 5 with a 6 wing. Wing theory is that for each enneagram type, they may take on characteristics of the two adjacent types which are referred to as wings. So for enneagram 5, this would be types 4 and 6. Some people strongly identify with these wings, others not as much. My experience has been most people can identify somewhat with both of the wings but one will be dominant. So a 5w6 identifies with the 6 characteristics more than 4. 5w4 identifies with 4 more than 6.

This gives an extra layer to enneagram typing.

There is also instinct theory. The three instincts are self-preservation (sp), social (so), and sexual (sx). People have all three of these instincts, but one tends to predominate, one has intermediate level of use, and the third is less used. This gives rise to an instinct stacking, or ranking of the instincts. A SP/SO/SX for example, relies on self-preservation the most, social second, and sexual the least. There are six possible stackings.
Ok, thanks for the detailed description. I'll read the site and collect some more information. I read that the instincts are related to the chakra's, is that true? (if so, what would be earth chakra as an instinct, then?)

Thanks again, partner-1-in-crime.

4. Originally Posted by EEW
Ok, thanks for the detailed description. I'll read the site and collect some more information. I read that the instincts are related to the chakra's, is that true? (if so, what would be earth chakra as an instinct, then?)

Thanks again, partner-1-in-crime.
You welcome.

Sorry, I don't know anything about the chakras.

5. Originally Posted by Such Irony
You welcome.

Sorry, I don't know anything about the chakras.
No problem. Now I have something to keep me interested for a while

6. Originally Posted by EEW
Oh, I did a test and I found out that 5 is defenitly my main one (thinker).
whoa, you've got a rare type there

7. Originally Posted by Rasofy
whoa, you've got a rare type there

C:
Funny... Very funny.

8. Originally Posted by EEW
Ok, thanks for the detailed description. I'll read the site and collect some more information. I read that the instincts are related to the chakra's, is that true? (if so, what would be earth chakra as an instinct, then?)
It's not a 1-1 type thing. More the excess or deficit of a certain chakra energy can roughly produce a persona that relates to an enneagram fixation. A root chakra that was too open, for instance, could produce an 8ish persona, while an overactive third eye might make someone seem more 5ish, ect.

ETA:
Oh I guess I misread your post somewhat. Instincts are just variants on the main e-type, so my point more or less stands.

9. Originally Posted by Wind-Up Rex
It's not a 1-1 type thing. More the excess or deficit of a certain chakra energy can roughly produce a persona that relates to an enneagram fixation. A root chakra that was too open, for instance, could produce an 8ish persona, while an overactive third eye might make someone seem more 5ish, ect.

ETA:
Oh I guess I misread your post somewhat. Instincts are just variants on the main e-type, so my point more or less stands.
lol, okay.
I was just wondering if the site was babbling about it or not.
Guess not. Thanks.

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