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[Type 6] Stackemup Enneagram Description for Enneatype VI


Jun 15, 2011
Type Six

Sixes are self-protective. Self-protection is the six's logical choice in a world that they believe is a dangerous place. The core distortion of the Six is that they will be mistreated in some way (i.e. harmed, controlled, subjugated, conned...).

Sixes are distrustful. It's a dangerous world out there for them, or so they believe, and as a result they don't like the idea of having to depend on anybody else. Sixes are especially distrustful of people that have power over them, those in positions of authority.

Sixes are prepared. Since they are fundamentally distrustful, they have to keep vigilant. They are on the lookout for surprise attacks or deceptions. They maintain a fixed level of preparedness most of the time. They are on guard, ready to meet any real or imagined threat with a counterattack or pre-emptive strike.

Sixes are fearful. As sixes want to keep vigilant, fear heightens their antennae for threats and influences their conscious mind to stay on the lookout for dangers. At the same time, fear can vastly distort the way that sixes perceive people and events, even if the six does not have direct experience of the fear itself.

Sixes are autonomous. They want to live their life with no strings attached to anybody. They like playing a lone hand. They self-protect by cutting ties and dread having to depend on others. They rely on sarcasm and hostility to keep people at a distance.

Sixes are adverserial. They develop limits/norms and "lines" in the sand that others either cross or don't cross. They develop an inner alarm bell that lets them know when one of these lines has been crossed as well as warn them as to future catastrophes. Once somebody crosses it, the six will work tirelessly to bring that person down.

Sixes are defensive. The six may forestall buying a car in favor of riding the bus every day to work because they think that car salesmen are bound to cheat them. If the six is being asked a question, the six can think that the question is intended to trap them into an undesirable spot, so in defense, the six may phobically lie or counterphobically state a bold opinion.

Sixes are projecting. Others/groups become screens by which the six projects their feelings of being mistreated or harmed onto at the hands of, not ironically, the same person/entity/government the six themselves feel mistreated or harmed by. To this end sixes can be tireless crusaders on behalf of the little guy or at the other extreme, social/political demagogues.

Unhealthy sixes are paranoid. Suspicion turns deadly. They have begun to isolate themselves through distance, as a means of preparing to fend off any attack and dealing with their suspicions. Isolation, in turn, has only reinforced their suspicions. They get secretive and obsessive about their anonymity and fanatical about their privacy. They brood in isolation over dark thoughts and build up invalid constructions of reality. They often split reality into us versus them dichotomies. They distort the world through a highly subjective lens of "hidden meanings." They insist on connections between unconnected facts. They frequently misread cues from others in order to reinforce the belief that they are indeed being persecuted and depicted in an unfair light.

Healthy sixes are trusting and courageous. They overcome their issues with trust in order to form meaningful relationships. They find the courage to engage life and act in the face of their anxiety.

6w5s are authoritarian. They alleviate their distrust of authority by trying to acquire the power to make one's self an authority and occupy positions of command. This is an attempt by the 6w5 to overcome their fear of being harmed and subjugated by becoming the dominator.

6w5s are systems-oriented. They are drawn to traditional power structures and hierarchies. They engage in more "grid thinking" but turn a distrustful eye onto the systems that they are a part of. The belief in a system that's out to mistreat them can easily push them into conspiracy-mindedness and seeing cover-ups everywhere. They build straw man arguments and seize upon flimsy facts to justify their conspiracies.

6w5s are sadistic. When deeply paranoid, authoritarian aggression becomes the 6w5's favored form of self-protection, sadism being an obvious manifestation of the sixes' drive to defend against mistreatment.

6w7s are ingratiating. Introjection gives them an ability to key into the needs and values of others in order to adjust their thinking to resemble that of the person who they want to ingratiate with.

6w7s are impetuous. They work on very fractional information. Once they identify the perceived danger, there is no time to waste, no time for investigation. They don't like details. As a result, their contraphobic strikes and phobic flirtations are more impulsive and less thought out.

6w7s are self-defeating. Their rashness often causes them to act quick to disarm perceived threats. They often do so at the expense of undermining themselves, or, in the extreme, provoking others into behaving in the way that the six had anticipated they would.

6w7s are volatile. When deeply paranoid, lashing out becomes the 6w7's favored form of self-protection.


Six vigilance scans for danger. Two vigilance scans for rejection.

Accusation by a Six is driven by the projection of guilt onto another. Accusation by a Three is purely goal-oriented. Furthermore, sixes don't get self-aggrandizing when they believe others are persecuting them. Threes do, seeing their persecution by others as proof of their greatness.

Five autonomy is based in detachment. Six autonomy is based in distrust.

Sixes are adversarial. Sevens are subversive.

Six aggression is defensive. Eight aggression is offensive. Eights are out of touch with vulnerability. Sixes use anger to cover up their vulnerability when they are counterphobic. For sixes, dominance is a means of self-protection. For eights, dominance is an end in itself. For Sixes, dominance is a means of having the power to defend themselves against others either preemptively or in response to an attack.

Sixes seek safety. Nines seek support.

One vigilantism is driven by idealism. Six vigilantism is driven by self-protection.


New member
Mar 27, 2017
Instinctual Variant
I'm missing the distinction between 6s and 4s, which is what I struggle to decide, since both are strong for me.