Enneagram 6w5 -The Defender-

Enneagram type 6 wing 5: The Defender is a subtype that results from the encounter of types 6 and 5, which means that Sixes’ natural reflexive and analytical style meets the potential and creativity of Fives.


The enneagram 6 wing 5 overview

This particular blend creates a whole new kind of Enneagram type that is very entangled with their values and principles through which they measure reality and define risks. This parameter system and really high sense of analysis and sharpened observations make them very suspicious, so sometimes they might not trust others. Although it is ideal to anticipate scenarios or other people’s behavior.

Although they are part of the same triad – Head – they don’t use only their common sense when making decisions. They take the effort to find new and more convenient ways to do it, with a low emotional cost. 6w5s are very loyal people who really value honesty and clarity. They fiercely defend their values in order to maintain their honor and give life a clear frame. On that same note, we might add that they are huge fans of standardized processes, where things are predictable and can be controlled. Enneagram 6w5 types seem to move away from others because of their independent and self-reliant manners, but they love to be surrounded by good people. They appreciate having supportive and trustful relationships that can be their safe space. They are also very creative and purposeful people. If they feel comfortable, they will improve their whole environment.

Enneagram Type 6 The Loyalist
Enneagram Type 5 The Investigator

Enneagram 6w5 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Enneagram 6w5’s most basic desire is to feel safe and protected. That’s why support and loyalty are their actions’ core engine. They set their rules from the beginning, and any inconvenience is a red flag. If other people don’t respect their boundaries and don’t respect and follow their values, they feel distrusted. They are afraid of getting lost, being unstable, and not having a clear path. It’s due to this need that they draw their ways. However, they might eventually break their own rules if it’s the best way for them to grow.

Basic Desire

Enneagram 6w5’s most basic desire is to reach stability and peace of mind. They strive for security and really look forward to reaching secure spaces. In such a way that they might build up a whole defense system to assure it. Values and principles are very important to 6w5s, so they hold them up high, as they make things clearer and easier to understand. As if they could see everything through them. This reality filter makes them very observant and reflexive, and especially good at solving problems. 

Enneagram 6w5 Strenghts

Enneagram 6w5 strengths come directly from their steadiness. They are really charming when they keep a sublime profile, with professionalism and sobriety. Once they make a decision they won’t bend the knee, and they can be really serious when it comes to defending the order. They have a sharpened eye that can see the tiniest details other people may overlook. This makes them very clever and hard-working. When they are self-confident, nothing can stop them.

Enneagram 6w5 Weaknesses

Enneagram 6w5 weaknesses shine right over their virtues. If they are healthy, their strengths will lift them all the way to the top and things will flow. However, if they start to overthink, they can easily end up frustrated and lost. As they seek security and stability, they’re afraid of taking the wrong step. That’s when anxiety kicks in and their expectations turn into a pressure cooker that makes them very reactive and sensitive. When in this state, they struggle to communicate as they feel too vulnerable. They withdraw and try to evade reality by doing different activities while doing their best to stop the turmoil of negative thoughts.

How Enneagram 6w5 personalities like to work

Learning how each personality works gives us powerful insights. It helps us overcome different situations and improve our relationship potential. Let’s check some vital points to learn about Enneagram type 6 wing 5.

Communicating with an Enneagram 6w5

Try to deepen the scope of each conversation focusing on one thing at a time and taking it seriously. 

Meeting with an Enneagram 6w5

Pay close attention to them. Everything they say it’s really important to them, so you should listen carefully. They are really committed to communication when it happens. 

Emailing an Enneagram 6w5

Keep emails short, accurate and tuned with your mutual goals. It’s important for them to take each message seriously.

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 6w5

When giving feedback, be clear and focus on the ways to improve the situation. Don’t make it personal, but let them know you trust their skills. 

Resolving conflicts with an Enneagram 6w5

When solving conflicts with a 6w5 it’s important to focus first on the good intentions and the outlook you have on the relationship. 

Enneagram 6w5 Motivations

Enneagram 6w5 feels really motivated when they have big and remarkable duties where they can supervise and control processes to guarantee good and measurable results. They love to keep things neat and clean, so they are very thorough. If they feel they are in a reliable environment they prosper and look for solutions that can be used on a larger scale. 

Enneagram 6w5 Stress

Enneagram 6w5 stresses out when things go out of control. Feeling useless, without a supportive network, activates their inner defensive mechanisms and makes them doubt their work. Taking the wrong step or going in the wrong direction puts them under so much pressure that they need to take their time to carefully analyze what to do next.

Enneagram 6w5 Jobs

The most common jobs for Enneagram type 6 wing 5 are: Paralegal, Marketing Analyst, Banker, Professor, Administrative Assistant, Financial Analyst, Chemist, Web Developer, and Business Consultant. Everything that involves observing, thinking, and evaluating risks it’s a good job for them. They love to enhance processes and to level up their work environment and obviously themselves too.

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