The adventurers are one of the four ego types, concerned with their individual dream or purpose, a calling they are struggling to explain. The adventurers are curious, open, and self-determined. An adventurer is chivalrous and loyal, working to prove to other people that they will always have their back, no matter where their journey takes them.
An adventurer has an enneagram six fixation, making them prone to fear betrayal and causing them to struggle to trust other people. In growth, adventurers may become brilliant visionaries and genial thinkers, able to make discoveries and to perform feats beyond what is expected. In stress, adventurers may become warriors, overly concerned with survival and with protecting their home or a nation against a perceived enemy, and proving to their nation or family that they will do anything to protect them.
Enneagram: Six “The Loyalist”
Growth: The Prodigy (Sx) Stress: The Warrior (Sp)
Primary fear: Betrayal
When you’re thinking about starting up a new journey or exploring a new possibility, the adventurer archetype may arrive and give you a nudge in the right direction. The adventurer has somewhat repressed their head and rational self, the part of themselves that want to act with careful reason and with well thought out actions and decisions. This allows them to explore possibilities and to consider ideas that a head type may outright decide is stupid or irrational.
The adventurer shows in ourselves as a willingness to take on adventure and new projects even if it may put us or our safety at risk. The adventurer can block out thoughts and worries in pursuit of what their primary passion is.
The primary fuel of an adventurer is an urge, a whim, an impulse that can’t be explained – just as love can’t be explained – the adventurers actions come from their innermost desires, even those that are complex and hard to understand. They have open hearts, but blocked head centres, causing them to work hard to prevent betrayal, to ensure loyalty, ensuring that everyone is working towards the same goal or end.
What causes the enneagram fixation?
What causes an adventurer to develop a fixation with the enneagram six is an inability to think for themselves about what is right and wrong, and what is smart or the right course of action, and a tendency to instead blindly follow and obediently go along with what other people believe to be right and smart. The adventurer may have no interest in planning or devising a plan or thinking about if a plan will work, but will execute said plan, trusting the people that have thought of it, and assuming that the strategy will work.
“If John jumped off a cliff, would you?” A parent may ask an adventurer, and the surprising answer of the adventurer may just be yes. The adventurer may do all kinds of things if the group or the other people are on board. This is both to the advantage and the detriment of an adventurer, because well, eventually, adventurers may jump off cliffs.
Trusting your own head
How do you come to trust your own wit and your own reasoning as an adventurer? This may be difficult because the adventurer may come to overly rely on their heart to solve problems that require careful reasoning and thinking. The answer is what they may wish it to be, not what is actually correct. So adventurers may fall into faulty reasoning, suspiciously reading in the wrong reason to why people do what they do.
An adventurer may assume that others disagree with them or give them a bad score because they dislike them personally, rather than because they did something wrong or performed badly. Now, this line of thinking keeps them from feeling inferior or bad about themselves, and inspires them to believe in themselves, and this inspires them to take risks for themselves. But this blind confidence may cause them to make mistakes that could be avoided in love and life. If the adventurer is able to balance their head and find their own wit and what they personally believe to be good, they can find an ethics that make them go beyond being adventurers, instead becoming heroes, adventurers with brains, not just brawn.
The EXFX enneagram six block is best described as keeping your eyes closed to things and people you care about, family, animals, suffering around you. This is a rationalising block, in which the adventurer is overly focused on explaining away and rationalising any suffering or injustice in the world. Things are the way they are because of the way things are, the adventurer may say.
The IXTX type may become overly preoccupied by concerns for other people and suffering around them. The issues and the problems and the suffering they see around them become a constant source of worry for these types, keeping them from understanding why people suffer and what it is people do to keep themselves suffering, and to invite suffering into their lives. The IXTX type may not see why suffering exists, and may not be able to answer it, but believes they can answer it by accommodating others needs.
The EXTX types may become overly concerned with why challenges and obstacles arise, reading in problems and emotional issues and secret motives that aren’t there, and assuming that these problems arise because people want them to. This keeps the EXTX type from meeting and facing these challenges and proving themselves capable to others, instead dismissing these challenges outright.
The IXFX types in the enneagram six block may become overly preoccupied by power and being strong enough to meet any challenge or to solve any problem that comes up, always living up to and meeting other people’s standards, by keeping up a hard and tough exterior frame. Their desire to remain upbeat and to appear strong will often keep them from realising their own feelings and listening to their sensitive nature, and gaining a deeper understanding into why these challenges occur and what can be done to respond to these issues on an emotional level.