Enneagram 6

The Hero (Enneagram 6)

The hero is a person who aspires to be someone knowledgeable, reliable and experienced. Sixes want to be able to deal with any obstacle and tend to be very loyal.

Core motivation:

Primary fear:




Stability, responsibility, accountability.

To be unreliable, to let others down

Open, Conscientious type (-+-+)


Hero/Sage (Apprentice) Hero/Explorer (Seeker)

Excerpt from the book “The Power Of Persona – How We Use Masks And How Masks Use Us”

The companion is secure, steady, and grounded. They have a solid grasp and awareness of the world and tend to act as pathfinders and navigators, helping other people find their way around the world. 

As a six, you pride yourself on maintaining your peace of mind and you trust in your map and what you have come to learn about the world so far. More difficult for you is that you tend to feel confused and cut off from your own voice. Enneagram Six types tend to struggle to trust their own power and will sometimes come to rely on other people to give them purpose and direction in life.

You will however rather not go outside this map, to uncharted areas, and you’re prone to being somewhat fearful of changes and opportunities outside this map. To settle your fears, you tend to maintain cool composure. You will try to come up with strategies and ways to get what you want while taking careful safety precautions.

General Description

Common traits: Loyal, committed, secure, dutiful

As an Enneagram six type, you have an inspired response to your head and to your mind. You are struck by a new insight, a new idea, or a new possibility, and you’re now spending time trying to arrange it and fit it with your personal system and your wit. Enneagram Six types are steady and open-minded types that are constantly considering new possibilities, theories, and ideas.

As seekers, they are always searching for something they have overlooked, feeling there is more to learn and more to discover behind every rock. Sucking up information like a sponge, the seeker looks for information that fits with their head and their personal interests. Sixes are however in most aspects of life, afraid of their own power. They are, until they feel ready, pursuing knowledge at the expense of ambition. They feel they do not know enough yet to move on their ambitions and goals, or they fear adventure or change and situations that they do not have knowledge or insight about.

Enneagram Six types tend to have strong and elaborate maps, and when they go on trips and on excursions, they make sure to plan carefully and to consider every eventuality. In this sense, you can always count on the seeker type to have a strategy and a plan for how to manage the situation. In this sense, enneagram six types are often overplanners, and they can become somewhat inflexible to possibilities and to change that goes against their plan. The six may also come off as uncaring and cold, as they don’t seem to reflect on right or wrong in an idea, or the right or wrong way to solve a problem.

Enneagram 6 Big 5 Profile

Enneagram 6

Enneagram six types are open and conscientious types. They can foresee many different scenarios and account for many different things, and they can use these things to maintain control and order in their environment. 

The enneagram six is less inclined to be outgoing and agreeable, because they can think of many reasons not to be. Potential issues and things that can get in the way and reasons why it wouldn’t work out. 

Emotional stability

When emotionally stable, sixes trust in their ability to solve problems and to maintain order. When things happen that could potentially threaten their order, they calmly find a way to manage it and to ensure it goes well. When neurotic, sixes become more fearful of change and chaos, and respond more strongly to change in groups. They worry the worst will happen and feel as if they are standing on unsolid footing. 

Health levels

Infant: Sixes need more stability early than other children and are more sensitive to instability than the average kid. They need consistency from family members and can become anxious when people are inconsistent. 
Child: As they grow, they try hard to become the keepers of stability in their household, making sure people are on time and that everyone is prepared. Try to learn the necessary skills they are expected to have and to be reliable.
Teen: At this stage, sixes start becoming aware of outer threats to stability and peace. Out of loyalty, try to stand up for and to keep their family safe from this world. 
Young adult: Begin to accept some rule and some law and that some people have a different order or way of structuring things. Less fearful of change, as long as it can be understood. 
Adult: Start becoming more assertive within the system and pushing their own traditions and ways of life to the world. Use their preparation and resources to achieve success in life.
Accomplished adult: Start sharing their resources with the world, give others access to their knowledge and teach other people their systems and ways of doing things.