Enneagram 6 – The Loyalist

You are dependable and trustworthy. It is important for you to meet the expectations of the group and to do well in the tasks you have been appointed to do. You need to feel that you have a place in society and that you are accepted even for your more weird or eccentric qualities. Sixes hold themselves accountable to the rules and practices of their society.

Enneagram 6 Short Description

What can be said about the Enneagram 6? Typically, we see these types as reliable, dependable, and stable types. These types take the most comfort in familiarity, habit, and routine. They first focus on having consistency around them. Enneagram 6s try to be loyal and to meet expectations on them, to follow through on what they have said they will do or what is expected of their role. And they expect the same of the people around them.

Nickname: The Loyalist, The Traditionalist, The Friend

Centre: Head type

Positive Drive: Security

Negative Drive: Suspicion

Enneagram 6 Personality Description

Reliable and accountable, the friend wants to hold their own and to meet their end of the bargain. It is important for the friend to honour commitment, and that other people deliver what they have promised. The Enneagram 6 type seeks order and things that will last and hold for the future.

Still, the Enneagram 6 can wrestle with distrust and suspicion. Having an ambivalent relationship to satisfaction, they are constantly keeping their options open. It’s nice to enjoy the moment, but its also good to have a back-up plan should things not work out.

Will people come through? Is everything going to hold up? It is important for the six to think about a situation carefully. There needs to be a back-up plan, and weak points need to be reinforced. So the Enneagram 6 is characterised by principled perception. Fact-checking, and using rules and structure to back up their arguments, you could nickname this type ‘the double-checking’ type because they tend to go over a strategy over and over to make sure they haven’t missed anything.

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