About the Author

Julianne Ishler is a writer, Enneagram coach, and creative mentor. Obsessed with all things personality and storytelling, she helps creatives and entrepreneurs define their voice and feel empowered to follow their own path to live a life of fulfillment. She is based in Chicago and enjoys travel, rainy days, and deep conversations over hot tea.

Understanding Enneagram Subtypes: How Each Instinct Affects Your Type (Part 2)

In part one yesterday, we covered everything you’ve wanted to know about Enneagram subtypes. You learned what the instincts mean, how they stack up, what countertypes are, and how to use your subtype to understand where your emotional energy goes. 

Now that you know how to use your subtype for deeper awareness of your patterns, we’ve provided a general overview of what each Enneagram subtype may look like. Keep in mind that “general” is the key word here—you may not fit the bill completely, but this can provide some insight into exploring your subtype further.

Understanding Enneagram Subtypes: How to Find Yours & Use It for Self-Development (Part 1)

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on August 04, 2021

Have you ever met two people of the same Enneagram type and wondered how they’re so different? While the Enneagram describes nine types of motivation, there are way more layers to take into consideration when it comes to your type. One of the most highly influential factors? Enneagram subtypes.

All of Your Questions about Enneagram Wings, Answered

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on July 13, 2021

So, you’ve taken the Enneagram test. You feel seen, validated, and maybe a little attacked (in a good way, of course). You begin to have a much clearer picture of yourself and what motivates your actions. As you continue to put the pieces of your type together, there’s a major part of the puzzle you stumble upon: Enneagram wings. 

How You Deal With Painful or Uncomfortable Situations, According to Your Enneagram Type

When you’re in an uncertain or less-than-ideal situation, how do you react? Do you become frustrated and defensive or withdrawn and isolated? Maybe you deny your emotions altogether and make excuses for your behavior. Or, perhaps you’re not quite sure of your reaction, which you wouldn’t be alone with—most of these defense mechanisms live deep within our subconscious. 

The Biggest Myths of Each Enneagram Type, Debunked

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 02, 2021

You’ve seen it before and perhaps been guilty of it yourself: 

A Type Four who is convinced they’re a Type Six because they struggle with anxiety. 

Or, a Type Seven who thinks they’re a Type Three because they’re always hustling. 

Perhaps you know a Type Nine who resonates with all the types and confuses themselves with another number. 

How to Use Your Enneagram Type to Actually Achieve the Goals You Set, in 2021 and Beyond!

Given the stress and uncertainty 2020 has brought, the idea of setting goals for the new year might make you want to burrow into a hole.

When you’re taught to set and pursue goals just one way, instead of what’s best for your personality type, it’s easy to feel anxious, apathetic, or discouraged. It’s no wonder why 92% of people who set New Year’s goals end up abandoning them—they’re working against their unique personality type, not with it. 

What Are Enneagram Stances and Why Are They Important?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 10, 2020

The Enneagram is an invaluable system of self-awareness, helping you understand your motivation— why you do what you do. With nine different types come nine different perspectives of filtering the world, bringing insight into your strengths, blindspots, thinking and feeling patterns, and so much more. 

Whether you’ve explored the depths of your type or still can’t put your finger on which one you are, a common question that comes up is: what do I do once I know my type?

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