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Enneagram Type 2 Descriptions: Sample Interpretations

Enneagram type 2 names

Enneagram type 2 names and descriptions vary between different authors, teachers, and schools of the Enneagram types. Two common names are The Helper and The Giver.

The descriptions for Enneagram type 2 in books and on the Internet often emphasize a particular school's interpretation or borrow elements from various interpretations. Although these descriptions of type 2 can be similar in many ways, there can also be differences.

Below are samplings from some of the more popular interpretations. Click on the sources after the descriptions to further explore these interpretations.

The Helper, The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Generous, Deomonstrative, People-Pleasing, and Possessive1

Basic Fear: Of being unloved and unwanted for themselves alone1

Basic Desire:  To feel loved1

Basic Proposition: You gain love and approval, and fulfill your personal needs, through giving to others.2

Strengths: Caring, helpful, relationship-oriented, generous, sensitive to others’ feelings, supportive and exuberant2

Challenges: Prideful, dependent on approval of others, intrusive, demanding, entitled2

Energy goes into: Sensing the emotional needs of others and doing what pleases them. Feeling good about being able to meet others’ needs so well. Creating good feelings in others. Maintaining others’ acceptance and approval. Romantic attachment.3

The Helper: Warm, caring and giving, they are motivated by a need to be loved and needed, and to avoid acknowledging their own needs.4

Helpers are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.5

Focus of Attention: Twos focus on relationships, gaining approval, and seducing others through helpfulness as a strategic way to get their disowned needs met. Twos actively “read” the people around them and align with (what they perceive to be) their moods and preferences in order to maximize the potential for positive connection.6


1Book: The Wisdom of the Enneagram; Website: The Enneagram Institute

2Website: The Narrative Enneagram

3Book: The Essential Enneagram; Website: Dr. David Daniels

4Book: The Road Back to You

5Book: The Enneagram Made Easy

6Book: The Complete Enneagram; Website: Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy

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