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Enneagram Type 6 Center of Intelligence: Head or Fear Triad

Head/Head-Based Center

Type 6 Head Center

Type 6 is located in the 567 triad which is often described as the head center. The head types are focused on reasoning, analyzing, and other typical thinking functions concerned with future possibilities.

Type 6 thinking often leads to doubts and questioning. This can take place regard one's own thoughts as well as those of others. Some sort of assurance or guidance may be sought in resolving doubts and making decisions. This could come from people, authorities, or systems of thought that over time have shown consistency and been found to be trustworthy and reliable. There can also be a reactionary impulse to jump into action in order to purge any doubts or fears.

Type 6 Fear

Types 5, 6, and 7 may also be referred to as fear types, where fear can be thought of as a negative anticipation of future possibilities.

Type 6 fear can come from imagining worst-case scenarios. This can not only create a cautiousness and seeking of security but also a prepared readiness for the possibility of these scenarios. A general anxiety and sense of doubt about the future and one's own capabilities may be present as well.

Type 6 Mental Center

The core focus approach labels the 567 triad as the Mental Center and more clearly differentiates how types 5, 6, and 7 use that center.

  • Type 5: Mental Objectivity - observes the world by pulling back from it and watching.
  • Type 6: Mental Questioning - probes to alleviate doubts and find what can be trusted.
  • Type 7: Mental Anticipation - avoids limitations while exploring interesting possibilities.

You can take a test comparing the three head types here.

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