There are a number of concepts that describe variations within Enneagram type that explain why people of the same type can seem so different.
These variations within type can involve, among other things, influences from other Enneagram types, the Enneagram instincts, and levels of health or fixation.
When just starting out with the Enneagram types, it's generally best if you first get a handle on your basic Enneagram type before exploring the variations of type. Otherwise, you may get a bit overwhelmed in trying to figure out both type and all it's variations at once.
On the other hand, if you've spent a good bit of time on the types but still aren't sure about which is the best fit, the variations may offer additional details that can help you discover your type.
Not everyone finds all these variations useful. If it works for you then use it. If it doesn't then don't.
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