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Type 6 Enneagram in Stress

Loyalists. Are you feeling anxious about this? Not sure what to expect? It's ok you can trust me. No really. You can. And I'll tell you over and over forever because I love you.

Loyalists need to know they're safe in their relationships. It takes time for them to trust and they test the water with relationships longer than other types. "Can I trust me with you?"

They also need certainty and feel like they can't trust themselves to make decisions. They look to authority figures and strong personalities. But dear 6's be careful right now. Some people are coming across like authority figures and selling you peace and certainty that you can only find within yourself.

So what shows up for 6's in a drawn out Pandemic?

  • Contingency Planning

  • Excessive Worst Case Scenario Thinking

  • Hoarding Supplies, even though they are still on shelves

  • Anxiety morning, day, and night

This pandemic is like a 6's worst nightmare come true. They were likely the most prepared for it, but for a type whose most basic human need is CERTAINTY, that preparedness is not keeping them grounded. They're in overdrive on planning for and preparing for all the other things that could go wrong.

So what to do?

3 Tips to Thrive

For 6's to come back to health they need a few things.

Silence. There it is again. This is about creating space for you to intentionally work on the "muscle" of meditating and shutting out the noise. Practice letting the thoughts go. Make time to take care of yourself.

Turn off the outside noise. Give yourself a break from the triggers. Shut off the news. Limit your exposure. Find one safe source and limit how often you can check on it to find out what is going on.

Search for the things that could go right. Train your brain to look for the gifts, the lessons, and the things that are going right and can go right.

What do you think, do you have a 6 in your life, or are you one? Does this sound suspiciously familiar? Find out and review my Enneagram Course for more ways to unlock yourself from patterns of stress.

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