Type 2 and Type 6 Relationship

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What is Enneagram Type 2
(The Caregiver)?
People with an Enneagram type Two personality tend to be generous, altruistic, and empathetic in their behavior. They are hardworking and motivated people with a drive to connect with the world. They love attending to other people and feeling helpful.

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What is Enneagram Type 6
(The Loyalist)?
People with an Enneagram type Six personality tend to be engaging, hard-working, and responsible in their behavior. They want to feel safe and tend to be concerned with outside threats. They are very loyal and want to build close relationships with others.

Communication

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Communication

How can Twos and Sixes communicate effectively with each other?

Twos and Sixes are both innately caring, responsible personalities who prioritize the needs of others. Twos, however, tend to be more extroverted, warm, and driven by a desire for acceptance from others. Sixes tend to be more meticulous and hardworking, driven by the need to feel secure and safe. Twos should openly, but gently, address concerns with Sixes. Sixes should be encouraging and sensitive around Twos.


Resolving Conflict

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Conflict

How can Twos and Sixes resolve conflict?

Twos and Sixes should be calm and empathetic when sorting through tense issues. Twos should express their perspective logically around sixes. Sixes should patiently listen to Twos before communicating their point of view openly while helping Twos feel supported.


Building Trust

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Trust

How can Twos and Sixes build trust?

Twos tend to trust Sixes who are understanding and patient. Sixes should try to open up emotionally around Twos.

Sixes usually trust Twos who are consistent and loyal. Twos can help Sixes feel secure enough to express themselves.

Working Together

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Working Together

How can Twos and Sixes work together?

Twos are generous, kind, and welcoming, while Sixes are reserved, playful, and caring. Twos are skilled at connecting to others in a work environment, while Sixes tend to find creative, practical solutions to potential problems. Twos can help Sixes stay positive and calm, while Sixes can help Twos express their concerns more openly.


Dealing with Change

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Change

How can Twos and Sixes deal with change?

Twos and Sixes both tend to prefer consistent, stable environments and relationships; they struggle with adapting to a new or unexpected situation. Twos are likely to adjust after time, while Sixes will tend to feel safe after evaluating the new circumstances.


Managing Stress

Twos and Sixes need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Stress

Twos are easily stressed by...

  • Disregarding their own personal needs
  • Facing criticism or neglect from others
  • Feeling overwhelmed by everyone else’s needs
  • Rejection from job opportunities
Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Stress

Sixes are easily stressed by...

  • Unreliable people and relationships
  • Negativity in their work or personal environment
  • Feeling as though they aren’t needed
  • Failing or making the wrong decision

Twos should avoid criticizing Sixes’ decisions, while Sixes should avoid overwhelming Twos with personal concerns or expressions of anxiety.


Encouraging and Motivating

Twos and Sixes can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.

Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Encouragement

Twos are motivated by...

  • Remembering to attend to their own needs
  • Being helpful and accomplishing goals
  • Meeting and befriending new people
  • Serving others who are in need
Enneagram Type 2 & Type 6 Encouragement

Sixes are motivated by...

  • Consistent and trustworthy relationships
  • Offering help and assistance to others
  • Advocating for personal beliefs and values
  • Time spent with people they love

Twos can motivate Sixes by helping them to feel safe and secure through proven loyalty.

Sixes can encourage Twos by allowing them to help and sharing appreciation for their contributions.


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