What is an Enneagram type 1 wing 2 (The Activist)?
An Enneagram type one with a two wing generally shows the characteristics of a type one, but also shares a few with the type two. People with a type one wing two personality tend to be principled and empathetic in their behavior. Consistent with type ones, they usually have a desire for justice and equality. However, those with a two wing are generally warmer and more interpersonally aware than other type ones.

1w2 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

People who are type one with a two wing generally have a basic fear of being immoral and making impure choices. They avoid this by making a conscious effort to make ethical choices.

Basic Desire

They also have a natural desire to be upstanding and humane. They try to fight for the rights of those less fortunate and love being hands-on in making a difference by volunteering in their community.

Activists tend to respond to negativity by redirecting their emotions in order to gain a sense of control. In type ones with two wings, this may lead to sudden outbursts or breaking points, as they work through their emotions more externally.


In summary, Enneagram 1w2 personalities tend to...

  • Be aware of the needs of others
  • Passionately follow what they believe to be right
  • Make principled, ethical choices
  • Advocate for social change and justice
  • Seek love, affection, and time around people

Strengths and Blindspots

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 1w2 personality include...

  • Defending and standing up for those around them
  • Sensitivity to the wishes and needs of others
  • Ability to serve and improve their community
  • Sharing creative ideas and solutions to problems
  • Willingness to make personal sacrifices for other people

Blind Spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 1w2 personality include...

  • Easily growing frustrated with other people
  • Tendency to be image-focused or obsessive
  • Possibility of becoming self-righteous and controlling
  • Criticizing themselves and others
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How Enneagram 1w2 personalities like to work

Communicating with a 1w2

Take them seriously and listen; work to build personal and emotional connections with them.

Meeting with a 1w2

Focus on addressing and communicating the message clearly; encourage them to share their ideas.

Emailing a 1w2

Emailing should be limited; address specific tasks and share how they can be helpful and contribute.

Giving feedback to a 1w2

Express feedback constructively; be gently and explain specific ways to improve.

Resolving conflict with a 1w2

Connect emotionally by sharing how you feel; be honest about your own contributions to the conflict, and allow them to share their perspective.

Motivators and Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

1w2 tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Fighting for change and reform
  • Volunteering to serve the less fortunate
  • Helping to solve difficult societal problems
  • Working closely with other people

1w2 tend to be drained by...

  • Being perceived negatively by others
  • Receiving criticism or objections from those they respect
  • Feeling as though they aren’t meeting people’s needs
  • Others not meeting or living up to their expectation

Best Jobs For Enneagram 1w2

Enneagram type ones with a two wing are compassionate and humanistic. They will pursue their passions endlessly and thrive in environments that allow them to work closely with others to make a positive impact on the world.

Common jobs for people with 1w2 personality types

  • Nurse
  • Judge
  • Politician
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Social Advocate
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Social Worker
  • Religious Worker

Visual Summary

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