Enneagram Type 1w2

The Activist

What is the 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.

Type 1 Wing 2 Personality Traits

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.

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 personality types 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 & Blind Spots

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 type 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 type 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 personality types like to work

Communicating with a type one wing two

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

Meeting with a type one wing two

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

Emailing a type one wing two

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

Giving feedback to a type one wing two

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

Resolving conflict with a type one wing two

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

Motivators & 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.

Activists 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


Activists 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 an 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 the Enneagram 1w2 personality type are:

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

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