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.
Type 2 Personality Traits
Enneagram type twos fear being unwanted or unloved by those around them. They tend to innately, perhaps even subconsciously, believe that love is gained and earned by serving others.
Their most basic desire is to be fully loved and accepted. They generally express this by being extremely attentive to the needs of those around them and helping other people in any way they can.
Caregivers can tend to repress their own negative emotions or channel them into more positive or typically acceptable emotions, in order to be perceived as more desirable.
In summary, Enneagram Type 2 personalities tend to...
- Easily perceive and understand the needs of others
- Seek acceptance and love from people
- Attend to the needs of those around them
- Repress their own negative emotions
- Fear being unwanted or disliked
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 Type 2 personality include...
- Supporting and encouraging those around them
- Ability to naturally recognize the needs of others
- Warm, loving, positive attitude
- Persistence and dedication to the tasks at hand
- Drive to get to know other people
Blind Spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram Type 2 personality include...
- Seeking and needing approval from others
- Being perceived as overbearing at times
- Difficulty recognizing and acknowledging their own needs
- Disliking or being easily offended by criticism
Growth Opportunities that are typically associated with the Enneagram Type 2 personality include...
- Remembering to attend to their own personal needs
- Learning to accept help from other people
- Recognizing that their value lies beyond what they can offer others
- Acknowledging and work through negative emotions, rather than avoiding them
How Enneagram Type 2 personalities like to work
Communicating with a Type 2
Be attentive and encouraging; help them to recognize their own value.
Meeting with a Type 2
Listen to and engage with them; allow them to help problem-solve any issues.
Emailing a Type 2
Create casual conversation while addressing the purpose of the email; include an appreciation of their hard work.
Giving feedback to a Type 2
Avoid being overly critical; instead, help recognize their contributions and share any concerns with sensitivity.
Resolving conflict with a Type 2
Address conflict clearly, sharing your own perspective and listening to theirs, while also helping them to feel loved and valued.
Motivators and Stressors
When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, 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.
Twos tend to be motivated and energized by...
- Feeling loved and welcome
- Remembering to attend to their own needs
- Being helpful and accomplishing goals
- Meeting and befriending new people
- Serving others who are in need
Twos tend to be drained by...
- Disregarding their own personal needs
- Facing criticism or neglect from others
- Feeling overwhelmed by everyone else’s needs
- Rejection from job opportunities
Type Twos tend to thrive in environments that allow them to make new friends and help others. They enjoy building strong, working relationships and using their skills and abilities to serve those around them.
Twos feel energized at work when...
- They are asked to help someone with a personal problem.
- Their boss appreciates their hard work.
- Their peers listen to and affirm them.
- Their direct reports do something nice without being asked.
Twos feel drained at work when...
- They are ignored or criticized frequently.
- Their boss neglects to value their effort.
- Their peers are cold and unwelcoming.
- Their direct reports dislike them.
Best Jobs For Enneagram Twos
Type twos love being able to make a difference in other people’s lives. They can be selfless and hard-working, choosing to sacrifice their own time to help those around them.
Common jobs for people with Type 2 personality types
- Non-Profit Leader
- Religious Leader
- Customer Service Representative
- Human Resources Manager
When type Twos work alongside others who are driven and focused, they make great supportive, attentive colleagues. If they work with another type Two, there needs to be a clear, recognized division of responsibilities, to avoid overwhelming them.
Twos tend to work well with others who...
- Recognize and appreciate their help
- Take time to get to know them personally
- Have their best interest at heart
Twos may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...
- Act out after feeling underappreciated
- Become too involved in colleagues’ personal lives
- Neglect their own work after spending too much time focused on others
Type Twos can be healthy, attentive, caring partners when with someone who reminds them to take time for themselves. When in a relationship with someone who is less focused on others, they should be careful to communicate their need for appreciation and acts of service.
In a romantic relationship, Twos bring strengths like...
- Natural attention to and care for their partner
- Communicating appreciation and affirmation
- Being comfortable playing a supporting role
In romantic relationships, Twos may have trouble...
- Accepting constructive criticism from their partner
- Recognizing and directly expressing their needs
- Acknowledging boundaries and giving personal space
Famous Examples of Enneagram Twos
Lewis Carrol, Doris Day, Kathie Lee Gifford, Susan Lucci, Dolly Parton, Nancy Reagan, Debbie Reynolds, Mother Teresa, Stevie Wonder, Sam Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings), Radar O’Reilly ("M*A*S*H").
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