What is an Enneagram type 2 wing 1 (The Companion)?
Enneagram type twos with a one wing primarily identify as type twos, but also share characteristics of type ones.  They tend to be altruistic and purposeful in their behavior. They have the will to alleviate human suffering and are generally more quiet and reserved than other twos.

2w1 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Enneagram type two-wing-ones fear being unwanted by those they love. They tend to take on a caretaker role to serve others and avoid feelings of insecurity.

Basic Desire

They desire love and acceptance above all else. They are service-oriented and humble, seeking to help better the lives of those in their community.

Companions tend to stifle and repress their negative emotions and personal desires. They may feel internally conflicted as they work to meet everyone else’s needs but their own.


In summary, Enneagram 2w1 personalities tend to...

  • Recognize the feelings and needs of others
  • Desire love and acceptance
  • Serve those around them
  • Repress negative emotions and desires
  • Fear being unloved or unworthy

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 2w1 personality include...

  • Recognizing the needs of others
  • Awareness of their own growth areas
  • Focusing and giving attention to present tasks
  • Offering support and encouragement

Blind Spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 2w1 personality include...

  • Being highly self-critical or insecure in trying times
  • Seeking praise from others
  • Ignoring and sacrificing their own personal needs
  • Difficulty facing criticism from other people
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How Enneagram 2w1 personalities like to work

Communicating with a 2w1

Help them see their own value by showing appreciation for their contributions; listen attentively and create personal connections.

Meeting with a 2w1

Keep meetings minimal; allow them to help solve any problems.

Emailing a 2w1

Allow room for building connections through small-talk and communicate the purpose clearly.

Giving feedback to a 2w1

Recognize their accomplishments and hard work, while sensitively sharing constructive and specific growth areas.

Resolving conflict with a 2w1

Address conflict directly, listening closely when they share their perspective; express your own point-of-view and work toward a compromise.

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.

2w1 tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Solving problems and accomplishing goals
  • Personal time to recharge
  • Feeling needed and accepted
  • Volunteering and serving others

2w1 tend to be drained by...

  • Harsh criticism from others
  • Ignoring their own personal needs
  • Feeling unhelpful and unwanted
  • Self-induced guilt and shame

Best Jobs For Enneagram 2w1

Type twos with one wings love being able to help contribute to a cause. They are be dedicated and selfless people, who love getting hands-on when helping others. They thrive in environments that encourage them to help others, while allowing personal space to recoup and reenergize.

Common jobs for people with 2w1 personality types

  • Non-Profit Leader
  • Counselor
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Veterinarian
  • School Psychologist
  • Humanitarian
  • Religious Leader
  • Advisor

Visual Summary

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