In this article, we will compare 1w2 vs 1w9 personalities from the Enneagram types. We will do that by describing and comparing both personalities in-depth and see how these personalities are similar and different from each other based on their triad, traits, childhood conflict, basic fear, basic desire, strengths, weaknesses, core problems, source of stress, workstyle and preferred jobs.
1w2 vs 1w9
If we consider 1w2 vs 1w9 and compare them, we find that they share similarities as well as differences. Both personalities are similar as they belong to the same instinctive triad, share the same childhood conflict of self-judgment, same fear of immorality, same desire of fighting for the rights of others, and the same core problems. However, they both have differences as well as 1w2 has secondary characteristics of type 2 personality and are more attached to people. Compared to them, 1w9 has secondary characteristics of type 9 personality and are detached from people.
Enneagrams are a map or typology of human personalities. It has its roots in spirituality, philosophy, and psychology. Multiple people contributed to its development among which George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Oscar Ichazo, and Claudio Naranjo are the most prominent.
It is divided into nine personality types that are spread across 3 triads i.e. Feeling triad, Thinking Triad, or Instinctive Triad. It describes a person’s fundamental psychological orientation in the form of good or bad traits and sees which triad quality i.e. emotion, intellect or instincts is most characteristic of his or her personality. Basic Personality Type is the most characteristic of a person. Whereas wings add elements to the overall personality i.e. it is the second side of it.
A Comparison of 1w2 vs 1w9
Type 1w2 and type 1w9 belong to the instinctive triad. The positive and negative traits of these personalities are dominated by instinct. When these types are healthy, they can relate to their environment with great wisdom from within. Thus, they can become good leaders. When they are unhealthy, they are out of balance and find it difficult to relate to their environment and people.
Personality Overview and Example
Type1w2: ‘The Advocate’
Enneagram Type1w2 includes basic type one personality traits and complementary traits of type 2. Both types of traits support each other. These types of people have the drive to be good in accordance with values, are righteous, balanced, selfless, rational but also warm, action-oriented, thoughtful, compassionate, empathic, kind, and idealistic personalities with an interpersonal focus. They try to educate others, do the right thing, and feel like it’s their obligation.
One may find type 1w2 involved in reforms and public causes. Although these types have high self-control, they allow themselves channels of emotional expression. Yet, they can also be perfectionistic with a strict conscience and possibly have high self-satisfaction with doing the right thing. When they disagree about something, they are vocal about it and express their anger towards others for not following their suggestions.
It is hard for type1w2 to be criticized by others on their ideals. So, they may try to emotionally manipulate others into feeling guilty for doing so. Unconsciously, they may deceive themselves into believing they are being righteous even if they are not. A sense of entitlement is also prominent in them. During stressful situations, type1w2 turn to outlets against their core values e.g. drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. Similarly, they may also have repressed aggression that exhibits indirectly through physical problems, conversion-like reactions, nervous breakdowns, or compulsive habits.
Example of type 1w2: Mahatma Gandhi.
Type 1w9: ‘The Idealist’
Type 1w9 means people with type one personality have secondary traits of type nine personality. Such personalities are highly idealistic yet detached from the people. They appear disconnected and impersonal to others. Type one with wing nine is in conflict within themselves because type one strives to provoke change whereas type nine wants to avoid that. As a result, such people distance themselves and observe & evaluate their surroundings logically.
Healthy versions of these personalities are objective with reasonable judgment, spiritual, scholarly, and attracted to nature and art rather than people. Although they are not emotionally expressive, they make loyal & generous friends, good speakers, articulate writers, and educators of good principles. They try to raise awareness through their skills of verbal and written expression yet they are pessimistic at times about whether their advice will be taken by others or not. They avoid politics yet spread their teachings in an abstract manner devoid of any personal or emotional component. Although type Ones get angry, yet this type is more sarcastic, stiff, and impatient than aggressive. They prefer being alone, push away people who disagree with their worldview, and rigidly hold strong opinions.
Unhealthy versions of this personality see other people as the problem and source of evil in the world. They compulsively take action to eradicate such sources and can cause other harm in the process. Yet, they don’t understand what they are doing is wrong in the name of idealism.
Example: Noam Chomsky, C.S Lewis, Thomas Jefferson
Core childhood conflict that makes type 1w2 and type 1w9 the way they are is ‘self-judgment’. This means that they try to be their own worst critic so that by doing so they can prevent anyone from criticizing them. They are highly vigilant of any mistakes they make and abide by strict rules and ethics to justify their existence.
Basic Fear: 1w2 vs 1w9
Type 1w2 fear immorality. Hence, they strive to make ethical choices.
Type 1w9 fear unethical and corrupt behavior. Hence, they strive to make ethical choices by being objective and emotionally detached.
Basic Desire: 1w2 vs 1w9
Type 1w2 desire to fight for the rights of the weak and less fortunate. They are driven to make a difference in the world by engaging in different causes. Regarding emotions, they have a tendency to redirect their feelings in order to feel in control. This backfires at times when their emotions spill in the form of sudden external outbursts.
Type 1w9 wants to be morally good. They try to stand up for the rights of others through teaching or discussion. They push themselves to avoid negativity by emotionally detaching themselves from situations, distracting themselves, or completely withdrawing.
Strengths: 1w2 vs 1w9
Strengths of type 1w2 include the following:
- Stand for the rights of others
- Sensitive towards the needs of others
- Try to serve humanity
- Engage in societal level problem solving
- Put the needs of others before their own
Strengths of type 1w9 include the following:
- Stands up for the rights of others
- A logical yet imaginative world-view
- Considerate about community
- Follows personal values
Weakness:1w2 vs 1w9
The weakness of type 1w2 includes the following:
- Easily get frustrated
- Obsessive about self-image
- Can be overly controlling
- Self-critical of self and others
The weakness of type 1w9 includes the following:
- Low negativity tolerance
- Critical of self and others
Source of Stress
Source of stress for type 1w2 includes the following:
- Receiving criticism from others
- Being unable to meet others needs
- Not living up to standards or expectations of others
Source of stress for type 1w9 includes the following:
- Being criticized by others
- Being perceived as weak
- Not being able to make a difference
- Being ignored
- Being exposed to corruption and evil in the world
Type 1w2 and type 1w9 have common problems with repression and aggression.
Workstyle and job
Type 1w2 prefers to work in jobs involving social interaction with the possibility to serve others and make a positive influence inn the world e.g. judge, nurse, doctor, social worker, etc.
Type 1w9 prefers to work in jobs that enable them to impact the world positively e.g. judge, social worker, guidance counselor, journalist, environmentalist, etc.
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FAQs: 1w2 vs 1w9
What is Type 1 personality?
Type 1 personality is rational, ethical, and highly principled. They fear immorality and strive to make ethical choices. They are driven to practice justice and equality.
What is Type 1w2?
Type 1w2 or Type1 wing2 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type one personality and complementary characteristics of type two personality.
What is Type 1w9?
Type 1w9 or Type1 wing9 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type one personality and complementary characteristics of type nine personality.
What triad does type 1 belong to?
Type 1 belongs to the instinctive triad. The positive and negative traits of these personalities are dominated by instinct. Whereas, feeling and thinking aspect in them is weaker.
What is the rarest enneagram?
Type Four: The individualist in the rarest enneagram. This is possibly because they are introverts and prefer to be by themselves.
In this article, we compared 1w2 vs 1w9. We found that they share similarities as well as differences. Both personalities are similar as they belong to the same instinctive triad, share the same childhood conflict of self-judgment, same fear of immorality, same desire of fighting for the rights of others, and the same core problems. However, they both have differences as well as 1w2 has secondary characteristics of type 2 personality and are more attached to people. Compared to them, 1w9 has secondary characteristics of type 9 personality and are detached from people.
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