1w2 vs 3w2: (A Comparative Analysis)

In this article, we will compare 1w2 vs 3w2 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 3w2

 If we consider  1w2 vs 3w2 and compare them, we find that they share similarities as well as differences. Both personalities are similar as they both share secondary characteristics of type 2 personality. Both are social, warm, and concerned about other people. Similarly, both care about their self-image and are stressed by disappointing others. 

However, they both have differences as well as 1w2 belongs to the instinctive triad, has a childhood conflict of self-judgment, fear immorality, and desire to stand up for the rights of others. Compared to them, 3w2 belongs to the feeling triad, has a childhood conflict of self-rejection, fear of failure, and desire to recognized by others based on their accomplishments.

Enneagrams

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 3w2

Triad

Type 1w2 belongs to the instinctive triad. The positive and negative traits of these personalities are dominated by instinct. 

Type 3w2 belongs to the feeling triad which means that the traits of these personalities have a core emotional component.. 

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, drinks 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 3w2: ‘The Star’

Type 3w2 has basic traits of type 3 and secondary traits of type 2 personality. Both types 3 and 2 reinforce each other to make type 3w2 to be social, popular, charming, and the center of attention.  They take pride in their humor,  charm,  and attractiveness as it adds to their desirability.  Social image and self-presentation matter to them a lot. 

This subtype can be friendly, emotional, and warm towards people even though they are close to only a few people in their life.  They can be encouraging and supportive of others as well. People perceive them to be talkative,  helpful, and genuine but with a degree of self-control.  They usually want validation and affirmation from other people and to get that, they are more attentive and responsive to their needs.

Average versions of this personality are concerned about convincing others of their desirability. Due to this,  they make effort to reach out to others, can project their feelings, and know how to turn on their charm to impress others.  They also make good actors,  models, and singers.

They are preoccupied with what others think of them.  So, they spend most of their time comparing themselves with others and their success.  This makes them competitive and envious. At times,  they can be narcissistic,  seductive, and exhibitionistic as well.  Yet,  their excessive effort to charm others can backfire. They can even resort to negative publicity to get attention.  Since they are externally oriented,  they are unaware of internal anger and resentment they feel towards others.

Unhealthy versions of this type can deceive themselves about what they want from others.  They can resort to manipulation and getting revenge for not getting attention from others. Also, they have a problem with being entitled and aggressive which means that they can become hostile and violent if they are not at the top of social status. In other words, they can be charming psychopaths who suddenly turn violent when frustrated for not being appraised, loved or given attention. 

Examples of Type 3w2: Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Childhood Conflict

Core childhood conflict that makes type 1w2 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.

Core childhood conflict that makes type 3w2 the way they are is ‘Self-rejection’. This means that their sense of worth is based on how much they achieve success. In other words, they hide their insecurities through their accomplishments.   

Basic Fear: 1w2 vs 3w2

Type 1w2 fear immorality. Hence, they strive to make ethical choices.

Type 3w2 fear failure, and not being loved. To avoid this, they work hard to achieve goals so that their success validates their being worthy of love

Basic Desire: 1w2 vs 3w2

Type 1w2 desire to fight for the rights of the weak and less fortunate. They are driven to make a difference in the world. 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 3w2 desire to be accepted and admired by others for their accomplishments. So, they act according to their audience in order to be liked, rather than being their real self.

Strengths: 1w2 vs 3w2  

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 3w2 include the following:

  • Professional and efficient workers
  • Self-confident and self-aware
  • Easily connect with others
  • Care about their community
  • Goal-oriented

Weakness:1w2 vs 3w2

The weakness of type 1w2 includes the following:

  • Easily get frustrated
  • Obsessive about self-image
  • Can be overly controlling
  • Critical of self and others
  • Detached

The weakness of type 3w2 includes the following:

  • Concerned about social image
  • Struggle to accept failure
  • Can be manipulative (unintentionally)
  • Over-competitive

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 3w2 includes the following:

  • Balancing personal and professional life
  • Concerned about bad image
  • Failure
  • Disappointing others
  • Having to entertain others

Core Problems

Type 1w2 has common problems with repression and aggression.

Whereas, type 3w2 has problems with identity and hostility. 

Workstyle and job

Type 1w2 prefers to work in jobs involving human interaction with the possibility to serve others and impact the world positively e.g. judge, nurse, doctor, social worker, etc. 

Type 3w2 are warm, adventurous, driven, and good leaders. They prefer to work in jobs that allow them to execute their dreams into action e.g. pilot, lawyer, surgeon, entrepreneur, etc.

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FAQs: 1w2 vs 3w2

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 the Type 3 personality?

Type 3 personality is ambitious, social, and altruistic. They fear being unwanted by loved ones. So, they try really hard to be successful and accomplished individuals to prevent that from happening. It is one of the types from the nine enneagrams.

What is Type 3w2?

Type 3w2 or Type 3 wing 2 is an enneagram personality subtype. It has core characteristics of type three personality and complementary characteristics of type two personality. 

Conclusion

In this article, we compared 1w2 vs 3w2. We found that they share similarities as well as differences. Similarities include common secondary characteristics of type 2 personality. Both are social, warm, and concerned about other people. Similarly, both care about their self-image and are stressed by disappointing others. However, they both have differences as well as 1w2 belongs to the instinctive triad, has a childhood conflict of self-judgment, fear immorality, and desire to stand up for the rights of others. Compared to them, 3w2 belongs to the feeling triad, has a childhood conflict of self-rejection, fear of failure, and desire to recognized by others based on their accomplishments.

I hope you found this article interesting. If you have any queries or comments, please state them in the comment section 😊

Citations

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-1-wing-2

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-3-wing-2

https://www.psychologyjunkie.com/2020/03/10/the-childhood-wounds-of-every-enneagram-type/#

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