What is 2w1 Personality? (A complete guide)

In this brief guide, we will look at the enneagram personality type 2w1, also known as the Two with one wing or two wings one.

An enneagram is a theory or personality with nine major distinctions that are represented in a diagram with lines through a circle.

These lines create triangles and the parts of triangles that connect the adjacent types are known as wings, for example, Type 2 with Type 1 wing or simply, 2w1.

Wings, like in 2w1, represent the commonalities that may be shared by the adjacent personality types.

They may also serve as a blueprint according to which the person might try to get better or develop into a more healthy version of themselves.

What is Enneagram?

Enneagram has greek origins, where Ennea means 9 and Gramma means something that is written or documented. 

Together this refers to a diagrammatic representation of 9 points on a circle that are connected by lines that form shapes inside this circle.

The 9 is at the top, which others lining up on either side.

The enneagram was used even before the enneagram theory of personality was proposed, and it was first brought to light by George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, who was an Armenian spiritual speaker and mystic.

Since then it has been widely accepted as a diagrammatic representation across many disciplines, even in psychology, and so far as neuropsychology.

The Enneagram personality theory also talks about 9 personality types and may be considered a typology theory of personality that mentions the existence of distinct personality types that may be found across various individuals all over the world.

In this theory, however, there is a provision to have connections between the different types, which are called Wings, which allow for the possibility of an intentional or unintentional crossover between traits.

The 9 types may have wings with the adjacent types and these traits may be in a concordance or contrary to the core traits, but it does allow for a wider variety of personality types rather than being limited to just the 9.

Enneagram Types

As the name suggests, there are 9 enneagram types, and for each of them 2 wings are possible, so a total of 18 personalities are possible.

Here are the main Enneagram types:

  • 1 The Reformer/Idealist: Rational, idealistic, principled, self-controlled, perfectionistic, disciplined.
  • 2 The Helper/Caregiver: Caring, interpersonal, demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, possessive.
  • 3 The Achiever/Entertainer: Ambitious, pragmatic, driven, success-oriented, image-conscious, excelling
  • 4 The Individualist/Artist: Sensitive and withdrawn, dramatic, introverted, self-absorbed, temperamental.
  • 5 The investigator: Intense, smart, probing, perceptive, observant, innovative, secretive.
  • 6 The Loyalist: Committed, security seeking, anxious, engaging, suspicious, attached, dependable.
  • 7 The Enthusiast: Fun-loving, spontaneous, versatile, scattered, busy, reckless.
  • 8 The Challenger: Dominating, strong, confident, willful, confrontational, decisive, powerful.
  • 9 The Peacemaker: Easygoing, self-effacing, receptive, complacent, reassuring, adaptive, and agreeable.

Enneagram Type 2 in Love

Enneagram type 2 in love may be wonderful and attentive, but they may at the same time be possessive, jealous, and manipulative.

Enneagram type 2 personality is all about caring and engaging, as well as interpersonal relationships.

They are known as the caregivers and this is due to the fact that their basic desire revolves around taking care of other individuals.

However, their basic fear is of losing the one they love or their loved one leaving them, so an 

Enneagram type 2 in love may be caring and nurturing to a fault, taking care of their partner through thick and thin, always standing by them and showing their love in a million possible ways, however, at the slightest hint of distance these individuals might start worrying and get concerned that their lover is going to leave them.

Their unhealthy traits might also turn towards manipulation of the loved one or being over-involved in their lives as well, trying to insert themselves in places they have no right to be.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

What is 2w1?

2w1 stands for the enneagram personality subtype also known as Two with One wing, or Two wing one.

This group is also known as the Companion, due to their traits of being present with the loved ones but at the same time offering not just support and care, but also guidance and advice.

These individuals tend to make good advice givers due to their tendency to make rational and calculated decisions. 

The one wing enables these people to shed their purely caregiving aspects and become more of equal partners with equal amounts of cerebral contribution and care and nurturance.

They also tend to be altruistic and quite purposeful in their behavior. 

Due to the caregiving core and the type 1 characteristic of being driven to justice and human rights issues, they have the capacity and will to alleviate human suffering and tend to be generally quieter and more reserved than other twos.

The basic fear in these individuals is similar to that of Type 2, which is loss of love or being rejected, but traits of type 1 may interfere, and instead of being afraid of losing just the one they love, they may obsess about doing wrong by them or not treating them the right way.

They may also suffer from ideas of not being able to help the world or society enough and feeling like they are letting those around them down.

On the other hand, the basic desire in these individuals is that of love and acceptance.

The typical Type 1 trait make them treat others exactly how they would like to be treated, that is with love, kindness, and care, and in a way they hope to have that reflected back at them.

They seek comfort and joy in the company of those they love.

They are also very service-oriented and humble, and due to the combined traits of type 2 and type 1, they are constantly seeking to help better the lives of those in their society.

However, these individuals may be prone to stifling and repressing their emotions and personal desires for the sake of the others.

They may be trying to help others so much that they forget to attend to themselves and then eventually feel internally conflicted as they realize that they have ignored themselves for far too long.

To summarize, this particular personality subtype may be described as:

  • The tendency to be emotional but also incredibly rational
  • Friendly for the most part but also tend to be withdrawn 
  • A penchant for drama and may at the same time be an example of self-restraint, depending on what the situation demands
  • Very disciplined but also tend to be quite moody.
  • Warm, personal, and engaging, but also objective and analytical

2w1 or 1w2?

If you want to know whether you are a 2w1 or a 1w2, you can take a test, or you can try to compare yourself with some points here:

  • Both can be quite demanding, but whereas 1w2s have more expectations, they may also be a bit more controlling, 2w1s, on the other hand, can be controlling but are still more focused on forming and maintaining interpersonal relationships, and even when they try to control someone they may be engaging and pleasant about it rather than rigid and strict.
  • 2w1s are all about the close connection, while 1w2s tend to seek more independence.
  • The language used by 2w1s is a more positive language than 1w2s, who may be too blunt or almost cruel when expressing things they believe in passionately. 1w2s are also less likely to give out compliments freely.
  • 1w2s self-esteem is tied more to their sense of work and their job while 2w1s’ self-esteem depends more on other people’s, especially their loved ones’ opinions.
  • 1w2s are more critical.
  • 1w2s tend to be more orderly and responsible while 2w1s care more about being caring and engaging.

2w1 or 9w1

Because both Enneagram type 9 and Enneagram type 2 have socially oriented, adaptive and people pleasing sort of personalities, often there is confusion about which one someone is, especially when there is a wing of One involved.

Here are some ways to figure out which one someone is:

  • Type 9 tends to seek more peace of mind rather than the interpersonal closeness and affection that type 2 seeks.
  • Type 9 wants to stay away from conflict but type 2 may sometimes end up in some due to their meddling nature on occasion.
  • Type 9 is more easygoing and laid back while type 2 can be somewhat intrusive sometimes.
  • Type 9 is afraid of losing love as a result of conflict whereas for type 2 the fear is more centered around being rejected or not being loved back by the object of their affection.
  • Type 9 wants to be pleasant and at peace, whereas type 2 wants more to be needed and be able to express their love
  • Type 9 may be more introverted than type 2


In this brief guide, we looked at the enneagram personality type 2w1, also known as the Two with one wing or two wing one, and discussed comparisons of this type with other enneagram personalities and subtypes.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 2w1 personality

What does 2w1 mean?

2w1 means Two wing One, or two with One wing, and this is the enneagram subtype of type 2.

2w1s tend to take on a caretaker role to serve others and may have a fear of rejection and they may work to avoid feelings of insecurity. 

2w1s desire love and acceptance above all else.

Which Enneagram is the rarest?

The rarest Enneagram is type four, which is the Individualist.

What does a 2 go to in stress?

When a 2 is in stress, he tends to move in what is known as the Direction of Disintegration which may result in a needy Two, who may suddenly become aggressive and dominating.

2 may also be slightly manipulative, possessive, and jealous in the time of stress as their fear of rejection starts to manifest.

What does type 2w3 Enneagram mean?

Type 2w3 enneagram means enneagram personality type 2 with a type 2 wing, otherwise known as Two wing three.

2w3 individuals may have a fear of being rejected or not being successful and might try everything in their power to juggle work and love and all the aspects of social life as well as a worklife.

The most basic desire of the 2w3 may be to be loved and accepted.

What is Type 2 personality?

The Enneagram Type 2 personality is known as the caregiver and these individuals tend to be generous, altruistic, and empathetic in their behavior. 

Type 2 individuals are hardworking and motivated, and they have an innate drive to connect with the world. 

Type 2, true to their name, like to attend to other people and feel helpful, although they may sometimes become slightly intrusive and possessive as a result of this tendency.




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