2w3 personality (Everything you need to know)

In this brief guide, we will discuss some of the features of the 2w3 personality in the enneagram, as well as some other concepts related to it.

Features of 2w3 personality

The 2w3 personality in enneagram is also known as the host, and these individuals are social and ambitious and seek success in various areas including work and their interpersonal relationships.

2w3 individuals are likely to be very caregiving and affectionate, but they may also possess a single-minded focus on the things they feel they need to do for success.

2w3 may face challenges with excitement and try to achieve their goals, but they may also pay equal attention to their loved ones. 

2w3 may also be rather altruistic, and sociable in their behavior and they may love to make connections with others and helping to make a difference in the world.

Basic Desires of a 2w3

The basic desire of a 2w3 may revolve around wanting to make connections with people and also trying to achieve success in their personal life.

They may want to go out and seek challenges to overcome, and they may also be very good at it, due to their determination and single-minded focus.

The basic desire fo the type 2 personality, which is the core personality in 2w3, is the desire to love and show affection and take care of those around them.

This tendency is seen in 2w3 as well, as they like to reach out and take care of people just as much.

The 2w3 may also show the basic desire to be loved and accepted, and they may express this by being attentive and attached to other people, which, in unhealthy individuals, may reach the levels of being over-involved and maybe a little interfering.

2w3 tends to suppress their negative emotions as well, and when done too much, this may lead to high levels of stress or unexpected outbursts after things have been held up inside for too long.

Basic Fear of a 2w3

The basic fear of the 2w3 is about being rejected or not being loved and cared for, or, due to the addition of the type 3 traits, they may have a fear of failure as well, and it may manifest as a fear of failure in interpersonal relationships.

The basic fear of 2w3 may also involve being made to feel unwanted or worthless.

2w3 may try to circumvent this fear by building close personal connections with people and maintaining a large social circle, as well as working hard to meet the needs of the community, that is, being altruistic.

The sense of community may often help the 2w3 feel more connected to humanity, and not make them experience the fear of being unwanted as much.

Many 2w3s may also love the idea of having pets due to this need to be wanted and love.

Strengths of a 2w3 

Some strengths of a 2w3 include:

  • They are affable individuals who are pleasant to be around.
  • They are helpful and open.
  • They can be quite altruistic.
  • They are able to geta long with most people they meet.
  • They may be easy to talk to.
  • They have a rather optimistic world-view and an upbeat attitude.
  • They are highly capable of building deep, personal connections.
  • They can be very adaptable in stressful situations, and come up with appropriate solutions very easily.
  • They have good skill in communicating clearly and effectively.
  • They have a deep-rooted passion for serving others, which may manifest in a way of service to the community.

Weaknesses of a 2w3 

Presented below are some weaknesses of the 2w3 personality:

  • They may not talk enough about their negative emotions, letting it all build up.
  • They may be somewhat intrusive in the lives of their loved ones.
  • They may be suspicious and constantly wondering if the loved ones are going to leave them.
  • They may be insecure and therefore they may act too clingy or needy.
  • They may have a tendency to be overly competitive or obsessive.
  • They may not acknowledge their own needs honestly and candidly.
  • They may have a tendency to take criticism personally.
  • They may also be over critical of themselves and others especially when under pressure.

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.

2w1 vs 2w3

2w1 is the other wing type of the enneagram type 2 personality, and these individuals may be characterized by their caring and just attitude, they care about making things right and the right decision to take, especially keeping the others in mind, whereas the 2w3 may focus more on success in personal life and balance that with their interpersonal and community relationships.

The 2w3 is likely to be more extroverted as well, while 2w1 may be more concerned with their immediate circle.

2w1might be more concerned with doing the right thing even if the society digresses, but 2w3 may care more about what they and others want to so and also what might be better from an image perspective.

2w3 is very concerned about being competent, and feeling like they are worthy, whereas the 2w1 may be more concerned about being right and morally correct and not hurting anyone in the process of achieving things.

2w1 are also likely to be more proper and prim, and they may be quite polite and refined in their mannerisms, whereas the 2w3 personality may be more playful and casual, they can be vocal, loud, competitive, maybe even manipulative.

The 2w3 may find it easier to make new connections and they may have some degree of trouble keeping up with their social circle, but the 2w1 is more likely to have a smaller circle in general.

2w3 vs 3w2

The 3w2 person has the core traits of enneagram type 3, which indicated a highly success-oriented individual, someone who might have clear goals and fierce ambition, whereas someone with 2w3 traits is likely to be someone that cares more about their interpersonal relationships and may be more altruistic than driven.

A 2w3 may be more focused on helping and being loved the type 3 traits in this personality type may be used to achieve loving relations by being an outstanding helper, while a 3w2 may seek goals to accomplish first and use the type 2 traits to help themselves along by being helpful to create a better image and enlist the help of people.

Both types are people personalities, but how they approach people is quite different, where it is everything for the 2w3, it is a means to an end for the 3w2, and the latter cares more about personal goals and pleasure.

That is not to say that the 3w2 are selfish or manipulative and not nice at all, they simply use their charisma and charm, but not with any malice in their hearts, they may just use their people skills to supplement their drive and ambition.

The 2w3 on the other hand is scared of being unwanted and worthless, and the 3 traits help them to feel less alone and provide them with the support they need to accomplish their goals and still feel wanted.

9w1 and 2w3

Enneagram 9w1 are typically friendly and reconciling, due to their core traits of the peacemaker type 9, and they may have a very keen sense of purpose due to their type 1 traits, especially when it comes to their own ideas, whereas 2w3 are more externalized and may seek love through the interpersonal bonds they create, and making others feel good might be a big thing for them.

9w1 is also likely to be very strong in their convictions and beliefs, even if they choose not to act on it all the time, but the 2w3 is likely to be more concerned about being there for those they love, and trying to look out for their loved ones.

The 2w3 are likely to be more warm and affectionate, whereas the 9w1 may show more adaptability in relationships and they may make others feel very comfortable by going with the flow.

The 9w1 might also be very helpful when it comes to giving advice, whereas the 2w3 may be more about giving support.

2w3 and ENFP

A 2w3 may often identify as an MBTI type ENFP, due to their ability to pursue their goals and seek healthy interpersonal relationships at the same time, and the drive they have to work on their personal challenges while still maintaining a wide social circle.

ENFP 2w3s may often change the direction of their career quite a few times in my life, but they may eventually get it right by trial and error and may end up in a field that has a lot of caring and attention towards people and a chance to mingle a lot.

Careers like Teaching and helping others solve problems is something ENFP 2w3s may often get into, due to the possibility of interacting with people. Check the Best Enneagram Type 2 Careers.

ENFP 2w3s may also seem friendly, cheerful, happier, and more energetic than they actually might be, and they may often appear people-pleasing, helpful, informal, and younger than they actually are.

Those who know the ENFP 2w3 well may say that they are friendly, smart, opinionated, and upbeat but perhaps with a somewhat dark sense of humor and fairly relaxed.

In the work setting, these individuals would hate monotony, even in a set role, it is likely that an ENFP 2w3 might keep looking for different things to do and find different areas of their job all the time.

Enneagram Type 2 in love

When an Enneagram type 2 is in love, they might be incredibly kind, nurturing, affectionate, and caring. They might wait on their lover hand and foot and if they fall sick or experience any turmoil these individuals might be the mountain of support, however, they may also be somewhat clingy, over-involved, and insecure, and may often feel that the lover doesn’t love them back nearly enough.

Enneagram type 2 can be healthy and attentive partners with someone who reminds them to take time for themselves so that they don’t drain themselves in taking care of them constantly.

Enneagram type 2 may forget other things when in love, and it is vital for them to keep up with their interests and work, and not get consumed in the love and lover.

Enneagram Books

Here are some great enneagram books to get started on studying this theory of personality:

  • The Enneagram Type 3: The Successful Achiever by Beth McCord
  • The Enneagram Type 4: The Romantic Individualist by Beth McCord
  • The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso
  • Personality types: Using the Enneagram for self-discovery by Don Richard Riso
  • The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge by Beatrice Chestnut
  • The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher L. Heuertz
  • The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
  • Das Enneagramm. Die 9 Gesichter der Seele by Richard Rohr
  • The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People by Elizabeth Wagele and Renee Baron


In this brief guide, we discussed some of the features of the 2w3 personality in the enneagram, as well as some other concepts related to it.

Please feel free to send across any questions or comments you may have!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 2w3

What does an Enneagram 2 go to in stress?

When the Enneagram 2 is stressed, they may go to the direction of disintegration, which is the position of type 8.

This means that under stress the enneagram type 2 may become pushy in the pursuit of securing love and affection, and may show somewhat tyrannical and controlling behavior.

What’s the rarest Enneagram type?

Type 8, the challenger or protector, is the rarest enneagram type, although this is not proven by research.

Another one of the rarest enneagram types is type 4, the individualist.

What does it mean to be a 2w3?

Being a 2w3 means that you have most of the traits of the enneagram type 2, such as caring, attentive, loving, and affectionate, as well as some of type 3 as well, meaning you may be ambitious, success-oriented, confident, and driven.

What is an Enneagram Type 2 Wing 1?

Enneagram type 2 wing 1 may primarily identify as type 2, and have core traits of the same, but also share characteristics of type ones. 

Enneagram type 2 wing 1 may be altruistic and purposeful in their behavior. 




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