In this brief guide, we will look at the enneagram personality type 6w7, and other associated features and concepts.
Enneagram 6w7: The Buddy
6w7 is a personality type in the enneagram with core traits of 6 like loyalty, dependability, and skepticism, as well as some traits of type 7 due to the wing 7, like enthusiasm, adventure-seeking, and optimism.
The 6w7 type is also known as the confidant, due to their tendency to be loyal and at the same time outgoing and friendly, and they might reach out to more people than people with just type 6 traits, and they might also have bigger social circles with more prospects for affection and friendship.
6w7 may be better off, socially, than their type 6, or type 6w5 counterparts, as their social nature is likely to make their insecurity better, as they may not constantly be afraid of abandonment.
At the same time, the type 7 traits in 6w7 may make them more open to experiences as well, and they might stop feeling quite so afraid that the people in their life will leave them because they will have something else catching their fancy.
6w7 may also be very hard working but able to balance work and life and be ambitious and enthusiastic about work and pleasure equally.
6w7 in general would love being around people and even though they may be afraid of losing their security, they will still be able to go and form new attachments with more ease than type 6 or type 6w5.
They may sometimes engage in behavior like making jokes to deflect and project feelings, and like other type 6s, they may continue to seek support and assurance from others.
At the same time, the loyalist in 6w7 will value reliability and trust in relationships.
The basic fear of a 6w7
The basic fear of 6w7, due to the core traits of enneagram type 6, is losing their support system, as these individuals are afraid of being abandoned, no matter how outgoing they may be.
The basic fear of a 6w7 may be expressed in the way of self-deprecating humor which may be used as a way of projecting their feelings on the external object, and they may do it in a way that almost seems like they are testing to see if other people agree with the depreciating things they are saying.
The point of this kind of humor may also be a way to seek affirmation and assurance from other people, about the fact that they are good people and they will not be abandoned by their social circle.
The basic Desire of a 6w7
The basic desire of 6w7 is likely to feel safe and supported, and for their social circle and close relationships to remain intact.
The basic desire of 6w7 arises out of their basic fear of being abandoned and may cause them to widen their social circler and form new attachments often so that they don’t get left out at the end of the day.
They may show this basic desire by being loving and supportive of others.
The loyalist type 6 always honors their commitments and will be very loyal to their friends.
The defense mechanism that 6w7 might use often is Projection, and they may project their feelings of insecurity to others causing some grave misunderstandings between them and their loved ones.
Strength and Weaknesses of a 6w7
Below are some strengths of 6w7:
- They are loyal and dedicated to their causes and to the people who are close to them
- They are capable of caring deeply for other people
- They always tend to honor promises and commitments
- They are naturally sociable and spirited
- They get along well with new people and old friends alike
- They may be highly adaptive and acclimate to new situations fairly well
- They are dependable and enthusiastic, and one may count on them for help.
On the other hand, there are some weaknesses in 6w7s as well, which are:
- They may be too insecure and not be great at expressing this insecurity
- They may get too flighty and get caught up in their projects and fancies
- They may sometimes experience reconciling negative emotions or expressing them
- They may often struggle to make life decisions
- They may tend to doubt themselves and others
- They may care too much about material possessions
6w7 vs 6w5
The enneagram type 6w5 is generally more independent than 6w7, as the 6w7 has extroverted tendencies that make them more outgoing and people-seeking, and this may further complicate the insecurity that 6 may experience.
Since 6w7 is a more people-oriented type, and 6w5 is less likely to rely on others to meet their needs, 6w7 may often find themselves being more anxious about the people in their lives, while the 6w5 may be content on their own,
6w7 may also need more reassurance than 6w5, as they tend to deal with their anxiety in an external manner, through the help of others, while the 6w5 may be perfectly happy dealing with it on their own, through introspection and ways to resolve problems by themselves.
6w7 may also be more of an entertainer as compared to the 6w5, obviously due to their enthusiasm and approach to new things. They might find it easy to engage others, while the 6w5 may be a more quiet and passive observer that notices more about the environment.
It may also take a while to gain the trust of someone with 6w5 traits, as they rely more on observation and learning, but the 6w7 depends more on whether they like the person and their vibes, and they might be quicker to trust that way.
6w7 vs 7w6
7w6 has the core traits of type 7 and they make for enthusiastic and adventurous people who also really like being social and forming relationships, whereas the relationships may be the first priority for the 6w7, with adventure and enthusiasm being somewhat aimed at the relationships.
In 6w7, one may find that the chief need is to be social and create a support system, and chances are that the type 7 traits may be used for this purpose rather than for exploring or seeking newness.
However in 7w6, the social aspect of things may come in as a factor in adventures, the person may feel comfortable seeking a social system in the course of their adventure or they might find it easy to work with people due to the type 6 traits, but it won’t play a massive role in alleviating any of their anxieties as such.
6w7 may also be extremely alert and observant as it is very natural to them, they may want to be looking for signs that their support system or their carefully crafted world may be in jeopardy, while the 7w6 is all about enthusiasm and having fun and tackling challenges.
6w7 are also not that interested in planning, while 7w6 may like to schedule everything because they want to look forward to something and be excited about it.
2w3 vs 6w7
2w3 are caregivers with an ambitious, success-chasing side to them, and their primary need is that of attention and love, while 6w7 is a person that is afraid of being abandoned and rejected as a person, and they worry that they will be betrayed in some way by those they care about, therefore they try to be loyal and dependable.
The 2w3 is likely to come across as attention-seeking individuals who also want to accomplish great things and may go looking for new challenges, whereas that is not a big need for the 6w7 type.
The 6w7 type is also likely to be more observant and they may pay more attention o the environment, and try to actively help their close ones, rather than just provide care and affection, and the 2w3 maybe there more emotionally than anything, and they may not be as observant, but they may be more empathetic and have an acute sense of someone’s feelings.
Both are likely to be the same level of energetic, and while both are likely to be extroverted, the 6w7 may seek people and relationships out more than the 2w3 might.
The enneagram test is meant to figure out which personality type someone is.
According to the Enneagram Institute, the first and major enneagram test was the Riso Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI), which tells people what personality type may be dominant in them.
This test is used widely as a measure of personality, especially in the employment sector, so that the employers may get a quick sense of what the person is like in a shorter period of time.
There are various tests available online as well, but their validity should be taken with a grain of salt as they are not widely authenticated or may not be scientifically reliable.
In addition, when you have received the dominant type from the enneagram test, and you feel that it does not accurately define you, or you want to get a sense of how you can grow, you may try reading about the adjacent types, and you may see if an adjacent wing defines you better, or gives you a direction to grow.
There are various 6w7 characters in fiction, some of them are listed below:
- Rachel Greene (Friends)
- Philip Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
- Ally McBeal
- Miss Daisy (Driving Miss Daisy)
- Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
- Robert Crawley (Downton Abbey)
- Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)
- Black Widow (Marvel Avengers)
In this brief guide, we looked at the enneagram personality type 6w7, and other associated features and concepts. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 6w7
What is a 6w7?
The 6w7 enneagram personality type is someone who has traits of type 6 at the core with some of type 7, and these people are likely to not be able to operate well within tight structures and may dislike pressure, while also wanting to work alone, at their own pace.
Which Enneagram type is most common?
Enneagram Type Nine is probably the most common of all types, probably given its placement on top of the circle, which might mean that it encompasses more of the other types than any other as well.
What Enneagram type is Jennifer Aniston?
The Enneagram type of Jennifer Aniston is Type 6, which means that she is engaging, hard-working, and responsible.
As an enneagram type 6, Jennifer likely wants to feel safe and avoid outside threats.
According to MBTI, Jennifer is likely an ENFP and tends to be energetic, adaptable, and inventive.
What are the 6 types of people in the world?
The six types of people in the world are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional, and most people in the world may fit into more than one category.
These 6 types of people have been categorized according to the manner in which they approach most life situations.