Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Often referred to as the Loyalist, the Type Six individualis insightful, prone to worry, and create anticipatory in order to feel prepared if something goes wrong; some engage in risk to prove their fearlessness.
Their primary need is the ” Need to be Sure/Certain (or Secure).”
Sixes are full of contradictions. They can be dependent on others, yet value their independence. They want to be trusted and to trust others, yet constantly test others to allay their own suspicions. They are obedient, fearful of aggression, yet sometimes highly aggressive themselves. They are most out of touch with the ability to make decisions. They cannot find it possible to act on their own without reference to a trusted person, an institution or a belief system. At the root of their anxiety is a continual feeling of being unsupported. Most fundamentally, sixes doubt that they can support themselves.
The passion of the six is fear. This is experienced as anxiety, angst or irrational overthinking processes.
The traditional fixation is cowardice, the self-doubting loop that keeps sixes trapped in their anxious fear.
The Main Theme of Six
- There are two types of 6’s : The counter-phobic six and the phobic six
- The counter phobic avoids danger and the fear that arises by going up against it (fight response)
- The phobic six avoids danger and the fear that arises by giving into the fear (freeze response)
- The main focus is on safety based on an underlying belief that the world is a dangerous/scary place
- Uses perception and intellect as a way to understand the world
- Continuously scans and assesses to determine if others are hostile or friendly
- Maybe prone to procrastination
- Maybe chronically ambivalent (in a state of “analysis paralysis”)
Feeling scared and insecure. The world was unpredictable and untrustworthy, and believe that the world is threatening and dangerous. They become defensively suspicious and focus on being safe and secure.
Center of Intelligence: Head
Interpersonal Coping Style
Dutiful. They analyze, seek information and opinions. They view from all sides while ignoring intuition.
The path of Integration for a Six
In integration the six moves towards the positive traits of type nine. Here they are able to leverage their intuitive threat forecasting skill as a means of brokering a more peaceful world and learning to mitigate the anxiety in themselves and become more peace-filled.
The path of Disintegration for a One
In disintegration the six moves towards three. They find themselves overworked in an attempt to calm their inner distress, thinking if only they gave more effort they would find the safety and stability they are so afraid of losing.
The Awakened Six
The awakened six expresses the virtue of Courage. In strength, no type is stronger or more resilient than a rooted and centered six.
The six with a 5 wing is the Defender. They are serious, self-controlled, outspoken and passionate in expressing their beliefs. They have a strong identification with the underdog, and become outspoken champions for the disadvantaged. They are focused, perceptive, hardworking and capable of developing technical expertise. They are practical problem solvers. When unhealthy they can become secretive, detached, cerebral, reactive and aggressive.
The six with a 7 wing is the Buddy. They are sociable, affable, supportive and eager to tbe liked and accepted by others. They have broad areas of interest, playful and funny. When unhealthy they can become overly dependent on others, impulsive, grumpy, peevish, manic, reckless and anxious.