Enneagram Personality Type Six – The Loyalist

Key Motivations:
Want to have security, to feel supported by others, to have certitude and reassurance, to test the attitudes of others toward them, to fight against anxiety and insecurity.


L1 At Their Best : People whose  default personality is type Six, become self-affirming, trusting of self and others, independent yet symbiotically interdependent and cooperative as an equal. Belief in self leads to true courage, positive thinking, leadership, and rich self-expression.

L2 Able to elicit strong emotional responses from others: very appealing, endearing, lovable, affectionate. Trust important: bonding with others, forming permanent relationships and alliances.

L3 Dedicated to individuals and movements in which they deeply believe. Community builders: responsible, reliable, and trustworthy. Hard working and persevering, sacrificing for others, they create stability and security in their world, bringing a cooperative spirit.

Turning attention away from confidence in self - becoming dependent on something outside the self for guidance


L4 Start investing their time and energy into whatever they believe will be safe and stable. Organizing and structuring, they look to alliances and authorities for security and continuity. Constantly vigilant, anticipating problems.

L5 To resist having more demands made on them, they react against others passive-aggressively. Become evasive, indecisive, cautious, procrastinating, and ambivalent. Are highly reactive, anxious, and negative, giving contradictory, mixed signals. Internal confusion makes them react unpredictably.

L6 To compensate for insecurities, they become sarcastic and belligerent, blaming others for their problems, taking a tough stance toward "outsiders." Highly reactive and defensive, dividing people into friends and enemies, while looking for threats to their own security. Authoritarian while fearful of authority, highly suspicious, yet, conspiratorial, and fear-instilling to silence their own fears.


That their own actions have harmed their security


 L7 Defying any attempt to control them, become completely ruthless, dictatorial, "might makes right."
The criminal and outlaw, renegade, and con-artist. Hard-hearted, immoral and potentially violent.

 L8 Develop delusional ideas about their power, invincibility, and ability to prevail:
megalomania, feeling omnipotent, invulnerable. Recklessly over-extending self.

 L9 If they get in danger, they may brutally destroy everything that has not conformed to their will rather
than surrender to anyone else. Vengeful, barbaric, murderous. Sociopathic tendencies.

Stress Point 3                        Security Point 9