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Enneagaram Personality Type Descriptions

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Type 2 (The Assistant)


Motivation: To be caring, considerate, thoughtful, loving
Potential problem: focusing on the welfare of others at the expense of individual/self development and needs
Historic antecedent: Golden Rule
Historic example: Mother Theresa
Film example: Oskar Schindler (Schindler's List)
Characteristics: puts others first, generous, concerned about others, feels responsible for others feelings, will compassionately take on others needs as their own, sympathetic, finds helping others rewarding, pleasing others makes them happy, tries to please everyone, believes that others needs are as important (if not more so) than their own, passionate, would rather hurt self than others (masochistic), makes people feel welcome, has trouble saying no to people, has a good word for everyone, values the welfare of strangers, nice, warm, loves children, very family oriented, values humanitarian causes, honest, believes that others have good intentions, treats others as they want to be treated, accountable, interested in a career in social work, devoted to those they care about, accommodating, has a great need to improve the world, happy, never too busy to help a friend, deeply moved by the hardships of others, trusting, lives to create beautiful things, team player, dislikes disagreement, family-centric, wants to impress their parents, can't do without the company of others, reliant on assurances from others, has very strong emotions, loyal to the tradition/values they were raised with, honors promises to others, more likely to be religious, romantic, instinctive

Healthy Type 2: The Humanitarian
bigger picture consideration/compassion; wants to make a difference in the world not just with loved ones
Average Type 2: The Helper
considerate, compassionate; sensitive to the needs of others particularly loved ones
Unhealthy Type 2: The Martyr
has no identity outside of relationships and will unravel at the loss of those relationships

*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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