Enneagram 1w2

Enneagram Type 1w2: The Activist

If your enneagram test results show you’re a 1w2, it means you have the dominant characteristics of a 1, while also having some traits of a 2.

The characteristics of a one wing is to be fair and just, while a two wing is very personable.

A two wing is sometimes mistaken for a nine wing due to some of their similarities.

When you combine the one and two wing, you get someone who makes ethical choices, is gentle, and kind.

What Are Enneagram Type 1w2 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

Enneagram type 1w2 are morally heroic. The basic fear people who are 1w2 face is making unethical choices. Because of their desire to be right and just, they fear doing anything dishonorable.

Basic Desire

1w2’s have a basic desire to be respectable and honorable. The Activist is someone you see sticking up for the underdog.

You can expect to find a 1w2 doing volunteer work or doing something that will make a difference in the world. You’ll find them being hands on and involved to support whatever causes they believe in.

To Summarize:

  • 1w2 makes a conscious effort to help others
  • They believe deeply in whatever cause they support
  • They try their best to be right and just when making decisions
  • They are affectionate and social, due to the two wings

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 1w2?

When placed in a setting of various backgrounds- whether it be a diversity of beliefs or upbringings, a personality types’ weaknesses and strengths will be intensified.

An Enneagram 1w2 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • They push for social change and will protect those around them
  • They have a good sense of those around them
  • Their key motivations push them to be selfless

Enneagram 1w2 Weaknesses

Due to the strong beliefs of this enneagram type, when faced with criticism and negativity they can blow up.

They tend to funnel all of their frustrations into their passion, rather than cope with the issue head on.

An Enneagram 1w2 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • When they funnel negativity into their beliefs, they can become self righteous. This is a low for a 1w2, since their goal is to be selfless and honorable
  • Likewise, an Enneagram 1w2 that loses sight of their beliefs and purpose can become very image focused

Work Life With An Enneagram 1w2

When Communicating With An Enneagram 1w2:

  • Listen to their creative ideas
  • Show interest in their value systems
  • Work towards developing a genuine bond with them

Enneagram 1w2 In Meetings:

  • This enneagram takes their ideas very seriously, hear them out when they want to share them
  • Keep things direct and concise

Emailing An Enneagram 1w2:

  • Verbal communication is preferred
  • Avoid sounding condescending or demanding

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 1w2:

  • Remember that a 1w2’s personality can be sensitive to criticism
  • Be understanding and considerate when correcting them

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 1w2:

  • Because of the two wing, 1w2s respond strongly to meaningful connections. Share your perspective with them while being considerate of their feelings

What Motivates An Enneagram 1w2

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram 1w2 is driven by social justice and change, empathy, and righting wrongs.

Here Are Some Examples:
  • Give an Enneagram 1w2 a cause they can believe in and get behind
  • Volunteer work with those in need
  • Encouragement to share their creative ideas

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 1w2?

Every Enneagram responds to stress differently and will have different triggers.

An Enneagram 1w2 will be stressed by:

  • Having their ethical choices questioned or condemned
  • Being unable to help those in need
  • Being perceived as self righteous/not genuine
  • Letting others down and being let down
  • Negative backlash from loved ones

What Jobs Best Suit An Enneagram 1w2?

Above all else, an Enneagram 1w2 is compassionate about others and determined to make a difference in the world.

In order to meet their core needs, an Enneagram 1w2 will most likely be found working in a role that allows them to be close to people and help others.

Here are some examples:

  • A position in the healthcare field: Nurse/Dr/Assistant
  • Justice system employee: Judge/lawyer
  • Positions that allow advocacy: Politicians/religious leaders
  • Therapist/social worker/counselor


An Enneagram 1w2 is first and foremost a one wing: driven to protect and advocate their beliefs, restore balance in the world, and help those without a voice to be heard and helped.

In addition to their forward personality, they also have some traits of a two wing. Primarily, we’ll see this come out as a sense of compassion for others.

1w2s desire to make a difference and help others. They have a basic fear of letting people down and being criticized.

If you want to work well with these personality types, you’ll want to be mindful of these fears and desires. Avoid harsh criticism and remember having a genuine connection goes a long way with them.

If you want to motivate a 1w2, give them a cause to fight for and surround them with people who are equally dedicated. Do not question their dedication to the cause or make them feel like they’ve let you down.

Lastly, these personality types are going to thrive most in work environments that nurture their core values. A 1w2 will find inner peace working in healthcare or politics.

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