Enneagram 2w1

Enneagram Type 2W1: The Companion

If your enneagram test shows that you’re a 2w1, it means that your dominant wing is a two wing and you have a few traits from the one wing personality types.

Two wings have a moral obligation to be selfless and help others.

The one wing in them drives them to be a bit quieter than other twos, but still very purpose driven.

What Are Enneagram Type 2w1 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

A 2w1 has a basic fear of feeling unloved and unwanted. They take on service oriented roles in order to feel like they’re contributing value to a relationship.

Basic Desire

A 2w1 has a basic desire to feel loved and fit in. They are selfless people with a strong desire to be accepted. They are willing to set their own personal needs aside in order to help those they care about.

To Summarize:

  • They can acknowledge someone else’s needs
  • Want to feel loved and valuable in their own way
  • Service oriented to the people they care for
  • Can forget to set healthy boundaries put their own needs on the back burner
  • Biggest fear is being unwanted and unloved

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 2w1?

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 2w1 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • Picking up on the needs of others
  • Awareness of their own goals, value systems, and inner growth
  • Attentiveness to tasks at hand
  • Supportive nature

Enneagram 2w1 Weaknesses

An Enneagram 2w1 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Can be self critical to the point of: body shame, bodily neglect, and eating disorders
  • Can value their own feelings and worth based off the words of others
  • Sacrificing their own self care and needs to help a particular individual or group of people
  • Cannot take criticism

Work Life With An Enneagram 2w1

When Communicating With An Enneagram 2w1:

  • Show them that you value and appreciate them and their efforts
  • Listening carefully to a 2w1 shows them you care about what they have to say

Enneagram 2w1 In Meetings:

Limit meetings and keep them involved in problem solving

Emailing An Enneagram 2w1:

  • Emails are ok for small talk
  • Make sure any communications are clear and concise

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 2w1:

  • A 2 wing desires to feel valued, let them know you notice and appreciate all their efforts
  • Be mindful when sharing anything potentially negative, it is best to voice these things in a sensitive way

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 2w1:

Share your point of view and take theirs seriously as well. Meeting in the middle is key

What Motivates An Enneagram 2w1

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram 2w1 is driven by helping others, feeling loved, and accepted.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Personal achievements and finding solutions to problems
  • Giving themselves downtime to refresh
  • Being wanted, valued, and included
  • Being able to help others

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 2w1?

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

An Enneagram 2w1 will be stressed by:

  • Negative feedback
  • Ignoring their own needs
  • Feeling like they don’t fit in, are unappreciated, and not valued
  • Making themselves feel guilty

What Jobs Best Suit An Enneagram 2w1?

A two and one wing enneagram type are happiest when lending a helping hand. If possible, a 2w1 would probably make it their sole mission to end all human suffering. Their core type is as selfless as it gets, and it shows in their work.

A 2w1 does best when they’re given space to recharge here and there, otherwise they can get carried away with their work and forget to care for themselves.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Working at a Non-Profit Organization
  • Working with animals- as a vet or shelter employee
  • Helping other’s mental health-counselor, therapist, counselor
  • Caring for those who are ill or weak- hospice nurse/nursing home employee
  • Religious Leader


A 2w1 is probably one of the most selfless and sensitive types in the enneagram system.

At their best, a healthy 2w1 will help others while taking care of their needs. At their worst, they may put others before them to their own point of neglect due to their basic fear of being unwanted.

If you want to avoid stressing a 2w1, let them know they are valued and appreciated. Words of affirmation go a long way in motivating them.

Similar to a three wing, a 2w1 is very driven especially when it comes to helping others. Therefore their ideal work will be volunteering, advocating for others, and taking care of people and animals.

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