What Are Wings?

Another distortion caused by the Jesuit re-writing of the Enneagram is the theory of wings. Under the theory proposed by Father Bob Ochs, each of the personality types is affected by one of the 2 types adjacent to it. The original theory proposes that there are 9 personality types derived from 3 cardinal types, or 3 centres of intelligence: the head, the heart and the body, also described as the cognitive, emotional and instinctual. Each group of the 3 personality types comprises of one core type (3, 6 and 9) and two wings. That is, only the types 3, 6 and 9 express a wing, which must be ccontained within the same centre of intelligence.
 

  • 2 and 4 for type 3;
  • 5 and 7 for type 6; and
  • 8 and 1 for type 9.

A key step in assessing the personality type of a person is to determine whether their primary center of intelligence engaged in habitual response is the head, the heart or the body. Now, regardless of which of the 3 mental, emotional or instinctual types the person might be, the reality is that they will use many of the strategies used by the other 2 personality types in their cardinal area.

 

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