The Head Centre

The Head Centre represents Enneagram styles, Five, Six and Seven.  The head center’s dominant negative fixation is on fear and anxiety. Fives respond to fear by withdrawing, retreating into their minds in order to understand the complex world we live in. Staying inside feels safe and they get used to this exploration. They do this through observation.  Sixes react to their worry and fear by anticipating negative scenarios and planning alternatives to circumvent what could go wrong.  Sevens take a different route in dealing with fear, moving from worry very quickly into planning for pleasurable possibilities.  Although Sevens do not appear fearful on the surface, they are actually running from fear and pain – an avoidance reaction.

The Heart Centre

In the Heart Centre, individuals navigate their emotions and relationships in distinct ways. Twos prioritize the needs of others, seeking validation through nurturing and support. Threes focus on external success, striving for recognition and admiration while presenting a polished image to the world. Fours delve deep into their inner world, embracing their emotions and seeking authenticity in their experiences, often feeling misunderstood or longing for deeper connections. Each type brings a unique perspective to emotional expression and relational dynamics within the Heart Centre.

The Gut Centre

Your Enneagram style may be in the Gut, Body or Instinctual Centre – styles Eight, Nine and One. The gut center typically struggles with anger (whether they are repressed, expressed or suppressed). The One’s anger, often manifests as frequent irritations followed by flares of resentment. One’s also tend toward being self-critical, picky about their own thoughts and actions, hence feelings of anger, which they repress. Eights tend to express their anger outwardly and directly. Their anger which begins in the gut and moves up and outward, is stimulated by various events, such as injustice, weakness in others, or even someone taking ineffective control of a situation and if they sense someone is hiding the truth or keeping something away from them. The Nine’s anger, sometimes called “anger that went to sleep”, lies deep below the surface. The 9’s anger gets activated when they feel either ignored or forced to do something against their will, in which case, their anger may turn into passive-aggressive behaviour. Nines tend to avoid direct anger and conflict, preferring a feeling of rapport and comfort with others.

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