Sixes easily tune into the potential for unexpected or hidden danger and risks. They act on and react to a sense of trepidation and anxiety. Sixes may project themselves as sceptical and tend to think in “yes, but...” and “what if...” ways. They are attuned to issues of trust, responsibility and loyalty and have an inherent need to feel that they are safe and they belong.
At lower levels of integration, they may be paranoid with a tendency to over-react from a place of insecurity. Their loyalty turns into dependency, complaining and over-sensitivity.
At higher levels of integration, healthy Sixes are self-reliant and grounded. They give confidence and courage to those around them, and have the resilience to cope with what is unexpected and threatening without becoming reactive and fearful.
As an Enneagram Type 6 with a Wing 5, your Wing 5 can add a unique set of resources and characteristics to your core type. The 5 Wing can amplify your analytical skills and intellectual curiosity, making you more confident in basing sound judgments on your own experience and reason. It can also help you put your fears in perspective by analyzing what is going on, which allows you to make more reasonable decisions and be open to multiple perspectives and viewpoints.
However, the 5 Wing may also amplify your fears and anxiety, which can make it challenging for you to confront issues head-on. You may tend to back away from confrontation and retreat into your own thoughts, becoming even more removed from the action. Additionally, you may turn to dogma or rigid systems for a sense of safety.
By recognizing and working with your Wing 5, you can expand your perspective and increase your emotional and behavioral repertoire. It can also offer a way to understand the tension and influences on you when you are stuck, and create the potential to reframe your dilemma as a development opportunity.
Remember, the wings are not a second type of ice-cream that you add, but the flavor of the adjacent types. As a Type 6 with a Wing 5, your core type is still your dominant type. However, by embracing your Wing 5, you can enhance your strengths and work on your challenges, ultimately leading to a more balanced and developed version of yourself.