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Enneagram Type Two: The Giver
also known as the Helper
Type 2s are caring, empathetic, warm, and giving. Type 2s desire to be loved, wanted, and worthy of love.
“The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box. It shows you the box you’re already in and how to get out of it.”
-Ian Morgan Cron
So what does it really mean?
Type 2s fear being unlovable or unwanted.
You might be an Enneagram Type 2 if:
- You feel valuable when someone asks you for help
- You can sense others’ emotions and know what they need
- You try hard to be warm and welcoming to others
- You may resent when others do know what you need
- When you make mistakes, you desire to be quickly forgiven
- You spend more time addressing others’ needs than your own
- You do not always know what you want from relationships
Type 2s Are Motivated by a Desire to Be Loved and Needed
Type 2s generously care for others. They are friendly and people-pleasing and excel at creating spaces where others are comfortable.
Type 2s Can Be Self-Sacrificing
They relish doing things for others, but can sometimes become possessive and believe that their help is indispensable. They also fear that friends might ditch them once they no longer need them.
Before we get too far into this…
Meet your Guide
Certified Enneagram Coach, Deanna of Mirabelle Creations
I founded Mirabelle Creations design studio after quitting my job as an attorney. I’ve always known that my life was meant for more than just overwhelm and lack of direction. In 2018, I learned about my unique personality, strengths, and passions using the Enneagram. That knowledge helped me to make small, but meaningful shifts in my life, purpose, and relationships.
And in the biggest surprise ever – the Enneagram changed my life. I became a certified Enneagram coach and grew my creative business to levels I had only dreamed about.
A few actions steps just for Type 2s:
1. Embrace Self-Care
You are always doing nice things for others, but when was the last time you did something nice for yourself? You deserve the same nurturing and care that you so freely give to others. Take some time to reflect on your needs and what you can do to care for yourself. Then, prioritize your needs.
2. Recognize When You Are Engaging in People Pleasing
People pleasing is when you please others, even at your own expense. People pleasing is different than being kind or generous – it happens when you find it difficult to say no to requests. Recognize and try to limit when you engage in people pleasing and doing things for others when you are doing those actions not because you want to but because you feel like you need to.
3. Set Boundaries
Type 2s can benefit from remembering that boundaries don’t mean putting up a wall between you and another person. Instead, healthy boundaries are important for your well-being and healthy relationships. They help you express your expectations and limitations, along with respecting others’ expectations and limitations, too.
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