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Enneagram 1w2 - Type 1 Wing 2

Summary of what is an Enneagram Type 1w2?

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Type Ones are driven in life to make positive change throughout the world. Type Twos are empathetic, caring, and are driven by wanting to be loved, needed and appreciated. In the Enneagram, Type Ones are adjacent to Type Twos. Therefore, some Type Ones share a few of the behavioral tendencies of Type Twos. These are known as Type Ones with a Two-wing, or Type 1w2.

What is an Enneagram 1w2?

What is a Type 1 wing 2 on the Enneagram?

Type Ones are known as “Reformers” because they are always looking for ways to improve the world, have influence, assert pressure and affect change. Type Twos are known as “Helpers” because they have an innate desire to help others and act with empathy. A two-wing adds these qualities to a Type One personality. This means that a Type 1w2 will desire to bring about social change, but will have a certain interpersonal sensitivity to their actions. This can make Type 1w2 very powerful when advocating for meaningful social change. As a result, Type 1w2 are called “Advocates”.

However, unlike “Reformers”, a Two-Wing may struggle to follow through with their principles if it has the potential to inconvenience or upset another person. It can be difficult for them if their personal principles conflict with their sense of empathy. This can mean that “Advocates” find difficulty in acting decisively through internal conflict by moral dilemmas.

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Enneagram 1w2 Types are often motivated by helping those less fortunate than themselves and enacting social change.


Type 1 Primary Enneagram type
1w2 Type One with type Two wing

Type 1w2s desire justice and equality like type ones, but are softer and more interpersonally aware.

Remember, an Enneagram 1w2 is still a core Type One, so they are generally calm and collected people. They have strong principles and aren't as manipulated by their emotions. However, the two-wing allows them to be more interpersonal and friendly.

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Type 1w2 Type One Wing Two

Here are some of the key traits to a Type 1w2 personality.

  • Advocate for justice
  • Make empathetic, principled choices
  • Go out of the way to help the less fortunate
  • Can be sensitive to questioning their ideals
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Did you know: When unhealthy and stressed, Enneagram 1w2 Types are prone to misunderstand good intentions for positive impact.

Type 1w2 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of an Enneagram 1w2

Enneagram types have fears and desires - things to avoid and things to seek.


Things Enneagram 1w2 Types should avoid

Core fear: To be immoral and to make choices that are themselves considered immoral. This makes Type 1w2s act consciously to avoid doing that.

  • Losing their sense of control
  • Being seen as negative by others
  • People not living up to their high expectations


Things Enneagram 1w2 Types should seek

Core desire: To be humane and to help those who are less fortunate, often in a hands-on manner.

  • Follow what they believe to be right
  • Look for affection from others
  • Advocating for reform

Enneagram Type 1w2 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Type 1w2 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram type, even types with wings such as 1w2, has strengths and weaknesses. These are personality traits that help and others that hinder.

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Type 1w2 Strengths Type 1w2 Weaknesses
Ability to campaign for injustices Potentially self-righteous
Find well-intended solutions for problems criticize those who fail to meet their high standards
Willingness to make sacrifices Can get frustrated with others
Defend the vulnerable and less able Are sensitive to criticism
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The two wings helps offset some of the weaknesses prevalent in core type ones with their interpersonal skills. But this can cause new problems, such as being sensitive to criticism.

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 1 vs Type 1w2 vs Type 1w9

Type 1 and Type 1 wing distribution chart

Some Type 1s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 1. Not all Type 1s have a wing, as we see in our research results below.

Figure 1: Type 1 vs Type 1w2 vs Type 1w9


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 63.9% of Type 1s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 1s. 5.3% of Type 1s are 1w9 and 30.9% are 1w2.

  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Type 1w2 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for Enneagram 1w2?

All personality types are naturally drawn to certain careers over others. Here we have compiled a list of three sectors that Type 1w2s have a proclivity for and three that are likely to clash with the Enneagram 1w2 personality type.

Career choices

  • green tick Doctor, nurse, medical care
  • green tick Politician
  • green tick Social advocate or social worker
  • red cross Banking
  • red cross Accountancy
  • red cross Business development and sales
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Understandably, this career list is not prescriptive. There are lots of Type 1w2s that have happy and successful careers which do fall into the 'not recommended' category, but these cases tend to be in the minority.

Famous People With Type 1w2

Which famous people are Enneagram 1w2?

These famous individuals have the personality Type 1w2. Are you also 1w2? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Elizabeth Warren

United States senator from Massachusetts.

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Matt Damon

American actor, producer, and screenwriter.

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Nelson Mandela

South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and President of South Africa from 1994 - 1999.

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Vladimir Lenin

Russian revolutionary, politician, and author.

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Andrew Yang

American businessman, politician, and author.

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Emma Watson

English actress and activist.

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Morgan Freeman

American actor, director, and narrator.


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Have we missed anyone?

Our research is always ongoing so please let us know if you think we've missed a noteworthy Type 1w2 worth highlighting.


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.