Identification —

Self-Preservation
Instinctual Subtype

A separate and important component of the enneagram is the instinctual subtypes. The three instinctual subtypes, self-preservation, social, and one-on-one, are unconscious and yet all pervasive. Oscar Ichazo, recognized by many as the founder of the enneagram, described the subtypes as “three fundamental reactions of our organism to sustain life.” The subtypes are indeed three distinct approaches to long term survival. Each instinctual subtype represents one third of the truth. The best option for survival is to have all three subtypes fully developed and available to us.

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