Thursday, April 07, 2011


Guardian, Social:
Corresponds to Enneagram Style 6, Social Subtype

Twelve Things about You

1. A fearful type, you are hyper-vigilant to know the rules of your groups. Your overriding concern is to be clear about your role in the group

2. You fear being rejected, and so you believe that if you know the rules, and do your duty, that will bond you to a group of people who share a common cause

3. You align with people you trust thru mutual obligations and sacrifice: United we stand, divided we fall.

4. Because you have a skeptical bent, you find underdog causes appealing. You align with the needy, oppressed, persecuted, and the call to duty to this cause mobilizes you.

5. At your worst, you give away your own authority and power.

6. Your group may be family, church, school or tradition, and you want to make sure you’re getting the authentic tradition, before breaking a rule. You might do it, but you make sure you know the rules before doing so.

7. You might work for the same firm for your entire career, and you might not even like your job, but you’ll stay rather than leave because it’s not right to leave and it’s not safe

8. You over-identify with the group and shun or persecute others who don’t share your group’s ideals; this personality style is highly attracted to religious fundamentalism

9. Because you feel all attention is bad, and you don’t want to be a target for criticism, you prefer not to be a leader

10. If you believe in your cause, a cause that hooks your idealism, you can work tirelessly, selflessly, and forever on it

11. You are simultaneously idealistic and skeptical

12. You have an attention style that looks for danger, conspiracy, inconsistency. If those in authority are doing anything wrong on any level, you will catch them at it


  1. I love what you are doing with the a-z challenge! I must say I'm not a guardian. I think I'm a trailblazer.

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I'm following :-)

  3. Interesting! I'm going to have to look at the other types...

  4. I love blog posts that make me think, teach me something new, and entertain me. Yours does all three. I'm sure I'll visit again.

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  5. What a great idea for the A-Z posts! Extremely helpful when it comes to characters. Great job!

  6. I definitely sound like the Guardian type you've posted here. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  7. This is so clever and fascinating to learn about the enneagrams.

  8. Hi Catherine! Great post! It's always wonderful to connect with another writer, and SCBWI member. :) Seems we have much in common! I have lots of family in Boise and am also trying to connect with others through blogging this year. This A to Z challenge is great! Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  9. The most interesting thing about all these character types is seeing how different aspects of each can co-exist in one person. I don't identify with all the traits of the guardian as presented here, but I can certainly see some of them within myself.

  10. I like these posts, what a useful tool for anyone experimenting with different character traits for their novel.

  11. These posts are fab - I popped over bcause you commented on my blog - will definitely be back :)

  12. This is good stuff in your A to Z posts. I am not a guardian, althougha couple of points do describe me. But I can't committ to any one group or the other. I don't like to feel hemmed in.

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  13. These personality types are fascinating---there's just so much to them. On this one I started out relating to early characteristics, but then things took a turn. But I imagine most real people are a blend of characteristics with a tendency toward one...yes?

  14. Hi Nicki, Yes, we all have all of the types within us, but we are most like one particular type plus a couple of others, which are our points of stress and integration. If you saw a little of yourself in this description and then it didn't seem like you at all, then you're probably an enneagram 5 or 7, 3 or 9. Those would be the most likely, and the style 6 characteristics come out when you're either under stress or when you're feeling particularly good ... stress, if you're a style 9 or integration, if you're a style 3. It's quite complex, but there really is something to it.

  15. Hi, Just rolled in from the A-Z challenge. Nice to meet you. I liked your post on the Guardian type and now I am off to snoope around some more. Have a nice week-end!

  16. this is the most interesting thing I've read about personality types. thanks!

  17. Enjoying the A to Z Challenge, meeting lots of interesting bloggers. Thanks for coming by my blog, I have enjoyed my few mins here at your blog and will stay a while longer as I am following you now.

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