List of 2w3 Strengths (3+ Important Traits)

In this article we will discuss 2w3 enneagram. Enneagram is a system of typology which describes the personality of an individual as a number of interconnected personality types.

This has become popular in the spiritual and business domain but it is not widely accepted in evidence based psychology as it lacks empirical research. 

Enneagram personality theory:

Enneagram personality is defined with the help of enneagram structure. It consists of a circle with nine distinct personalities.

The outer circle has an equilateral triangle inside which connects three of the nine points of the circle.

Rest of the points in the circle are connected through irregular hexagons. 

In simplest form, enneagram represents 9 distinct personality types and it grows complex when these 9 personalities give rise to 27 different personality subtypes.

Enneagram personalities are clustered in 3 X 3 arrangement giving rise to three centers. These three centers are instinctive, feeling and thinking.

The three personalities in each center have common characteristics of their center. For example characteristics of personality type four has its relationship with feelings. 

The arrangement of personality to its center is not arbitrary rather it is the emotional response to the loss of contact with the core self.

This emotional response is largely unconscious and powerful.

It should be noted that emotions of three centers are common among all personality type but personalities of a center are affected by those emotion. 

According to researchers in enneagram institute, individuals can find part of themselves in all personality types but one of the types constitutes the dominant aspect of their personality.

According to them individuals are born with that dominant personality but it can further be shaped by environment and experiences.

These two factors tend to interact and influence each other.

The personality type a person is born in defines how a person responds to the experiences and these experiences in return shape how a personality is shaped. 

Enneagram suggests that people do not usually go from one personality type to another.

But it is important to understand that not all aspects of personality are expressed at a particular time.

People tend to fluctuate among healthy and unhealthy traits of their personality depending on their circumstances.

A person can relate to each of the personality types but according to enneagram institute it is the dominant personality which is important. 

It should be noted here that no one personality type is considered better than others by researchers at enneagram institute.

The characteristics of one personality type can be seen as hindrance or helpful for an individual depending on the individual and the culture they belong to.

For example the trait of being self reliant might help individuals living in individualistic society but might become trouble for one in collectivist society. 

The basic personality types:

The basic personality types described through enneagram are as follow:

  1. Reformer
  2. Helper
  3. Achiever
  4. Individualistic
  5. Investigator
  6. Loyalist
  7. Enthusiast
  8. Challenger 
  9. Peacemaker

The Wings:

Enneagram researcher suggests that no one person has only one pure personality rather the dominant personality type is influenced by either one or both of its adjacent personality types.

These adjacent personality types are known as wings.

 These wings or adjacent personality types add up complementary or sometimes contradictory elements to individuals personality type.

It is important to take into account these wings in addition to dominant personality types as they are often known as the second side of one’s personality.

For example individuals with personality type eight will be influenced either by nice or seven which are adjacent to it. 

There is a contradiction in enneagram tradition that either there are one or two wings influencing the dominant personality type of individual. 

Some say only one wing is dominant in basic personality type while others say that both wings are equally operative or equally influence basic personality type.

Research needs to be done in this area to justify one of the two propositions. 

Enneagram personality test:

Enneagram personality test is based on enneagram personality theory.

Enneagram personality type can be determined by using Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI version 2.5).

This test categorizes individuals according to nine different personality types.

It consists of 105 items and it usually takes 10 minutes to complete the test. 

Function of Enneagram Personality Type:

Each personality type is characterized by a particular set of behavior, emotion and fear.

The main objective of an enneagram personality test is to understand your strength as well as your weakness so that a person can utilize his strength in a better way and work on his weakness to achieve a wholesome self.

It is considered as a tool for self awareness and self analysis. By becoming self aware a person can move towards self improvement thus achieving self actualization. 

By understanding personality type individuals are better able to communicate and work through their lives.

It has also been used in organization to enhance employee productivity and motivation.

Understanding of one self and other leads to the better group dynamics and interpersonal communication, making it easier to achieve the desired goal.

There are many personality types for the enneagram type 2. For example, 2w1 and 2w3.  

2w3 personality type:

Individuals having 2w3 personality type have basic personality type 2 with dominant wing 3. 2w3 are known as altruistic and helper or ‘The host’ or ‘The hostess’ 

Personality type 2:

Individuals having basic personality type 2 are considerate, affectionate and caring. They are good at knowing what others want and help others to reach their full potential.

They are likely to be engaged in activities that bring out their innate goodness. They like to compliment others and generally know what to say to them or how to flatter others.

They are good at interpersonal relationships and close relationships are really important to them. They are generally thoughtful, warm and sociable.

Following are behavioral, motivational and fear patterns of 2s. 

Being an altruistic personality, 2s try at their best to hide their own needs and their emotions.

They will try at all cost to give something than to receive as they are more comfortable that way.

They feel obliged not to disappoint and would try never to break down after the feeling of not being loved. 

These basic elements of personality type two, when influenced by elements of personality type 3, give rise to 2w3 personality type. 

2w3 personality traits:

The worst fear of 2w3 is of being worthless or unwanted.

They usually try to overcome this fear by building strong connections around them, struggling to meet their needs and needs of community. 

Most basic desire of 2w3 is to be loved and accepted. They usually express this through projection and love and accept others for who they are.

They are likely to be attentive and attached to people around them. 

2w3 are good at hiding their negative emotions.

If this lasts for a longer period of time, this can become dysfunctional leading to unexpected or unprovoked outbursts. 

They seek acceptance by others and head towards accomplishment. They avoid being disliked and enjoy meeting new people. 

You can learn more about 2w3 by getting to know the differences between 2w3 and other personality types, such as 2w3 and 9w1 or 2w3 and 3w2.

2w3 strengths:

According to enneagram institute every personality type has certain strengths which become apparent in professional settings where they meet individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

2w3 strengths include:

  1. They have optimistic outlook toward world and upbeat attitude towards life
  2. They are good at developing deep interpersonal relationships 
  3. They are tend to adapt during stressful situations
  4. They communicate in effective and efficient way
  5. They have strong desire to help other in different tasks and also in their self development 

2w3 weaknesses:

2w3 weakness include following:

  1. They are overly competitive which can affect them in a negative way
  2. They can be obsessive with certain things and situations
  3. They hide their own needs and do not acknowledge them 
  4. They take criticism personally even positive criticism
  5. Pressured situations make them criticize not only themselves but also others. 

Dealing with 2w3:

To develop a strong and effective relationship with 2w3, it is suggested to follow following patterns:

  1. To communicate effectively with 2w3, a person should listen attentively and engage in lively conversation. He should be clear and expressive. 
  2. While meeting with 2w3, a person should direct them towards task and help them to solve issues by providing them with specific ways to help. 
  3. To communicate online with 2w3, a person should connect with them while describing the purpose of communication.
  4. A person should recognize 2w3 contributions while giving them feedback. Concerns should be shared in a sensitive way. 
  5. To resolve a conflict with 2w3, a person should give them a space to express their feelings and be perspective as well. 

2w3 Motivations:

Behavior of 2w3 is motivated by following:

  1. They are energized when they make a measurable difference
  2. They are more motivated when they have time to take care of themselves
  3. They are motivated when they are organizing and leading groups
  4. Meeting new people and communicating with them motives 2w3. 

2w3 stress:

2w3 are stressed when:

  1. They are unable to accomplish a particular goal
  2. When they feel rejected or unloved 
  3. When they are criticized for their actions and beliefs 
  4. When they neglect or suppress their own needs 

2w3 find it difficult to look past the stressful situation.

They are overwhelmed by the strong perceptions of others emotions and repress their own emotions which might come up from time to time.

As 2w3 lacks wings in another center, it becomes difficult for them to overcome the autopilot mode.

2w3 often face problems in interpersonal relationships because according to them self-sacrifice is enough to sustain a relationship.

They are easily affronted by criticism directed towards them by others as 2s give themselves to others and 3s are conscious about how they are perceived.

Criticism becomes unbearable because of their overinflated pride. In stress 2w3 are likely to become arrogant and full of anger. 


2w3 personality type is known as ‘The hostess’. They are people pleasers and want to be accepted and loved by others.

They are most motivated when they feel like they are making some measurable difference.

They tend to hide their negative emotions but they surface from time to time in the form of anger. 

FAQs about 2w3 enneagram? 

What is 2w3 enneagram?

This is enneagram personality type 2 influenced by wing 3.

They are people pleasers and want to be loved.

Their greatest fear is of being unwanted or worthless which they overcome by struggling hard to make the community better. 

Which enneagram is rarest?

Rarest enneagram is type 4 that is individualistic personality type.

It is hard to find type 4 because they tend to be with themselves and hardly meet others. 

What is W in enneagram?

According to researchers in Enneagram, no personality type is pure and is influenced by other adjacent personality types which are known as wings.

Thus personality type is represented as [core personality type] w [wing number], for example 2w3 which is read as ‘two wing 3’.

This demonstrates that basic personality type is 2 which is influenced by personality type 3 known as its wing.


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