What Is MY Enneagram Wing? Extra Names for Subtypes {Enneagram Series #11}

Identifying your Enneagram wing number can be as important as discovering your core number. 

Once you know your core number, your wing is immediately narrowed down to just two choices: the number to the left or the number to the right of your core number.

See the list of subtype names below to better identify your wing number. 

Enneagram Subtypes

Names for Subtypes

Enneagram expert Helen Palmer says,

“No two people who belong to the same type are identical, although they share the same preoccupations and concerns.”

Your wing is one factor that adds a uniqueness to your personality. While you shouldn’t be in a hurry to settle on your wing number, do spend time reading through descriptions again. (Sometimes it takes as long to distinguish your wing as it does to determine your number.)

Return to the descriptions again here and other places to see which wing type resonates most with you as this stage of your life. Unlike type numbers, your wing numbers may vary between two numbers in different seasons.

Here are extra names for each subtype. Look at each to help you narrow down your own possibilities. This list is from the Riso-Hudson Wing Subtype Names as listed in The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

Type 1—The Perfectionist

1w9: The Idealist
1w2: The Advocate

Type 2—The Helper

2w1: The Servant
2w3: The Host/Hostess

Type 3—The Performer

3w2: The Charmer
3w4: The Professional

Type 4—The Individualist

4w3: The Aristocrat
4w5: The Bohemian

Type 5—The Investigator

5w4: The Iconoclast
5w6: The Problem-Solver

Type 6—The Loyalist

6w5: The Defender
6w7: The Buddy

Type 7—The Enthusiast

7w6: The Entertainer
7w8: The Realist

Type 8—The Challenger

8w7: The Independent
8w9: The Bear

Type 9—The Peacemaker

9w8: The Referee
9w1: The Dreamer

Where Are You on the Wheel?

Again, remember you are more than just a set pinpoint on a wheel. We are each living, breathing, changing creatures imaged after the Divine.

The best analogy I’ve heard is to imagine a color wheel (again, from The Wisdom of the Enneagram).

Each number on a color may represent a family of related shades, say the “yellow” family for Sevens. But each person in that family is a slight different shade of yellow: canary, gold, lemon, mustard, dijon, fire, honey, butter, etc.

No two looks exactly like the other. Yet you can easily tell a yellow from a red.

“There is a continuum of human expression, just as there is a continuum on the color spectrum. . . . Individual differences are as unique as different shades, hues, and intensities of color.”

Spiritual Practice #7—Healthy Practices to Develop

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
– Carl Rogers

Seeing ourselves for who we really are can be painful. But it also can be transformative. When we become honest about ourselves to God, we are most ready to be transformed by his Spirit into the image of Jesus. 

Find practices below according to your core number and wing number. Pick one or two you can work on this week. Let them stretch you to change. (Loosely revised from The Wisdom of the Enneagram.)

Practice healthy disciplines and thought patterns as ways to receive God’s love for you.

1—Perfectionist. Be aware of your inner judge. Watch that it doesn’t disconnect you from yourself and others. Give yourself room to play. Be open to and gentle with your weak spots. Ask God and others for help instead of insisting on doing it all yourself.

2—Helper. Recognize when others love you in ways different than you show love to them. Become conscious of trying to please others to win their affection. Develop healthy boundaries to avoid entanglement in others’ problems. Allow God to love you through other people and through gifts you can give yourself.

3—Performer. Recognize when you are in performance mode to impress others. Take a break periodically and relax. Talk to someone you can trust about your vulnerabilities. Allow times for creative pursuits just for the fun of it. Take time to just be with God through meditation instead of always doing for him and others.

4—Individualist. Remind yourself that you are more than your feelings. Accept your unique talents as valuable, without envying those of others. Seek out true friends who will speak honestly to you about your blind spots. Remember you aren’t the only one with struggles. Set up daily rituals as space for God to minister to you instead of waiting for inspiration to spontaneously strike each day.

5—Investigator. Practice silence. Give yourself frequent breaks to meditate, quieting your nonstop thoughts. Use your body more to keep your mind sharp. Seek community with others instead of valuing only independence. Explore areas in your life that you have avoided. Allow yourself to feel emotions. Remember that God values you for yourself, regardless of the knowledge or skills you do or don’t possess.

6—Loyalist. Clear out the noise in your head through times of quietness with no words. Consciously celebrate one victory before you dive into solving the next problem. Notice who you trust and why. Take occasional risks, facing head-on your fear of change. Pursue variety even in small things to expand your comfort in the world. Take walks in nature with God simply to be together, not to strategize over problems.

7—Enthusiast. When you feel bored, ask yourself what’s really going on. Instead of moving onto the next thing, identify what you’re feeling in this thing. Take time to work on improving a skill. Appreciate ordinary things around you. Spend time lingering quietness. Be aware of God’s gift to you of happiness; share this joy with others.

8—Challenger. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with someone you trust. When sad, spend time in grief. Listen closely to those you love and share your thoughts with them. Spend time enjoying simple pleasures. Keep work and play in balance. Allow yourself to experience God’s full acceptance; he will not reject you.

9—Peacemaker. Remember your calm presence is a gift in itself to the world. Ask for extra time to evaluate what you really want to do. Share your honest opinions with others instead of acquiescing. Practice saying no. Invest time in your own areas of interests. Allow yourself to be authentically present with God, even when you’re angry, to experience his lovingkindness and unconditional love.


What subtype are you? Does the name resonate with you? Or not? Please share in the comments.

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15 thoughts on “What Is MY Enneagram Wing? Extra Names for Subtypes {Enneagram Series #11}

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I pray that your week got a little less stressful as days went by, Martha. Mine was stressful as well. I was at my daughter’s house Sun-Tuesday, but stretched it out through Thursday because the little ones were sick and everyone was overwhelmed. I’m back home now and de-stressing today. Hope you have a relaxing weekend if possible.

  1. blankKaren Friday

    Thank you, Lisa. As I told you before on some of your other posts, I’m not very familiar with Enneagram. I do know from reading other blogger’s posts, and yours, I’m most likely a three. But these layers of subgroups and wings are all interesting. I love this thought: “Seeing ourselves for who we really are can be painful. But it also can be transformative. When we become honest about ourselves to God, we are most ready to be transformed by his Spirit into the image of Jesus.”

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I’m so intrigued by 3s; they seem to get so much done! 🙂

      It is often hard to be totally honest with ourselves because there are things we don’t really want to see and thus we become blinded to them. I’m grateful for others who help me see those blind spots, even though I’m not always grateful in the moment. 😉

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Being still can be so hard, especially for us in our western culture where we value “doing” so much. But there is such benefit when we can succeed in being still. Advice for my type 5 is usually silence. On the surface I love silence, but it’s because I can pick up a book and read, or listen to a podcast without distractions. But…then it’s no longer silence. ha.

  2. blankMartha Brady

    i think i’m a 9 with a 1 wing. makes me a dreamer. i’ll have to see if i fit there:) i’m definitely a mix of a few other things, but overall, i think this is probably right:) very helpful. thanks so much for this series. i’ve done quite a few other personality tests over the years. this brings new insight. of course, i’ve heard a lot about it over the past few years. but your series has been very helpful.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      This is interesting to hear because my youngest daughter has had the hardest time deciding on her number, and we’ve recently been suspecting it is the same as yours: a 9 with a 1 wing. She has such a passion for doing good in the world (she’s a 1st grade teacher in a poor school) and is also very organized in all that she does. 🙂 Keep me posted on if you decide this is really what your number is too!

  3. blankSusan Shipe

    I am such a 5. And , I can see the wing 4 or 6 teetering between times and seasons. Great post. Michele Morin has an interesting post over at Mary’s today – I’m sure you’ve read it?

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Yes, I loved reading Michele’s post at Mary’s. I’m so glad she’s doing that series.

      And I’m thrilled that we’re the same type, Susan! I’m a 5 too, and I also teeter between a 4 and 6 wing. I see traits of both in myself at different times. So I should have guessed you were a 5 because of your ability to move into a tiny home; we 5s are known for our minimalism. This is cool.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      It can be a bit overwhelming to me too, Jennifer. 🙂 There’s so much information available about intricacies of the Enneagram that I feel like I’m barely scratching the surface. But it helps me to understand the basic structure of it all so I can more in depth later when time and interest allows.

  4. blankBettieG

    Wow, “Allow God to love you …” for the healthy practices to develop is really what God has been working in my 2w3 Hostess Helper heart over these past few years. I crumbled for a while when I realized I had not ever set healthy boundaries, and that it was very difficult for me to just still and let the Lord love me. Thank you for this great series, Lisa! I pray that the Lord is bringing you great blessings this week.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      One of my best friends is a 2 as well (I’m not sure of her wing), and she also has struggled with setting boundaries. She is such a giver and helper. It’s beautiful to have 2s as friends because you all take care of us! 🙂 But yes, I believe God does want you to have boundaries to take care of yourself. Thanks for sharing this, Bettie.

  5. blankMartha Brady

    i think i am a 9. i tied with 8 on the test. but i don’t see a lot of it. i have learned not to be afraid to go off on my own if the group is doing stuff i’m not interested in. (didn’t used to be that way at all.) i do have a lot of 1. lots of creativity. had lots of perfectionists around me telling me how imperfect i was…as if i didn’t know!

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