I have always been inspired by the beauty of difference in all of us and the construct of The Enneagram puts words to the differences. The Enneagram has helped me relate, grow, see blind spots, and love more deeply. We truly are unique hues on a spectrum of humanity and I admire the variety. The function of yellow isn't the same as red, but we need them both the same. My hope is that as you view these portraits you see the strengths that we all carry and when misunderstanding arises, we can begin to see through the lens of our brothers and sisters.
Enneagram Type 2’s are the people you need in your corner. These are the saints that you’ll find going out of their way to make your life as easy and breezy as possible. These are the people that will stay up with you all night long, listening about your heart break and comforting you with the most empathy. Enneagram 2’s are typically feelers who are the first to lay down their needs on behalf of the whole.
Let’s hear a little bit more about this type and how they see the world.
“Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.”
— The Enneagram Institute
Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence & stability.
Jill is an Enneagram Type 2. She is an incredibly empathetic, caring, and heart-forward individual. She uses her ability to care and feel to the benefit of others.
This project had to be personal to me, and choosing my mom as the representative for the Type 2 made it that much more personal. It was so fun getting to photograph the beauty of “The Helper” because I got to see it up close my whole life. There is so much to learn from the good in this personality. I have learned to always be the first one to lend a helping hand, to be generous with both your time and treasure, and so many more takeaways from someone who gives so much.
to really see the needs of others — you must look at yourself first
A couple years ago, Jill went through a program that revealed areas of her life where growth could take place. This program revealed that in her instinct it was always appropriate to look at others to see where they could be fixed and helped—but looking internally was never the default. This is a characteristic of the Enneagram 2. Once this type does look inward, they are unstoppable.
The Basic Fear of the Enneagram 2 is being unwanted, unworthy of being loved.
The Basic Desire to be loved.
How can we better love the Enneagram 2’s around us?
Let them know that their value in your life isn’t based on what they do — rather who they are. Let them know you appreciate their contributions, but those aren’t necessary.
Give them a chance to be helped. Often this type won’t clue you in on what they need and when they need it. Beat them to the punch and ask how you can serve them.