fixes, stems & Tritype

 
 
 

Note on the origins of the following content: The concept of fixes was originally conceived by Oscar Ichazo. Tritype was originated and is trademarked by Katherine and David Fauvre of Enneagram Explorations. Stems is a concept created by David Gray of Enneagrammer. To learn more about each tritype, you can purchase the original tritype booklet here.

 

Fixes

What are Fixes and Tritype?

The enneagram types can be split into three Centres with three types in each centre: The Gut Centre (8, 9, 1), The Heart Centre (2, 3, 4) and the Head Centre (5, 6, 7).

We all have one core type, but we also have a secondary and tertiary type within each of the other two centres that are each called a fix. Those two fixes combined with our core type produce our Tritype (trademarked by Enneagram Explorations).

How do the Fixes manifest?

The 2nd and 3rd fix are strategies that work within the all-encompassing influence of the core type.

2nd fix: The 2nd fix in your tritype is a strong influence. The core fears and strategies of the 2nd fix are used to support the core type. The 2nd fix can come out quite strongly especially in artistic expression. It can be called a "playground area," similar to the 2nd instinct in your instinct stacking. This is an area that is less sensitive than the core type, hence the "play." One well-known example of this can be seen in Donald Trump as 836. Trump does the success drive and image consciousness of 3 without caring too much about the repercussions of it. He uses marketability for the aims of power without properly adjusting himself to external values like a core 3.

3rd fix: The 3rd fix is mostly present in its synergy with the other two.


Stems

Any combination of two fixes is called a Stem.

To help understand the chemistry of different fixes when combined together, we can conceptualize them in pairs. When certain fixes are present together, common elements of each become amplified, and other characteristics become less amplified. When trying to discover your fixes, it's best to think about them in terms of a Venn diagram. When two elements are combined, which aspects of each are amplified or dulled? For example, when you combine 6 with 9, the more phobic qualities of 6 are amplified due to the 9 fix. When you combine 6 with 8, you now have two Reactive types and will likely have more counter-phobic 6 energy.


Tritype

Below you’ll find the stems from above organized into each Tritype combination. This is not meant to be a complete description of Tritype, but general root or “stem” of the combination.

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1-2: Being good, moral, kind, helpful, proper, right, judgemental, superego, maternal, critical, what's right for all
1-5: Doing things right, accuracy, repressing emotions, surgical, autistic, unaesthetic, logic, not malleable 
2-5: Control via knowing what’s best, hiding own needs, giving from a distance, self-erasing
Triads: Superego/compliant, Competency, Rejection


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1-3: Efficiency, getting the job done, repressing emotions, correct, accurate, responsible, competent, structured
1-5: Doing things right, accuracy, repressing emotions, surgical, autistic, unaesthetic, logic, not malleable 
3-5: Accuracy, efficiency, repressing emotions, surgical
Triads: Triple Competency


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1-4: Judgemental, idealistic, wanting standards, self-critical, “the beauty of OCD," negative, stern and aloof
1-5: Doing things right, accuracy, repressing emotions, surgical, autistic, unaesthetic, logic, not malleable 
4-5: Existential, withdrawn, removed from reality, schizoid, an insect among humans, out of touch with the masses, a problem
Triads: Frustration, Competency, Withdrawn


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1-2: Being good, moral, kind, helpful, proper, right, judgemental, superego, maternal, critical, what's right for all 
1-6: Needing to be certain, inflexibility, criticality, friendly, morality, anxious anger, frustrated reactivity, outraged at others’ behaviour, attention goes to what's right and should/shouldn't be happening, accusing, rules, procedure, structure, "real life," comedy of reality, funny hard truths, Seinfeld
2-6: Friendly, helpful, kind, worried about others, “of course I’ll help,” people-oriented, amiable
Triads: Triple Superego/Compliant


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1-3: Efficiency, getting the job done, repressing emotions, correct, accurate, responsible, competent, structured
1-6: Needing to be certain, inflexibility, criticality, friendly, morality, anxious anger, frustrated reactivity, outraged at others’ behaviour, attention goes to what's right and should/shouldn't be happening, accusing, rules, procedure, structure, "real life," comedy of reality, funny hard truths, Seinfeld
3-6: Tracking others, external orientation, good specimen, tribalism, hard worker, adaptable
Triads: Competency, Superego/Compliant, Attachment/Adaptation


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1-4: Judgemental, idealistic, wanting standards, self-critical, “the beauty of OCD," negative, stern and aloof
1-6: Needing to be certain, inflexibility, criticality, friendly, morality, anxious anger, frustrated reactivity, outraged at others’ behaviour, attention goes to what's right and should/shouldn't be happening, accusing, rules, procedure, structure, "real life," comedy of reality, funny hard truths, Seinfeld
4-6: Reactive, emotional, over-analyzing, destroying, projection and introjection, they've been "wronged/hurt," Jekyll/Hyde, victim mentality, spiralling 
Triads: Frustration, Superego/Compliant, Reactive


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1-2: Being good, moral, kind, helpful, proper, right, judgemental, superego, maternal, critical, what's right for all 
1-7: Standards and vision, exploration with structure, idealism, firm but fun, kite with a tether, playful teacher
2-7: Avoiding negativity, positive, playful, shallow, smile, radiant
Triads: Superego/Compliant, Frustration, Positive


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1-3: Efficiency, getting the job done, repressing emotions, correct, accurate, responsible, competent, structured
1-7: Standards and vision, exploration with structure, idealism, firm but fun, kite with a tether, playful teacher
3-7: Aggressive with what they want, fun, exploring, narcissistic, exhibitionistic, extraverted, shallow waters
Triads: Competency, Frustration, Assertive


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1-4: Judgemental, idealistic, wanting standards, self-critical, “the beauty of OCD," negative, stern and aloof
1-7: Standards and vision, exploration with structure, idealism, firm but fun, kite with a tether, playful teacher
4-7: Idealistic, epicurean, flamboyant, dramatic, novelty, dramatizing both ups and down, war between rawness and sparkle, black vs. rainbow, "brat," overly individualistic, unsettled, critical, restless, frustration  
Triads: Triple Frustration


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2-5: Control via knowing what’s best, hiding own needs, giving from a distance, self-erasing
2-8: Control, intrusive, taking charge of others’ well being, big mama, overbearing, rejecting own vulnerable needs
5-8: Control, emotionally dry, hard, internal and external detachment from softness and vulnerability
Triads: Triple Rejection


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2-6: Friendly, helpful, kind, worried about others, “of course I’ll help,” people-oriented, amiable
2-8: Control, intrusive, taking charge of others’ well being, big mama, overbearing, rejecting own vulnerable needs
6-8: Reactive, counterphobic, pushing, fighting for “truth,” honour, skeptical, accusing, outspoken 
Triads: Superego/Compliant, Rejection, Reactive


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2-7: Avoiding negativity, positive, playful, shallow, smile, radiant
2-8: Control, intrusive, taking charge of others’ well being, big mama, overbearing, rejecting own vulnerable needs
7-8: Aggressive, epicurean, “I want, I take,” childish, no impulse control, royalty, narcissistic 
Triads: Positive, Rejection, Assertive


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2-5: Control via knowing what’s best, hiding own needs, giving from a distance, self-erasing
2-9: Receptive, helpful, kind, caring, focused on needs of other, forgets self, “nice,” good samaritan, people-focused
5-9: Withdrawn, invisible, making space for others, conceptual, passive
Triads: Rejection, Positive, Withdrawn


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2-6: Friendly, helpful, kind, worried about others, “of course I’ll help,” people-oriented, amiable
2-9: Receptive, helpful, kind, caring, focused on needs of other, forgets self, “nice,” good samaritan, people-focused
6-9: Tracking others/socially aware, “folk”, doubt, uncertainty, not pushing buttons but will fight back if necessary, humility, rabbit, glorifying "uniqueness" as something to celebrate, underdog, friendly, adaptable, "real life," humanity, defying labels and categories, seeing pieces of themselves in many types, "it depends on the situation"
Triads: Superego/Compliant, Positive, Attachment


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2-7: Avoiding negativity, positive, playful, shallow, smile, radiant
2-9: Receptive, helpful, kind, caring, focused on needs of other, forgets self, “nice,” good samaritan, people-focused
7-9: Positive, light, fluid, changing, an amorphous rainbow, fairy-like, surrealism, mixtures and variety, jazz, free-flowing, playful language, distorted imagery, swirls
Triads: Triple Positive


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3-5: Accuracy, efficiency, repressing emotions, surgical
3-8: Aggressive with what they want, pushing through, not backing down, dominating, narcissistic, emotional wall
5-8: Control, emotionally dry, hard, internal and external detachment from softness and vulnerability
Triads: Competency, Assertive, Rejection


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3-6: Tracking others, external orientation, good specimen, tribalism, hard worker, adaptable
3-8: Aggressive with what they want, pushing through, not backing down, dominating, narcissistic, emotional wall
6-8: Reactive, counterphobic, pushing, fighting for “truth,” honour, skeptical, accusing, outspoken 
Triads: Attachment, Assertive, Reactive


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3-7: Aggressive with what they want, fun, exploring, narcissistic, exhibitionistic, extraverted, shallow waters
3-8: Aggressive with what they want, pushing through, not backing down, dominating, narcissistic, emotional wall
7-8: Aggressive, epicurean, “I want, I take,” childish, no impulse control, royalty, narcissistic 
Triads: Triple Assertive


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3-5: Accuracy, efficiency, repressing emotions, surgical
3-9: Adapting to ideals, shiny, glossy, smooth, mirroring, a star, tabula rasa
5-9: Withdrawn, invisible, making space for others, conceptual, passive
Triads: Competency, Attachment, Withdrawn


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3-6: Tracking others, external orientation, good specimen, tribalism, hard worker, adaptable
3-9: Adapting to ideals, shiny, glossy, smooth, mirroring, a star, tabula rasa
6-9: Tracking others/socially aware, “folk”, doubt, uncertainty, not pushing buttons but will fight back if necessary, humility, rabbit, glorifying "uniqueness" as something to celebrate, underdog, friendly, adaptable, "real life," humanity, defying labels and categories, seeing pieces of themselves in many types, "it depends on the situation"
Triads: Triple Attachment


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3-7: Aggressive with what they want, fun, exploring, narcissistic, exhibitionistic, extraverted, shallow waters
3-9: Adapting to ideals, shiny, glossy, smooth, mirroring, a star, tabula rasa
7-9: Positive, light, fluid, changing, an amorphous rainbow, fairy-like, surrealism, mixtures and variety, jazz, free-flowing, playful language, distorted imagery, swirls
Triads: Assertive, Attachment, Positive


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4-5: Existential, withdrawn, removed from reality, schizoid, an insect among humans, out of touch with the masses, a problem
4-8: Reactive, authentic, novelty, destroying, “real,” amplifies emotions externally, no bullshit, angry, bratty 
5-8: Control, emotionally dry, hard, internal and external detachment from softness and vulnerability
Triads: Withdrawn, Reactive, Rejection


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4-6: Reactive, emotional, over-analyzing, destroying, projection and introjection, they've been "wronged/hurt," Jekyll/Hyde, victim mentality, spiralling 
4-8: Reactive, authentic, novelty, destroying, “real,” amplifies emotions externally, no bullshit, angry, bratty 
6-8: Reactive, counterphobic, pushing, fighting for “truth,” honour, skeptical, accusing, outspoken 
Triads: Triple Reactive


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4-7: Idealistic, epicurean, flamboyant, dramatic, novelty, dramatizing both ups and down, war between rawness and sparkle, black vs. rainbow, "brat," overly individualistic, unsettled, critical, restless, frustration  
4-8: Reactive, authentic, novelty, destroying, “real,” amplifies emotions externally, no bullshit, angry, bratty 
7-8: Aggressive, epicurean, “I want, I take,” childish, no impulse control, royalty, narcissistic 
Triads: Frustration, Reactive, Assertive


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4-5: Existential, withdrawn, removed from reality, schizoid, an insect among humans, out of touch with the masses, a problem
4-9: Withdrawn, compassionate, feeling invisible or insignificant, “I’m nothing”
5-9: Withdrawn, invisible, making space for others, conceptual, passive
Triads: Triple Withdrawn


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4-6: Reactive, emotional, over-analyzing, destroying, projection and introjection, they've been "wronged/hurt," Jekyll/Hyde, victim mentality, spiralling 
4-9: Withdrawn, compassionate, feeling invisible or insignificant, “I’m nothing”
6-9: Tracking others/socially aware, “folk”, doubt, uncertainty, not pushing buttons but will fight back if necessary, humility, rabbit, glorifying "uniqueness" as something to celebrate, underdog, friendly, adaptable, "real life," humanity, defying labels and categories, seeing pieces of themselves in many types, "it depends on the situation"
Triads: Reactive, Withdrawn, Attachment


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4-7: Idealistic, epicurean, flamboyant, dramatic, novelty, dramatizing both ups and down, war between rawness and sparkle, black vs. rainbow, "brat," overly individualistic, unsettled, critical, restless, frustration  
4-9: Withdrawn, compassionate, feeling invisible or insignificant, “I’m nothing”
7-9: Positive, light, fluid, changing, an amorphous rainbow, fairy-like, surrealism, mixtures and variety, jazz, free-flowing, playful language, distorted imagery, swirls
Triads: Frustration, Withdrawn, Positive