You have just learned a little about the wings of the Enneagram. Let’s now talk about another important factor that is relevant to the Enneagram model. The centers of the Enneagram are also known as triads. The centers make up 3 types that share similar strengths, emotions, underlying motivations as well as blind spots. Those centers are the gut center, the heart center, as well as the head center. Let’s now talk more about each of the 3 centers.
The Gut Center
The gut center is known as the body center, and it composes of the types 1, 8, and 9. The thing they each have in common is that they have a need to be independent. They also need to be in charge of their own environment. When they are in good health, they are very connected with life, and are ground, strong, and have a great deal of stability. However, then they are not in good health, they don’t use their anger productively. They will act on it without realizing it in ways that are not helpful.
For instance, type 8s will lash out at others, type 9s will bottle up their anger until it explodes, and type 1s will internalize their anger so they control it.
The Heart Center
The heart center is also known as the feeling center, and it composes of the types 2, 3, and 4. They deal with shame and they also crave appreciation. When they are in good health, they are authentic, caring, and are connected with other people. However, when they are not in good health, they will express the same they feel in ways that are not productive without taking the effort and time to work through it.
For instance, type 2s will go out of their way to help others as they sacrifice their own needs to be appreciated. Type 3s will become workaholics so they can be successful and be recognized by others for it. Type 4s will make their uniqueness known so they can get the validation from others they are looking for.
The Head Center
The head center is also known as the thinking center and it composes of the types 5, 6, and 7. They tend to be fearful and struggle with insecurity. Oftentimes they feel as if their heads are filled with noise and they cannot switch off their thinking. When they are in good health, they can be thoughtful, perceptive, and creative. However, if they are not in good health, they will allow fear to get into their way and take over.
For instance, type 5s will retreat as they shut the world out and bury their heads in books or other sources of information. They cope by gaining knowledge. Type 6s will fixate on worst-case scenarios and thinking about how to prepare themselves for it. Type 7s will escape by looking for the next adventure so they could avoid an uncomfortable situation in the present.
Now you see a little more how the personality types work and why they are the way they are.