Enneagram Fear Triad Explained

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Enneagram Fear Triad Explained

If you are an enneagram 5, 6, or 7, you are in the enneagram fear triad. If you don’t know what that means, read this blog to find out what it is and why it’s so important to know about your triad.

What Are The Enneagram Triads?

Picture the enneagram like a clock with numbers 1 through 9. Now imagine you broke this clock into 3rds. These are the triads. Each triad is separated by the core emotion they struggle with, anger, fear, or shame. And while there are three types in each triad, each type copes with the core emotion they struggle with differently.

The Enneagram Triads
Check out this visual representation of the triads.

If you know your enneagram type, you have to learn about the triad you are in because your triad will help on your journey to your highest self and experience more emotional liberation which is what we are all about here at making mindfulness fun.

So let’s dive in to what the enneagram fear triad is…

Enneagram Fear Triad

Enneagram Fear Triad

Enneagram types 5, 6, and 7 are in the fear triad which means the core emotion you struggle with is fear. People in this triad feel fear of being harmed and so they struggle with taking balanced action, trusting others, and emotional vulnerability.

This triad is also known as the head triad. The head triad makes decisions from their head and logic. Emotions are most repressed in this triad.

However, 5s, 6s, and 7s each cope with this fear differently…

Enneagram Fear Triad Stances
Here’s how the the fear triad copes with fear.

How Each Enneagram Copes With Fear

In each triad, there is one type that expresses, represses, and one that falls asleep to their core emotion. This is how we cope with the core emotion we struggle with.

  • Type 6s express their fear. Acknowledging that they feel afraid of being harmed and expressing their concerns.
  • 7s fall asleep to all fear. They hide and ignore that they feel fear of vulnerability and harm and by putting on a persona of fearlessness and joyfulness.
  • And type 5s repress their fear. They acknowledge the fear of vulnerability and being harmed but run from feeling it.
Enneagram 5 Fear Triad
Here’s a quick overview of the enneagram 5 within the shame triad.

Enneagram 5s In The Fear Triad

The type 5 is The Investigator. They are known for their logical, cerebral, analytical, and introverted nature.

The core belief enneagram 5s struggle with as a part of the fear triad is that if they don’t have all the knowledge, they will be incapable and be harmed.

Type 5s look to external facts, tasks, and information to stabilize the internal pressure they feel to be capable.

More of a listener than a reader? Watch our video where we break down the enneagram shame triad!

This leads them to repressing all of their emotions to deal with their fear because they believe the only way they can be safe is by attaining more information.

5s feel that if they aren’t informed, capable, rational, or prepared, then they will be harmed.

Related Blog: Enneagram 5 In Stress & Growth

Here’s a quick overview of the enneagram 6 within the shame triad.

Enneagram 6s In The Fear Triad

The type 6 is The Loyalist. They are known for their dedicated, protective, cautious, and moral nature.

The core belief enneagram 6s struggle with as a part of the fear triad is that if they aren’t prepared, cautious, and mistrusting, that the world will harm them.

Type 6s feel into their fear in order to deal with it. They believe they have to be cautious at all times in order to avoid being harmed.

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This leads them to pushing people away and being aggressive because they believe they deserve to be betrayed.

6s feel that the second they let down their guard, they will be harmed, betrayed, and abandoned.

Related Blog: Enneagram 6 In Stress & Growth

Enneagram 7 Fear Triad
Here’s a quick overview of the enneagram 7 within the shame triad.

Enneagram 7s In The Fear Triad

The type 7 is The Enthusiast. They are known for their playful, excited, energetic, enthusiastic, and social nature.

The core beliefs type 7s struggle with as a part of the fear triad is that if they feel negative emotions or discomfort, they will be harmed.

Type 7s numb and ignore their emotions in order to deal with their fear. They believe that feeling anything negative is harmful rather than healthy.

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This leads them to not running from their feelings and being unable to embrace the depth of life because they believe the only way to survive is to stay positive.

7s are the life of the party because they grew up with the belief that it’s the only way to survive. As long as they bring the positivity, they are safe.

7s feel that if they don’t appear joyful, entertaining, or make others laugh, then they won’t be wanted.

Related Blog: Enneagram 7 In Stress & Growth

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