Self Preservation Instinct Panels:

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In 2021 The Art of Growth assembled panels of all 27 Subtypes.

Here are the Self Preservation Panels:

Self-Preservation 1 Panel

Self-Preservation 2 Panel

Self-Preservation 3 Panel

Self-Preservation 4 Panel

Self-Preservation 5 Panel

Self-Preservation 6 Panel

Self-Preservation 7 Panel

Self-Preservation 8 Panel

Self-Preservation 9 Panel

Instincts Introduction Episode

Subtypes Episode

Integrating the instincts Episode



Self-Preservation Instinct Key Features:

WELL BEING: This is the energy that is tuned into what the body needs to care for itself so there is physical wellbeing. This tunes us in to the balance of healthy activity, movement, and excessive as well as rest and sleep. Those tuned into their self-preservation energy are early responders to illness and cultivate knowledge of nutrition and cutting edge alternative therapies and self care practices. They focus on creating balance even in a busy life.

RESOURCES/ PRACTICAL KNOW HOW: Making a proficient use of money, time, energy (and not wasting them) with practical know how about getting things done. Practical capacity to make money and apply their gifts to financial security. They establish predictable routines and structures to create order and deal with chaos.

HOME/ DOMESTIC NESTING: Attends to creating a cozy home life and infrastructure to build a life on. This energy builds a strong foundation of body and environment for safety, stability, and a secure environment for rest and recovery.

What are the Instincts: 

From a psychological perspective, instincts refer to innate, automatic, and unconscious patterns of behavior that are biologically and environmentally formed in humans and other animals. These instincts are essential for survival and play a crucial role in guiding our responses to various situations. They are often deeply rooted in our evolutionary history and have developed over time to aid in the adaptation and preservation of our species. Psychological theories of instincts have been explored by renowned psychologists such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Alfred Adler.

The instincts add a layer of clarity to the difference between people of the same Enneagram type. When examining instincts through the lens of the Enneagram, a personality system structured into nine different types, we can see how instincts play a vital role in shaping the expression of each type's core motivations and creates nuance to the behavior of the type. The Enneagram adopted the three fundamental instinctual variants: Self-Preservation, Social, and Sexual (also known as One-to-One).


Enneagram Type: One of the nine points where you fixate as your primary personality structure. Other adaptations and integrations are filtered through the core type. 

Instinct: Your dominant instinct is the strongest of the three instincts in your personality structure. Your instinctual stack is the order in which your instincts fall with your dominant at the top and your resisted or repressed instinct at the bottom. 

Subtype: The combination of your dominant instinct with primary Enneagram type. ie Self-Preservation 1 or SP1.

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