Social Instinct Panels

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

Here are the Social Panels:

Social 1 Panel

 Social 2 Panel

 Social 3 Panel

 Social 4 Panel

 Social 5 Panel

 Social 6 Panel

 Social 7 Panel

 Social 8 Panel

 Social 9 Panel

Instincts Introduction Episode

Subtypes Episode

Integrating the instincts Episode



Social Instinct Key Features:

Social Instinct:

READING/ INTERPRETING: Our ability to read body language, facial expressions, and energy of others to interpret others in order to find allies and care for the herd. This is the capacity to communicate and adapt in social environments. They read the intentions of others to organize social structures and care for the network of relationships.

BONDING/ AFFILIATING: Ability to co-create with others, make others feel like partners, and establish mutual support structures for each others. This energy bonds people together and creates win/win solutions with an “us” first intuition. Natural curiosity for meeting with people.

CONTRIBUTION TO OTHERS:  Involvement and participation in altruism because value comes from contribution to the group or community. This instinct leans toward serving the greater good with a mission to help others with their gifts. They are intelligent on where to put their energies with others.

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 Social 9 or SO9.

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