About the Sub-Types

There are 3 main areas that we tend to focus our energy and attention on, to varying degrees, as we navigate through life. Some authors call them our instincts, or the way we naturally respond to situations. These instincts are:

  • Self-preservation (SP): Focuses on basic necessities for survival – food, shelter, safety of the physical being, warmth, creature comforts, keeping away from danger, etc.
  • Sexual (SX) or One-to-one: Focuses on relationship with one other party; forming intimacy in relationships, not with many people at one go, but with one particular person at each point in time.
  • Social (SO): Focuses on belonging to a bigger community, what everyone else is doing, influence in a group, group processes, etc.
  • *Countertype

Our main instinct influences the way we manage our sin/passion.

TYPE 1 (Anger): Intense anger and frustration over the way things are



The true perfectionist. Very self-controlled. Frequently worried that things will be out of order. Makes sure everything done is detailed and perfect. Very harsh on self. Avoids expressing anger and discharges tension through physical work and movement. Can be most friendly and warm.



Has an overly zealous approach in everything they do. Tend to express anger directly instead of holding back. Harsh on self and also on others. Feels it is their entitlement to reform and change other people for the “better”.



Motivated by doing things in the one right way which is then “taught” to the community, holding up the community to a certain ethical standard. Role models this standard in personal life. Works hard to make the world a better place.

TYPE 2 (Pride): Self-worth increases or decreases based on the reaction given by people after doing things for them


Gains approval by being charming or child-like. Inspires protective instincts in others. Feeling of privilege comes in because of all the help given to others; expects others to meet own needs too. Can thus be prideful or aggressive. Less trusting than the other subtypes.



Able to “seduce” selected individuals through high EQ to win their approval. Can be mistyped with Type 4s because of the wide range of intense emotions felt. Great empathy leads to ability to help others realise their potential, but may also lead to crossing of boundaries.



Desire to win the group’s approval may lead to over-working and ability to read the group dynamics well leads to being a natural influencer in groups. Easily mistyped as Type 3 or 8. Ambition is indirect, usually achieved through the success of the group or the group leader.

TYPE 3 (Deceit): Important to conceal weaknesses and use achievements to project confidence and success


The subtype that has an image of having “no image”. Will work hard to achieve success in the material things for self and the people around them while maintaining a modest image. Doesn’t like to flaunt own success. Can be a workaholic.



Able to read people well and present an appealing image in order to win them over. Competitive by nature (even competing for attention of loved ones) and would extend the desire for success to those around them, helping them achieve it. Can be mistyped as Type 2.



Most competitive and socially adaptable Type 3. Able to read people effectively and bring them together to achieve success. Desires social influence and enjoys being in the limelight and becoming the talk of the town.

TYPE 4 (Envy): Oscillate between feeling superior or inadequate based on constant comparisons with others



Withholds intense negative feelings from others, preferring to “spare” others from such emotions. Able to do so for the long term and be of support to others who are going through tough times. Struggles with wanting to secure material needs and at the same time find meaning in life’s rat race.



Comparisons with others leads to competitive spirit and can become unwilling to support others who want to achieve success too. Has no problem asserting self to achieve desired objectives. Tends to have the most drama in life.


Has strong feelings of shame during comparisons with others and highly sensitive to own sufferings. Does not hesitate to express these emotions to others. Able to highlight to the group if it has strayed from being authentic to original goals.

TYPE 5 (Greed): Guards self very tightly and become detach from emotions


Cherishes and guards personal space and time very tightly. Does not reveal much of personal life to others, only allowing a few close friends in it. Truly comfortable with being solitary. Concerned about having all that they need to survive, which is not much, in a safe personal space.

*Secret Agent

Desires connection with others as much as personal space and privacy, thus compartmentalises life. Will have intense relationships with only a selected few and can be very good at keeping secrets for them. This might lead to possessiveness in intimate relationships. More in touch with emotions.


Meets the quest for knowledge through being part of intellectual groups. Can be philosophical about situations and seeks to understand the various systems and symbolisms found in society. Easy-going nature in groups can cause mistyping as Type 9.

TYPE 6 (Fear): Anxious that neither others nor self would be able to deal with the impending trouble ahead


More prone to insecurities and worrying (esp about those they care for). Exudes warmth and generosity in order to form alliances with others so that personal safety can be assured.



Prefers to go on the offense when safety is threatened. Counterphobic subtype. Chooses to appear strong physically/mentally or through creating beauty to make an impact in the surrounding relationships/environment. Has difficulty facing the vulnerability within.


Places a lot of emphasis on following social rules and guidelines, believing that being allies with society in general will help prevent chaos. Expects others to do so too. Can be mistyped as Type 1.

TYPE 7 (Gluttony): Constant thirst for new experiences of all types


Truly knows how to enjoy the most of life, bringing as many people along the journey as possible. Great at networking and good at getting what is needed to have fun. Can be rather self-interested and hedonistic.



Extremely positive and regularly alters reality to suit personal ideals (esp when the truth is unpleasant). Can get easily bored in the mundane and routine, be it in work or relationships. Struggles with follow-ups. Easily swayed by others who could offer the next most exciting thing.


Actively works towards appearing unselfish. Holds back gluttony by sacrificing self and serving others. Can be mistyped as Type 2. Able to see exciting visions that would benefit society at large and works at gathering as much support as possible.

TYPE 8 (Lust): Doing things excessively in order to deny own weaknesses


Strong and direct, knows how to get needs satisfied and does it effectively without saying much. Protective of those in the inner circle. Those who cross the line or get in the way can expect an attack.



Has intense desire to grow in influence, over people and situations. Can appear most rebellious and impulsive at times. Can be mistyped as a Type 4. Has a commanding presence and likes to be in the centre of things.


Uses influence to serve a group rather than further own agenda, usually from a leadership position. More nurturing than the other subtypes though thirst for justice might lead to righteous anger that could push others away.

TYPE 9 (Sloth): Lack of attention spent on the self, resulting in inaction


Focuses on ensuring a certain rhythm occurs in life, in order to meet personal needs. Can be stubborn or irritated when it is interrupted. Loses self in doing comfort-related activities such as sleeping, eating, reading, etc. All in a bid to escape from the stressors in life, thus forgetting priorities.


Wants to merge and be in union with the important people in life. Willing to sacrifice own desires and regularly takes on other people’s feelings and agendas, losing own identity in the process. Has difficulty going through life alone.


Works hard to meet the needs of group. Friendly and able to bring harmony and inclusiveness to gatherings. Does not unload personal burden onto others, preferring to actively serve and make them happy. Runs the risk of being a workaholic. Can be mistyped as Type 3 if merged with a high productivity organisation.

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