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. Anger is most repressed. Worries a lot. Focus on being a good person and doing the right thing. Makes sure everything done is detailed and perfect. Can be very harsh on self if don’t get things right. Has a heightened sense of responsibility. Believes it is bad to be angry and make it a virtue of being tolerant, forgiving, and warm whenever possible. Discharges tension through physical work and movement.



Reform people or society to their way of seeing and doing things. Focus on perfecting others, Sexual Ones are likely to be explicitly angry. Has a sense of entitlement to change others. Intense desire to connect with others and perfect them in making the world a better place. Bring intensity and energy to relationships. Sexual Ones have two sides: 1) playful side oriented towards pleasure; 2) aggressive, angry side.

Might be mistyped as a Type 8



Focus on being the perfect example for others, and teaching others by example. Hold the community to a certain ethical standard. Anger is half-hidden, and Social Ones tend to be cooler and more intellectual. High self-control and high standards set them apart from the people around them. Has an unconscious need to feel or appear superior. Tend to take on the role of teachers.

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


Gains approval and protection by being charming or child-like. Attract love and attention through their childlike quality. Tender and sweet, but more guarded than the other Twos. Feeling of privilege comes in because of all the help given to others; expects others to meet own needs too. Might be easily hurt or withdraw when they feel or fear rejection from others. It is less easy to see pride in Self-Preservation Twos.

Might be mistyped as Type 7s or 6s.



Generous, flexible and able to “seduce” selected individuals through high EQ to win their approval. Feeds their pride by having someone’s passionate attachment. Able to feel a wide range of intense emotions. Great empathy leads to ability to help others realise their potential, however, might have tendency to cross boundaries.

Might be mistyped as Type 4s.



Good in front of groups. Plays the role of a powerful or intellectual leader. Have passion for power, and pride is expressed through having influence and advantages. Cultivates an image of being influential. Support others, ensuring loyalty and reciprocal relationships. Might be a bit more introverted than other Twos. Have a tendency to deny vulnerable emotions, such as shame, fear, despair, mistrust, jealousy. Might resemble Type 3s or 8s.

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


Will work hard to achieve success and efficiency for self and the people around them, while maintaining a modest or falsely modest image. Strive to be the ideal model in what they do. The tendency of adapting to their ideal “model” causes them to suppress their own feelings and identity. Has an image of having “no image”. May avoid talking about their accomplishments and can be workaholic.

Might be mistyped as Type 1s or 6s



Able to read people well and present an appealing image in order to win them over. See their accomplishments in relational terms. Work hard to support others, helping them succeed. Competitive by nature (even competing for attention of loved ones). May lose themselves in appealing to the “special someone”. Tend to experience a feeling of emptiness, and may have difficulty expressing themselves and be truly authentic. Might resemble Twos or Sevens.



Desire to be seen and have influence with people. Most competitive and socially adaptable out of the other Threes. Enjoy being on the stage. Can be a chameleon. Desires social influence, and know how to talk to people and climb the social ladder. Has a strong and assertive character, and can be good at numbing out their feelings. Want to look good, which makes it difficult for them to reveal themselves completely to others. Might not know or be connected to their real selves and feelings.

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



Envy is less apparent in Self-Preservation Fours. Works hard to get what others have that he/she lacks. 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.

Might be mistyped as Type 1s or 3s.



Highly competitive and tends to make comparison with others in order to feel better about themselves.  Can become unwilling to support others who want to achieve success too. May have an “all or nothing” belief when it comes to success. Very vocal about expressing their needs. More assertive and angry than other Fours as they turn their pain into anger. Likes and need emotional intensity. Tends to have the most drama in life.

Might be confused with Type 8s or Sexual 2s.


Has strong feelings of shame during comparisons with others. Highly sensitive to own sufferings. Tend to put themselves in victim roles. Envy fuels a focus on shame and suffering. Does not hesitate to express these emotions to others. Not competitive, but have a deep desire to be understand for who they really are. Able to highlight to the group if it has strayed from being authentic to original goals, making them good “social policeman” or “social journalist”.

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


Avarice is expressed through the concern of guarding personal space and time very tightly. Does not reveal much of personal life to others, only allowing a few close friends in it. Needs clearly defined boundaries. Truly comfortable with solitude. Limit their needs and wants to prevent themselves from being dependent on others. Able to survive with few resources.

*Secret Agent

Avarice is expressed through an ongoing search for a connection that will satisfy their need for an experience  of an idealized union. Values one-to-one or intimate connections – be it love, good friends, or spiritual teachers. Can be intense, romantic, and more emotionally sensitive. What gives them meaning is that search for an idealized version of love and relationships. Might become possessive in intimate relationships.

Might resemble Type 4s to a certain extent


Passion of avarice is connected to knowledge. Their needs get displaced into a thirst for knowledge. Be part of intellectual groups. Can be philosophical about situations and seeks to understand the various systems and symbolisms found in society. Looking for the ultimate meaning in life. Can be mysterious and inaccessible, or fun and intellectually engaging. Can be fairly outgoing and show a lot of excitement about interesting ideas and people.

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. Fear manifests as insecurity. The most phobic of Sixes. Seek friendly connections and alliances, thus portray themselves as friendly, trustworthy, and supportive allies. Want to feel the embrace of family. Wishes to be in a warm, protected place. Can be dependent on others. Asks a lot of questions, but don’t answer any. View the world as gray instead of “black and white”.



Counterphobic. Prefers to go on the offense when safety is threatened. Passion for searching for strength or securing a position of strength. Appear strong physically, mentally, or both. Do not allow for weakness in themselves. Move towards risky situations and would rather confront danger rather than avoiding it.

Might be mistyped as Type 8s.


Find safety by relying on authorities, rules, and rational thinking. Consults the guidelines associated with whatever authority they adhere to. Obey the rules of the game, and expects others to follow too. Need to know all the points of reference – who are the good guys, who are the bad guys. Have an intolerance of ambiguity. Fear ambivalence, and little tolerance to uncertainty. Love precision and see things in terms of black and white.

Might be mistyped as Type 1s.

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


Express gluttony through network, family, and social groups. Great at networking and getting what is needed to have fun. Tend to be opportunistic, self-interested, and clear. Making a good deal at every opportunity. Cheerful, friendly and pleasant. More practical and down to earth as compared to Sexual Sevens. Struggle lesser with commitments.



Extremely positive and regularly alters reality to suit personal ideals, especially when the truth is unpleasant. Can get easily bored in the mundane and routine, be it in work or relationships. Express the need to fantasize. Can be gullible. Tend to talk a lot, and their speech is seen as a flow of “wonderful ideas and possibilities”. Plan and improvise a lot. See the world as a marketplace of outstanding opportunities.


Expresses a kind of “counter-gluttony”. Go against the passion by consciously avoid exploiting others. Wants to be good and pure, and not act on their gluttonous impulses. Strive to hide it in altruistic behavior. Sacrifice for the benefit of others, and willing to be of service. Might adopt the role of helper, to help alleviate others’ pain.

May be mistyped as Type 2s

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


Express lust through a strong need to obtain what they need for survival. Intolerance of frustration. Hard time being patient when unable to get immediate satisfaction of their survival needs and desires. Get things done without a lot of fuss or explanations. Least expressive among the Eights. Protective of those in their inner circle.



Express lust through open rebellion. Most rebellious, and most emotional among the other Eights. Able to take over the whole scene energetically, and be the center of things. Feel their power by possessing everyone’s attention. Need for dominance and power over others. Want to influence others with their words. Can be charismatic and seductive.


Rebel against social norms. Oriented towards protection and loyalty. Express lust and aggression in the service of life and other people. Nurturing, protective, and concerned with the injustices, with an antisocial aspect with regards to the rules of society. Use influence to serve the group rather than further own agenda.

Males Social Eights might be mistyped as Type 9s, while females might resemble Type 2s.

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


Finding a sense of comfort in the world through satisfying their physical needs. Find satisfaction in activities such as eating, reading, watching television, sleeping, or working. Merge with the experience of satisfaction of their needs. Focus on ensuring a certain rhythm occurs in life. Unpredictable or complex activities might cause discomfort.


Have a sense of “being” by merging themselves with someone else. Might sacrifice own desires and take one another’s feelings and agenda when merging. Kind, gentle, tender, and sweet. The least assertive of the Nines. Empathetic and sensitive to others. Sexual Nines would prefer to go through life with a partner than going through it alone.


Express the passion of laziness (sloth) through merging with groups. Working hard at the group interests, prioritizing the group’s needs above their own. Need to participate comes from their deeper feeling of not belonging to the group. Work twice as hard to support to ensure they belong. More outgoing and energetic. Make very good leaders. Unselfish, and able to handle a lot. Work hard and accomplish a lot without showing stress of it.

Might be mistyped as Type 3s.

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