3 Centers of Intelligence

The Head Centre

The Head Centre represents Enneagram styles, Five, Six and Seven.  The head center’s dominant negative fixation is on fear and anxiety.

Fives respond to fear by withdrawing, retreating into their minds in order to understand the complex world we live in. Staying inside feels safe and they get used to this exploration. They do this through observation.  Sixes react to their worry and fear by anticipating negative scenarios and planning alternatives to circumvent what could go wrong.  Sevens take a different route in dealing with fear, moving from worry very quickly into planning for pleasurable possibilities.  Although Sevens do not appear fearful on the surface, they are actually running from fear and pain – an avoidance reaction.

The Heart centre

Your Enneagram style may be in the Heart Centre –  which involve styles Two, Three and Four.  Individuals with these Heart Centre styles work hard to show a certain front or project a certain image, and they use their emotions as feelers to gather peoples’ perceptions about them and what might be the best way to respond.  The heart center’s dominant negative fixation is on shame and fear of humiliation. Twos try to create an image of being likeable and you frequently can notice 2s smile a lot and give good eye-contact so as to connect fast and be comfortable with others. They look to others for affirmation of their self-worth.  Threes do their best to project an image of success, and they hope to have the admiration of others for what they accomplish or are perceived to have accomplished. This is frequently done through the top brands they deck from top to toe, the cars they drive and pens they use, etc.  As the most inwardly focused of the Heart Centre styles, Fours try to create an image of being different or special, and they choose to stand out from the rest by using their emotional sensitivity to defend against rejection. This defense mechanism will be discussed in a separate video.

The Gut Centre

Your Enneagram style may be in the Gut, Body or Instinctual Centre – styles Eight, Nine and One.  The gut center typically struggles with anger (whether they are repressed, expressed or suppressed).  The One’s anger, often manifests as frequent irritations followed by flares of resentment.  One’s also tend toward being self-critical, picky about their own thoughts and actions, hence feelings of anger, which they repress.  Eights tend to express their anger outwardly and directly.  Their anger which begins in the gut and moves up and outward, is stimulated by various events, such as injustice, weakness in others, or even someone taking  ineffective control of a situation and if they sense someone is hiding the truth or keeping something away from them.  The Nine’s anger, sometimes called “anger that went to sleep”, lies deep below the surface.  The 9’s anger gets activated when they feel either ignored or forced to do something against their will, in which case, their anger may turn into passive-aggressive behaviour.  Nines tend to avoid direct anger and conflict, preferring a feeling of rapport and comfort with others.