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469 - The Seeker Archetype

According to Katherine Fauvre

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Karkino (Personality Cafe)[1]

4+6: The Quester

  • Double reactive.
  • Pairing that is the most doubtful and sensitive to experiences in general.
  • Emotionally volatile but feelings run deep.
  • Take a great deal of time analyzing and sorting out their feelings and thoughts.
  • See their identity as shifting and molding itself through their experiences.
  • Doubt themselves and others a lot.
  • Conflict between external security and maintaining personal integrity.
  • Question life and the meaning behind everything to the point of being emotionally and mentally exhausted at times.
  • Emotionally volatile and verbally aggressive if threatened.
  • Always see new information in their quest to find the truth, so it’s a never-ending search.
  • Creative, but need reassurance in their abilities and support from others.
  • It’s hard for them to hide their emotional reactions to something.
  • Feel their vulnerable side and may reveal it more than other pairings.
  • Often need to vent and talk about what’s troubling them to someone they trust.
  • Often very empathetic of other’s suffering when healthy.
  • Often have a very good capacity for psychological help because of the emotional intuition of the FOUR and the generosity of the SIX.
  • Kids with this pairing often possess emotional maturity because they pause and question the situation they are in instead of simply interacting with it.
  • They have the ability of be in other people’s shoe and help them in a deep way.
  • The 6 fix helps the core 4 seek meaning outside their emotional realm and validate their findings with trustworthy sources.
  • The 4 fix helps the core 6 turn inward toward their authentic self to seek meaning without reaching external assistance.

4+9: The Receptive

  • Double withdrawn.
  • Pairing that is the most sensitive and sympathetic to suffering.
  • This is the healer, the highly sensitive person archetype.
  • Can feel a bit estranged from the group and expect others to welcome them.
  • They are often quite empathetic and can understand where people come from.
  • Often have strong healing presence as if people are drawn to them.
  • Often hide their sadness with a smile.
  • This is quite a passive combination that doesn’t feel the need to confront their problem readily in order to feel better.
  • Feel that something is missing in their life but won’t necessarily go all the way to find it.
  • Often have a nostalgic and/or romantic side.
  • Often dream about their ideal life instead of making it happen.
  • They like to escape into their feelings and thoughts for long periods of time.
  • Their behavior feels ghostly and ethereal, as if they were half-present.
  • Very sensitive but might not show it in fear of being rejected.
  • Envy is more private and quiet with this combination.
  • There is some sort of resigned attitude with this pairing.
  • Good listener but may focus too much on the sad/emotional part of the conversation.
  • May often look aloof and hesitant to engage.
  • May suffer in silence instead of looking for help or solve the problem.
  • If they aren’t careful, they can take a lot of abuse and not do anything about it.
  • Like most NINE pairings, manifest their anger in a passive-aggressive fashion, but also to themselves.
  • The 9 fix helps the core 4 smooth out their penchant for protest and ease out their harsher side.
  • The 4 fix helps the core 9 introspect more and spending more time with their emotional needs.

6+9: The Follower

  • Double attachment.
  • Enhances the natural line of connection to SIX and NINE.
  • Pairing that wants to be part of a community the most, even if not social subtype.
  • Often unassuming or wavering when alone, feel better in groups.
  • Even when leading with FOUR or with a sexual subtype, you won’t see them alienating themselves completely from their peers.
  • Unsure about their capacity to act alone, so they side with security.
  • Can easily take too much time to take a decision, especially with TWO or FOUR in the tritype.
  • Find security in being part of something greater than them.
  • Often look scared, preoccupied and/or worried even if not.
  • Unconsciously conforms and bends to its environment.
  • Can easily mimic or reflect collective insecurities, wants or beliefs.
  • Abhor conflict; their first instinct is usually to hide. A strong EIGHT wing or THREE fix can help alleviate the need for flight.
  • It’s hard to think for themselves and not to be swayed by others’ opinion
  • Usually gentle and amiable but can become secretive and anxious if they feel threatened.
  • Display their frustration in a passive aggressive way, often displacing it to something less threatening.
  • The SIX here is usually phobic but can become counterphobic if pushed enough toward stress and danger.
  • Can easily be caught in indecision and want others to take the big decisions at first.
  • At their worst, can blindly follow the herd and act without thinking for themselves.
  • The 9 fix helps the core 6 relax and being more tolerant and accepting of difference.
  • The 6 fix helps the core 9 being less indolent and more proactive when helping others.

Some Intellectualizing C**t blog[2]

This tritype is more withdrawn and introverted, due to 9 and 4. Somewhat anxious but fairly friendly though quiet, considering and thoughtful, hesitant. Very in their head. Peaceful. Introspective, ruminating. Wants to know how they fit into the world. Deep capability for feeling and thinking about what they are feeling. Self conscious. Less impulsive as they’re caught up on not making a mistake, thinks thoroughly before acting but sometimes will hesitate too much and be too passive. Torn between inaction and upsetting people by possible actions. Somewhat self conscious. Seeks (credible) advice. More phobic. Though they are introspective, do seek people out. Feel left out because of their differences and would like to “blend in” lest their differences cause problems sometimes.


[1] Karkino (2021), Enneagram Pairings Revised & Expanded Edition
[2] enlightenedsilhouette (2016), Enneagram 4 Tritypes

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