If You're An Enneagram 2, This Is The Number You're Most Compatible With

You may not be too familiar with Enneagram, but chances are if you know the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator or MBTI, you've heard of it in passing. Another way to classify personality, the Enneagram diagram is made up of nine different personality types. Each type has "a basic fear, basic desire, and predictable behavior pattern in times of stress and security," according to Psychiatry Online. This helps to determine your behavior and also means that you should be able to tell which type you are relatively quickly. However, each Enneagram type can overlap and many people don't have one distinct number. 

There are many tests out there you can take, but if you want a more official result, The Enneagram Institute offers a comprehensive option. Bear in mind, though, that you do have to pay for the test. If you're thinking about discovering your type, you may be wondering why it's useful to do so. Well, just like any personality test, the Enneagram test will confirm things you suspect about yourself and teach you new things. The result may even give you more confidence or point out areas where you could improve.

Type Two Enneagrams are caring and kind

If you're an Enneagram Two, you're classified as "The Helper." As described by The Enneagram Institute, Enneagram Two types are ”demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive.” Due to their kind and caring nature, Type Twos can often be overlooked or taken advantage of due to their people-pleasing nature. On the flip side, they can be "privileged, naïve, and dependent," as well as manipulative when trying to change how someone feels about them (via The Enneagram At Work). 

What does this mean for you? If you relate to the above, you may be struggling with low self-esteem and a lack of appreciation due to your need for love and validation (via Bustle). This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Your natural inclination to help will earn you lots of friends, whereas your sensitive nature will allow you to empathize with others easily. The most important thing is not to forget about focusing on yourself! Helping others is great, but not if it comes at the cost of stretching yourself thin.

Here's who you should be looking out for if you're a Type Two

A useful aspect of knowing your Enneagram type is that you can use it to filter potential partners. No more wasting time on types who you aren't compatible with (although, of course, there are exceptions). Instead, you can find someone to really hit it off with. Due to your "demonstrative and warm" nature, you'll find it a piece of cake to get to know others (via Integrative 9). Your emotional maturity will also be a plus when it comes to developing a relationship. 

The most compatible pairing for Type Twos is either Type Three or Type Eight. Type Threes are "The Achievers," so in a Two-Three relationship, things can be balanced due to "similar interests, energy levels, and charisma" (via mindbodygreen). Active Type Threes can bring Twos out of their shell, whereas Twos can offer Threes the support they need in finding their ultimate potential. 

Or, if that doesn't seem like the right fit, a Two-Eight relationship may be for you. Type Eight is "The Challenger" who shares an Enneagram line with Two, making for some familiar traits. Eights are very passionate and powerful, which will encourage Twos to gain a bit of that self-confidence they need. Conversely, Type Twos can also soften Type Eights and encourage them to open up a bit more (via The Good Trade). 

Now you know what to look for, you can go out and live your best Enneagram Two life!