In the Enneagram system, the concept of “head types” refers to a grouping of three personality types—Type 5, Type 6, and Type 7—that share a common emphasis on thinking, mental activity, and anxiety. These types are often referred to as the “head” or “thinking” center of the Enneagram.
Here’s a brief description of each head type:
Type 5: The Investigator/Observer: Type 5 individuals tend to be curious, analytical, and introspective. They seek knowledge and understanding, often becoming experts in their fields. They value privacy, tend to be more reserved, and may withdraw into their thoughts to conserve energy.
Type 6: The Loyalist/Skeptic: Type 6 individuals are known for their loyalty, responsibility, and preparedness. They are often vigilant and skeptical, anticipating potential problems and seeking security. They can be both loyal team players and cautious skeptics, frequently questioning authority and seeking reassurance.
Type 7: The Enthusiast/Epicure: Type 7 individuals are typically enthusiastic, optimistic, and adventurous. They enjoy variety, new experiences, and seek pleasure in life. They tend to avoid pain or discomfort by keeping themselves busy and distracted, often juggling multiple interests or projects simultaneously.
It’s important to note that the Enneagram is a complex system that encompasses various facets of personality, motivations, and behaviours. While the head types share a common focus on thinking and anxiety, each type within the Enneagram framework is influenced by other factors, such as its core desire, core fear, and instinctual variants, which contribute to a more nuanced understanding of personality.