According to pioneering Enneagram author Claudio Naranjo, for each of the nine Enneagram types, there are three instinctual subtypes, and for each of nine groups of three subtypes, there is one that is the “counter-type.” Each of these nine “counter-types,” appears to be “upside-down” and goes against the predominant energetic flow of the (passion-fueled) expression of the type. The “counter-phobic Six” is the most famous of these nine counter-types–but all nine types have one. Knowledge of the counter-types can help with identifying type correctly, clarifying differences among people of the same type, and deepening the self-awareness of individuals with a counter-type subtype. Through lecture, discussion, and testimonials from panelists, we will explore this important feature of the 27 instinctual subtypes.

Beatrice Chestnut


2015 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA