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TYPE SIX: The Loyal Sceptic

Type Nine: The Mediator
Type Eight: The Protector Type One: The Perfectionist
Type Seven: The Epicure Type Two: The Giver
Type Six: The Sceptic Type Three: The Performer
Type Five: The Observer Type Four: The Romantic

“Lost” essential quality: Faith in self, others and the universe.

Compensating belief: The world is dangerous, threatening. People can’t be trusted. You must seek or defy security, avoid or face danger.

Attention/coping strategy: Becoming vigilant, questioning or doubting. Scanning for what can go wrong. Seeking certainty either by defying security and facing danger (the counter-phobic style) or by seeking security and avoiding danger (the phobic style).

Trap: Seeking certainty for which there is never enough proof.

Driving energy: Fear associated with all the possible dangers or hazards.

Avoidance: Becoming helpless and defenseless, avoided either by aligning with authority (the phobic style) or by defying it (the counter-phobic style).

Strengths: Spotting hazards, heightened intuition, loyalty, thoughtfulness.

Paradox: Seeking too much certainty in an uncertain world creates more uncertainty and anxiety.

Path of development:

Ultimate task: Reclaiming trust in yourself, others and the world, and living comfortably with uncertainty.

Practices for Growth

How did fear and anxiety come up? How did I get alarmed or apprehensive? What did I avoid because it felt threatening or fearful (phobic direction)? What did I challenge because it felt threatening or fearful (counterphobic direction)? How was I over-cautious (phobic) or under-cautious (counterphobic)?

Sixes believe that the world is a dangerous place and you can’t trust it. Their attention naturally goes to what seems threatening.

What situations did I magnify in my mind? What negative spin or worst-case scenario thinking preoccupied me? What inferences and implications occurred to me? What felt potentially threatening? What did I project from my mind onto others?

Mistrust and fear naturally lead to worst-case thinking and amplification of hazards.

Doubt/contrary thinking
How did I question and doubt in my internal dialogue? How was I a devil’s advocate? How was I ambivalent about a course of action or a person?

Sixes’ coping strategy involves questioning, doubting and testing, which only makes sense when you lose faith and fall into mistrust.

Six healing and growth commitments for Type Sixes:

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