People often ask why individuals of the same Enneagram style may appear quite different from one another. Although your style remains the same throughout your lifetime, some aspects of your style may soften and also transform into strengths rather than limitations as you grow and develop. There are also cultural overlays that may occur with certain individuals – for example, overlays of culture, gender, and even those of other dominant family members. The answer can also be found in the Enneagram system itself. In addition to these subtle differences that influence how your Enneagram style manifests – though these do not change the basic architecture of your personality character – there are also three different Enneagram-based elements that influence your thinking, feeling, and behavior: wings, arrow lines, and Enneagram subtypes.
  • Wings
    Wings are the two styles on either side of your core Enneagram style, and you may show some characteristics of one or both of these two styles.
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  • Arrow Lines
    Arrow lines refer to the two styles on the Enneagram symbol that have arrows pointing away from or toward your core Enneagram style, and you may show some characteristics of one or both of these two additional styles.

    Access to your wings and arrow lines can be beneficial to you, adding complexity, nuance, and flexibility to your personality, but they do not change your fundamental style – that is, your patterns of thinking and feeling and motivational structure remain the same.
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  • Enneagram Subtypes
    Enneagram subtypes are a third element that may affect your personality character structure. Subtypes are the way in which the particular emotional pattern for each Enneagram style most frequently manifests in that person's behavior. There are three different subtypes for each Enneagram style: one subtype manifests the style through a particular behavior related to issues of self-preservation; another subtype focuses primarily on social issues, often behavior in response to social groups; the third subtype for each style is more oriented to one-to-one relationships.
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