The Nine Types – in a nutshell

Type SIX – The Loyal Sceptic

FOCUS OF ATTENTION: find security, what could go wrong, worst-case scenarios, how to get fully prepared

AT THEIR BEST: intuitive, inquisitive, trustworthy, problem-solver, engaging, thoughtful, courageous to act, witty, courageous, sensitive, receptive

AT THEIR WORST: doubtful and doubting, fearful, pessimistic, contrary, anxious, worrisome, hesitant, hyper-vigilant

TYPICAL TYPE SIX ROLES: Guardian, Loyalist, Trouble-Shooter, Traditionalist, Strategic Thinker, Contrarian, Devil’s Advocate, Hesitant

Key issues for Type SIX:

Search for safety and security: Seek structures and guidelines to feel more confident. Preoccupied with physical and emotional safety and security concerns in life. Prone to over-commitment and ’covering all the bases’.

Vigilance and suspicion: Great at anticipating problems and are natural trouble-shooters. Prone to battling or escaping perceived hazards. Focus on what may go wrong and generate worst-case scenarios.

Contrary thinking: Have constantly vigilant and active imagination. May come across as the Devil’s Advocate.  Oscillate between skepticism and certainty, revolt and true commitment.

Blaming and victimization: Discharge anxiety by complaining and venting to others. Project their fear onto the environment. Feel victim to circumstances.

Authority: Question authority and people until their trust is gained. Look for consistency and trustworthiness. Dislike ambiguity, appreciate those who play with open cards.

BASIC FEAR: of being without support or guidance.

BASIC DESIRE AND THEIR DISTORTION: Desire to feel safe and secure (deteriorates into an attachment to beliefs).


HOW TYPE SIX MANIPULATES OTHERS: By complaining and by testing others’ loyalty towards them.

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