Type 6 – Symbol



Caring for Sixes

Sixes’ "habit of ambivalence can make them like a Ping-Pong ball that keeps being hit from one side to the other, flip-flopping between polar opposites. They can be a bundle of contradictions: confident and unsure, fearful and courageous, trusting and distrusting, aggressive and passive, thinkers and doers, collaborative and independent, tender and tough, generous and petty, serious and funny” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 174 ).

Key Traits







Personality Dynamics

These three factors may contribute to someone becoming a Six:

  1. Family formation role: Guardian or Rebel
  2. Root sin: Fear of what might go wrong
  3. Defense mechanism: Projecting worry onto others


The Six personality is expressed and related to largely through emotions like these:

Felt need: Have security

Head type: Hiding emotions behind thinking

Core emotion: Anxiety about what can go wrong

Stress emotion: Shame for not achieving more

Underlying sadness: Not feeling safe

Emotional alarm: Looking to safety nets in case of falling

How Sixes Become Like Jesus

“Jesus’ ability as a human being to sleep peacefully in a life-threatening storm is [a] hidden miracle . . . [He] wanted his disciples to have the faith in God that he had so they could learn to be calm and courageous in the midst of storms (Mark 4:40)” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 182).

Key Scripture

Quote - Type 6

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV).

Christlike Virtue to Cultivate


Key Soul Care Practice

Scripture meditation with quiet reflection

Subsidiary Types 

Wing Type(s): Five and/or Seven

Stress Type: Three

Growth Type: Nine

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