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The Type 6 - The Questioner

Emotional addiction = Fear

People who have adopted Type 6 are focused on action or emotion, aiming for control. They are attentive and suspicious, though they do not necessarily express it. They prefer to prepare, not to dive into things suddenly. The emotional addiction is Fear, which is unconscious, being justified by the cautious and realistic self-image. The name Questioner comes from the suspicious and alert attitude, "While you are starting things, I'm concluding them already." In the sexual subtype we find the counterphobic form of fear, which is recognized with attitudes opposed to fear, such as "What are you looking at? Will you face it?"

The main negative consequence of this way of organizing lies in the difficulty in recognizing their real needs. Such self-detachment reveals anxious people, who always have a foot behind, who prefer the known and want to prepare for the unknown. "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Or "Better safe than sorry." In the case of the counterphobics, the expression is always opposite, not submitting to the command of another or at least aggressively questioning intentions of the other. "The best defense is offence. While you are starting things, I'm concluding them already." This attitude conceals a mistrust of the real intentions of others and a pre-disposition to interpret others as a threat.

In companies, we find Type 6 usually linked to people management and procedures. Production, finance and HR are some of the common areas. Their ability to perceive risk makes them skillful process critics, bringing a range of potential failures. In addition, they are gregarious managers, who easily manage to bring the team spirit, in which one is worth for all and all for one. Loyalty is a hallmark of this behavioral pattern. But in compulsion, they become rigid collectors of rules and procedures, as a way of ensuring control. Counterphobics are found in leaderships, taking risks as collaborators or entrepreneurs.

For greater balance:

When Type 6 recognizes their behavioral pattern as a way of organizing rather than being what they really are, they open to developing the neutralization of the emotional addiction (Fear) and contact with themselves through the virtue of Courage and through trust in themselves. This tool helps them recognize what they want from themselves, no longer through rules or what is more logical or secure. They accept and express their emotions more, allowing a greater integration of their feelings, thoughts and actions.


  • Consequent

  • Gregarious

  • Loyal


  • Attached

  • Moralists

  • Rigid

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