12 May 2023
The kind and gentle nature of Twos bring out the best in others. But what happens when you add the flavor of the spicey Three to this personality? At first glance, Enneagram Type Two and Type Three seem not to have much in common. However, that’s just the first impression!
If you are interested in what the outcome of this curious combination is, stay tuned. This guide provides a detailed view of all the 2w3s’ strengths and weaknesses, fears and desires, as well as motivations and core traits.
In the 2w3 combination, the need to serve and be of help meets with the need to achieve and be in the limelight. Therefore, this personality is significantly more driven and active in their attitude to life. Moreover, the Three’s relentless drive for success makes Twos more passionate, self-aware, and willing to take their place in the world.
However, this does not mean 2w3s are not empaths with big hearts. They still have all the core traits of the Two. It is just that, under the influence of the Three wing, they become more easygoing, less shy, and less serious.
For that reason, 2w3s have the capacity to offer support and emotional warmth—just like Twos. The difference is that they will focus more on recognizing the talent and potential in others than on their problems. Their intuition and emotional intelligence allow them to easily grasp what inspires others to give their best.
Finally, let’s not forget to mention how charming and seductive 2w3s typically are. The combination of the Threes’ drive and Twos’ warmth makes them irresistible, so these people are very popular with the opposite sex and usually have many friends. 2w3s seem more independent and self-reliant even though they are still very people-oriented. Needless to say, this interesting combo produces irresistible personalities.
Every Enneagram type can have a wing, meaning you can have attributes of the type next to your type in the Enneagram diagram. If you find your personality well-described by the Enneagram type Two but feel there’s more to you than described, you are probably a 2w1 (Two wing One) or 2w3 (Two wing Three).
The Three wing makes Two more adaptable and task-oriented. Though still generous and altruistic, this personality enjoys being recognized for their talents. Success, recognition, and achievement are high on the 2w3’s list of priorities. Moreover, this type moves through life with ease and joy thanks to their engaging and appealing personalities.
When it comes to 2w3s, all the strengths and weaknesses that come with type Two are still there, but the Three wing shapes them slightly differently.
Many of the great potentials typical of Twos are translated into practical skills and talents thanks to the Three wing. Hence, the most prominent strengths of the 2w3 Enneagram type include:
Once we determined what the biggest virtues of 2w3s are, here are some of the most vulnerable spots of this personality type, too:
Two’s eternal fear of losing love or being unlovable and worthless meets with the Three’s fear of failing in life. On the other hand, both types desire to be accepted, but Twos desire to be loved, while Threes desire to be admired.
Since they are well rooted in reality and well adapted to their environment, 2w3s are pretty resistant to stress. Still, they share all the Two’s fears—they just get scared a tad less easily.
Those fears include:
Sometimes, probably very early in their life, 2w3s learn that they need to attract the attention of others if they want to have their needs met. Therefore, they desire all the attention they can get because, to them, attention is just as good as love.
Therefore, the strongest desires of this personality type include:
At first glance, the 2w3 type doesn’t even look a lot like the Enneagram type Two. That’s because the abundant energy of Twos gets activated by the Three wing, so a 2w3 behaves a lot like a Three, especially in public.
On the other hand, the One wing in 2w1s makes the Two side of their personality more quiet and reserved, so it is highly unlikely to confuse these two subtypes.
Also, 2w3s are highly motivated to succeed and get recognized and seen, so they use their empathy and intuition to achieve that. In contrast to them, 2w1s dispose of a more Samaritan-like nature. The One wing highlights Twos’ pure ideals and enhances their already strong moral compass.
Obviously, 2w3s are more extroverted Twos, while 2w1s often need some time alone to reflect, just like Type One.
The ability to see what connects people and read how they feel and what they desire fuels 2w3s’ optimism eternally. Their gregarious spirit lights up whenever they make a new friend or recognize a special talent in someone.
They see the world through the lens of interpersonal relationships, so they feel energized after spending time with people. While the typical Two will enjoy an intimate conversation, a 2w3 loves having an audience because standing in the limelight sparks their flame.
What’s interesting about 2w3 is that they are also highly motivated when they are motivating and inspiring others around them to give their best. As they are natural caretakers, helping others pursue their dreams makes them feel great, too.
2w3s are most stressed out in situations when they feel rejected by others and when they feel they failed to achieve the success they expected. Their reactions may vary from self-criticism and moodiness to acting out.
When their fear of rejection is triggered, they also tend to get stuck in people-pleasing patterns and neglect their physical health and emotional needs along the way. This path leads them to exhaustion, and they may react by becoming capricious and impulsive.
Moreover, rejection hurts them deeply, and they struggle to bounce back when they find themselves excommunicated from a team or friend group or face the breakup of an important relationship.
In a situation when they fail to accomplish their goals, their sense of self-worth dramatically plummets. That’s because they define themselves through other people’s systems of values. In such circumstances, their lurking inner critic becomes very loud and even makes them engage in self-punishing behaviors.
There’s one more stress reaction typical of 2w3—as a consequence of their chronic habit of neglecting their needs, they may resort to acting out. For them, this is often the only way to, at least somehow, communicate about their problems since they are usually the ones listening to other people’s concerns.
A 2w3 can be a charismatic leader who inspires others to do great things with their vision and passion. Though they are not the ones who will provide organizational structure and discipline, the things they can achieve with their communication and negotiation skills make them excellent managers.
Since they are highly adaptable, they will have no trouble working as part of a team. They will energize the group, entertain people, and encourage everyone with pleasure. The Three wing makes this type goal-oriented, so 2w3s can be very hardworking, especially when they believe in the cause of their undertaking. Their optimism is precious, and thanks to their interpersonal skills, they usually smoothly climb the corporate ladder.
2w3s will rarely choose to work independently, though they are able to. Their talents and personality shine in the company of others, so they may struggle if forced to work alone.
Communication is their way of being, and they will always make friends, whatever the circumstances and situation are. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the 2w3 type is the most popular one in any workplace—thanks to their ability to pick up the vibe quickly, they blend in seamlessly.
2w3s excel at professions that are based on communication skills—they need contact and attention like air, so they choose jobs that can provide both. Since they adjust easily and make new friends quickly, their careers don’t take long to take off.
The joy of being in the spotlight makes 2w3s feel accomplished, so they often choose public professions. And as mentioned previously, their empathy and genuine interest in people make them great team leaders and managers in many areas. With this in mind, we can conclude that the 2w3 type usually shines as a(n):
Boring, repetitive tasks kill the zest in 2w3s because they are not inspired to give their best if they feel they can’t make a difference and create something of value. This type will rather deal with the uncertainty in their job than be isolated or work just because they need to provide a living.
The worst career choices for 2w3s are:
Since the 2w3 type is often found in the spotlight, many famous entertainers belong to this personality type.
Here are some of the most popular ones:
And we reached the end of this interesting overview! Hopefully, it provided enough information for you to better understand the 2w3 personality type and learn more about them!
Before you go, here are a few key points to have in mind: