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  • Writer's pictureJane R Shantz

Enneagram Type 2: The Giver

Type 2s are very considerate of others, their needs and their feelings. They strive to make other people feel good. They place a high value on relationships and want them to thrive.

Type 2 is in the heart centre of intelligence. Here are the main traits of Type 2:

  • Always feel the need to help others

  • Often offer gifts, help and advice

  • Generous

  • Self-sacrificing

  • Empathetic, authentic and compassionate


Type 2s often feel the need to help others, especially those important to them. They are sensitive, attentive and generous. Their warm nature makes them wonderful caregivers and a centre of support. They want to do what is best for others, but sometimes they do this at the expense of their own well-being. Their core motivation is to feel loved.


Type 2s see themselves as:

  • Thoughtful

  • Generous

  • Sensitive

  • Able to predict the needs of others

  • Open-hearted

Other people see Type 2s as:

  • Reliable

  • Positive

  • Compassionate/Caring

  • Encouraging/Appreciative

  • Thoughtful

  • Resentful

  • Possessive

Working with Type 2s:

Type 2s strive to make the world a more loving place by offering support and care to those who are important to them. They avoid feelings of being unworthy; however, their deep desire is to feel a sense of self-worth that is not dependent on how others respond. They want to be liked – especially by those in need or people who are important to them.

Are you a Type 2?

My coaching for Type 2 is focused on making sure their feelings of self-worth and appreciation are not dependent on how others respond to them. We work on acknowledging their own needs because they are often so focused on the needs of others. The challenge for you is to learn to express your own needs and allow space for your feelings to emerge. Self-compassion is as important as the compassion you show for others. When you feel underappreciated, you may begin to feel sad and emotional.

Fellow Type 2s:
  • Jennifer Garner

  • Dolly Parton

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