2w3 Enneagram 2 Wing 3 Explained

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Jesse Williams

If you identify with traits such as being driven and ambitious, yet sociable, empathetic and wanting to make a difference in the world, then you’re probably an Enneagram type 2 wing 3 or “The Guiding Light” (and you were wondering about the halo above you).

Your wing type can sometimes have a powerful impact on your personality compared to the traits that are typical of your Enneagram type.

Read on to know everything about the 2w3 Enneagram and how it can impact your traits, behaviors, relationships and more.

Enneagram 2w3 Description

Type 2 people are caring and empathetic and need to be wanted, appreciated and loved. On the other hand, type 3 people are self-assured, charismatic and confident and are driven by the ambition to succeed in life.

A combination of these two types, the Enneagram 2 w 3 is driven by their desire to help and care for others and protect them, but at the same time want to be successful in whatever they choose to do.

For instance, the 2w3 typically excels in the field of medicine, where they can be the “true” Guiding Light with their empathy and care with the combination of drive that will help them to succeed in their chosen profession as a doctor or a nurse.

2w3s are extroverts and have no problems whatsoever about being around people.

The Enneagram 2 wing 3 has an innate desire to please everyone and be liked by all, and often, they are successful at this. They hate the feeling of being unwanted and rejected.

The 2w3 is very charming and has very strong communication skills. They can be quite persuasive and this makes them quite successful at the workplace. But they are quite sensitive and cannot take criticism very easily.​​

They can get quite stressed, which can lead to some major tantrums because the 2w3 is unable to acknowledge their own needs.

Enneagram 2w3 vs 3w2: The Guiding Light vs The Nice Guy

Enneagram 3w2
Enneagram 3w2

Generally, The Guiding Light is kind and generous by nature (they are “guiding” after-all) and they like to be helpful and want others to view them as being kind and helpful.

They want to be helpful and make themselves indispensable to their friends, family and loved ones. But the 2w3 is also ambitious with their sights firmly set on their goal. But this trait only comes second to their innate desire to be helpful.

3w2s are also ambitious and love helping people. They are goal oriented, like to set the pace, and desire to be recognized for their achievements. They love their jobs and what they do and always aspire to be the best among the rest.

Since they can be wonderful friends, it’s no wonder that the 3w2 is a real “Nice Guy.”

Enneagram 2w3 vs 2w1: The Guiding Light vs Selfish Sweetheart

Enneagram type 2w1
Enneagram type 2w1

The core desire of The Guiding Light or the 2w3 Enneagram is to help others. They are quite conscious about their image and how others perceive them and want to be viewed by others as a successful and giving person.

2w3s are generally extroverts and are sociable, chatty, confident and well liked by people.

They like bringing people together, hosting parties, taking up hobbies to meet people and working in environments where they are naturally liked by people and don’t have to turn into chameleons to be liked by them.

Enneagram 2w1 or “The Selfish Sweetheart” is more of an introvert. They are more reserved, disciplined and organized and prefer to spend their time alone to have some “me time.”

2w1s like to work preferably alone and if forced to, then maybe in small groups. They prefer to have one-on-one connections with others. The 2w1 is focused when it comes to work and will be at it until it is completed.

Dr. Tom LaHue summarizes these differences in this video:

Enneagram 2w3 Relationships

The 2w3s value relationships and like associating themselves with attractive and successful people.

They need to feel loved and will, in turn, support others and be the guiding force in their life. They are extroverts, friendly and like networking and building relationships.

Their key focus is to help others and be loved in return. They have great leadership qualities and while they may not be perfect in everything they do; they will do everything to achieve success.

2w3 Enneagram Characters

If you identify with the 2w3 Enneagram and want to know some of the famous people who belong to this type, then here is a list for you.

  • Hatshepsut, the 2nd female pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt (Whoa! That’s quite a mouthful.)
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Roger Federer
  • Charles Dickens
  • Sarah Palin
  • Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg (yes, she happens to be Mark Zuckerberg’s wife!)
  • Percy Jackson

Enneagram 2w3 Careers

People belonging to the Enneagram type 2 wing 3 are protective, caring and empathetic. And, they are motivated by helping less fortunate people.

You can commonly find 2w3s as:

  • Aid workers
  • Counselors
  • Paramedics
  • Non-profit leaders
  • Motivational speakers
  • Public relations experts

After reading all the traits, behaviors, relationships and other details about 2w3s, we hope that you have some insight into your personality, strengths and weaknesses.

And, we hope that this has given you the inspiration of how to benefit from your 2w3 Enneagram’s influence and find a career that you fit in truly well.

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Written By Jesse Williams

Jesse has taken a deep dive into how personality effects our daily lives. After taking all the tests under the sun, she enjoys comparing her results with total strangers. It's fun for her.

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