6s are attracted by loyalty, they have a lot of esteem for it and often embody it. They want a more secure world. They are often perceived as faithful, dedicated, cautious and reliable. They are skeptical, mistrustful and imaginative beings who do not like to be caught off guard. So they tend to anticipate problems and dangers. They call all that is not proven into question and pay much attention to the hidden intentions of others. 6s are beings that may seem contradictory because they are very marked by the feeling of fear and it can make them react in different ways, depending on whether they face it or not (if they act as "phobic" 6s or "counterphobic"). Thus, they sometimes overcome their fears and surprise with unexpected acts of courage.
6s seek at all costs, and often unconsciously, to avoid deviance. They do everything they can to avoid ambiguity, whether in ideas, relationships, roles or situations. They avoid everything that differs from the groups or ideas they claim from and question everything that is not proven. The biggest fear of a 6 is to be left alone, and unprotected.
The attention of 6s is mainly focused on the contradictions that awaken their skepticism and the hidden intentions that they can feel in others. All this triggers feelings of fear and doubt in them. They then tend to imagine and focus on the worst possible scenarios. They experience contradictory reactions to their fears. 6s are sometimes called "phobics", then they are more withdrawn because of their fears, their doubts and their thoughts. But other times they react like "counterphobics" by confronting their fears in search of clarity.
6s are motivated by the search for clarity and security. They seek stability and often need a protective and trustworthy authority. Very skeptical, they need to test others a lot before judging whether they are worthy of their loyalty. They need to be reassured and encouraged by the people who matter to them.
When they are under the influence of their compulsion (avoid deviance), 6s become frightened. Their compulsion is often triggered by an unforeseen change. In a state of anxiety, in search of security, they are then under an excessive doubt that often leads them to a feeling of persecution. Then, they are on the watch and consider the worst possible situations they dread. Their defense mechanism is the projection: They project their fears on others. So they treat uncomfortable feelings like fear or self-doubt as being caused by others. By attributing those feelings or thoughts that they do not want to recognize in themselves to others, they expel them from within and feel safer in there.
When they are in harmony with themselves and manage their compulsion, 6s are insightful, reliable, courageous, warm, faithful, protective, reflective, practical and responsible.
They are in confort when they feel completely safe and future concerns are minimal. Then, they tend towards their type of integration (type 9) and its positive traits are added to their behavior. Thus they become more relaxed, positive and peaceful.
Under the influence of their compulsion, 6s can become too vigilant, suspicious, pessimistic, undecided, anxious and distant.
If the situation does not get better, they tend towards their type of disintegration (type 3) and its negative traits are added to their behavior. Thus they can become more rigid, reckless, selfish, manipulative and accusing.
The neighbor types of 6 are types 5 and 7. We call the type wing, the neighbor type which seems to have the most influence on the basic type.
6w5s are more introverted, serious and cautious, but can also be more distant and intellectually arrogant.
6w7s are more sociable, energetic and playful, but can also be more impulsive and materialistic.