1w2: The Advocate



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A Deep Dive into 1w2

"The Advocate"

Strengths, Weaknesses, Desires,

Compatibility & Love Languages

The Enneagram 1w2 type, also known as

"The Advocate", is a unique blend of traits from the One and Two types.

This personality type is driven by a sense of righteousness, ethical standards, and a desire for perfection from the One, blended with the Two's inclination towards helpfulness, compassion, and a focus on relationships. 

Strengths and Weaknesses

The Enneagram Type 1 with a 2 wing (1w2) exhibits a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Remember that these traits can vary greatly depending on the individual's level of self-awareness, personal development, and the healthiness of their psychological state.

1w2 Strengths

  • Dedicated and Committed: 1w2s are extremely dedicated and committed to their values. They are often seen leading causes and fighting for what they believe is right.
  • Caring and Considerate: The influence of the 2 wing makes them caring and considerate. They genuinely care for others and often extend help whenever possible.
  • Organized and Reliable: They are organized and reliable. They strive for perfection and tend to be meticulous in their tasks.
  • Resilient: They are resilient and have the ability to bounce back from setbacks and continue working towards their goals.


1w2 Weaknesses

  • Perfectionism: Their desire for perfection can sometimes lead to frustration and dissatisfaction when things are not up to their high standards.
  • Difficulty Delegating: They may have trouble delegating tasks, as they feel that others may not be able to perform to their standards.
  • Tendency to Overwork: They can often overwork themselves in their pursuit of a perfect outcome or to help others, leading to burnout.
  • Struggle with Criticism: They may struggle with criticism, seeing it as a personal failure rather than an opportunity for growth.

Understanding these traits can help 1w2s in their journey of self-discovery and growth. They can utilize their strengths and work on their weaknesses to create a more balanced personality.

1w2 Basic Desires and Fears

The primary desire of a 1w2, like the core One, is to seek moral perfection and to make a difference in the world. They yearn for a life where they are making a substantial positive impact and adhering to their strong ethical standards.

However, the addition of the Two-wing introduces a unique dynamic to this desire. 1w2s are not just focused on moral perfection; they also desire to be loved and appreciated by others. This additional desire often drives them to be more people-oriented and caring compared to the typical One.

On the other hand, the fundamental fear of a 1w2 personality type is the fear of immorality, being wrong or corrupt, and being unworthy of love. They dread the thought of making a morally incorrect decision or being seen as flawed in the eyes of others.

The Two-wing adds another layer to this fear. While the One fears moral corruption, the Two fears being unloved or unwanted. So, a 1w2 might have an underlying fear of not being helpful enough or not being loved or appreciated for their efforts.

Understanding these basic desires and fears of the 1w2 personality type can offer valuable insights into their motivations, behaviors, and interactions with the world. It can serve as a foundation for personal growth and improved self-understanding. 

Our Top 5 Compatibility

recommendations for 1w2's

Remember, these recommendations are general and based on typical type characteristics. In real life, personal growth, mutual respect, communication skills, shared interests, and emotional maturity play significant roles in the success of any relationship. Compatibility can certainly exist between any types of the Enneagram.

Type 2w1 (The Servant): Given that 2w1 and 1w2 share both their primary types and wings with each other, they can bond over their mutual desire to help others and their strong ethical standards. This pairing can provide a balanced relationship where they both understand each other's drive for perfectionism and altruism.

Type 6w5 (The Defender): Type 6w5's are loyal, committed, and security-oriented, which pairs well with the 1w2's strong sense of duty and ethical conduct. The 6w5's pragmatism and caution can provide a practical balance to the 1w2's idealism.

Type 9w1 (The Dreamer): The 9w1's desire for peace and harmony aligns with the 1w2's quest for moral perfection. This pair can find common ground in their shared values, and the 9w1 can offer the 1w2 a more peaceful perspective to balance their rigid ethical standards.

Type 3w2 (The Charmer): This type is known for being ambitious, charming, and driven to succeed. They can offer the 1w2 a dynamic, energetic partnership, where both types are driven to make a positive impact on the world.

Type 1w9 (The Idealist): Sharing the primary type, these two types understand each other's desire for perfection and doing the right thing. The 1w9 can offer a calming influence to the 1w2, while the 1w2 can help the 1w9 to connect more with others and the world around them.

1w2's Love Languages

Love Languages are unique ways in which individuals express and receive love. They help us understand how we connect on an emotional level and they can greatly influence our interpersonal relationships.

The concept encompasses five main categories: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

By understanding these languages, we can communicate love more effectively and create stronger bonds with those around us.

Derived from common characteristics and tendencies typically associated with 1w2s, here are the top 3 love languages that likely resonate with a person having Enneagram Type 1w2.


Words of Affirmation

Words of Affirmation can strongly resonate with the 1w2 Enneagram Type. As a 1w2 is driven by a desire for perfection and helping others, they appreciate verbal praise, encouragement, and validation from their loved ones.

Affirming their efforts, recognizing their accomplishments, and expressing gratitude can strengthen their sense of purpose and value in their relationships.

These words of affirmation reinforce their self-worth and reinforce the bond they have with others.


Acts of Service

Acts of Service can be particularly meaningful for 1w2 individuals. Offering practical help and support, such as assisting with tasks, providing aid, or taking care of responsibilities, shows them that you value their well-being and appreciate their efforts.

By actively contributing and lightening their load, you demonstrate your commitment and love. These acts of service help create an environment of harmony and care, strengthening the bond between you and the 1w2 individual.


Physical Touch

Physical Touch is a love language that can also resonate with the 1w2 Enneagram Type. While 1w2 individuals may appear focused on principles and responsibilities, they also have a deep need for physical connection and affection. Hugs, hand-holding, and gentle physical gestures can provide them with comfort, reassurance, and a sense of being loved.

Physical touch serves as a nonverbal expression of care and emotional support, fostering closeness and intimacy with this Enneagram type.  


Famous People with 1w2 Personality

Famous 1w2 personalities include Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Princess Diana, exemplifying the qualities and potential within this personality type.

Betty Baker M.A. Psych, M.Ed

About the Author

Betty Baker is an awarded marriage and family therapist and contributor to the internationally renowned PeaceBuilders® Program - a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for children, grades pre-K to 12.