Sometimes your only transportation is a leap of faith.
— Margaret Shepard, Type 6

Sixes, in general, are witty, warm, compassionate, funny, good listeners and engage well in two-way conversations. When they are in an unhealthy state, they quickly become overly reactive, skeptical, suspicious and anxious. They begin to question others while not trusting others. At this point, they typically begin to doubt both themselves and others.

Type Sixes work professionally best with others who work hard, show commitment and are loyal to their colleagues. They do not work well with people who are not authentic or genuine. Being criticized frequently and harshly do not make well for good working relationships. Sixes are also not comfortable making quick decisions under pressure. Inconsistent and suspicious use of authority is also a red flag for the Six.

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Romantically, a Six has one main thing in mind…safety. In order to have a healthy relationship, they must feel secure with the person. This includes being able to share concerns without judgement from their partner. They need lots of reassurance about your commitment to them. Try to be honest, loyal, and not too needy. Listen to their worst-case scenarios and then help them see the best possible outcome.

 

HOW TO SUPPORT, GET ALONG and LOVE YOUR TYPE SIX:

  • Expect shifts of mood as certainty shifts to doubt and back again.

  • Expect to be challenged and/or questioned.

  • Spontaneous reassurance, romance, and surprise will work wonders.

  • Sixes identify the problem areas of a relationship.

  • Recognizing the issues doesn’t require you to immediately change, but denial creates mistrust.

  • Sixes can attribute their own feelings to others. You can seem to be angry or withholding when it’s the Six who feels that way. A clear statement of your position is hugely reassuring.

  • Expect challenges with softer emotions which point to their vulnerability and insecurity. Therefore, offer genuine assurances.

  • A Six wants to feel value in a relationship.

  • Encourage Sixes to act when they are overthinking.

  • Answer their questions honestly and thoughtfully.

  • Plan to reassure a Six very often of your loyalty and commitment.

  • Be honest, clear and direct in your communication.

  • Help them feel secure through hardworking, responsibility, commitment and trustworthiness.

  • Listen patiently to their perspectives without forcing them to be optimistic.

  • Show empathy, support and understanding of their struggles with anxiety.

  • Encourage them as they grow.