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Self-Preservation Instinct

Our beginning series is Introducing the Instincts. Many people are familiar with their Enneagram type but may not be familiar with what some refer to as subtype, instinctual variants, or instinctual bias. ⠀ ⠀ The first instinct that we’ll talk about is the self-preservation (or self-prez) instinct, which is our drive to preserve and sustain our foundations for life. These foundations include: physical health and wellbeing, home and domestic affairs, and monitoring resources s

Sexual Instinct 101

There are a few different names for this instinct—attraction, transmitting, one-to-one instinct—and it has felt to us that none of them capture this instinct perfectly. Naming it sexual instinct can be confusing for some, too, since it brings to mind the obvious: sex. It isn’t just about sex. Which is to say that it is still about sex, but that it extends beyond that. ⠀ ⠀ It’s helpful to think about the idea of “sexual” as being that thing that drives or compels you toward so

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