Therapist Niklas Wilkens on Being a Type 2: the Inner Hope Machine, Power Tripping as "Super Jesus," and Seeing Through Ego Pride (SO/SP 2w3 269)

Niklas Wilkens is a humanistic depth psychologist practicing in Germany, and he’s been working with the Enneagram for 14 years, although only 2 years ago realized that he was an Enneagram 2. Niklas honestly blew me away with his very personal and high resolution description of his 2-ness (despite mistyping as a 5 for 11 years!). We get into why 2 is a rejection type, the "inner hope machine," why 2s can come across as creepy, and what it took for him to start really seeing himself. Really (really) good stuff.

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In this conversation, we get into some REALLY good stuff:

- Realizing I thought my type was “universal," & how mistyping influences the value you see in the enneagram and the way you think of typology in general
- Realizing I was a 2, shaking and crying, no longer being able to delude myself that I was coming from a purely selfless, loving place
- 2 as a rejection type, not attachment type; “the hope machine” — I don’t believe being loved is possible, but I’m going go out to you anyway, hoping it reflects back to me
- what happens when someone tries to love me, to pierce through my own hopelessness
- what happens when the “image” is pierced through and shattered, and the most sensitive part of you is exposed
- The realization that there is an autonomous heart organ underneath my image
- The trouble of organizing birthdays, when I don’t have anything to offer other than myself
- Watching myself as a 2 therapist — the compulsion to move into others’ psychological space; sensing the other person’s readiness for the work; the beauty of seeing others’ vulnerability
- The heart nourishment of mattering to someone in therapy; when someone’s vulnerability is exposed, it matters how I treat you (in contrast to “the world” where people are numb)
- Watching for when I’m using clients as evidence for my hope machine. “If I can help this person, maybe all is not lost. And maybe my interventions (which “are me”) work!
- Power tripping as “Super Jesus,” the “power of love,”
- Contact with Essential Love when someone really does see me
- 2s talk about doing something out of selflessness, they’re usually honest, since that’s all they’re aware of (!)
- not seeing the contradiction between being selfless and morally indignant that my efforts aren’t reciprocated
- the path to ego transparency — marshall rosenberg & NVC; being with spontaneous emotions that aren’t necessarily shaped by my image with therapist help; - the vigilance of image types
- 2s being creepy & the pressure they put on you to reciprocate; “leverage”


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