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Enneagram 6 Traits vs OCD traits

So I can't help but notice that a lot of supposed 6 traits are also traits of OCD, such as: having doubts, fearing that bad things might happen, seeking reassurance and certainty, avoiding danger, and playing it safe. These things all resonate very strongly with me, but all of these things also are caused by my OCD. So my question, I guess, is where is the line? How can I tell whether these traits are characteristics of being a 6 or simply a product of OCD?

Sorry if this sounds dumb, but my reassurance-seeking self must know >.>

Posted by snowpetal on forum Posted on 2017-10-13 04:31:56

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  • Posted on: 2018-04-13 07:35:09

    Elf Monster


    I have OCD and I have a strong 6 wing (Either that or I'm a 6w5). I'm sure any type can have OCD, but 6 does seem to correlate in a lot of ways. I've also noticed that OCD aligns with a lot of inferior/unhealthy Si/Ni descriptions.

    With regards to MBTI, the types I've seen with OCD the most are INxJ, ENxP, ISTJ. So I suppose there could be a correlation with dominant N types as well.

  • Posted on: 2017-12-29 00:15:16



    OCD is more linked to 1s than 6s. 6s are the majority of people who are normal.

  • Posted on: 2017-10-19 14:10:06


    Can't OCD be part of your personality..? You've obviously constructed yourself around that part of your identity. Ain't mental disorder characteristics of your brain as well? I think the types have an overlap with some, at least on their most superficial stages.

  • Posted on: 2017-10-15 21:16:04


    I don't think constantly being a neat freak has anything to deal with type 6.

    • Posted on: 2017-10-15 21:58:57


      Believe me, OCD is about A LOT more than being a neat freak

    • Posted on: 2017-10-17 06:31:07


      Neat freak was just an example of a OCD diagnosis. Could mild or severe. IDK. But what I do know is type 6 fear has little connection to OCD.

  • Posted on: 2017-10-14 19:28:53

    Mr Maul

    This is why I thought I was 6w5 for a while; many of the 6 traits are relatable to all types as it's the most common for a reason.

  • Posted on: 2017-10-13 06:13:19


    I'll also add that I don't really think I'm a 6, but in my quest to find my enneagram type these 6-ish traits stand out to me, and I want to be able to rule out the possibility (or not rule it out, if that should be the case). That's the reason I want clarity on this topic.

    • Posted on: 2017-10-13 15:24:31

      Teru Mikami

      Don't think you're a 6 at all either, your anxiety just makes you pretty strong on health and safety concerns probably, OCD is a pain

    • Posted on: 2017-10-13 20:52:33


      Thanks for your input ^^

  • Posted on: 2017-10-13 05:17:27

    Teru Mikami

    When they become debilitating obsessive thoughts that won't go away or cause your compulsions, I guess