social instinct. Enneagram theorists have been working with these divisionsever since. These instincts are the most primitive portions of our being; theyare that in us which is most akin to the other animals and they are affectedby our fixations in ways that follow predictable patterns, in ways that aresusceptible to analysis and description.In the portions of this site which follow, some attempt has been made todescribe the manner in which these instincts manifest. The general patternwhich seems to occur is that one of the three instincts becomes preferredand over-utilized; it mixes with the second most preferred instinct, while thethird remains generally undeveloped. Thus, to offer an example, in thenomenclature which has developed around the Enneagram of personality, anindividual is considered to have a dominant fixation, type One for instance,and, (in addition to the favored wing, Nine or Two as the case may be), adominant instinctual preference. A One, for instance, is either dominated byconcerns related to the instinct for self-preservation, in which case she willbe referred to as a self-pres One, by concerns related to the sexual instinct,in which case she will be classified as a sexual One, or by those of the socialinstinct, in which case she is referred to as a social One. In addition, it isuseful to note which of the instincts comes second, in what has come to beknown as “the instinctual stacking.” If a self-pres One’s second most utilizedinstinct is the sexual instinct, she will be called a self-pres/sexual One; itremains implied that her stacking is self-pres/sexual/social. Overall, thereare six possible combinations of instinctual preferences; each one of thesepreferences manifests in ways that admit of some description. Thesecombinations can be described independently of the dominant types, as eachstacking preference will exhibit some commonalities across types. Each of these combinations can also be described as channeled through type, asthere are some definite type specific differences. In the pages that follow,the “stackings” are discussed both independently of type and in accordancewith it.A few words can be said in general about the various instincts. The instinctfor self-preservation is attuned to the protection of the self, to its needs,health, comforts, security, and stability. This instinct is the strongest andmost fundamental in virtually all life forms, and can easily override the otherinstincts should the life or safety of the individual be in immediate danger. Insuch threatening conditions, all of us are dominated by the instinct for self-preservation. But, in more general circumstances, when our health, life orsecurity is not obviously or immediately endangered, this instinct will take aback seat, if the individual is dominated by the sexual or social instincts.