The answer is "what's going on underneath." In both systems, it's always the underneath.So there's a conflict, is surface appearance the deciding factor when it comes to enneagram or is it what's going on underneath?
Your continued use of the term "fears" leads me to believe you took Riso-Hudson model of "core fears and core desires" very seriously; fwiw I'm of the opinion that it's a little simplistic.Maybe, but then why do the descriptions exist? And what if you have 8 fears but are a pussy that doesn't stand up for yourself? Would that still be considered an 8? Maybe a "counter-phobic" (that term doesn't really fit) 8? Also why can only 6s be counter-phobic?