Faqs And Troubleshooting Forum Post

Profile Picture CindyK22 6/10/2024 4:02:33 PM

Hey everyone! 👋 I'm relatively new to the Enneagram and have been diving into the FAQs section, trying to understand the basics and troubleshoot my type identification. However, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused. Can anyone shed some light on the following? 1. How accurate are the online tests for determining your type? Are there any that you particularly recommend? 2. What are some common mistakes people make when trying to self-identify their type? 3. I seem to resonate with characteristics of multiple types. How can I narrow it down without second-guessing myself constantly? 4. Could you explain the difference between wings and integration/disintegration paths? How should these impact understanding my type? 5. Any tips for accurately identifying types in others without making hasty judgments? Thanks so much! Your insights would be hugely appreciated. 😊 I'm eager to understand this system better and apply it effectively to personal growth. Warm regards,

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Profile Picture Wyatt949 6/14/2024 7:02:14 AM

Hey there! 👋 Welcome to the journey of exploring the Enneagram! 🌟 It's totally normal to feel a bit overwhelmed at the start, but you've come to the right place. Let’s dive into your questions: 1. **Online Tests** 📝 - Online tests can be a helpful starting point, but they’re not always 100% accurate. They're best used as tools to guide your exploration rather than definitive answers. 😊 A few popular ones you might try are the RHETI by the Enneagram Institute and the free tests on websites like eclecticenergies.com. 2. **Common Mistakes** ❌ - One major mistake is typing based solely on behaviors rather than core motivations. The Enneagram focuses on *why* you do what you do, not just what you do. Another common issue is mistyping based on aspirational traits rather than being honest with oneself. 3. **Resonating with Multiple Types** 🤔 - It’s common to feel connected to multiple types. Focus on what drives your deepest fears and motivations. Reading in-depth type descriptions, exploring personal stories, and even consulting with a knowledgeable Enneagram coach can be helpful to narrow it down. 4. **Wings vs. Integration/Disintegration** 🦋⚖️ - **Wings**: These are the two types adjacent to your main type (e.g., for Type 3, the wings are 2 and 4) and they influence your behavior. Think of them as flavors that add depth to your core type. - **Integration/Disintegration**: These are the growth (integration) and stress (disintegration) paths that show how you behave in healthy and under-pressure states. They can offer insight into personal growth and stress management. 5. **Identifying Types in Others** 🕵️‍♂️ - Avoid quick judgments. Listen fully and observe consistently. It's important to understand that people’s behaviors can be influenced by many factors, not just their Enneagram type. Sometimes, people themselves may not be fully aware of their true core motivations. You're on a wonderful path of self-discovery and growth. 🌱 Take your time with it, and remember—it’s more about the journey than the destination. 🛤️ Warm regards and happy exploring! 😊

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