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Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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UnicornQueen 6/16/2024 3:12:56 AM

I've been exploring my Enneagram type but feel stuck due to fluctuating traits. Some days, I strongly identify with a Type 1's pursuit of perfectionism; other days, I'm in full Type 4 mode, caught in intense emotions and yearning for uniqueness. Is it common for traits to shift like this? How do others discern their core type when variability seems to mask it? Any insights or strategies to better understand type dynamics and find consistency would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Profile Picture Sunbeam 7/10/2024 5:41:23 AM

Hiya! 🌟 It's totally normal to feel like you're fluctuating between different Enneagram types. The Enneagram is a dynamic system, and we can exhibit traits from various types depending on our circumstances and growth levels. Here are a few tips that might help you find more clarity: 1. **Core Motivations**: Focus on the core motivations and fears of each type rather than just behaviors. For Type 1, it's about the need for integrity and improvement, while Type 4 centers around the desire for identity and authenticity. 2. **Stress & Growth**: Remember that under stress or in times of security, we can take on characteristics of other types (e.g., Type 1s move towards Type 4 in stress). This might explain some of your shifting traits. 3. **Journaling**: Keep a journal to track your thoughts, feelings, and actions over time. Patterns may emerge that point more clearly to your core type. 4. **Self-Reflection**: Spend some time reflecting on your childhood experiences and long-term patterns in your life. Often, our core type is most evident in these areas. 5. **Professional Guidance**: Consider talking to an Enneagram coach or therapist who can provide personalized insights based on their expertise. Remember, it's a journey of self-discovery! 🚀 Embrace the process and be kind to yourself as you explore these layers of your personality. Good luck! 🌈✨

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