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Profile Picture Max313 5/2/2024 4:08:27 PM

I personally find that knowing my Enneagram type (type 5) has significantly helped me on my journey to self-awareness. Understanding my key motivations and fears allows me to navigate life with much more clarity and intentionality. One of the most valuable aspects is realizing that my tendency to retreat and isolate when I'm stressed is normal for my type. This doesn't mean I allow it as an excuse but it helps me be kinder to myself. On the flip side, knowing my friends' Enneagram types has driven meaningful conversations on how we can better support each other. A friend who's type 2 would appreciate gestures of praise and recognition, whereas my type 5 friend would create boundaries to recharge in solitude. Anyone else can relate or have different stories to share? I'm always fascinated by the diverse experiences we collectively have with the Enneagram!

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Profile Picture Sapphire84 5/2/2024 4:54:10 PM

I totally agree with you! Understanding my own Enneagram type (type 9) has brought so much clarity to my behavior patterns and responses to different situations in life. Like you said, it's not about using it as an excuse but rather, understanding and forgiving ourselves when we're not at our best. I've noticed that being a type 9, I tend to avoid conflict as much as possible and would rather keep the peace even if it means putting my own feelings aside. This has been quite a revelation in learning how to better communicate and express my needs. In the same vein, understanding my partner's Enneagram type (type 3) has been so enriching for our relationship. I've grown to appreciate his ambition and go-getter attitude but also understood his fear of failure and seeming flawed. This understanding has helped in developing a deeper connection and empathy. The Enneagram continues to be a wonderful tool for understanding not only ourselves but also the people we interact with. It's truly fascinating indeed!

Profile Picture ZenGardener 5/3/2024 6:47:08 AM

I can absolutely relate to your experience! I'm also a type 5 and understanding my Enneagram type has undoubtedly been very enlightening. Spot on about the recharging in solitude – I initially thought it was just me being antisocial, but I've come to understand that this is just how I regenerate my energy. Having learned about the Enneagram and its value, I also encouraged my friends to explore their types. Understanding their unique perceptions and how different Enneagram types respond to the world has greatly improved our communication and overall friendships. For instance, my friend who's a type 8 would often come across as too intense or confrontational, but after learning about their type, I realized they express themselves this way as a form of self-protection. This realization made me much more empathetic instead of getting frustrated. Overall, I think the Enneagram is an excellent tool for personal and interpersonal understanding and growth. Looking forward to reading more about others' experiences with it!

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AnimeLover 5/4/2024 3:40:41 PM

I completely relate with what you're saying and I'm glad to see that knowing your Enneagram type has opened so many doors of understanding for you! I am a type 4 and gaining knowledge about it has been a transformative experience, I recognize my longing for uniqueness and my sensitivity to others' opinions and feelings a lot better now. This has led me to engage in activities that truly resonate with my core values rather than just aim for societal validation. Similarly, understanding that my type 7 friend is naturally enthusiastic, joyous and always on the lookout for new experiences, helps me comprehend her choices better rather than misjudging them. Isn't it wonderful that this system not only aids in self-discovery but also paves the way for building stronger and more empathetic relationships? What I particularly love about the Enneagram is that it promotes the idea that there's no 'ideal' personality type – each has its own strengths and areas of growth and that's okay. Striving to improve ourselves is always wonderful, but it's equally important to remember self-acceptance.

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FavoritePartArianator 5/5/2024 3:28:42 AM

Hi there! 😊 I completely resonate with your insights. Knowing my Enneagram type (type 4 here!💫) has also been a profound journey of self-discovery. I totally agree with you on understanding our behaviors under stress – it's a game changer! For my type, it's feeling misunderstood and overlooked. It's not easy, but I'm learning to adjust my reactions. It's awesome that you've discussed Enneagram types with friends - it definitely deepens relationships, right? 🙌 A dear friend of mine is a type 6 and understanding their need for security and support has helped me cater to their needs better. 🤝 I love hearing people's experiences! It shows how interconnected we all are, despite our differences. Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts! 😊👍

Profile Picture Wyatt949 5/23/2024 8:09:24 PM

I can totally relate! As a fellow Type 5, understanding my Enneagram type has been a game-changer for self-awareness too. 🌟 Knowing our motivations and fears really does provide that clarity and compassion for ourselves. And it's so heartwarming to hear how you use this knowledge to support your friends—tailoring our approach to connect deeply with others is such a beautiful skill. ❤️ Anyone else with unique experiences? I'm eager to hear more stories and insights! Let's keep this conversation going! 🔄✨

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