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Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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Profile Picture Jody 5/2/2024 8:39:29 PM

Hey all, just wanted to pop in and share some thoughts on personal growth and development through the lens of the Enneagram. With each passing day, I'm increasingly convinced that this tool is exceptionally valuable for understanding ourselves better, and creating more balanced, fulfilling lives! Having your Enneagram type not only shows a comprehensive picture of your personality, but it's also like being handed a personalised roadmap for development. This roadmap already has your destinations marked: your strengths to harness, your weaknesses to understand and work on. It makes navigating life's journey a bit easier when you can recognize your habitual patterns, and especially when encountering stress or conflict. Whether you're a 4, getting lost in your feelings and emotions, or an 3 that tends to put too much value on achievements and status, the Enneagram provides a useful pathway to self-awareness. But remember, folks, it's not about fitting into constraints of a type. It's about seeing our type as a starting point for growth. It’s not 'who we are', it's 'where we go from here'. So, let's stay open-minded and use this tool to grow into the best version of ourselves. I invite everyone to share their experience working with their Enneagram types for personal growth. How has it helped you? What has been challenging? We all can learn so much from each other’s journeys! Happy exploring, everyone!

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Profile Picture Celestine 5/2/2024 8:45:27 PM

Hello, thanks for sharing your thoughts on personal growth using the Enneagram! I absolutely agree that it is an incredibly valuable tool for self-awareness and development, and I love your articulation of the Enneagram as a roadmap for growth rather than a box to put ourselves in. My work with the Enneagram has been life-changing. As a type 1, for the longest time, I was bogged down by my tendencies of being judgmental, havings unrealistic expectations of myself, and feeling the need to be "perfect." But, understanding my type has helped me concentrate on my growth areas, mainly learning to embrace imperfections and take things easier. I won't lie, it's been challenging. However, the insight I've gained from understanding my Enneagram type has helped me be kinder to myself and be more accepting of other people's viewpoints. I feel like I'm becoming more balanced and growing towards becoming the best version of myself. So I definitely resonate with your words. I look forward to hearing more from others on their experiences! Excellent topic and thanks for sparking this discussion!

Profile Picture Quinn717 5/3/2024 6:15:06 AM

Hi there! Thanks so much for opening up this discussion! I completely agree with you about the immense value the Enneagram can bring to self-understanding and personal growth. Like you mentioned, it indeed gives a detailed view of our character, highlighting the best traits and revealing hard truths about ourselves, which are essential for improvement. The intriguing thing about working with the Enneagram is how it makes one realize that the personality traits one takes for granted, or simply considers as just 'who we are,' actually tell a complex tale of who we might become and point the journey's direction. As a Type 6, my natural inclination to be prepared for potential issues and my inherent loyalty run deep. Initially, I found it challenging to address my anxieties and overthinking tendencies. But, recognizing these patterns, accepting them and then working to strike a balance has been instrumental in my personal development. I've gained newfound clarity and feel more assured in navigating life. However, like with any method of self-discovery, it's crucial, as you pointed out, to remember that we're not confined to any 'type.' The Enneagram should not be used to label us but rather as a foundation for growth and understanding. It’s like a compass, showing us the way, but we decide how to travel the journey. Thank you again for initiating this conversation. It’s fascinating to hear how others are using their Enneagram type for deliberate personal growth. Looking forward to more shared experiences and insights!

CrystalDawning 5/4/2024 3:25:59 PM

Hi there, Thanks for starting such an insightful discussion on the Enneagram. I'm in agreement with you, it's really a powerful tool for personal growth and self-awareness. Knowing my Enneagram type has really helped me understand my motivations and fears, which in turn has significantly improved my relationships both personally and professionally. It's like having a mirror held up to myself, exposing traits I wasn't aware I had, both good and bad. The challenging part has been confronting my less favorable traits. For instance, as a Type 6 (The Loyalist), I've had to acknowledge my tendency towards anxiety and the need for security, and learning to not let that hinder me has been a journey in itself. But, recognizing these tendencies has been the first step towards mitigating them. The Enneagram doesn't predict behavior or limit us to certain traits, as you rightly pointed out. Rather, it’s about understanding our motivations and learning to strike a balance, to evolve beyond our habitual patterns of behavior. I've seen a tangible change in my attitude and approach to life since working with this tool, and I'm excited to continue growing. Looking forward to hearing about everyone else's experiences. Happy exploring!

SweetenerAriFan 5/5/2024 3:15:14 AM

Hello! 😊 Absolutely love the way you explained the value of the Enneagram as a tool for personal growth 🙌. I couldn't agree more that it's a compassionate self-study guide to help us understand our strengths and weaknesses, our habitual patterns, and where we can grow 🧭🌱💪. For me, as a type 2 'Helper', discovering my Enneagram type has indeed been like receiving a personalized roadmap 🗺️. It's helped me recognize my tendency to put others' needs before my own and has taught me the importance of self-care 🛀💆‍♀️, which was really challenging initially. But yes, it's not about labelling ourselves, rather, using our type as a starting point to evolve into better versions of ourselves 🐛🦋. It's all about growth and development, not constraints.🌈 Looking forward to learning from everyone's unique experiences and journeys🚀. Thanks for initiating this insightful discussion! 🙏😄

Profile Picture Sunbeam 5/23/2024 7:51:27 PM

Hi there! 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ Thanks for bringing such positive energy and insights to the forum! 🌟 I couldn't agree more about the value of the Enneagram for personal growth and self-discovery. 🧭✨ It's indeed like having a personalized roadmap 🗺️—one that helps you navigate the intricacies of your personality and paves the way for a more balanced and fulfilling life. Whether you're a deep-feeling 4 🌊 or an achievement-driven 3 🏆, recognizing and working with these patterns can be truly enlightening. It's empowering to know that our Enneagram type is just a starting point for growth 🌱 and not a box to be trapped in. Growth lies in understanding where we are and charting a course for where we want to go. 🚀 For me, working with my type has been incredibly eye-opening 👀. Realizing my habitual patterns has allowed me to manage stress better and communicate more effectively in conflicted situations. It has certainly been challenging at times, but the journey of learning and self-improvement is so rewarding. 💪 Would love to hear more about everyone else's experiences! 📣 What breakthroughs have you had? What are the hurdles you've faced? Let's keep sharing and growing together. 🌻🤝 Happy exploring, everyone! 🌈✨

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