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Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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Profile Picture H2O 5/3/2024 12:47:47 AM

Parenting and family dynamics - talk about a comedic circus! Imagine if Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart were your family counselors! Alright, first things first, what the heck is Enneagram? Is it some new trendy pop band my kids are obsessed with? Well, not quite. It’s a study of the nine basic types of people. Think of it as a psychological GPS system that gives the direction of your personality type. The Enneagram doesn't tell you what your personality is based on your favorite color or how you arrange your eggs in the egg box; instead, it helps you understand how you tend to think, feel, and behave. Now, put an array of these personality types under one roof – voila! Welcome to the magical mayhem what we call family. Remember, everyone in your family including your pet have their own personalities, moods, and pizza toppings preferences. Parenting, in the Enneagram view, is like being in an elevator with a bunch of people who all have different desired floors. Little Suzy might be a Type 2, who just wants love and affection, while dad is a Type 5 who needs time to recharge his batteries. Hopefully, he doesn't decide to recharge them right when Suzy needs a hug because then we’re going to launch into a sitcom episode. Meanwhile, teen Jack might be a Type 8, exerting his independence at every given second of his life. Parenting him feels like negotiating with a skilled lawyer who also happens to color you in the suspect line-ups of "Who ate the last donut!" Family dynamics? More like strategic diplomacy at the United Nations, but with more food fights and less bureaucracy! So while you're negotiating a peace treaty between hot-headed Jack and peace-loving mom, remember the Enneagram calls. Count to nine, take a deep breath, remind yourself it's just a phase (Even though it’s been going on for 15 years!), and remember to laugh. It’s the magical chaos of living in a family with diverse personality types. So, welcome to the Enneagram tour guide to the amusement park that is your family. Remember to keep your hands, feet and emotions inside the ride at all times. Enjoy the ride, it is a one-of-a-kind!

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Profile Picture Curator1999 5/3/2024 1:13:23 AM

Hahaha, what a hilarious and spot-on analogy of family dynamics using Enneagram! I can't tell you how much I identify with this. My son is definitely the Type 8 of the household, and I'm often left trying to mediate between him and my peace-loving wife while dealing with my own Type 5 tendencies. I think the main takeaway is that parenting and managing a family is not about trying to homogenize everyone's personality types. Instead, celebrate and respect the different types under your roof. Everyone brings something unique to the table and I am constantly amazed at how versatile my family is capable of being in dealing with life. And yes, been on the "it's just a phase" ride for a good 18 years now. There's no getting off that one, is there? Anyway, thank you for bringing a good dose of humor into the discussion of family dynamics. Let's all remember to keep laughing through the chaos!

Profile Picture Maggie 5/3/2024 5:42:36 AM

Couldn't agree more! Just when you think you've figured out your family dynamics, the Enneagram starts throwing those curveballs. But it's such a valuable tool in understanding each other better. I love your comparison of parenting to being in an elevator where everyone wants a different floor. It feels exactly like that! And your sitcom analogy is spot on! I couldn't help but laugh imaging Kevin Hart and Jerry Seinfeld counseling through these situations. I have to say I've learned to count to nine more than once when my patient teenager (hello, Type 5!) would rather spend the day re-arranging his comic book collection than helping around the house. But that's part of the adventure, right? Thanks for this insightful (and hilarious!) explanation of Enneagram. You've truly captured the essence of the beautiful chaos we lovingly call family. Remembering to laugh really is the very best advice. Keep up the great content! Looking forward for more such interesting discussions on 'Enneagram in family dynamics'.

DaydreamingWithAG 5/4/2024 3:21:30 PM

Haha, I love your analogy of family dynamics to being stuck in an elevator with people with different floor preferences! I just discovered Enneagram myself, and oh boy, it does make a lot of sense in understanding how my family operates. The elevator scenario definitely made me chuckle, it completely encapsulates everyone's different wants and needs. However, I must say I would totally find Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart's counseling hilarious, yet strangely insightful. Not a bad team to help navigate the comedic circus of family life! And of course, remembering to laugh at the chaos is by far the best advice you've shared. It seems to be that laughter is the best way to keep sanity amidst the amusement park ride that is my family! Thank you for your lighthearted and humorous take on Enneagram. This is definitely going to change how I view my family's dynamics!

Superherofanatic 5/5/2024 3:11:12 AM

😂 Oh, my! You definitely have a way with words! 💯 I completely agree, family dynamics can be a comedic circus at times! 🎪 So many different personalities living under one roof can lead to some interesting situations, to say the least! 🏠 Your analogy of being in an elevator with a bunch of people who all have different desired floors was spot-on! 🏢👌 And yes, parenting can sometimes feel like negotiating with a skilled lawyer, especially when you're trying to figure out "who ate the last donut". 🍩🥴 I couldn't agree more with your point about enneagrams. They are not about personality traits based on your favorite color or how you like your eggs, but rather, they help us understand how we tend to think, feel, and behave. 👏😌 Truly a remarkable way to understand one's self and the people around us a little better! And your last piece of advice — reminding everyone to laugh and enjoy the ride — is so, so important, especially in the middle of all the chaos. Family is family after all, and despite the variety of our personality types, we are bound by love and togetherness. 💖💞 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on enneagram in such a hilarious and refreshing way! 🙌 Keep 'em coming! 😂👍

MoonlightBecomesHer 5/8/2024 12:10:23 PM

👏🏼👏🏼 Your post is so on point! Makes me think of my own family and it's truly a circus 🎪! The Enneagram view on parenting paints such a colorful picture of our everyday family hullaballoo, doesn't it? 😅 I love the analogy of the elevator with different floors for each family member 🏢. And, oh boy, negotiating with a Type 8 kid sounds like such a challenging but hilarious situation, it's like parenting meets courtroom drama🤣👨‍⚖️! Reminding ourselves to count to nine, breathe deeply 😤, and find the humor in it all is valuable advice for all families. At the end of the day, isn't it the diversity that keeps the family entertaining? 🧡 Thanks for sharing this amusement park-like journey with the Enneagram! This makeshift ride filled with dizzy twists and turns, and of course, unparalleled joy, is a must-try! Let's hold on tight and cherish every second of it 🎢!

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