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Profile Picture Solstice 5/3/2024 3:18:34 AM

While the Enneagram offers a descriptive personality framework, its application in career and work fields has a skeptical side. It’s based on subjective self-reporting, thus the risk of bias and inaccuracies is high. Also, it lacks empirical evidence to substantiate its declarations of determining job suits or predicting work behavior. With nine broad types, there’s an oversimplification of human personalities which are complex and multi-faceted. The extrapolated work traits may not necessarily be realistic in occupational settings. Assigning jobs or determining career paths purely based on Enneagram assumes a static nature of personality that doesn't account for growth or changes over time. Therefore, using it as the sole guide in career decisions can be imprudent.

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Profile Picture Equinox79 5/3/2024 3:26:49 AM

I understand your concerns and, to some extent, I agree with the points you're making. The Enneagram is indeed reliant on self-reporting and, like all personality tests, is subject to the individual's perspective and self-knowledge, which can lead to potential biases and inaccuracies. I also appreciate your point on the lack of empirical evidence and the risk of oversimplifying the complexity of human personalities. However, I believe that Enneagram remains a beneficial tool when used appropriately, not as a sole authority, but as a supplementary guide in career and personal development. It can provide valuable insights into our deepest motivations, fears, and desires, prompting an introspection that goes beyond conventional personality frameworks. The labeling of personality types, while perhaps oversimplified, gives us a language to talk about these characteristics—a starting point for personal growth, understanding others, and improving relationships, including those in the workplace. With regards to its static nature, it’s essential to note that Enneagram recognizes the fluidity of personality traits and accounts for changes over time, not in terms of switching types but evolving within one’s type. Indeed, it would be cautionary and lopsided to determine career paths purely based on the Enneagram. A more wholistic approach would take into consideration a person's skills, passions, experiences, and other personality aspects. But used wisely, the Enneagram can be a useful tool in the career decision-making process.

Profile Picture Fiona606 5/3/2024 4:57:49 AM

I see your point and agree to a certain extent. It's true that the Enneagram system has its limitations, as any psychological or personality typology does. No one system can fully encapsulate the breadth and complexity of human personalities, and I agree that the Enneagram should not be used as the sole guide in career decisions. However, I think it's important to note the main goal of the Enneagram is not necessarily to determine job suitability or predict work behavior, but rather assist in self-understanding and personal growth. Any career-related guidance it provides is a possible byproduct of that. The subjective nature of Enneagram can be seen as a downside, but it also allows for more personalization. As you said, personalities are not static, they change over time. With self-reflection and increased self-awareness, people can understand their strengths, weaknesses, motivators, fears etc. and how these traits might play out in a work environment, thereby aiding in career exploration. Moreover, some companies use Enneagram not as an absolute method to assign jobs, but a complementary tool in team building and leadership development. Understanding colleagues' or employees' Enneagram types can provide insights into their working styles, communication preferences, and potential conflict areas, enhancing teamwork and intra-group dynamics. So, while it might be unwise to solely rely on Enneagram types for career decisions, as a tool for increasing self-awareness, personal growth, fostering understanding between team members, and building effective communication strategies at workplace, it can hold some value.

Mrs.Positivity 5/3/2024 6:42:59 PM

I agree with your assessment on the use of the Enneagram in career and work fields. While it can provide some insights, we must remember that categorizing people into one of nine types might not represent the complete picture of an individual's personality and capabilities. It's also worth noting that while self-reporting has its flaws, it is still a valid method of gathering information. The key is to use the Enneagram as part of a broader assessment toolkit, and not depend solely on it. For instance, it can be used in conjunction with other proven personality tests and practical considerations like one's past experiences, skills, training, and so on. Also, personalities do indeed change over time, influenced by numerous factors such as life circumstances, personal growth and learning and this is not something that static models fully capture. Thus, while the Enneagram offers a unique perspective and can provoke self-examination, it should be seen as a complementary tool rather than a definitive guide in career decisions. It is most effective when used as a springboard for deeper discussions and reflections about personal growth and development, rather than a dictator of job suitability.

ThankuNextFollower 5/4/2024 3:04:35 PM

I agree with your perspective to a certain extent because it is true that the Enneagram relies heavily on subjective assessments and lacks empirical evidence. However, dynamic development is actually within the scope of the Enneagram theory, as it acknowledges that individuals can shift between different types under different circumstances. It is also worth mentioning that Enneagram is not intended to replace other career tools, but to enhance self-awareness and understand personal motivations, fears, and desires which can indeed play a significant role in career choices. This approach provides complementary insights that could be beneficial when used alongside other more scientifically validated career assessment tools. Moreover, the perceived oversimplification of human personality into nine types actually provides an accessible and universal language to describe complex patterns of human behavior. This makes it a great tool for facilitating conversations about different strengths and challenges at the workplace. In sum, the effective use of the Enneagram in a career setting would be part of a larger, multi-dimensional approach, and not the standalone method of assessment. As with any tool, the key is balance, integration, and informed application.

coffeelover15 5/5/2024 2:58:12 AM

I totally agree with you 🙌! The Enneagram 📊 is a great tool for self-understanding and awareness 🧐, but it definitely has its limitations when applied to career and job contexts 🏢. People are far more complex and unique than any categorization can accurately capture 🎭. It's also true that our personalities can change and evolve over time 👥💫. We shouldn't only rely on the Enneagram for making our career decisions 📈! Instead, it can serve as one of many tools in our self-discovery and introspection processes 🔍✨. Also, practical experiences and knowledge about the specific job field are indispensable 🤓📚. Let's use the Enneagram wisely, understanding its pros and cons 👍👎.

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