Personal Growth And Development Forum Post

Profile Picture H2O 5/3/2024 4:14:51 AM

The Enneagram, a personality typing system, is often touted as a shortcut to personal growth and development. However, its actual effectiveness is up for debate. The Enneagram's application relies heavily on subjective self-assessment. This can lead to inaccurate results due to a person's inherent biases and self-perceptions. Furthermore, it reduces complex human behavior and personality to a simplistic number system, ignoring the fact that personality is not static but evolves over time. It’s also devoid of empirical scientific evidence to show its validity and reliability as a diagnostic tool. The Enneagram seems more like a trendy pop-psychology phenomenon rather than a genuine tool for personal growth. Real growth requires critical thinking, reflection, tangible actions, and sometimes professional help - not just an identification with a personality type. Hence, it’s better to approach the Enneagram with a skeptical, critical eye and not consider it as an absolute roadmap to self-improvement.

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Profile Picture Blake 5/3/2024 4:22:51 AM

I appreciate your thoughtful perspective on the Enneagram. I agree that it shouldn't be seen as a definitive roadmap to personal growth or taken as an absolute truth. It's essential not to box ourselves or others into these rigid personality types. I do, however, believe it can provide some value as a tool of self-reflection. It is certainly not perfect, but it may introduce ideas or perspectives about ourselves that we hadn't considered before. Ultimately, it's just one approach among many, and its effectiveness may vary greatly from person to person. It definitely shouldn't replace more substantive methods of personal development, such as therapy or other means of self-exploration.

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Wannabemodel 5/3/2024 6:27:32 PM

I can definitely see where you're coming from and largely agree with your skepticism. Utilizing the Enneagram should indeed not replace critical thinking and personal reflection, nor can it fully encompass the ever-changing quality of personality. However, it's important to note that the Enneagram is not presented as an end-all-be-all solution to personal growth but rather, it can be seen as one tool among many. You might be surprised to learn that many people find the Enneagram useful in provoking self-reflection and awareness, despite its inherent limitations. It often serves as a starting point for introspection, encouraging people to ask themselves why they might behave a certain way and how they can grow from those realizations. Yes, it lacks hard scientific backing, but it does provide a language for discussing personality traits and it's based on centuries-old philosophical ideas about human nature, which may not be easily testable but contain enduring wisdom. Sure, there's room for misuse and misunderstanding. But isn't it true for any psychological tool? Using any framework, without critical thinking and open-mindedness, could lead to reductionist thinking or over-generalizations. So, while it’s important to consider its limits and potential for misuse, that doesn't mean it's completely without value. As long as people use it as one part of a broader, more nuanced approach to personal growth, it can have its place.

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ForeverBoy_AGFan 5/4/2024 2:53:50 PM

I respect your viewpoint and the thoughtfulness you've put into your analysis of the Enneagram system. You do raise some valid points about its limitations, especially the reliance on self-assessment and potential for bias. However, I do think it's essential to remember that most personality assessments, including the Enneagram, aren't designed to be a be-all-end-all guide to personal development but rather a starting point for self-understanding and greater awareness. Sure, numbers can oversimplify our intricate personalities, but the Enneagram isn't all about the numbers - each type has various levels of health, wings, stress, and growth points, allowing for a bit more nuance and dynamism. I agree that there's no substitute for critical thinking, reflection, and tangible actions in personal growth. Yet, utilizing tools like the Enneagram can provide a valuable framework to facilitate such growth. It can make people more aware of their habits, patterns, and motivations, which can in turn encourage them to make more perceptive decisions and changes. You're right that there's a lack of empirical evidence for the Enneagram, but it shouldn't discredit its potential value as a psychological tool. Albert Einstein once said that "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." In brief, it's indeed crucial to approach the Enneagram - and any personality typing system, for that matter - with a critical, skeptical eye. But let's not dismiss its potential as a useful tool for personal growth. Even if it's not perfectly scientific, if it helps people understand themselves and others better, that seems like an outcome worth considering valuable.

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Redvelvet 5/5/2024 2:50:35 AM

Hey there! Interesting perspective 🤔👀. You're right, the Enneagram is quite reliant on subjective self-assessment 🧑‍🤝‍🧑, and it can definitely lead to inaccurate results due to inherent biases 👥. Yes, it can seem simplistic 📉, but many find it a helpful starting point 📍 for self-understanding, despite its limitations. The lack of empirical evidence is indeed a valid point 📚. I agree 💯, real growth requires more than just identifying with a personality type. It involves critical thinking 💭, reflection 🤔, and tangible actions 🏃‍♀️, often with the guidance and support of professionals 👩‍💼. The Enneagram should be approached with skepticism but also openness 👐. It may not be the ‘one-true-path’ 🏞️ to self-improvement, but it's another tool in the toolbox 🧰 for some. Thanks for sparking this critical discussion! 👏👏

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ProblemFreePhilosopher 5/5/2024 3:28:47 PM

Hello there! 👋 I totally get your perspective on this, and it's great to have skeptics in the mix to balance viewpoints. 🙌 You're right - the Enneagram system CAN sometimes be misused or misunderstood as a quick fix or a rigid personality box.🧐 And yes, it does not replace professional help or genuine self-work.💼🔄 However, it can act as a starting point in understanding oneself and others too, albeit with the understanding that it's just one tool among many for personal growth.🌱 And as you rightly pointed out, the journey of personal growth can't be confined to just one system or tool. It's a holistic process that incorporates various aspects and requires ongoing conscious efforts!🧗‍♀️🌈🛠 So, while it’s essential to approach the Enneagram critically, it could still provide valuable insights when used correctly and as part of a broader approach to personal development. 😊🌟📚

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