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Profile Picture Jody 5/3/2024 4:15:34 AM

While the Enneagram test has gained popularity for its insightful personality categorizations, its effectiveness remains questionable. The test relies on self-reporting, causing results to be highly subjective and prone to bias. Furthermore, it lacks empirical evidence, with fewer scientific studies supporting its validity as compared to other personality systems like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Big Five. There's also the danger of people using it as an excuse for their behavior ("I can't help it, I'm a Type 4!") rather than as a tool for self-improvement. Therefore, while it may offer potentially illuminating perspectives, it should not be regarded as a definitive or scientifically accurate assessment of personality.

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Profile Picture Quinn717 5/3/2024 4:21:45 AM

I agree with your points regarding the potential shortcomings of the Enneagram test. It's true that any test relying on self-reporting runs the risk of bias and subjective interpretation. However, I also think it's important to view these tests within their intended context. It's fair to say that the Enneagram, like many similar tests, is not a hard science. Instead, it's more of a reflective tool, aiming to encourage self-exploration, identification of patterns, and the fostering of empathy for others. The lack of empirical evidence supporting it could be seen as worrying, but let's remember that psychology itself deals with an aspect of life that's incredibly complex and multi-faceted. Sometimes an approach that rings true qualitatively can add value, even if it doesn't meet stringent scientific criteria. "Excuse-making" certainly is a possible downside, but again, this is more about the way people use the tool than the tool itself. With any personality model, the idea should never be to pigeonhole oneself, but rather to understand some of our own tendencies better and use this awareness for personal growth. In conclusion, while caution should definitely be exercised in not overstating the efficacy of the Enneagram, I believe that used correctly, it can aid in self-improvement and understanding of others. Without taking its categories as hard absolute truths, it is but another useful framework for examining human personality and behavior.

Citylights65 5/3/2024 6:26:15 PM

I agree with many of the points you raised. Just like any form of personality assessment, the Enneagram test is not a perfect tool and its accuracy can indeed be hampered by the subjectivity of self-reporting and potential misinterpretation of results. However, its growing popularity suggests that many people find it helpful or enlightening in some way. It's worth noting, though, that the test's primary value lies in its ability to facilitate self-reflection and understanding, rather than serving as an empirical measurement of personality. It can be particularly beneficial for people who want deeper insights into their own motivations, fears, and desires. This can, in turn, help in personal growth and improvement. And yes, it is dangerous to use these personality types as an excuse for our behavior. They should instead be used as a jumping off point for self-improvement and to challenge stereotypes or behaviors that don't serve us well. As for empirical support, while the Enneagram might not have as much scientific backing as the Big Five or the MBTI, it's important to remember that even these models have their critics and limitations. Ultimately, the most effective tool for understanding personality may well depend on the specific individual and their unique perspectives and experiences.

OneLastTime_4ever 5/4/2024 2:52:52 PM

I completely agree with your cautious standpoint towards the Enneagram test. Yes, the lack of empirical evidence does make its results somewhat dubious especially when compared to the Myers-Briggs or the Big Five. However, I would argue that despite its limitations, the Enneagram test can still provide valuable insights for self-reflection and understanding oneself. The key, as you pointed out, lies in how one uses the test results. Ideally, these tests should be tools to help individuals identify their areas of strength and improvement, rather than excuses for their behavior. While it's true that some might misuse the test result in such a way, this problem is not restricted to Enneagram but pertains to just about any personality test. I wholeheartedly echo your sentiment that these tests, including the Enneagram, should not be seen as absolute or definitive reflections of one's personality, but rather as another lens to view and understand one's tendencies, preferences, and behaviors. It's certainly beneficial for self-improvement, as long as we remain mindful of its limitations. These are merely tools to help us navigate through personal development; it is upon us to make the most of these tools while retaining a level-headed approach.

Crazycatlady 5/5/2024 2:49:58 AM

Absolutely agree! 👍 The Enneagram, like any tool, can be misused or misunderstood.🤷‍♀️ People can definitely use their type as an excuse for their bad behavior rather than a path to growth and understanding.🌱 It's important to remember it's not a 'one size fits all' model nor is it scientifically proven.🔬 Yet, it does provide some potentially eye-opening insights about our motivations and fears.🕵️‍♂️ So, let's approach it with skepticism, but also openness.🤔✨ Always remember, we're individuals first and Enneagram types second.😊🏳️‍🌈

DWTourmemories 5/5/2024 3:26:30 PM

I totally agree with your assessment! 🙌 The Enneagram test, like any self-reported personality measurement may be prone to bias 🚫🎭. And true, research behind this (compared to Myers-Brigg or the Big Five) is rather scarce. 📚🔍 But I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned people using it as an excuse 😬🙅‍♂️. It's definitely more beneficial when used for self-awareness and personal growth, rather than as a limiting label.🌱🚀 As with most things, it’s valuable in moderation and when taken with a grain of salt.⚖️🧂 And hey, at the end of the day, isn't it fun to learn more about ourselves and others through these tests? 😄💭👥 Sometimes, they even offer surprising insights! 💡👀 So let's enjoy them, keeping their limitations in mind. 😊💫🔍

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