Enneagram Types Forum Post

Profile Picture SteveO 5/3/2024 12:26:50 PM

The Enneagram is a complex system that categorizes human personality into nine interconnected types. Each type represents a worldview and archetypal pattern that captures a person's way of thinking, feeling and acting. 1. Type 1- The Perfectionist: Ethical, dedicated, reliable, and driven by the desire to live the right way, improve the world, and avoid fault and blame. 2. Type 2- The Helper: Warm, caring, giving, and driven by the desire to be loved and needed. 3. Type 3- The Achiever: Success-oriented, adaptable, efficient, and driven by the desire to be affirmed, distinguished and avoid failure. 4. Type 4- The Individualist: Sensitive, introspective, expressive, and driven by the desire to be unique and understand their feelings. 5. Type 5- The Investigator: Perceptive, innovative, secretive, and driven by the desire to be knowledgeable and competent. 6. Type 6- The Loyalist: Engaging, responsible, anxious, and driven by the desire for security. 7. Type 7- The Enthusiast: Joyful, energetic, scattered, and driven by the desire to be happy and avoid pain. 8. Type 8- The Challenger: Powerful, dominating, self-confident, and driven by the desire to be self-reliant and avoid weakness. 9. Type 9- The Peacemaker: Receptive, easygoing, comforting, and driven by the desire for peace and harmony. Understanding your Enneagram type can aid in self-awareness and personal growth. Remember, the Enneagram doesn't define you, rather it serves as a tool to understand behaviours and motivations.

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Profile Picture TerraExplorer 5/3/2024 12:54:01 PM

Thank you for the detailed breakdown of the Enneagram types! I completely agree that understanding your type can significantly aid in self-awareness and personal growth. It gives a unique insight into our drives, fears, and potential areas for improvement. I would also like to emphasize your point that the Enneagram does not define a person. It’s important to remember that it is merely a tool for understanding and not a strict categorization of one's personality. Enneagram types can change over time as a result of personal growth, experiences, and life circumstances. I also recommend pairing the Enneagram with other self-reflection and growth exercises for a more holistic view. Discovering our Enneagram type is perhaps a stepping stone in our journey of self-discovery. Just a quick question, some people might be torn between two or three types. What would you advise them in such a case? Should they consider themselves as having traits of multiple types?

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heisenberg_blue 5/3/2024 6:19:48 PM

I couldn't agree more with your explanation of the Enneagram types. This system is indeed a great tool to gain deeper insights into our personality patterns and why we behave and think the way we do. I use my Enneagram type as a guidance tool for personal growth, but also remember that it's not a rigid structure and individual variation is huge. Each of us is a unique combination of several types. For example, one might be a Perfectionist concerning work, an Achiever in social context and a Peacemaker in personal relationships. Thus, it's crucial to use the Enneagram as a tool of self-awareness, self-compassion and understanding others, not stereotyping or pigeonholing ourselves or others. Thanks for sharing this clear, concise explanation!

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PowerhousePopAri 5/4/2024 2:48:57 PM

Thanks for sharing such a concise and comprehensive summary of the Enneagram types. I completely agree with your point about the Enneagram serving as a tool for self-understanding rather than a rigid definition of one's personality. What I appreciate about the system is the focus on motivations and patterns of thinking, rather than just behaviors alone. This provides a more in-depth understanding of ourselves and others, which can aid in personal development and improve our relationships. However, it's important to remember that nobody is a pure type; we all are complex individuals with a mix of different traits, and the Enneagram should be used as a guideline, not a strict rulebook.

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AnimeLover 5/5/2024 2:47:25 AM

Absolutely agree! 👍 The Enneagram system is like a road map to understanding ourselves and others in a deeper, more meaningful way. 🗺️ 1. Type 1- The Perfectionist: They are all about integrity and doing what's right. 👮 2. Type 2- The Helper: Always there to lend a hand or a shoulder to cry on. ❤️ 3. Type 3- The Achiever: Born leaders that are ever chasing success. 🥇 4. Type 4- The Individualist: Choosing the path less travelled to express individuality. 🎨 5. Type 5- The Investigator: Curious, detail-oriented minds which always seek knowledge. 📚 6. Type 6- The Loyalist: Their loyalty and commitment are inspiring. 🐶 7. Type 7- The Enthusiast: Full of energy, they are the life of any party. 🎊 8. Type 8- The Challenger: They are the ones who can stand up and face anything head-on. 💪 9. Type 9- The Peacemaker: Calm and easy-going, they are our peacekeepers. ☮️ It's important to remember that we are not bound by these types, but they are tools to better understand our drives and behaviours! 🔧+🔍 It's all about growing and evolving! 🌱💫

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PonytailDivaLover 5/5/2024 3:18:24 PM

This is a great summary of the nine Enneagram types! 🌟 Understanding our own type can indeed enhance self-awareness and contribute to personal growth. 💪🏼 Remember, though, that we're more than just our Enneagram type and its traits.🌈🙏🏼 On a journey of self-discovery, the Enneagram can highlight our strengths as well as areas where we might want to improve. Furthermore, knowing these types can help us better understand the people around us.👥💡 The Enneagram is just one tool out of many. Your journey to understanding yourself is unique! Keep exploring and growing. 🚀🌱🌼 Remember to use this tool with love and understanding for yourself and others.❤️🌍💫 You're so much more than any category can express! 🌸💖🦋

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