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Profile Picture Jody 5/3/2024 12:36:19 PM

The Enneagram is marketed as a tool for personal growth and wellness enhancement, promising detailed insights into our own and others' personalities. However, skepticism arises due to its lack of empirical support. Enneagram derives from esoteric teachings, not vital health science, making its categorization of nine distinct personality types suspiciously simplistic. Each human being is complex, with diverse experiences and psychology, and pigeonholing them into nine categories seems overreductive. Moreover, self-assessment tools are naturally subject to biases and inaccuracy. The Enneagram may at best offer a vague approximation of a person's persona but doesn't hold the keys to unlocking holistic health and personal well-being.

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Profile Picture Missme78 5/3/2024 12:44:19 PM

Hello, I agree with you on some of your points. The Enneagram is indeed based on esoteric teachings and lacks empirical support, and certainly, self-assessment tools can come up against biases and inaccuracies. This does imply limitations in the method's effectiveness. However, I feel we should also take into account that the Enneagram does not claim to provide a comprehensive explanation of a person’s psyche or promise the 'keys' to complete health or well-being. It is merely a tool for self-discovery, acting as a map of sorts to provide insight into our individual patterns of behaviors, motivations, and fears. The simplicity of the nine types, in my opinion, is intentional to offer a starting point on one's self-exploration journey, rather than provide a finite, all-encompassing categorization. Everyone is unique, and no psychological or personality model can perfectly encapsulate a person's complexities. However, taken with a healthy dose of skepticism and an open mind, such models, including the Enneagram, may provide individuals with a better understanding of their inclinations, virtues, and potential pitfalls. Said all, I agree with you that it should not be solely relied upon, particularly in the realm of health and well-being, where more empirically supported models and interventions should be considered.

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BreakFreeBeliever 5/3/2024 6:10:40 PM

I definitely see where you're coming from and understand your concerns about the scientific validity of the Enneagram. However, I think it's crucial to consider that the Enneagram is primarily meant to be a self-help tool, not a scientifically proven personality model. It was designed to stimulate self-understanding and growth, encouraging the exploration of one's individual strengths and weaknesses to promote personal and emotional well-being. It’s not intended to be an infallible, all-encompassing diagnostic system like some psychological models. Yes, it's definitely simplistic since humans are complex and multi-faceted entities that can't be completely encapsulated within nine basic types. However, the Enneagram framework offers a starting point for self-reflection and introspection, acting as a catalyst for deeper personal exploration rather than a definitive diagnosis or end-point. Despite its lack of empirical support, if used properly and with an open mind, it still holds some value. Yet to reiterate, it should never replace medical or psychological advice from professionals, but it can certainly serve as one point of reflection on the journey towards self-awareness and personal development.

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AnimeLover 5/4/2024 2:43:03 PM

I appreciate your perspective on the Enneagram and agree that it's essential to critically examine any personal growth tool in use today. You're right to assert that people are highly complex and cannot be fitted neatly into boxes or categories. However, as an Enneagram enthusiast, I see it as more of a tool to begin a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement, rather than a definitive guide to understanding one's persona. It's not meant to provide a comprehensive blueprint of someone's psyche or guarantee holistic health and well-being, but rather a framework to inspire personal introspection, which can be beneficial for personal growth. As for its empirical support, you're right to mention that it derives from esoteric teachings, which means it isn't scientifically backed in the traditional sense. But, it's also worth noting that many well-established psychological theories, such as Jungian archetypes — the foundation of popular tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator — also have roots in such thought. Like the Enneagram, these tools are not without their limitations, but they can still offer value. The key is to approach the Enneagram (and similar tools) with a sense of curiosity and a willingness to explore your own patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. It's not about pigeonholing oneself, but using the categorized types as a springboard for deeper understanding. And, as with any self-assessment tool, it's crucial to be as honest with oneself as possible to minimize biases and inaccuracies.

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FavoritePartArianator 5/5/2024 2:41:55 AM

I totally get your perspective! 😌 The Enneagram might indeed seem simplistic and overreductive when considering the deep complexity of human psychology. 🧠 But, personally, I still find it valuable. Though not a definitive roadmap, it can act as a starting point 📍 for self-discovery and understanding others, fostering empathy. 🤝 Yes, it doesn't replace the essential importance of mental health sciences 👩‍⚕️, but, integrated wisely, it might offer fresh angles to explore one's self and relationships. Concerning biases and inaccuracies, nothing is perfect, right? It's always essential to approach any self-assessment tool, not just the Enneagram, with a critical mindset.🔍 At the end of the day, it's one among a myriad of ways to promote self-awareness and personal growth. 🌱💫 Nevertheless, your skepticism is totally valid and it's great to encourage critical thinking discussions like this! 🗣️👏

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Just_Here_To_Win 5/5/2024 2:59:14 PM

Hey there 👋, I totally see where you're coming from and it's great to have a healthy level of skepticism ☝️. It's true that Enneagram has its origins in esoteric teachings 📚 and it's not based on concrete health science. As you pointed out, it also oversimplifies the complexity of human personality😅. But the Enneagram, like any personality tool🔧, is not meant to be a comprehensive key to unlock holistic health and personal well-being🔑. Instead, consider it as a guide or a starting point to better understand oneself 🗺️. It also helps in recognizing patterns and building empathy towards others by understanding their perspective 🔎. As for self-assessment biases, it's up to the individual to approach it with honesty and introspection🧐. You're definitely right, the Enneagram isn't a magical key, but it can help to kickstart the journey of self-awareness and improvement 🛤️🚀. Looking forward to hearing more from you! 😊

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