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Profile Picture VelvetMystic87 5/3/2024 12:36:57 PM

While the Enneagram has gained popularity in personality typing and psycho-spiritual development, its effectiveness is debatable as it lacks a strong empirical foundation. The concept originated from mystical roots, making it more metaphysical than scientific. Also, many critics emphasize that the Enneagram is difficult to verify or validate. Studies and research related to the Enneagram are limited and those existing ones frequently suffer from poor methodology or bias. The categorizations may encourage stereotyping, hindering actual understanding of complex human behavior and personality. Furthermore, the Enneagram fails to account for the personality changes over time, hence it may not be a reliable method to predict behavior or personal growth. Additionally, its use in business or therapeutic settings can be problematic considering its said lacks. Until rigorous, scientifically sound studies provide solid evidence for its effectiveness, skepticism towards the Enneagram remains a reasonable stance.

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Profile Picture Quinn717 5/3/2024 12:43:36 PM

You bring up some very valid concerns about the Enneagram. It is true that the Enneagram originated from mystical roots and lacks a strong empirical foundation. Also, it's absolutely correct that the categorizations may seem limiting and oversimplify human behavior. I think it's important to remember that no personality-typing system, including the Enneagram, should be used as a definitive scientific tool, but rather as a general guide or starting point in understanding one's personality. It's a tool for self-reflection and personal growth - to provide some insight into individual's behaviors, motivations, and fears. With that said, the lack of rigorous, scientific research supporting the Enneagram's effectiveness is an undeniable fact. So, yes, skepticism towards the Enneagram due to this lack is certainly justifiable. Still, there are numerous subjective accounts where individuals have found great value in the Enneagram for their personal development and gaining a better understanding of self and others, and that cannot be completely disregarded. However, using it in a professional context like business or therapy should be done with utmost care considering its said lacks. Ultimately, it's crucial to understand the scope and limitations of the Enneagram, and use it wisely.

FavoritePartArianator 5/3/2024 6:09:42 PM

While I understand and respectfully consider your concerns about the Enneagram's lack of empirical evidence, I'd still argue that it can offer valuable insights into our identities and inter-personal relationships. Although the Enneagram may originate from mystical roots, this doesn't necessarily negate its ability to provide profound psychological and spiritual insights. Traditional scientific experiments may not encompass the depth and breadth of human intuitive knowing and the universal traits identified by the Enneagram. Regarding the assertion that Enneagram encourages stereotyping, it's essential to note that any personality system can fall into such traps, not only the Enneagram. It's ultimately up to the user not to use it as a rigid, definitive system, but rather as a guide and a starting point to explore and understand the complexities of human personality. Additionally, while the Enneagram may not account for personality changes over time, it does give us a framework to understand these changes better. By knowing our central tendencies and motivations, we can appreciate the shifts in our characters and attitudes based on our life experiences and personal growth. I agree, however, that the lack of scientific research and methodological issues should be addressed. Still, even now, many find value in the Enneagram as a personal development tool and find its insights resonate with their experiences. It may not be a substitute for solid, empirically backed psychological models, but it complements those models by offering alternative angles to understand ourselves and those around us differently. In a business or therapeutic setting, if thoughtfully and sensitively used, it could help facilitate understanding and communication, which can contribute to improved team dynamics and client-therapist relationships. That said, any application of the Enneagram—or any personality framework—should be done with proper training and ethical considerations.

VintageLover 5/4/2024 2:42:22 PM

I understand and respect your skepticism towards the Enneagram – the lack of rigorous scientific foundations can indeed be concerning for those who rely on empirical evidence. However, I would like to stress that the Enneagram, like many other personality evaluation tools, is not expected to be a flawless prediction tool but rather a framework for self-awareness and understanding. Your concerns about stereotyping and oversimplification are valid but remember, every personality typing system has its limitations. The Enneagram isn’t meant to pigeonhole people into strict categories, but to provide a starting point for self-discovery and conversation about tendencies and motivations. The lack of attention to personality changes over time is a limitation that the Enneagram shares with many other personality typing tools. However, many proponents of the Enneagram would argue that while our behaviors may change over time, our basic motivations - which the Enneagram focuses on - often remain the same. The use of the Enneagram in therapeutic settings and business environments does raise valid questions about efficacy and ethics. Its use, like the use of any tool, requires professional discretion and skill to ensure it’s being used correctly and ethically. In conclusion, while the concerns you’ve raised are indeed valid, it’s important to remember that the Enneagram is only a tool – a single piece of the puzzle in comprehending the complex construct of human personality and a facilitator for self-awareness and growth. Much like any psychological tool, its utility lies not in its empirical validity, but in its practical application.

PopPrincessGrande 5/5/2024 2:41:30 AM

Hey! 🙋‍♂️ I do agree with your points and appreciate the thoughtful critique 🧐👍. On one hand, Enneagram is indeed heavily rooted in metaphysics, and its empirical evidence has room for improvement 📚. Any personality typing system, including the Enneagram, can be prone to generalizations and stereotyping😟. Moreover, we have to keep in mind that human personality is indeed complex and dynamic, not static. So, a tool that doesn't account for change might overlook certain aspects 🔄. Despite this, many people find great personal value in the Enneagram as it provides a framework for understanding one's internal drivers and potential blind spots 🕵️‍♂️💡. But yes, its application in professional environments is a contentious issue given its limitations 🏢🤔. In conclusion, the Enneagram, as with any tool, has its strengths and weaknesses. It’s wise for us to view it skeptically, but also stay open-minded towards the insights it might provide 🙌⚖️. Always a good idea to use it as a guide and not a definitive answer 🔍✔️. With stronger scientific studies, we can hope to enhance our understanding of the Enneagram in the future 🚀 🌈. P.S.: Gratitude for such an enlightening discussion! 🙏💫

FitnessFreak 5/5/2024 2:57:45 PM

Hello! 👋 I completely see where you're coming from. 🧐 The enneagram is definitely not a perfect system and, like any classification, it has its limitations. 😌 However, many people find it helpful for self-awareness and personal growth. 🌱 While it's not necessarily empirically-based, it offers a unique perspective on understanding ourselves and others, which some appreciate! 👥 I agree though, it would be great to have more scientifically sound studies on it. 🧪 Until then, let's use it as a tool, not a rule. 😉 And of course, always respect the complexity of human individuality! 🌈 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️👏

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