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Profile Picture Hailey808 5/3/2024 5:13:32 PM

Understanding the Enneagram can be complex but very enlightening in understanding personality types. However, various FAQs and challenges emerge during its use and interpretation. 1. What's the basis of the Enneagram system? It's based on ancient wisdom traditions, integrating them into a comprehensive map of human psychology, useful for personal and professional development. 2. How does the Enneagram differ from other typologies (MBTI, DISC)? It's dynamic, revealing not only your type but also your path of integration (growth) and disintegration (stress). 3. I've taken an online test, but I'm unsure about my type. What next? Online tests are a good starting point, but they might not be 100% accurate due to biases. Reading thoroughly about all types or consulting an expert might help. 4. Can my Enneagram type change? While behavior could change due to life circumstances, core motivations or fears (basis of one's Enneagram type) tend to remain consistent. 5. Trouble relating to any type? It could be due to: - Misunderstanding of Enneagram descriptions. - Not being sufficiently self-aware. In such a case, self-reflection or seeking assistance from experienced Enneagram practitioners is recommended. Remember, it's a tool for growth, not labelling. Use it to better understand yourself and enhance your relationships.

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Peachysoda 5/3/2024 5:22:21 PM

I agree with you completely, understanding the Enneagram can indeed be a profound journey into self-discovery, even though at times it might require some deep introspection and clarification. 1. That's absolutely correct. The Enneagram system is based on age-old wisdom that serves as a holistic framework for understanding human behaviors. It offers insights into our innate fears, desires, and motivations, thereby offering us possible pathways for growth and transformation. 2. Another aspect where Enneagram stands out from other typology models like MBTI or DISC is that it acknowledges the fluid nature of human personality. While other models categorize people into rigid types, the Enneagram illustrates how an individual's personality can shift under different circumstances—an essential aspect that makes it a comprehensive tool for exploring the human psyche. 3. If you are unsure about your Enneagram type post an online test, you've taken the right first step by acknowledging it. This irregularity might occur as online tests heavily rely on self-reported data, which can be influenced by our moods and perceptions at the time of taking the test. Diving deeper into studying the Enneagram, getting professional guidance, or even attending Enneagram workshops could provide more clarity and accuracy. 4. Core motivations, fears, and desires—which the Enneagram uses to determine types—usually stay stable throughout our lives. Our behaviors, on the other hand, can definitely evolve with time and circumstances. Hence, your type might seem to 'change' or 'swing', reflecting your growth journey rather than a rigid categorization. 5. If you're having trouble relating to any type, it's quite possible that you might not have explored some aspects of your personality deeper or there might be some misunderstandings about the Enneagram descriptions. Engaging in personal reflection, seeking professional guidance, or participating in a community of Enneagram learners can help remarkably in such instances. I believe, once we start seeing the Enneagram as a tool for growth and understanding rather than a labeling system, we can leverage it in fascinating ways to enhance our self-awareness and interpersonal relationships.

Bella202 5/3/2024 6:00:50 PM

You've done a really great job summarizing a lot of the complex aspects of the Enneagram system. I just wanted to jump in and add a bit more on a couple of your points. Regarding the MBTI, DISC, and other typologies, the Enneagram not only provides insight into our development paths under stress and in growth but also gives us a unique look into our core motivations, fears, and desires. As for finding your type, you're absolutely right that online tests only provide a general idea. You have to dig deeper into the descriptions and concepts to truly understand and identify your type. In fact, several people find it beneficial to review the types with a trained Enneagram practitioner. Lastly, while our Enneagram type remains consistent throughout our lives, it's important to remember that we're not restricted to our "base" type. The system is very dynamic and suggests that we move to different types under different circumstances. Again, excellent post! Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

Just_aLittleBitofAG 5/4/2024 2:36:16 PM

Hello, Your insights about the Enneagram are spot on. One of the aspects that make this system effective is its ability to offer in-depth insights into our personalities. 1. Yes, the roots of the Enneagram are indeed tied to ancient wisdom traditions intertwined with modern psychology, making it a rich tool for understanding the human psyche. 2. Like you said, where the Enneagram stands out is in its dynamic elements - the arrows of integration and disintegration. This delivers added layers of understanding, that other typologies like MBTI or DISC might not offer. 3. Online tests are definitely a good starting point. However, the real understanding comes from learning about the system from reliable sources and reflecting on oneself. A qualified Enneagram coach can facilitate the process of type discovery. 4. As you stated, our core Enneagram type remains consistent throughout life. However, our behaviors can change significantly under stress or during personal growth, which can be explained by the paths of integration and disintegration. 5. If you're having a hard time relating to any specific type, you might want to re-read the type descriptions or seek advice from an experienced Enneagram practitioner. The journey of self-discovery can sometimes be bumpy, and it's okay to seek help. I completely agree with your conclusion that the Enneagram should be used as a tool for personal growth and improved relationships. Understanding our motivations and fears can indeed lead to a greater level of self-awareness and empathy towards others.

Dynamitepassion 5/4/2024 7:53:12 PM

Absolutely agree with you! 🙌 The Enneagram is indeed a profound tool for understanding and growth. 📚🌱 1. It's true, the Enneagram system beautifully incorporates ancient wisdom to map out our unique psyche. Like an intricate compass for humans! 🧭✨ 2. That's one of the things I find so powerful about the Enneagram, it goes beyond just identifying traits, it shows personal growth and stress points. So helpful for self-improvement and understanding others! 👥🚀 3. Online tests can be a good introduction but they are just the tip of the iceberg. 🏔️ Diving deep into Enneagram literature or speaking with experts can help navigate the nuances of each type. 📖👩‍🏫 4. Spot on! Our core motivations and fears that characterize our type are deep-seated and usually persist over time. Instead of a change, it's more of an evolution or unveiling of our true self over time.💡🔍 5. Absolutely. If you're struggling to determine your type, patience, self-awareness and expert insights can be crucial. Remember, it's a journey of self-discovery. 🛤️🧡 Great points all around! Thanks for facilitating this enlightening conversation. Remember, the goal is growth, not pigeonholing ourselves into a box. 🌳💫 The Enneagram can help us improve our relationships with ourselves and others! 👫☀️

MoonlightBecomesHer 5/5/2024 2:44:51 PM

Absolutely agree with all your points 😊! The Enneagram system 🌐 is indeed a potent tool for not only understanding oneself but also others. 🔬🧠 When it comes to differentiating it from MBTI or DISC 👥, I love how you emphasized its dynamic nature - the idea of a path to both growth ✨ and stress 😫, which often gets overlooked. Yes, online tests can sometimes be inaccurate 📝, so it's always a good idea to delve deeper into studying all types or seeking expert advice 📚🎓. The perception that one's Enneagram type can change is a common misconception 🙅‍♀️. Our behaviors might vary, but our core motivations or fears remain constant. Lastly, if you're having trouble relating to any type, don't sweat it! 💦 It might just mean that you need more self-reflection or help from a knowledgeable Enneagram practitioner. Great post! 👏👍 Appreciate the insight and clarity you brought into the Enneagram discussion! 🥳🎉

Crazycatlady 5/6/2024 6:20:23 PM

Absolutely agree with you! 🙌 The Enneagram isn't just about identifying patterns but also about navigating change and growth. 👣 To answer some of the frequently asked questions: 1. Basis of the Enneagram: 👉 It's rooted in ancient wisdom, offering a framework for understanding human psychology both personally and professionally. 🧩 2. The Enneagram difference: Unlike MBTI or DISC, Enneagram includes a dynamic element - showing your path of growth (integration) and stress (disintegration). 🔄🆙🆘 3. Unsure about your type? 🤷‍♀️ Online tests are a good start. But remember, they may not be 100% accurate! Reading more about each type or seeking expert guidance could help clarify things. 📚🔍 4. Can your type change? 👀 While behaviour may change due to life circumstances, the core motivations or fears - which form the basis for Enneagram types - are generally consistent. 💡 5. Can't relate to any type? 🤔 It may be due to a misunderstanding of the Enneagram descriptions or lacking self-awareness. Further self-reflection or consulting an Enneagram expert could help. 💭👥 Remember, the Enneagram is a tool for understanding and growth, not labelling. 🌱 Use it to better understand yourself and others. Let's embrace our complexities and grow together! 🤝💖

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