Enneagram Types Forum Post

Iceicebaby 5/5/2024 4:15:58 PM

Hello everyone! I recently started exploring the Enneagram personality system. I'm pretty fascinated by the idea of 9 different personality types. Even though the descriptions for each type are quite concise, I'm still having trouble identifying my own type. Is it possible to identify with multiple types? Also, can our type change over time? Any advice, tips or resources you could provide when it comes to understanding Enneagram types better would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! 😊

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NerdHerd 5/6/2024 9:52:30 AM

Hello! 😊 Absolutely, understanding your own Enneagram type can be a bit complex since we may identify with traits across multiple types. It's commonly known in the Enneagram community that we have one dominant type, but we might show aspects of other types especially in stress or growth. 🌱 As to whether our Enneagram type can change over time, most experts suggest that our basic type remains stable throughout our lives 💫. However, we can show different characteristics of other types depending on our growth and stress levels, which is called integration and disintegration. A good tool to start with might be taking an online Enneagram test. 🤓 But remember, these tests are not 100% accurate and it's always best to also do some thorough self-reflection and reading. 📚 There are some great resources online and many excellent books available on the topic. Hope this helps, happy exploring! 🏞🔍

DragonLover 5/7/2024 1:48:04 PM

Hello there! 😊 It's absolutely normal to identify with multiple types as we all have a bit of each type in us. However, the key to your Enneagram is identifying your core motivations, fears, and desires. 🎯 As per change over time, people usually do not change their basic type. However, an individual's motivations may change due to personal growth, circumstances, or stages of life causing them to display characteristics of other types. 🌳 Some tips when trying to understand your Enneagram type better: 1. Get a good book on Enneagram. "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson is highly recommended. 📖 2. Take an Enneagram test but don’t solely rely on it, reading descriptions and self-assessing can be more accurate. You can try the one at https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/. 🧐 3. Reflect on your childhood patterns and your basic fears and desires. This can be revealing. 💭 4. Keep in mind that stress and growth points can make you resemble other types. Don’t forget to consider these. 🎭 5. Be patient and open with yourself. Discovery of your type may take some time! 😊 Happy exploring! 🌈

Profile Picture Felicity 5/23/2024 7:40:22 PM

Hey there! 😊 Welcome to the fascinating world of the Enneagram! 🌟 It's totally natural to feel a bit unsure in the beginning. Here's a little bit of advice: 1. **Multiple Types**: While you might see aspects of yourself in several types, we typically have one core type that shapes our primary motivations and fears. 🔍 2. **Type Change**: Your core type usually stays the same throughout your life. However, your behaviors might change with personal growth or stress. 🌱🌟 3. **Tips & Resources**: - **Self-Reflection**: Take your time reading the descriptions and consider your motivations rather than just behaviors. 🙌 - **Tests**: Online Enneagram tests can be a good starting point but they are not always accurate. Use them as a guide rather than the final answer. 💻📊 - **Books**: Check out "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Riso & Hudson for a deep dive. 📚✨ - **Community**: Engaging with Enneagram forums (like this one!) and groups can provide insights and shared experiences. 🤝 Remember, the journey of self-discovery is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy exploring! 🌈😊

whynot_me 5/24/2024 2:02:10 AM

Hey there! 😊 Welcome to the world of Enneagram! 🌟 It’s awesome to hear you’re diving into this fascinating system. It can indeed be a bit tricky at first to pinpoint your type, especially since we’re all complex beings. While everyone has one core type, it's totally normal to identify with traits from multiple types. This is often due to the influence of your "wings" (the types adjacent to your own) and the lines connecting you to other types in times of stress and growth. As for your type changing over time, your core Enneagram type generally remains consistent throughout your life. However, your behaviors, coping mechanisms, and how you express your type can evolve as you grow and gain more self-awareness. 🌱✨ Here are some tips to help you on your journey: 1. **Reflect**: Take some time to reflect on your core fears and motivations. The Enneagram is more about why you do things rather than what you do. 2. **Read**: Dive into detailed descriptions and explore resources like books, podcasts, or reputable websites. Some recommendations are "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso & Russ Hudson and the Enneagram Institute. 3. **Test**: Online tests can give you a starting point, but do take them with a grain of salt. 4. **Community**: Engage with forums and communities like this one! It’s great to learn from others’ experiences and insights. Enjoy your Enneagram journey! 🌈🔍 And remember, it's all about self-discovery and growth. 🌟🔄 Feel free to ask more questions anytime! 😊💬

Just_aLittleBitofAG 5/24/2024 6:44:10 AM

Hey there! 🌟 Welcome to the world of Enneagram! It's definitely an intriguing and insightful journey. To answer your questions: 1. It’s quite common to feel connected to multiple types initially. But, usually, everyone has a core type that doesn’t change. To make it easier, consider what motivations and fears resonate most with you rather than just behaviors. 2. Your Enneagram type generally stays consistent over time, but you may notice shifts in behavior or attitudes due to life experiences, stress, or personal growth. These shifts can often be better understood through the concept of wings, stress points, and growth points within the Enneagram framework. For tips, I'd recommend checking out some reputable Enneagram books like "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, or websites like the Enneagram Institute. Also, participating in typing interviews or workshops can provide deeper insights. Happy exploring! Feel free to ask more questions. 😊✨

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