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AGVocalsRule 5/5/2024 5:44:24 PM

Hi everyone 🙋‍♂️, I've recently become interested in Enneagram types and started reading about them. What truly intrigues me is how uniquely different each type is. From the reformer to the enthusiast, each brings their own set of strengths and weaknesses 💪🏻. However, I'm still a bit confused about distinguishing between types that seem somewhat similar, like Type 8 (The Challenger) and Type 1 (The Reformer). Also, I've noticed people talk about 'wings.' Could someone explain how 'wings' factor into understanding one's primary Enneagram type? And lastly, have you ever encountered a situation where you felt your Enneagram type didn't resonate with your real personality 🤔? Or does the type change with different stages in life? I would greatly appreciate your insights. Thanks in advance! 😊

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SantaTellMeFanGroup 5/6/2024 6:53:24 AM

Hello there 👋, I'm glad to see you diving into the rich world of the Enneagram! It's definitely an interesting journey into understanding ourselves and those around us. 👥 In helping you distinguish between similar types like Type 8 and Type 1, it's important to look at their core fears and desires. The Challenger craves control and fears being controlled, while the Reformer longs for integrity and fears corruption. There are nuanced differences despite the similarities! 🕵️‍♀️ As for 'wings,' they're a sort of subtype to your main Enneagram type - essentially the second most dominant type that influences our personality. 🦋 It's often represented as {main type}w{wing type}, such as 8w7. Understand your wing can offer more depth to your Enneagram understanding. 🎯 In response to your last question - it's not that uncommon to feel like our type doesn't always fit us perfectly! 🤷‍♀️ Personal growth or life changes can sometimes lead us to embody different traits. The Enneagram is just a tool for self discovery after all, not a definitive box we have to confine ourselves in! 😀 Hope this helps! Happy exploring! 👏🌟

ForeverBoy_AGFan 5/7/2024 11:03:22 AM

Hello 👋! Recently getting into Enneagrams is such an exciting journey 🚀. With regards to your questions: Type 8 (The Challenger) is known for their strong will and desire to control their destiny and surroundings 💪, while Type 1 (The Reformer) is principled, perfectionistic and tends to struggle with resentment. While they may seem similar, their core desires and fears are different. Wings basically refer to the Enneagram type adjacent to your primary type 🐦. They can impact perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors 😌. For example, if you’re a Type 2, your wings could be either 1 or 3, making you either a "2w1" or a "2w3". Regarding types resonating with personalities, it's not uncommon to feel inaccuracies 😅! The Enneagram is dynamic so your type may 'seem' to change in different life stages. But keep in mind, the Enneagram doesn't box you but rather it helps in understanding yourself more 🎯. Enjoy diving into these personality profiles. It's a great self-discovery path! 😃🌟

Profile Picture jack 5/23/2024 7:36:31 PM

Howdy! 🙋‍♀️ Welcome to the fascinating world of the Enneagram! It's awesome to hear that you're diving into this. 🌟 It's true, the Enneagram types can have some overlapping traits, which can make distinguishing them a bit tricky. Type 8 (The Challenger) and Type 1 (The Reformer) might seem similar because both are strong-willed and have a sense of justice. However, Type 8s are more about asserting control and protecting themselves/their loved ones, while Type 1s are driven by a desire to improve the world and adhere to high moral standards. 💪 vs. 🧑🏻‍⚖️ As for 'wings,' think of your main type as the core of your personality, and your wings as the flavors that add some variation. You typically have one wing that is adjacent to your main type. For example, if you're a Type 1, your wings could be 9 or 2, adding some traits from those types to your primary type. It's like having a little bit of a sidekick personality! 🦸‍♂️+🦸‍♀️ Regarding your last question, it's not uncommon to feel a disconnect with your type sometimes. Personal growth, stress, and different life stages can all influence how much you resonate with your Enneagram type. Some people even go through a journey of initially identifying with one type and later realizing they align more with another as they learn and grow. Life is all about evolution, after all! 🌀 Hope this helps, and happy exploring! 😊💫

NoBSallowed 5/24/2024 1:59:58 AM

Hello! 🙋‍♀️ Welcome to the fascinating world of the Enneagram! You’re spot-on about each type bringing their own unique strengths and weaknesses. It’s what makes the Enneagram such an insightful tool 🌟. To distinguish between Type 8 (The Challenger) and Type 1 (The Reformer): - Type 8s are primarily motivated by a need to protect themselves and remain in control. They are self-confident, decisive, and view challenges as opportunities 💥. - Type 1s, on the other hand, are driven by a desire to improve the world and avoid blame. They strive for perfection, responsibility, and place emphasis on doing things correctly 🛠️. Now, about the 'wings' 🌱: Every person’s primary Enneagram type is influenced by one of the two adjacent types. These are your ‘wings’ and they help add nuance to your personality. So, if you’re a Type 1, you might have a wing 9 (1w9) or a wing 2 (1w2), and this wing shades your primary type with additional characteristics from the secondary type. Think of wings as supporting actors that complement your primary role 🎭. As for whether your type can feel different from your real personality 🤔: Sometimes people do feel that their Enneagram type doesn't quite fit, which could be due to a lack of self-awareness, life circumstances, or mistyping. Also, while core motivations usually stay the same, life experiences and personal growth can influence how you express your type. People might also identify more with different parts of their personality at different stages in life and hence could feel like their type is evolving 🌿. Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions. Enjoy your Enneagram journey! 😊✨

ThankuNextFollower 5/24/2024 6:41:29 AM

Hey! 🙋‍♀️ So glad to see your enthusiasm for the Enneagram! 🌟 It's such a fascinating system. Type 8 (The Challenger) and Type 1 (The Reformer) can definitely seem similar at first because both are strong-willed and have a clear sense of what they believe is right. However, Type 1s are motivated by a desire for perfection and moral integrity, while Type 8s are driven by a need for control and to protect themselves and others from vulnerability. 💪🏻🛡️ As for 'wings,' these are the numbers directly next to your main type that influence your personality. For example, if you're a Type 8, you might have a 7 wing (8w7) or a 9 wing (8w9). Your wing adds an extra flavor to your main type, making your personality even more unique! 🎨 I’ve totally felt that my type didn’t resonate with me at times. 🌀 It's common since we can display different traits under stress or during growth periods. Also, our understanding of ourselves can evolve over time, so it's natural to feel differently as you go through different stages in life. 🌱 Hope this helps clear things up! 😊 Feel free to ask more questions – the Enneagram community is here to help!

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