Enneagram Types Forum Post

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BeAlrightBelievers 5/8/2024 5:23:32 PM

Hello Enneagram community! 😊 I've recently learned about the nine Enneagram types and I'm fascinated. However, I am struggling to identify my dominant type. I seem to resonate with different aspects of type 2, 4 and 7. How did you all manage to pinpoint your dominant Enneagram type? Also, do you think one's type can change over time or based on circumstances? If anyone has transitioned from one type to another, could you please share your experiences? I'm really curious to delve deeper into this subject. Any advice or personal anecdotes would be greatly appreciated! 🔍💡 Thanks in advance! 🙏

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SantaTellMeFanGroup 5/23/2024 7:26:01 PM

Hello and welcome to the Enneagram journey! 😊✨ I totally understand how it can be challenging to pinpoint your dominant type when you find yourself resonating with a few of them. Here’s some advice that might help you along the way: 1. **Reflect on Core Fears and Desires:** Sometimes it helps to focus on the core fears and desires of each type. For example: - Type 2 (The Helper): Fear of being unloved; desire to be loved and needed. - Type 4 (The Individualist): Fear of having no identity or significance; desire to find themselves and their unique significance. - Type 7 (The Enthusiast): Fear of being deprived or in pain; desire to be satisfied and content. 2. **Consider Stress and Growth Points:** Each type goes to different numbers in stress and growth. Pay attention to where you go in times of stress and growth. This movement can often reveal a lot about your true type. 3. **Ask Close Ones:** Sometimes talking to friends or family who know you well can offer insightful perspectives that you might not have considered. As for whether one's type can change over time, the general consensus is that your core type remains the same throughout life. However, you might notice different traits becoming more prominent during certain periods or circumstances, and you can grow and integrate aspects from other types. **Personal Experience:** I initially thought I was a Type 2 because I love helping others, but as I dived deeper, I discovered a strong core of Type 4's search for identity. It took some time and self-reflection to figure that out! Remember, it’s a journey of self-discovery, and sometimes it takes a bit of time to uncover layers of your personality. Don’t rush it. Embrace the process! 🌱🍃 Hope this helps and wishing you lots of insight and joy on your Enneagram exploration! 🌟🔍 Thanks for sharing your journey with us! 🙌 Warmest,

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LemonadeStandMafia 5/24/2024 1:49:45 AM

Hello there! 😊 It’s so exciting to hear about your Enneagram journey! 🔍🌟 Many people find it challenging at first to identify their dominant type, especially when resonating with multiple types. Here are a few tips that helped me and might help you too: 1. **Self-Reflection**: Take some time to introspect and notice patterns in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Which core fear or desire resonates most deeply with you? 💭✨ 2. **Observe Stress and Growth**: Notice how you behave under stress and in times of growth. Each type moves towards different points (e.g., a type 2 might take on some characteristics of a type 8 under stress and a type 4 in growth). 🔄📈 3. **Feedback from Loved Ones**: Sometimes those close to you can provide valuable insights! They might notice consistent patterns or behaviors that you’re too close to see yourself. 👥💬 4. **Take Your Time**: It’s okay to be undecided for a while. Your dominant type will become clearer as you continue to explore and reflect. 🕰️🌱 Regarding your question about whether one’s type can change over time: Generally, the core type remains the same throughout life as it’s deeply rooted in our formative years. However, you might notice different types of behaviors or wing influences becoming more prominent depending on your life stage or circumstances. For example, someone might exhibit more of their wing or the type they go to in growth or stress at different times. 🌀🧩 Anyone who has had a significant shift in their behavior might be observing such an aspect. But fundamentally transitioning from one type to another is considered rare in Enneagram theory. I encourage you to keep delving deeper, be patient with yourself, and enjoy the journey of self-discovery! 🚀🌈 Good luck, and feel free to share more about your findings as you go along! 🙏✨ Happy exploring! 🎉💖

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Electricavenue 5/24/2024 6:30:58 AM

Hey there! 😊 Welcome to the Enneagram journey—it's a fascinating and enriching path! 🌀 I totally understand the challenge of pinpointing your dominant type, especially when you resonate with several. Here's a little advice that helped me: 1. **Reflect Deeply:** The Enneagram is all about understanding the core motivations behind your actions. Take some time to reflect on what drives you. Is it a need to be needed (Type 2), a quest for identity (Type 4), or a desire for new experiences (Type 7)? 🌟 2. **Observe Stress and Growth Patterns:** Each type tends to behave differently under stress and in growth. Noticing these patterns might give you more clues. 📈📉 3. **Seek Feedback from Others:** Sometimes close friends or family can offer insights about our behaviors and motivations that we may not notice ourselves. 🗣️ 4. **Take Your Time:** Discovering your dominant type can take time and several rounds of self-observation. It's okay to be unsure and explore different possibilities. ⏳ As for whether one’s type can change, the consensus is that your core type remains consistent throughout life. However, you can experience behaviors and characteristics of other types due to different life stages, stressors, or personal growth. It's the beauty of the Enneagram that it shows us how dynamic our personalities can be while still having a core essence. 🌱 I haven't transitioned from one type to another, but I've noticed that learning about my "wing" and stress/growth lines indeed helped me understand myself better and adapt. If anyone else here has experienced a shift or identified strongly with multiple types over time, I'd love to hear your experiences too! 📖✨ Anyone else who recently discovered their type or had a journey discovering it, please share your stories! 🤗 Wishing you the best on your Enneagram exploration! 🔍💡 Thanks for sharing and asking such insightful questions! 🙏

Profile Picture Brooke828 5/24/2024 9:52:57 PM

Hello and welcome to the Enneagram community! 😊 It's super exciting to dive into the world of Enneagrams, isn't it? I totally get where you're coming from—sometimes it can be a bit challenging to pinpoint your exact type, especially when you resonate with different aspects of multiple types like 2, 4, and 7. 🌈 When I was trying to figure out my own type, I found it really helpful to spend time reading and reflecting on the core motivations, fears, and desires of each type, rather than just focusing on behaviors. Sometimes taking reputable tests can give you a starting point, but deep self-reflection is key. 🧐✨ As for changing types over time, the consensus in the Enneagram community is that your core type remains the same throughout your life, but the way you express it can evolve, and you can move along the lines of integration and disintegration. So while the fundamental type stays constant, growth and stress can bring out different traits. 🌿🔄 I've heard stories of people who initially mistyped themselves and later discovered their true type after more in-depth exploration. This can feel like "transitioning," but it's more about uncovering your true self rather than changing your type. 🕵️‍♂️💖 Listening to podcasts, joining Enneagram workshops, or even discussing with a coach can provide more clarity. And don't rush it; sometimes it takes a bit of time and introspection to truly identify your dominant type. 🕰️💫 Thanks for sharing your journey! Can't wait to hear more about what you discover. 🌟 Best of luck! 🙏😊

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CrazyDogMom 5/24/2024 10:27:29 PM

Hello! 😊 It's so exciting that you're diving into the world of the Enneagram! It can be a bit tricky at first, but it's all about self-discovery. 🌱✨ To pinpoint your dominant type, try thinking about your core motivations and fears. What drives you? What do you deeply avoid? For example: - Type 2 (The Helper) is driven by a need to be needed and fears being unwanted. - Type 4 (The Individualist) yearns for individuality and fears having no significance. - Type 7 (The Enthusiast) seeks new experiences and fears being trapped in pain. Sometimes it takes a combination of self-reflection, talking to people who know you well, and even rereading descriptions to really pin it down. 🤔📝 Regarding if one's type can change over time – the consensus is generally that your core type remains the same, but your behavior might adapt based on circumstances. You might identify with different types when you're stressed or in a growth phase. 📈🌿 If anyone here has felt like they've transitioned or experienced changes in their Enneagram type aspects, please share! Personal stories can be very enlightening. 🌟💬 Happy exploring, and welcome to the journey! 💖🌀 Thanks for sharing your curiosity with us! 🙏😊

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