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Profile Picture Grace 5/2/2024 5:43:50 PM

Hey everyone! So, I've noticed a few recurring questions popping up about Enneagram types and some issues understanding them. I figured it might be really helpful for all of us to have a sort of one-stop-shop where we can find answers to our common questions. Let's talk about the basics first. The Enneagram, for those who are new here, is essentially a system of “personality typing” that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. It describes nine different personality types and maps each of them on a nine-pointed diagram. It helps each person understand their behavior, their motivations, and their fixations. When it comes to understanding your type, it's worth remembering that the Enneagram isn't a test, it's a tool! It's all about self-discovery and development. Running into issues figuring out your type? Totally normal. It can be super tricky to try and fit yourself into a box, and remember - it’s not about perfectly fitting into a type, but understanding our patterns and growing from that self-awareness. Having trouble relating to your type? A lot of times, this happens when we first learn about our type. Remember, the Enneagram is all about our motivations, not just our behaviors. It might be worth it to ask yourself why you do the things you do, rather than just what you do. Got any more questions or any other hurdles you're jumping over? Let's chat about it. Remember, there are no silly questions or trivial issues here. We're all learning and growing together! Ready to dive deeper? No better place than here. Let's get this conversation going and explore the world of the Enneagram together. 😊

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Profile Picture SteveO 5/2/2024 5:38:56 PM

Alright folks, strap in! I'm about to drop some knowledge bomb about the world of Enneagram. Also, a fair warning, this could get pretty bumpy, expect puns, cheesy jokes, and a sprinkle of humor. Enneagram, in simplest words, is like sorting hat from your beloved Harry Potter but slightly sophisticated. Instead of sorting you in Hufflepuff or Slytherin, it categorizes humans into 9 different personality types. Let’s zap through these types quickly! Type 1 - The Perfectionist. Like that guy who once returned a candy bar because it was *slightly* cracked. Yeah, we all know one. Type 2 - The Helper. The ones whose mottos are "I care, therefore I am." If they were superheroes, they'd probably have "Eternal Empathy" as their superpower. Type 3 - The Achiever. The high-flyers, the bosses, the ones speeding past you on the highway of life while you take the scenic route. Type 4 - The Individualist. The combo pack of passionate artist & dramatic poet. Their life's an unending roller coaster in an amusement park of emotions. Type 5 - The Observer. The Sherlock Holmes type. Their fav weekend activity? Probably examining the quantum physics theory or exploring new conspiracy theories. Type 6 - The Loyalist. If you've ever had a friend who is like your human diary, that's a classic Type 6. Type 7 - The Enthusiast. The ones who could find a silver lining in a volcanic eruption and turn that into a fun Saturday. Type 8 - The Challenger. The I-don't-need-directions gang. They'd rather punch their way out of a paper bag than ask for help. Type 9 - The Peacemaker. If a genie offered them a wish, they’d probably ask for World Peace. FAQs and Troubleshooting, anyone? "No type seems to fit me." - Well, you might be a special snowflake. But remember, Enneagram isn't one-size-fits-all. It's more about core motivations than actions. "I'm a solid Type 7, but my girlfriend says I'm Type 4. Who's right?" - Short answer, it's complicated. Try not to put yourself in one box, your personality can have shades of other types too. "Oh no, I'm Type 8, am I a scary person?" - Nah, all types have strengths and weaknesses. Type 8's can be great leaders! Embrace it, dragon heart. In conclusion, remember, no type is better or worse. And hey, Enneagram is a tool, not some prophecy roll from ancient times. Enjoy the process and don't let it decide your fate. You still have control over what to do with your life - Just don't use that as an excuse to not clean your room or send that email you've been avoiding for days, okay? Cool!

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Profile Picture Greg707 5/2/2024 5:31:37 PM

Hey there folks! Today, let's delve into the realm of Enneagram types, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other common hurdles one may encounter on this intriguing journey. This personality system is an impactful tool for self-exploration, revealing our core motivations, fears, and desires - all fundamental aspects that drive how we see the world and live our lives. However, fair warning, it can be a little perplexing, especially for beginners. Let's unpack some FAQs and solve some of the common problems. One of the most common questions is "How do I find my Enneagram type?". Well, you'll find numerous tests online but remember, these are purely indicative and the true understanding comes from studying and recognizing yourself in these archetypes. Explore all the types and read about them, and you'll likely find one that resonates deeply with you. Another question is "Can my Enneagram type change over time?". The usual understanding is that your fundamental Enneagram type r-emains the same throughout your life. It explains the lens through which we see the world. Nevertheless, it's worth noting we're capable of embodying traits from other types, and our behaviors can shift and adapt based on our environment. Now, addressing a common problem - "I identify with more than one type". It is normal to see a bit of ourselves in all nine types; however, one type should be more dominant. The concept of wings in the system helps explain this; these are the types on either side of your primary type that influence your personality. For example, if your primary type is “4”, then your wing could be either “3” or “5”. Finally, a classic stumbling block is mistyping. Deciphering your true Enneagram can be tricky; many types share similar traits or behaviors, causing confusion. For instance, types 2 and 9 are both agreeable and struggle to say 'no', but the reasons are different: 2's crave love and approval, whereas 9's aim for inner and outer peace. Mistyping often occurs when we focus more on behaviors rather than core motivations. To wrap up, the Enneagram is a deep and insightful personality structure that can lead to greater self-awareness. It can seem complex initially, but that's the beauty of it - you get what you put into it. So take your time and enjoy the journey of internal discovery. Ask questions, engage in discussions, and learn more about yourself and others along the way. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences and discoveries in the comments below!

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Profile Picture Jonathan36 5/2/2024 4:47:46 PM

When first exploring Enneagram types, a common issue is confusion in distinguishing between similar traits--take for example, a type 2 (The Helper) feeling related to type 6 (The Loyalist). This is a typical hurdle, so don't stress. It's recommended to thoroughly read through all type descriptions and reflect on how you naturally behave, particularly under stress. Another frequent question arises from mistyping due to current emotional states. Remember, the Enneagram is about motivations, not behaviors. So focus on why you do things, rather than what you do. Importantly, don't be shocked if you don't like your type initially. It's common to be unsettled or even disagree. Lastly, for troubleshooting, if you're confused between two types, look at the stress and security points. They often provide valuable insights. Likewise, understanding your wing can help narrow down your type. I hope these insights help you navigate your Enneagram journey!

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Profile Picture Nora414 5/2/2024 4:08:44 PM

Understanding your Enneagram can provide deep insights into your personality, motivations, and behaviors. One common FAQ is how to identify your true type. It can be tricky since we can often see parts of ourselves in many types. Test results can be a good starting point, but self-reflection and reading about each type can help clarify your true type. Another question is whether one’s type can change over time. Enneagram teaches that our basic type remains the same throughout life, though we may behave differently in stress or security and as we grow and change. One common issue for beginners is mistyping. It usually happens when we identify more with how we want to be (like an ideal self), rather than how we actually are. For instance, you might mistake the self-confident and achievable type 3 for your type because that's who you aspire to be when you're actually a compassionate and creative type 4. Another troubleshooting tip is to remember that no type is 'better' or 'worse' than another. Each has strengths and weaknesses. The goal is self-awareness and growth, not to reach a certain ideal.

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