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enneagram types 5, 6, 7

Here is the remaining fear types, 5, 6, and 7* wrap-up:

5 – The Observer. Withdrawn into a cerebral world of abstraction and fascinating ideas. Fives are nutty professors and ivory-tower idealists. Also know as “Thinkers,” they are detached from love and intense emotion. Intruded upon as children, Fives withdrew to protect their private space, and learned to watch invasive behavior without emotion. They seldom intuit well on the level of feeling: they are inclined toward intuitive training that emphasized detachment, mental focusing, and inner observation. However, with their talent for ignoring distractions and concentrating their mental energies, Fives can give the world everything from hare-brained conspiracy theories to insights like E=mc2.

6 – The Trooper. Afraid to believe and then be betrayed, Sixes are keenly attuned to potential threats. Having lived in fear as children, Sixes learned to scan their environment for possible sources of harm. Their hot-and-cold emotional reactions reflect an inner vacillation between loyalty and distrust, especially of authority. They respond by either finding a trusted protector or by fighting the system. Sixes set high goals but often fail to complete projects. They may procrastinate, fearing that the risks of taking action will outweigh the possible rewards. Because habitual vigilance influences their intuitive style. Sixes can be expert at detecting hidden intentions of  of others behind social masks. Their task is to separate anxiety-based projections from accurate intuitive perception.

7- The Epicure. Experts at having a good time, Sevens believe that love and work should be an adventure. They like to plan and carry out an extraordinary range of activities, often with the hidden purpose of avoiding negative feelings. As children, Sevens diffused fear by escaping into imagination, planning and play, and by disarming threatening people with charm. Optimists, they are intent on keeping all their options open, and have trouble focusing or committing to a single course of action. At their worst, they are selfish and unfocused. At their best, Sevens’ mastery of a wide range of skills and interests produces a state of mind that helps them recognize the “fit” of seemingly unrelated fields of information.

I hope you have found these posts on the Enneagram interesting and informative.

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*These type vignettes are excerpted from an interview with Helen Palmer,  Intuitive Styles of the Enneagram,  by D. Patrick Miller, Intuition Magazine, (date uncertain).


enneagram types 2, 3, 4

Continuing on with the Enneagram emotion group of 2, 3 and 4*:

2 – The Giver. Focused on providing care and receiving close, personal feedback, Twos find their sense of identity almost entirely in relationships. Having earned love as children by meeting others’ needs, Twos have learned how to sense the wishes of those around them. They may be tempted to use this ability to manipulate people and enhance their sense of power, but by adapting themselves to suit others’ needs, they also risk losing a sense of themselves. The challenge for Twos is to discriminate between “giving in order to get” and genuine intuitive attunement to other people’s unspoken moods and preferences.

3 – The Performer. Optimistic, upbeat, and ambitious. Threes drive the engines of enterprise and success. But they typically must struggle to let go of their falsely inflated self-images and dreams, and accept their real, limited selves. Prized for their achievements as children, they learned to suppress emotion and focus on gaining status. They also learned to “read” their audience and can adjust their performance, sometimes unconsciously, to match the needs of different groups. Masters at fulfilling social expectations, Threes are the chameleons of the Enneagram. At their best, they can intuitively register the untapped strengths of a group or team, and sense the best moment to engineer a collective success.

4 – The Romantic. Typically withdrawn, reflective, and intensely emotional, Fours long for unattainable love. They have a highly developed aesthetic sense and have explored all the nooks and crannies of their inner lives. Having felt abandoned as children, Fours unconsciously focus their attention on the finer points of what is missing; by comparison, what is available seems to lack appeal. To avoid feeling left behind, young Fours learned to “be with” an absent loved one by internally sensing that person’s moods and feelings. As a result, they can often intuit others’ suffering and respond with empathy or sensitive artistic expression. Resonating with the emotions of others can also leave them feeling “flooded” or taken over as they unconsciously carry other people’s depression and pain. Their intuitive task is to distinguish between accurate empathy and emotional projection.

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Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion with fear group, 5, 6 and 7. Thank you for your interest in the Enneagram.

*These type vignettes are excerpted from an interview with Helen Palmer,  Intuitive Styles of the Enneagram,  by D. Patrick Miller, Intuition Magazine, (date uncertain).


enneagram types 8, 9, 1

Continuing on from You and Me and the Enneagram, brief descriptive vignettes of each of the 9 types  follow*. We will start at the top with the anger group of 8, 9 and 1. Recall, that the purpose of this system is not to get a leg up on friends and neighbors, but to have a more comprehensive understanding of one’s own shadow side, as Carl Jung would put it—the part that causes us trouble—the part we sometimes think is admirable, but in God’s eyes… not always the case. Maybe it’s just a lot of blankets piled on ourselves in which to hide our true, essential selves,  as Jesus put it: “… except you become as little children…” Essential selves, just how we were born and made in the image…that’s what we want to uncover and nurture.

To have a working understanding of this system, please consult any of the many books and teachers on the subject (Richard Rohr, Don Richard Riso, Helen Palmer, Claudio Naranjo, Jerome Wagner to name a few), or attend a lecture or workshop.

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8 – The Boss. Gravitating to positions of authority and control, Eights set the rules in love and business life. But behind their habitual bluster and aggressive manner lies a core of kindness, expressed as a strong desire to protect loved ones and stand up for justice. Eights describe a combative childhood in which respect was earned through strength, and they had to grow up young. Uncomfortable dealing with feelings, they tend to deny empathy. Instead, Eights are often strong physical intuitives, literally moving into conflict with a powerful presence that extends beyond their bodies. Many also have a body-based recognition of the qualities of power in the people around them. used wisely, their take-charge stance can be a powerful source of support to others.

9 – The Mediator. Pleasant, ambivalent, and often slothful, Nines are said to merge with the feelings and concerns of those around them. They began doing this as “overlooked” children whose own needs, feelings, and points of view were ignored. Unseen, Nines lost track of their own identities and distracted themselves with creature comforts. The learned to maintain connection by mirroring others’ lives as a way of telling them, “We are the same.” This identification can be so complete that they find themselves “becoming” the other person. picking up that person’s mannerisms, energy, and opinions. Nines can be strong body-based intuitives, but they need to resist the temptation to “zone out” and become absorbed in the energy fields of those around them, or mesmerized by TV. They can make constructive use of their merged states if the learn to recognize the difference between their own impulses and signals  that come fom others.

1 – The Perfectionist. Oriented toward correctness and “doing the right thing,” Ones live in judgment of themselves and others. They yearn for those moments of perfection, when everything fall into place “just so,” especially if these moments come as a result of their own hard work. As good little boys and girls who earned love by never making a mistake, Ones learned to sense when events ere on track toward perfection. As a result, many have become classic picture-straighteners who can’t rest until even the slightest flaws are corrected The good news is that they can refine ideas and products to a degree that others might not imagine possible. Ones intuitively recognize the orderly flow of perfectly balanced effort, because their bodies relax and “feel right” in the pleasure of a job well done.

*These type vignettes are excerpted from an interview with Helen Palmer,  Intuitive Styles of the Enneagram,  by D. Patrick Miller, Intuition Magazine, (date uncertain).

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