This is a discussion on Does your Core Fear match with your Type? within the Enneagram Personality Theory Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by Nicomendes MacIdriss As far as I know, they have to match. The Core Fear is the most ...
The core fear is not fundamental to the Enneagram types. Looks like you listed the basic fears from the Enneagram Institute (Riso-Hudson) which is only one of many interpretations.
Strange how all nine types are assigned a fear yet only types 5, 6, and 7 are in the fear triad. Contradictory and confusing interpretations abound.
Yes, mine does fit, but I wouldn't say it fits any more than some of the others. I also very much relate to the core fears of 2, 5, and (surprisingly) 8.
On the contrary, 1 and 4's fears don't resonate with me, despite both types being fairly prominent in my tritype. Even though I value morality and individuality, I don't fear being "corrupt" or "ordinary"... because I know deep down that I'm neither of these.
7 fits the best. For 8 I feel like I'm naturally capable of not getting that way, so it's not a fear, but it's something I would hate moreso than the other things.
Not sure what that makes me, don't know much about enneagram.
I'm afraid of all of these things.
But I'm a 6w7 because overall existential anxiety and fear of deprivation fit me best.
The only other type that fits me is 4 which is elevated/perfected at 1 or something. Fear of being ordinary/bad - these are Fi fears.
4 is my heart type. And 9w1 or 1w9 my body type so....
Definitely not a 3 or a 2 or an 8, that much I know. Not a 5 either, not focused or boring enough.
Last edited by Kintsugi; 03-06-2019 at 03:24 PM.
I don't fear being incompetent, not consciously anyway -- that just feels bad when it occasionally happens, but I forgive myself and move forward. I more see 'scary world' motivated me, at some point, to become competent (to cope, even if it's overkill).
Same with the other fears relating to my tritype (1 & 3) -- I more experience positive reinforcement from being 'good/successful' than fear failing to attain the standard. If I fail to meet it, I try again. Failure is a part of success, it's (usually) no big deal.
I'm a type 5 and i relate most to type 3's fear of failure. I'm a perfectionist and will take time to make everything as good as possible.