This is a discussion on SP Dominant people, how do YOU know your primary instinct is Self-Preservation? within the Enneagram Personality Theory Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by Merkurin As I said, if I don't see or if I'm not involved with people to some ...
Last but not least, the fact that I'm a SP 4 doesn't mean that I still don't do things out of an image-conscious perspective. When I decorate my home I'm always mindful how that would represent me and 'speak' to my visitors, lol. Also I'm still conscious of how I dress(much less avant-garde, but chic now that I'm older) and how I express myself when I speak to other people, particularly people who are not close to me. In order for a 4 to grow and become healthier getting away from its 'image', being more accepting and present is what's recommended. This is where, thankfully, I'm finally slowly moving towards in life and it's really freeing to do things fully authentic to me without caring as much how the public eye would see me and if they'd find me significant or not. I'm SX second and if I do seek validation then I look towards my closest friends, family and partner for that.
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Last edited by Merkurin; 09-24-2019 at 11:35 AM.
Seriously, go with what feels right to you in the end of the day. :) Even if you're not 'correct' initially and change eventually that's absolutely fine as well. It's taken me time(years) to really raise my self-awareness and figure out stuff for myself.
Sp/sx descriptions also say that in ennea-1 the Sx instinct below the Sp surface wants you to throw out all of your repression and just live, and that's something I relate to a lot. I've often seriously considered throwing it all out and just being the person I feel like in reality I'm supposed to be but I just can't bring myself to do it.
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Honestly, I wouldn't know without my core Enneatype. And, for that matter, wasn't completely sure of my core Enneatype without the synergy of instincual subtypes, either. Looking at just SP, SO, and SX, I could make a case for or against each one. And my thoughts used to change depending on which quiz I took, or what I read about the instincts.
Then when I discovered the Enneagram countertypes, and how they can show up very differently than the stereotypes for their respective core types--especially in 6's and 4's-- and read and heard about what a SP 4 was like, it finally all clicked into place.
...ok but to actually answer the question as asked, I thought of this: the prevalent stockpile of a wide variety of vitamins, supplements, and natural care products might be some kind of indication. Although then again, it might not be. And actually, I couldn't swallow pills until I was almost 18 years old, which seemed to be due to some kind of SP-related anxiety.