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This is a discussion on Anyone else having great trouble determining their Enneagram type? within the Enneagram Personality Theory Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by rajAs I would say you have been thinking enough (= too much) about your Etype. Well, this ...

  1. #11

    Quote Originally Posted by rajAs View Post
    I would say you have been thinking enough (= too much) about your Etype.
    Well, this is very true.

    Quote Originally Posted by rajAs View Post
    The answers may come more easily if you think about your whole life and especially childhood and adolescence (relationship with parents, especially).
    Not sure, but then I'd probably pick conflict, pain and weakness.

  2. #12
    Type 9

    I'm afraid we're going to monopolize this thread. You can contact me in private if you like, or open a topic for your identification in the proper forum.

    By the way one of the three options will probably be associated to one or more experiences that you remember well. The others are probably driven by your mind.

  3. #13

    Quote Originally Posted by rajAs View Post
    Quiz questions aren't the best way to understand your Enneagram type. You'll answer quickly, while Enneagram requires a deeper understanding of your personality, instead. As we know, it's mostly about motivations rather than behaviours.

    When someone asks me to find his E-type, I usually ask him:

    1- What do you avoid? (Maximum 3 answers)
    Anger
    Need
    Failure
    Ordinariness
    Emptiness
    Deviance
    Pain
    Weakness
    Conflict

    This helps a lot as a first step.

    2- I've found it's very important to understand how does a person feel at his worst: which are the causes that break his personality, which kind of sentiments consume him.

    3- Palmer's thought about how different E-types pay attention is quite interesting. Every E-type has his own focus. There should be a topic about this in these forums.

    At this point there should be enough informations to understand how to proceed (with other questions based on the previous results or not).

    Sadly, Enneagram is quite hard for the beginners and it often requires a person able to introduce you to this knowledge. Once your Etype is found, you can try to make it by yourself.
    Sorry for taking a while to reply! I've been up and down between cities lately.

    I would say I avoid weakness failure and conflict the most. Weakness probably being my strongest fear, I don't like to feel in any way controlled or in a position to be taken advantage of. There are many things I'd prefer to endure in order to keep rank so to speak that others wouldn't.
    In conflict situations though I can find it difficult to maintain my composure so can feel like I'm embarrassing myself sometimes, which is probably why I can also avoid conflict too.

    Does that give you any clues?

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  5. #14
    Type 9

    Quote Originally Posted by UndercoverInstigator View Post
    Sorry for taking a while to reply! I've been up and down between cities lately.
    No problem :)

    Just a question: are you sure you are a 5?

  6. #15

    Quote Originally Posted by rajAs View Post
    No problem :)

    Just a question: are you sure you are a 5?
    Nope I'm actually beginning to doubt being that type. Do you have any suspicions?

  7. #16
    Type 3w4

    I had a lot of difficulty determining my type. I thought I had a 9w1 type for a year, a 7w6 type for two years.

    Currently, I think I have a 3w4 type. I say think because I was so certain in the past that I am reluctant to be certain now.

    The difficulty was that, at first, I didn't even consider the "aggressive"/"extroverted" types. My entire life, I have been told that I am too quiet, and I have come to identify myself with that observation.

    Also, I approached typing myself by reading the descriptions and typing myself based on which description I related to the most. I am the type of person who, once I knew the basics of the enneagram, would trick the test to get the answer that I thought was correct. I could see whatever traits I wanted to see in myself. I thought I was answering truthfully.

    I realized I wasn't a 9 or a 7 by posting in the forums. I just didn't relate to others of those types and was always wondering if I had mistyped. I felt that I wasn't understanding the enneagram correctly.

    I looked at type 4 again because someone was once certain I was a type 4 and because telling me what to do makes me rebel, but I didn't relate to it.

    Looking at type 3 and remembering the things I have said and done and some of my more honest posts:

    "I lie. I pretend. I act. I play along. I'll be whatever you want me to be. I'll be whoever you want me to be. I'll be perfect, a statue made of glass. You can pull me along by the arm like a doll. You can fill me with whatever thoughts and perspectives you want me to have. I'll do whatever you ask me to. I'll agree with whatever you say. But in the end, there is nothing there. An empty body."

    Type 3 seemed to fit. I take traits that I like or that others like, and I try to exhibit them. I mold myself. I consciously change my look, my handwriting, the way I sit, the way I write. And there is nothing worse than being inactive, than doing nothing. Meditating is the closest thing to torture. And I have often thought that I would rather burn forever than live in a perfect world.

    I remember when I decided to be apathetic because I admired the trait. But it was never natural. I remember when I decided to be fun. But being fun and having fun are different, and doing fun things was always just another goal. So maybe the 9 and the 7 tendencies arose from these decisions.

    So I suggest that you look at what you have done before you knew about the enneagram, what you have said and written. What events affected you the most? Look at your actions and your motives, and you may find your true type.

  8. #17
    Type 9

    Quote Originally Posted by UndercoverInstigator View Post
    Nope I'm actually beginning to doubt being that type. Do you have any suspicions?
    You should probably try to open a post in "What's my enneagram type?" forum. I had an idea when you posted last month but I already forgot it :P

  9. #18

    Quote Originally Posted by rajAs View Post
    You should probably try to open a post in "What's my enneagram type?" forum. I had an idea when you posted last month but I already forgot it :P
    lol no worries, im really inconsistent nowadays. havent currently got a laptop! :(

  10. #19
    Type 7w8

    I've got my tritype decently solid (3-5-8), but I question the order every now and then.

    Otherwise I have no huge issues.

  11. #20
    Type 6w5

    Quote Originally Posted by aphinion View Post
    I've got my tritype decently solid (3-5-8), but I question the order every now and then.

    Otherwise I have no huge issues.
    Funny, same tri-type same battle.


     
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