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    addictions by enneagram type

    The Addictive Personality:
    Disorders by Enneagram Type


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    While the Enneagram is a powerful tool for transformation, transformational work is not possible for those actively abusing addictive medications, alcohol, or controlled substances. Those suffering from substance abuse problems must become "sober" on a regular basis before they can sustain any in-depth inquiry into their true nature. Abuse and neglect make it almost impossible to develop the sensitivity and attention necessary to observe oneself with any clarity.
    Fortunately, there are many resources available to support the addictive personality in breaking free of various forms of addictions, including books, workshops, support groups, therapy, and even inpatient care. The Enneagram is not a substitute for those resources, but combined with them, can be extremely helpful in understanding the roots of the addictive personality.
    All nine Enneagram personality types can have any kind of addiction, and all nine types can be codependent. We find some tendencies toward certain addictions in the Enneagram types, however, and offer the following correlations as a beginning guideline. They are not all-inclusive and are not intended to be a complete discussion of this complex problem. Note also that the addictions and disorders listed below apply not only to each Enneagram personality type, but also each type's Direction of Disintegration.
    The following material is taken from The Wisdom of the Enneagram (pages 350-352), and is offered as a preliminary study of which addictive behaviors and other imbalances coincide with each personality type. These observations are not meant to be all-inclusive or to complete, only that they are a useful starting place for studying this important application of the Enneagram.
    Be sure, however, that you or someone else you are applying this information to is correctly typed. You can take the scientifically validated Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI Version 2.5) on this website. Also, be aware that the types connected by a line on the Enneagram from your basic personality type may also show up in your own pattern of addictions, imbalances, and substance abuse.

    Eating Disorders & Addictions of the Types


    • Type 1 The Reformer
      Excessive use of diets, vitamins, and cleansing techniques (fasts, diet pills, enemas). Under-eating for self-control: in extreme cases anorexia and bulimia. Alcohol to relieve tension.
    • Type 2 The Helper
      Abusing food and over-the-counter medications. Bingeing, especially on sweets and carbohydrates. Over-eating from feeling "love-starved." Hypochondria to look for sympathy.
    • Type 3 The Achiever
      Over-stressing the body for recognition. Working out to exhaustion. Starvation diets. Workaholism. Excessive intake of coffee, stimulants, amphetamines, cocaine, steroids or excessive surgery for cosmetic improvement.
    • Type 4 The Individualist
      Over-indulgence in rich foods, sweets, alcohol to alter mood, to socialize, and for emotional consolation. Lack of physical activity. Bulimia. Depressants. Tobacco, prescription drugs, or heroin for social anxiety. Cosmetic surgery to erase rejected features.
    • Type 5 The Investigator
      Poor eating and sleeping habits due to minimizing needs. Neglecting hygiene and nutrition. Lack of physical activity. Psychotropic drugs for mental stimulation and escape, narcotics for anxiety.
    • Type 6 The Loyalist
      Rigidity in diet causes nutritional imbalances ("I don't like vegetables.") Working excessively. Caffeine and amphetamines for stamina, but also alcohol and depressants to deaden anxiety. Higher susceptibility to alcoholism than many types.
    • Type 7 The Enthusiast
      The type most prone to addictions: stimulants (caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines), Ecstasy, psychotropics, narcotics, and alcohol but tend to avoid other depressants. Wear body out with effort to stay "up." Excessive cosmetic surgery, pain killers.
    • Type 8 The Challenger
      Ignore physical needs and problems: avoid medical visits and check-ups. Indulging in rich foods, alcohol, tobacco while pushing self too hard leads to high stress, strokes, and heart conditions. Control issues central, although alcoholism and narcotic addictions are possible.
    • Type 9 The Peacemaker
      Over-eating or under-eating due to lack of self-awareness and repressed anger. Lack of physical activity. Depressants and psychotropics, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics to deaden loneliness and anxiety.
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    well...4w5/5w4 here, and it seems to correlate. i do all of the things in 4 and in 5, except for heroin. And my reasons for using psychotropic drugs are different. well, that is to say they have more reasons than what are up there. Like the fact they can be utilized as a tool for introspection.

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    i'm 4w5. i've done all except heroin and cosmetic surgery.

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    I'm a 4w5 and I have to say that that's accurate in both the 4 and 5 fronts. I definitely use alcohol to alter mood. Have smoked to relieve social anxiety (asthma has prevented me from doing that very often), but I haven't done any drugs for that. I do love sweets. I did some serious cutting down on food intake to help lose weight fast as well. Very good list!
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    And...some highs to escape. Usually yerba mate (fantastic stuff, different effect on me than some others, but it's quite easy and inexpensive to get). I have a feeling that if I get into any drugs to escape, I'd do it constantly.
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    Type 7


    Type 7 The Enthusiast
    The type most prone to addictions: stimulants (caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines), Ecstasy, psychotropics, narcotics, and alcohol but tend to avoid other depressants. Wear body out with effort to stay "up." Excessive cosmetic surgery, pain killers.
    Emphasis added on things i am "addicted" to.

    Coffee is my daily routine. I love E, but i dont roll often, psychotropics of any kind are welcome, i like to drink occasionally, and i pop pills all the time. Busy life. Oh, and now all of you know that there is a 75% chance that any interaction with me is while i am on something.
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    Type 5

    Quote Originally Posted by kristina 23 View Post
    • Type 9 The Peacemaker
      Over-eating or under-eating due to lack of self-awareness and repressed anger. Lack of physical activity. Depressants and psychotropics, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics to deaden loneliness and anxiety.
    Under-eating? Yes, I tend to do that.
    Lack of physical activity? Yeah... that too.
    I don't use drugs anymore though. I still drink beer but only like... 2-4 bottles per month on average. I only drink with friends and even then I don't get drunk.

    I have none of the problems from my 1 wing however. I only under-eat because I am rarely hungry... I don't have any self-control...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristina 23 View Post
    Type 5 The Investigator
    Poor eating and sleeping habits due to minimizing needs. Neglecting hygiene and nutrition. Lack of physical activity. Psychotropic drugs for mental stimulation and escape, narcotics for anxiety.
    Oh, dear. This is me to a tee, sans the part about the drugs! Although I do my best when it comes to hygiene, people around me worry because I never sleep and often forget to eat when I get really into something (which is almost all the time). Also, I basically never move from my computer seat, which causes others to worry even more...*sigh*

    Oh, the life of a Five...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristina 23 View Post
    • Type 1 The Reformer
      Excessive use of diets,vitamins, and cleansing techniques (fasts, diet pills, enemas). Under-eating for self-control: in extreme cases anorexia and bulimia. Alcohol to relieve tension.
    • Type 2 The Helper
      Abusing food and over-the-counter medications. Bingeing, especially on sweets and carbohydrates. Over-eating from feeling "love-starved." Hypochondria to look for sympathy.
    • Type 3 The Achiever
      Over-stressing the body for recognition. Working out to exhaustion. Starvation diets. Workaholism. Excessive intake of coffee, stimulants, amphetamines, cocaine, steroids or excessive surgery for cosmetic improvement.
    • Type 4 The Individualist
      Over-indulgence in rich foods, sweets, alcohol to alter mood, to socialize, and for emotional consolation. Lack of physical activity. Bulimia. Depressants. Tobacco, prescription drugs, or heroin for social anxiety. Cosmetic surgery to erase rejected features.
    • Type 5 The Investigator
      Poor eating and sleeping habits due to minimizing needs. Neglecting hygiene and nutrition. Lack of physical activity. Psychotropic drugs for mental stimulation and escape, narcotics for anxiety.
    • Type 6 The Loyalist
      Rigidity in diet causes nutritional imbalances ("I don't like vegetables.") Working excessively. Caffeine and amphetamines for stamina, but also alcohol and depressants to deaden anxiety. Higher susceptibility to alcoholism than many types.
    • Type 7 The Enthusiast
      The type most prone to addictions: stimulants (caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines), Ecstasy, psychotropics, narcotics, and alcohol but tend to avoid other depressants. Wear body out with effort to stay "up." Excessive cosmetic surgery, pain killers.
    • Type 8 The Challenger
      Ignore physical needs and problems: avoid medical visits and check-ups.
      Indulging in rich foods, alcohol, tobacco while pushing self too hard leads to high stress, strokes, and heart conditions. Control issues central, although alcoholism and narcotic addictions are possible
    • Type 9 The Peacemaker
      Over-eating
      or under-eating due to lack of self-awareness and repressed anger. Lack of physical activity. Depressants and psychotropics, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics to deaden loneliness and anxiety.

    I bolded what's true and italicized what I have tendencies for

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    8. Correct.


     
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