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    Enneagram instinctual stackings and writing styles.

    I found this on the Enneagram institute discussion board and thought I'd repost here. I found the topic very interesting since I'm into writing.
    For those who know their stacking, how well do you relate to your description? Would you add anything else? Also it would be fun to discuss our favorite authors and their writing styles. (maybe find samples) Out of the stacking descriptions, which one describes your favorite style of writing to read?
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    The Enneagram Institute Discussion Board - Stacking and the Written Word)

    sp/soc: The most straightfoward in language, with relatively little trills and embellishments. Points made directly and from personal experience. Business-like. Clear. Cynical. Lacking in internal experience compared to other stackings.

    sp/sx: Comes out as somewhat heavy and gloomy, or cool and detached. Often gives out a suffocating and insular vibe, as if their internal world is wrapped around by an impermeable membrane. Strong sensory impressions designed to awake sexuality. Makes one want to linger on one or two lines forever.

    soc/sp: Tangential. Lots of details and analysis. Very
    in-their-head and intellectual, and lacks sensuality. Comes across as level-headed and unspontaneous, but also with personal warmth. Their written works often require a great deal of mental concentration from the readers.

    soc/sx: The word "fantastical" comes to mind. Lots of virtuosity and trills, and often removed from the real world. One is whirled away by the dazzling fairies of their colorful imagination. Can be too rich in imagery for their own good. Sustained dramatic power due to their knowledge of interpersonal dynamics.

    sx/sp: Intense, often a
    stab-in-the-chest sensation, leaving me in tears without knowing why. Fantastical but much more concentrated in a few inner images. Can be abstract, animating dead objects into their field of contemplation. Embodiment of another human, thing, or idea is common in their writings.

    sx/soc: My impression of their writing is "fire-and-ice", as if one is to experience the extremes of heat and coldness at the same time. Often abstract, spilling one inner vision after another like a dream-sequence. Seems particularly in touch with the core meaning of life and death.



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    I'm so/sx but it's a really close call between so/sx and sx/so that it's hard to say.
    Anyway, in serious creative writing I've been leaning towards the sx/so description. My poetry is intensely personal. I've been told I exaggerate a lot and like to show the full range of human emotion. I also like to show subtler emotions when I write but I bring them out in an intense way, while still being soft and subtle at the same time...it's hard to describe. I love to use symbolism and paint something beautiful with my words. But it's more focused than the so/sx description. I like to paint a lot of related images and let them flow into each other but come away with one meaningful message that sums up the poem and brings it all together.

    As for writing styles I enjoy, I am in aw of what matches the description of sx/sp. I love when authors can make the most of their words and leave an intense impact on me with only a few very well chosen words.

    I'll add more on this thread later.

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    Type 9w1


    sx/sp: Intense, often a stab-in-the-chest sensation, leaving me in tears without knowing why. Fantastical but much more concentrated in a few inner images. Can be abstract, animating dead objects into their field of contemplation. Embodiment of another human, thing, or idea is common in their writings.
    Hehe, hmm. Yes, this actually fits, but it's too short! It would be even better with types to them. Cause I expand on things, doing the 9ish saga storytelling.
    I like this.
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    sp/sx: Comes out as somewhat heavy and gloomy, or cool and detached. Often gives out a suffocating and insular vibe, as if their internal world is wrapped around by an impermeable membrane. Strong sensory impressions designed to awake sexuality. Makes one want to linger on one or two lines forever.

    Mmm... yeah, I guess.

    Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucken View Post
    Hehe, hmm. Yes, this actually fits, but it's too short! It would be even better with types to them. Cause I expand on things, doing the 9ish saga storytelling.
    I like this.
    Definitely! I think there would be variations with each type. Feel free to elaborate or even share little writing samples if you feel inclined.
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    It would also be fun to type and quote favorite authors and poets or song writers.
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    I adore this topic! thank you, Silverlined.

    I am still evalutating my instinctual variants, and funnily enough, they corrospond with the descriptions I think I can most relate my writing with.

    sp/sx: Comes out as somewhat heavy and gloomy, or cool and detached. Often gives out a suffocating and insular vibe, as if their internal world is wrapped around by an impermeable membrane. Strong sensory impressions designed to awake sexuality. Makes one want to linger on one or two lines forever.

    sx/sp: Intense, often a stab-in-the-chest sensation, leaving me in tears without knowing why. Fantastical but much more concentrated in a few inner images. Can be abstract, animating dead objects into their field of contemplation. Embodiment of another human, thing, or idea is common in their writings.

    sx/soc: My impression of their writing is "fire-and-ice", as if one is to experience the extremes of heat and coldness at the same time. Often abstract, spilling one inner vision after another like a dream-sequence. Seems particularly in touch with the core meaning of life and death
    I only started creative writing/writing for myself, when I was 18. It doesn't come naturally to me, but having worked with a friend on a year long group project, I started to develop my own voice, and am getting more comfortable with self expression, thanks to writing.

    It is usually rich with abstract symbols, extended metaphors and underpinning themes I develop as I go along. It's stream of consciousness, because it does not really come from my mind... it's more intuitive, emotive and image driven. I haven't written a plethora of 'dark' work, but I wouldn't be afraid to go there. I'm less inclined to write something from my perspective directly and to directly refer to a thought or emotion, i.e. "I feel sad, like a beached whale". I prefer to write in third person... and use images that demonstrate my thoughts and emotions (much like the sp/sx description) i.e. "...And yet, the sun still pines behind the shadows of the clouds.. "


    I was thinking over this description;

    sx/sp: Intense, often a stab-in-the-chest sensation, leaving me in tears without knowing why. Fantastical but much more concentrated in a few inner images. Can be abstract, animating dead objects into their field of contemplation. Embodiment of another human, thing, or idea is common in their writings.
    And I immediately thought of a poem by Stephen Crane, that for some reason, I just love;

    In the Desert

    In the desert
    I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
    Who, squatting upon the ground,
    Held his heart in his hands,
    And ate of it.
    I said, "Is it good, friend?"
    "It is bitter – bitter", he answered,
    "But I like it
    Because it is bitter,
    And because it is my heart."
    His poems give me a sp/sx sx/sp vibe. And now that I think about it, I tend to prefer similarly 'intense' or 'evocative' poetry... with imagery or meaning I don't have to necessarily 'understand', but that which draws me in regardless.

    In other creative writing modes and mediums other than poetry... I believe I may marginally prefer the sx/so style. Although I do enjoy a lot of different styles mentioned in the descriptions in the OP. I like to expose myself to diverse author 'voices'. I enjoy all styles... as long as the author voice, is a strong one, the work is laden with themes, and it has 'harmony'/'unity' (delicate and effortless connection of every element of the work).
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    Type 3w4

    sp/soc: The most straightfoward in language, with relatively little trills and embellishments. Points made directly and from personal experience. Business-like. Clear. Cynical. Lacking in internal experience compared to other stackings.
    soc/sp: Tangential. Lots of details and analysis. Very in-their-head and intellectual, and lacks sensuality. Comes across as level-headed and unspontaneous, but also with personal warmth. Their written works often require a great deal of mental concentration from the readers.



    I want to say soc/sp, but I'm probably sp/soc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlined View Post


    sx/soc: My impression of their writing is "fire-and-ice", as if one is to experience the extremes of heat and coldness at the same time. Often abstract, spilling one inner vision after another like a dream-sequence. Seems particularly in touch with the core meaning of life and death.

    I'm definatly sx/soc but I don't know if this matches my writing style. Although I would agree that there's a lot of ambiguity in how I write....many nuances that seem to go unnoticed by others.

    This was probably reposted on the Enneagram Institute Board. Pretty sure it's originally from the enneagram ...info from the underground
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    Type 6w7

    Quote Originally Posted by silverlined View Post
    sp/soc: The most straightfoward in language, with relatively little trills and embellishments. Points made directly and from personal experience. Business-like. Clear. Cynical. Lacking in internal experience compared to other stackings.

    sp/sx: Comes out as somewhat heavy and gloomy, or cool and detached. Often gives out a suffocating and insular vibe, as if their internal world is wrapped around by an impermeable membrane. Strong sensory impressions designed to awake sexuality. Makes one want to linger on one or two lines forever.

    sx/sp: Intense, often a stab-in-the-chest sensation, leaving me in tears without knowing why. Fantastical but much more concentrated in a few inner images. Can be abstract, animating dead objects into their field of contemplation. Embodiment of another human, thing, or idea is common in their writings.
    Bolded is my writing. Prose, mind... I don't do poetry.

    I've been told that when I want to or, sometimes, don't even try to, I can make a scary-strong emotional piece. The emotion comes off much better in short bursts. To me, it's more the sp/sx description, especially the last line. But at the same time, I don't use many metaphors or special bits... I'm no good at that kind of stuff.

    When I have to write longer pieces, it's... I'm not sure. None of these descriptions really fit. Needs something a little more generic. What's the most common writing style, you think? Sp/soc?


     
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