What did you do after discovering your Enneatype?

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    What did you do after discovering your Enneatype?

    Since Enneagram is to do with anxieties and running away from them (or at least dealing with them), I imagine it could have been hard to admit you were a certain type. Or maybe it just confirmed what you already knew. Any stories?

    At the moment, I'm still trying to figure out what type I am. I thought I was a 5 but I might be a 1. If I were a 1, though, I wouldn't have a clue what to do with the information. Could be a good sign…?
    Last edited by bamboozle; 09-24-2011 at 02:49 PM.
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    Type 5w4

    Quote Originally Posted by bamboozle View Post
    Since Enneagram is to do with anxieties and running away from them (or at least dealing with them), I imagine it could have been hard to admit you were a certain type. Or maybe it just confirmed what you already knew. Any stories?

    At the moment, I'm still trying to figure out what type I am. I thought I was a 5 but I might be a 1. If I were a 1, though, I wouldn't have a clue what to do with the information. Could be a good sign…?
    "Good" in what sense? Are you the type to just take in information and collect it? Are you the type that just does whatever seems good at the time and has an inner critic nearly always picking on your actions and choices? I do know that I'm a 1 though I did think I could have been a 5 at times. 1s are about continuous improvement and trying to do things better than before, at least to my understanding. A 5 may well be more likely to just keep absorbing information but not necessarily doing much with it.

    As for a story of my own, here it is. As I tried to figure out my type I read and did various tests that often did come out with me as a 1 but I doubted that. It took more than a few times to check but there were also clues from other typing systems that pointed to this being my number. My StrengthsFinder top strength is "Learner" which I interpret as I'm the type of person that often works to gain competency in a subject and studies to a length that others may not be comfortable doing. I enjoy picking up new nuggets of knowledge or honing a skill that I like to use. There are various Enneagram books that may help if you want more details on how to distinguish between the two types.

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    I was mortified to test as a four, but decided the healthy/unhealthy scale was useful. I was surprised this year to test as a six. I'm wondering what I'm up to; am I evolving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbking
    "Good" in what sense?
    'Good' in the sense that maybe I had no reaction because…the description fit me and I didn't want to admit it.


    Quote Originally Posted by jbking
    Are you the type to just take in information and collect it? Are you the type that just does whatever seems good at the time and has an inner critic nearly always picking on your actions and choices?
    Oh, I didn't meant to turn this into a typing thread. I've actually already got one set up if you do like typing people (I like typing MBTI types :D but I'm new to Enneagram). But I think I was tossing up because I do have that inner critic…although I don't just do things that seem good, really—not in the sense that the 1 descriptions talk about. And I like information, but I like it better if I can fit it into one of my systems of information already, or build a new one. Paradigm thought this meant I wasn't a 5, so I'm still poking around. She thinks I'm a 9w1? So I'm trying that on for a bit. But, yes, I'll leave that to the other thread.

    But thanks for the tip about other typing systems. That's a good idea!



    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic Dreams
    I was mortified to test as a four...
    I read someone joke (I can't remember which thread) that you know you've found your Enneatype when you don't like it, lol!
    Last edited by bamboozle; 09-24-2011 at 02:49 PM.

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    Type 6w7


    I broke down, fell to my knees and cursed at the sky. At that point I knew I found my type, because I hated so many things about it, and there was this uneasy feeling in my stomach.

    Thinking back now ^^ being a 6 is awesome! I think its a pretty cool type and I'm starting to accept certain things about myself and by following some growth recommendations I'm getting healthier. Which is the whole point in the enneagram, no?

    Same thing happened when I found out I was INFP for sure...so yeh.

    All that is left are the instinctual stackings, where I'm sure I am Sp first....and yes again i really hated the idea of being Sp.

    I thought I was 4w5 so/sx at first.....or a 9w1 sx/sp.

    Tritype is a 4(6)9 and it fits really well, so I'm sure now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarchy View Post
    I broke down, fell to my knees and cursed at the sky. At that point I knew I found my type, because I hated so many things about it, and there was this uneasy feeling in my stomach.
    Haha, good response. I think I've decided I'm a 3 now. My reaction went something like: 'What? That can't be right. Except...oh.'
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    Hmmm... I seemed to have missed the boat for intially disliking my type. I read the eight's description and thought: "Emotionally closed? Perpetually angry? Always hungry? Hell yes!"

    I like being an eight. We're pretty much kickass.


    Edit: When I took the test, I knew immediately I was an eight. Nothing describes me better than "working from a base of anger."

    After I had read everything up on it, I proceeded to make everyone on my dorm floor take it [surprisingly, a lot of my friends turned out to be fours and sevens].
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    Type 9w1


    I studied it for a couple of years or so. Meaning I interacted on this forum and other forums and read as much descriptions as I could - relating to me and my friends and family. I tried and place my own and other peoples stackings and types.

    I learned to be more attentive to behaviours and subtle signs. Tried and make use of growth recommendations and such but they never helped much. I grew frustrated that now even though I understand myself, my ego, I still cannot make any changes to make my life better.

    So eventually I started to read more and more about the makings of the enneagram and eventually Gurdjieff. The enneagram is sort of useful to know your ego but growth recommendations and such are useless. So I had to move on. Now I'm back for a while because I used to get my stackings wrong, now I have them right and must learn more about it.

    edit: Yes you're gonna laugh and cry - well more or less - when you find your type. Only 8s don't, it seems they already know what they're like and simply says "yes this is me, but I knew that already". Then perhaps they will move on with no interest for it. If you dont get bad feelings but go 'hell yeah!' then something is not right.

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    Type 5

    I started to search for simplest ways of how to type others in Enneagram system.
    Then I have searched for practical use in my life, which is this one:

    I noticed, that most people in my life don't like me, even through I do behave most of time as kind person (maybe it has something to do with 2 in my tritype). I can't stand them, so I have started to search for way to destroy my enemies using personality systems. If it would be MBTi, I think it would be something with S/N and T/F dichotomies, e. g. "Let's say to F how is T [insert smth, that would F definetly do different]." That would totally ruin him/her, especially if "opposite-dichotomy-people" would be his/her friends. Except detail that I never tried it, so it may not work.
    Then I found out, that at the moment, when you find out about your type of Enneagram, it is most hated one, so I started to look on internets for descriptions of Enneagram types, which you wouldn't like. Totally. It would be like insult. I found out about new theory on this, and it is based on "Head-Heart-Gut" triads. It says, how would each type react to this insult.
    Head - Anxiety
    Heart - Shame
    Gut - Anger

    What do you think? I think your first impression was "it is evil!", but I think they were asking for it, when they rejected friendship with me.

  11. #10

    @Tucken

    I'm confused. How is it wrong to be proud of your type?

    @darude11

    Just gonna toss two things out there:

    1. It takes two to tango, both in romantic relationships and friendships. Other people might not like you, but are you doing anything that can help change that?

    2. I doubt MBTI insults are really going to do anything. People run a lot deeper than four letters.
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