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    Can I be two enneagram types?

    I was wondering what you all think about the possibility of being two enneagram types. I’ve taken a few tests and I’m either a 9 or a 5. As I read up on the type profiles, I find that I fit both of them quite well. But, if I try to subscribe to just one of them, I feel part of my personality, something that is essential, is omitted. I can see how the MBTI can address this as straddling of two types, but I just don’t understand its implications with the enneagram types. Is this common? Is it acceptable to identify with two types? I’m curious as to what you think of this and to what insight you can lend.

    I should note that as a child, I wanted to be either a priest or an astronaut. Then, when I got to college I double majored in physics and religion. Seems like picking one aspect of my being and going with it has never been something that I have been comfortable with. Or according to my suspicions, not something that I'm capable of.

    I ordered a few books on the enneagram types, so I’ll have a better understanding of them come February. If I figure anything out, I’ll be sure to run it by this section of the forum. Thanks for your help.
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    Type 5

    I think that everyone is predominantly one or the other, but everyone does have a tri-type.
    The tri-type is the three dominant Enneagram types, one from each section: Head, Heart, and Gut.
    This basically lines up your preferred method of "dealing" with stuff. If, say, my natural Head tendency wasn't appropriate for a situation, I might resort to my next-best, or my top Heart type.

    I have a strong 4 with my 5, plus a fair 9/1 (haven't decided), so I would put my tri-type as 5-4-1 or 5-4-9.

    If you think your dominant type might be 5, I found this great resource to figuring what exactly your tri-type is: Personality Types: Enneagram Tritype Descriptions: Type Five

    This lady may be posting tri-types for other dominants later; right now she only has 5 and 1 up.

    **As a note: NO ONE is a "just plain 5" or "just plain 9."
    In truth, everyone probably uses all of the 9 types at some point, just like you use all 8 cognitive functions, it's just a question of which ones are dominant.

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    Type 8

    Previous poster put it amazingly well - tritypes will likely explain your connection to both, and if necessary, have you considered looking at the topics on misidentifications concerning the Enneagram? Those may also provide you with some insight.
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    Thank you both! That was exactly the piece of information that I was missing. I will direct my energies to the idea of the tri-type.

    I am noticing a great deal of similarity with the personality types of the chakras. Also, most people have a dominant chakra but readily use secondary are tertiary chakras. I think a further comparison of the two will be most illuminating. Personally, I prefer the chakra system as it overtly incorporates the human body, blurring the mind/body distinction. I'll keep you posted on my findings.
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    When I first tested, I tied equally between 5 and 9. I knew I wasn't a 5 (although I desperately wanted to be) and I saw unnerving behaviors that are attributed to 9 and believed for a long time that I was a 9. Turns out I'm a 6w5. Something interesting that I read about 9 is that they are very trusting. They wouldn't lie to anybody and can't fathom why one would like to them. When I read this, I thought consciously,"wow, I would love to be at that point, but I really can't see any way to not know why somebody would lie...I've seen it too much". That should have been it for me right there...but I wasn't ready to accept the truth yet.

    I would suggest overlaying the chakra system with Enneagram to figure out your type. 1, 8, 9 are gut types. 2, 3, 4 are heart types and 5, 6, 7 are head types. Which is your dominant chakra?

    EDIT: The three instincts are directly related to the three lower chakras. The self-preservation instinct to the Navel Chakra, the sexual instinct to the Sacral Chakra and the social instinct to the Root Chakra.

    I found this info at http://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/variants.php
    Last edited by screamofconscious; 12-12-2009 at 06:41 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aubrey View Post

    EDIT: The three instincts are directly related to the three lower chakras. The self-preservation instinct to the Navel Chakra, the sexual instinct to the Sacral Chakra and the social instinct to the Root Chakra.

    I found this info at Instinctual variants
    Ooo, that's what I was thinking too!!!

    But, I would link the self-preservation to the muladhara (root) as it is the most primeval and the social functions to the manipura (between navel and xiyphoid process) as it is the hub of emotional resonance which to me seems to be the sine qua non of social functioning. Thanks for the link too, but I'm not sure why these two would be changed around, unless whoever made that website wasn't too sure about what they were talking about. I find the way I broke it down to be very intuitive. and more in line with other thinkers (like Hiroshi Motoyama).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmotionallyTonedGeometry View Post
    Ooo, that's what I was thinking too!!!

    But, I would link the self-preservation to the muladhara (root) as it is the most primeval and the social functions to the manipura (between navel and xiyphoid process) as it is the hub of emotional resonance which to me seems to be the sine qua non of social functioning. Thanks for the link too, but I'm not sure why these two would be changed around, unless whoever made that website wasn't too sure about what they were talking about. I find the way I broke it down to be very intuitive. and more in line with other thinkers (like Hiroshi Motoyama).

    To be perfectly honest with you, eclecticenergies isn't the greatest site, but there is useful information there. I really don't know much about chakras, although it's a topic I plan to look into at a later time. If you analyze the subject in relation to Enneagram any further, I'd be very interested to see your results.

    You reference Motoyama quite a lot. I take it he's somebody you respect a great deal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aubrey View Post

    You reference Motoyama quite a lot. I take it he's somebody you respect a great deal?
    Oh yeah, I respect him a great deal. I strongly suggest reading a few of his books.

    Bio
    California Institute for Human Science: Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama

    His books in English. In the Japanese, it's an 11 or so volume set.
    California Institute for Human Science: Books by CIHS Faculty
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    Type 1


    There is a lot of good information about Enneagram types posted on this forum that you can read that will help greatly. For instinctual variants here are some good links for 5/9:

    https://personalitycafe.com/head-tria...-type-5-a.html
    https://personalitycafe.com/gut-triad...-type-9-a.html


    Not much information on tritypes though :O
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    Something else I should add is that the instinctual variants do not necessarily indicate what one might first believe of them. Some people believe that they are sexual variant first because they like sex....or that they couldn't possibly be the social variant because they're not into socializing....

    Sexual is about intense, primal attraction, not sex.
    Self-preservation is pretty straight forward, a focus on needs such as physical comfort.
    Social is about noticing social heirarchy in a group situation, not a need to socialize.
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