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I've been trying to figure out my friends gut type with his corresponding wing, but to no avail.

He is a perfectionist and cares a great deal about self improvement. However, he doesn't do it for moral reasons and doesn't consider himself immoral if he doesn't do the right thing. My friend follows rules if its to his benefit and doesn't mind cutting corners to get ahead. Also, he keeps his anger in until it explodes out. Furthermore, he doesn't relate to the core fear of enneagram type 1.

As for enneagram 9, he doesn't openly express his anger, but he's not afraid of his anger. He's extremely assertive,but in an argumentative way. He's not afraid to disturb the peace if something irrational is said or, if he's taken advantage of. Furthermore, my friend never goes out looking for a fight, in fact he hates confrontations. If he is threatened however, he is fearless in an enneagram 8 way.
Out of all the gut types, he relates strongest to the core fear of enneagram 8. He values his autonomy to a fault and rarely, if ever seldom asks for help. Moreover, he rarely expresses his anger in 8 fashion. Instead his anger is bottled up, until he loses it. He is more passive aggressive than, directly confrontational. Suffice to say that he is brutally honest in arguments and loves calling out peoples bs. He is insecure about being vulnerable to other people and as a result he puts a wall. Nonetheless, he's not physically assertive like most 8's. He picks and chooses his battles, as opposed to more 8's. He is deeply bothered by injustice and seeing weaker being taken advantage of, burn him to the core. His assertiveness is more argumentative, than demonstrative. While he generally follows rules, he's not moralistic about and makes exceptions for himself and others to break rules.


I would really appreciate anyone's input, thanks again!
 

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In my opinion, there isn't much in those descriptors that traces back to the Gut.

Digging into the motives, I'd check for more of an implicit desire to correct/improve/fix other people/things out of discontent for how they currently are (1), an implicit desire to not be bothered do do what he doesn't want to do because it doesn't matter (9), or an implicit desire to conflict, challenge, and overcome (8). Especially talking fixes, the generic type description approach will almost aways fog out how visible the type is.

But just some more (sorry, unsolicited) commentary on the Guts, which I feel are badly misunderstood on forum:

The whole idea of a Gut type comes from what the enneagram describes as a "loss of self" to the outside world. Type 9 is the type that is most descriptive of this dynamic, but 1 and 8 have their version of it as well. Key words that are brought up with "Gut-ness" include belly energy, self-forgetting, anger, lacking sense of self, and probably most importantly merging. You couldn't really label a person as "lacking sense of self," then suddenly also rush to see where they're also angry and self-forgetting though - these are more micro, code-words for what is basically a dependence on the belly center.

The 9's literally lose themselves in going along with their experiences, becoming a part of them, and not wanting to have to do anything or be moved to do anything else. The 1's lose themselves in confusing themselves for concepts of "rightness" and that their life being is to be right. The 8's lose themselves in grabbing and demanding more, and more, and more out of life with so much gusto that they forget the needs of their weaker childish self - to the point that the childish self drives their behavior.

One of the things I've found most interesting is actually feeling out my "gut" through meditation. As a 1, much of my mental energy goes to thinking about what specifically could be done to rectify something I dislike - but the dislike itself can be felt as a low level upset in my actual belly area. Not an upset stomach, but a very quick, low grade, reactive flash/rush of tense energy in the gut when I very first find something irritating. I'd be interested to know if the 8's and 9's have similar visceral reactions. I'd imagine the 9's gut says "I don't want to get up, just make me" and the 8's is very adrenaline-laced.
 
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