Hopefully, one of you lovely people can help me. I'm new to Enneagram and I am trying to suss out what type I am. I tested as both 7w8 and 4w5, but after looking into many different forums and type descriptions, I have come to learn that tests are usually unsuccessful. I have looked at both the 7 and 4 descriptions and found myself agreeing with a lot of both. As for MBTI I am xNFP.
Case for type 7:
I identify with the adventurous spontaneous nature of the typical 7. However, I find myself eschewing the materialism that is often associated with this type. I don't think of myself as impulsive, but I am comfortable with making decisions on the fly. I can be assertive in pressing my ideas in a conversation but I am mostly a go with the flow person in social situations. I also can be scattered, but I don't know if this is a trait of my personality or just because that if my suspicion is correct and that I have undiagnosed ADD. I also identify with some aspects of 5 when I am my most productive and creative and that would sync with 7's direction of growth/integration.
Quotes that have resonated with me:
"They are bold and vivacious, pursuing what they want in life with a cheerful determination. They have a quality best described by the Yiddish word “chutzpah”—a kind of brash 'nerviness.' "
"Sevens can tend to become jaded and hardened, insensitive and demanding, selfish and uncaring about others.
Case for type 4:
I am deeply contemplative about my own actions, and driving causes of them. I am emotionally self-aware in a way that I feel not a lot of people are, at least they are not as open as I am about it. I know that I have a tendency for repression of stressors (also a trait of 7) and that I am emotionally reactive in ways that are not always beneficial. I deeply relate to the feeling that some intangible quality is missing in me, as well as a lack of confidence in my own self-image and uncertainty about who I really am.
Quotes that resonated with me:
"More than any other type, Fours are acutely aware of and focused on their personal differences and deficiencies. Healthy Fours are honest with themselves: they own all of their feelings and can look at their motives, contradictions, and emotional conflicts without denying or whitewashing them. They may not necessarily like what they discover, but they do not try to rationalize their states, nor do they try to hide them from themselves or others."
Through some more research, I have learned of tri-types and fixes. I understand that it is possible that I could have both 7 and 4 in my tri-type although I am not sure of what my gut type is. (8 possibly?)
1) Is there more information or insights that anyone can provide to help me find out my core type?
2) Can anyone explain the function of fixes and tritypes to me?