Enneagram: The spiritual ‘personality’ test

November 22, 2007 at 11:05 pm 1 comment

Enneagram

A friend recently examined my character through the Enneagram: a system of sacred psychology that affords insight into the workings of human consciousness. One of the world’s oldest ways for understanding how people relate to each other, the Enneagram identifies central motivations of a person. Additionally, the Enneagram suggestions methods of turning psychological vice into spiritual virtues. I’d encourage anyone to take and Enneagram test. It can be quite revealing.

My Enneagram revealed that I am a type 8: the leader, protector, provider, entrepreneur, maverick and rock.

Basic fear: Of being harmed or controlled by others, of violation

Basic desire: To protect themselves, to determine their own course in life

Superego message: You are good or okay if you are strong and in control of your situation. [I’d personally like to replace ‘your situation’ with ‘your self’]

General: Needs to be in control; very protective of self and friends; combative, openly displays anger; self-confident; authoritarian

Focus of Attention: Power and justice; protection and control

Core belief: Life is hard, only the strong survive. [I’d rather say, life is hard, only the aware thrive, but whatever.. this is supposed to be stuff that was formed when I was 3 so I should stop arguing with it when it doesn’t reflect my current feelings]

Primary avoidance: Vulnerability, weakness

Best: Self-confident, authoritative, loyal, protective

Worst: Domineering, insensitive, aggressive, controlling

Childhood: Exposed to adversity at a very young age; learned to be aggressive & combative to survive; learned to hide vulnerability and weakness

Suggestions for growth: Learn constructive ways to deal with anger and aggression (which, thankfully, I have done at this point because it used to control my life in a really bad way)
Realize that others may be intimidated by what seems ordinary to you
Nurture yourself
Be willing to explore being vulnerable

Read more:

Enneagram Institute

Wikipedia’s Enneagram article

Enneagram Explorations

9 Types

Enneagram Central

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