Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Enneagram Test and Personal Inspiration

So this is what I figure:

If you don't know who you are, if you don't know your strengths and weaknesses, you will not succeed in life. If you can't accept who you are, things will be even worse because you'll be fighting this battle with your shadow your whole life (like in The Legend of Zelda, when you fight Link's shadow and it's like the craziest boss you've ever faced...). I think the importance of self-discovery is one of the reasons we are on this earth, and the sooner you can come to terms with who you are, the sooner you can progress in life.

So I'm basically regurgitating a bunch of other people's ideas to make this blog post.
The first credit for this image goes to http://www.maskcara.com/maskcara/, a blogger that I love to envy and online stalk all the time.


Great right? I love personality tests, especially ones that are not obvious and that give you detailed descriptions about your results. So I took the one that she posted about here, which you can take and find your results here.

It's pretty short and doesn't take a lot of thought (you're supposed to try and be spontaneous), so you should TOTALLY look into it right now. Maybe you will find out if we can be friends. Because here are my results:


I TIED: I'm a 3 with a 4-wing. I like to think that I'm the best of the two, but let's be real, that just proves that I'm the most self-absorbed of both. I've included a few of the results from the Enneagram website that I think really apply to me the most. Don't judge me, I'm trying to be self-aware here.

3
THE ACHIEVER

Enneagram Three

The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type:
Adaptable, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious

Type Three in Brief

Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.
  • Basic Fear: Of being worthless
  • Basic Desire: To feel valuable and worthwhile
  • Enneagram Three with a Four-Wing: "The Professional" <---(apparently, that's me)
Key Motivations: Want to be affirmed, to distinguish themselves from others, to have attention, to be admired, and to impress others.

The Meaning of the Arrows (in brief)

When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), driven Threes suddenly become disengaged and apathetic at Nine. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), vain, deceitful Threes become more cooperative and committed to others, like healthy Sixes.

Type Three Overview

We have named personality type Three The Achiever because when they are healthy, Threes really can and do achieve great things in the world. They are the "stars" of human nature, and people often look up to them because of their graciousness and personal accomplishments. Healthy Threes know how good it feels to develop themselves and contribute their abilities to the world, and also enjoy motivating others to greater personal achievements than others thought they were capable of. 

Threes are often successful and well liked because, of all the types, they most believe in themselves and in developing their talents and capacities.Healthy Threes know that they are worth the effort it takes to be “the best that they can be.” Their success at doing so inspires others to invest in their own self-development.

Threes want to make sure their lives are a success, they will not be a “nobody.”

To this end, Threes learn to perform in ways that will garner them praise and positive attention. As children, they learned to recognize the activities that were valued by their parents or peers, and put their energies into excelling in those activities. They want success because they are afraid of disappearing into a chasm of emptiness and worthlessness: without the increased attention and feeling of accomplishment which success usually brings, Threes fear that they are nobody and have no value.

4
THE INDIVIDUALIST

Enneagram Four

The Sensitive, Introspective type:
Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

Type Four in Brief

Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.
  • Basic Fear: That they have no identity or personal significance
  • Basic Desire: To find themselves and their significance (to create an
       identity)
  • Enneagram Four with a Three-Wing: "The Aristocrat" <--(again, that's me)

Key Motivations: Want to express themselves and their individuality, to create and surround themselves with beauty, to maintain certain moods and feelings, to withdraw to protect their self-image.

The Meaning of the Arrows (in brief)

When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), aloof Fours suddenly become over-involved and clinging at Two. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), envious, emotionally turbulent Fours become more objective and principled, like healthy Ones. 

Type Four Overview

We have named this type The Individualist because Fours maintain their identity by seeing themselves as fundamentally different from others. Fours feel that they are unlike other human beings, and consequently, that no one can understand them or love them adequately. They often see themselves as uniquely talented, possessing special, one-of-a-kind gifts, but also as uniquely disadvantaged or flawed.


More than any other type, Fours are acutely aware of and focused on their personal differences and deficiencies. This ability also enables Fours to endure suffering with a quiet strength. Their familiarity with their own darker nature makes it easier for them to process painful experiences that might overwhelm other types.


Nevertheless, Fours often report that they feel they are missing something in themselves, although they may have difficulty identifying exactly what that “something” is. Is it will power? Social ease? Self-confidence? Emotional tranquility?—all of which they see in others, seemingly in abundance. Given time and sufficient perspective, Fours generally recognize that they are unsure about aspects of their self-image—their personality or ego-structure itself. They feel that they lack a clear and stable identity, particularly a social persona that they feel comfortable with.


While it is true that Fours often feel different from others, they do not really want to be alone. They may feel socially awkward or self-conscious, but they deeply wish to connect with people who understand them and their feelings.  The outsider therefore comforts herself by becoming an insistent individualist: everything must be done on her own, in her own way, on her own terms.

One of the biggest challenges Fours face is learning to let go of feelings from the past; they tend to nurse wounds and hold onto negative feelings about those who have hurt them. Indeed, Fours can become so attached to longing and disappointment that they are unable to recognize the many treasures in their lives.


So What Are You? How would we relate? What is true about your test and what do you think is wrong? Did you tie, like me, or are you very obviously one personality type?

Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite.
James Broughton

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