Last week, Chick 1 posted about her Enneagram results.
As one of her business partners, she encouraged me to take the Enneagram test to learn more about myself and how I can grow. (And yes, she had to remind me more than once. I’m scattered. It’s a problem.)
Anyway, to mirror Chick 1’s approach, I thought I would share my top 3 Enneagram type areas with some comments…all three of these were basically tied for me.
Type 4: The Individualist
The Sensitive, Introspective Type:
Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
There are several things about the description of Type 4 that come to mind. Fours are thinkers and reflect a lot. I was a philosophy major, and lived “the life of the mind” for many years, well into my PhD. (My Dad used to say I walked around with “a little black cloud over my head” from thinking too much.)
I do love to just sit and ponder things, and I tend to still be reflective in my work at school today. Fours are also artistic. If you know me, you know I love singing, poetry, and other creative expressions. Fours try to be distinctive and individual. No one would believe it now, but I was actually voted Most Original of my senior class! My crazy Goth-girl-in-Catholic-school is not so pronounced these days…I think some of these traits have actually taken a back seat as I have aged. In my teens and early twenties, I think this would have easily been the dominant type.
Type 2: The Helper
The Caring, Interpersonal Type:
Demonstrative, Generous, People Pleasing, and Possessive
On my good days and in my heart of hearts, I do really love being generous. I love writing letters, giving thoughtful gifts, and trying to lift people up. I call these kinds of activities “soul-feeding” for me. I have learned in recent years that time and attention are some of the greatest gifts I can give people I love and care about, even people I hardly know who may be in need. (And, I do have a bowl of candy in my work space at all times, just like the description states!) All of these go along with being a Type 2.
But I do know at times in my life I have wandered into unhealthy territory with this tendency. As I said in a recent conversation with Chick 1, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” I’ll write more about this comment in an upcoming post, but for now I’ll just say I have, at times, sacrificed my own health (physical, mental, emotional) to put the needs of others first. I am still working on how to balance my personal needs with those of others. I’ll also reluctantly admit to being possessive or jealous at times. I have to adjust my inner soundtrack to keep this tendency in check.
I do think it’s funny that my top two appear to be opposites. An individualist, but who likes to take care of others. But then I think, I have a hard time accepting care and help from others. (I dish it but I often can’t take it!) Go figure.
Type 9: The Peacemaker
The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type:
Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
This is the person I am at work, more than any other place. I aspire to be easygoing. When I left my last job, my boss described me as “steady.” That I was a calm, reassuring presence. That I never seemed to get too ruffled. This was a huge surprise to me, since my busy mind is often racing and worried. I do strive to be a peaceful presence, while hiding the storm and insecurities inside. And the Type 9 tendency to be creative, again, isn’t lost on me.
A more negative side of this is my tendency to avoid conflict at all costs. I often worry about conflicts being the end of a relationship. Some of the feelings and experiences I fear the most are being disconnected from the people I care about. So, I avoid conflict for long periods of time only to explode “out of the blue.” Embracing conflict as a natural part of relationship and even as a step to growing to deeper connection and understanding is one of my challenges.
At the end, the description tells me to embrace exercise as a way to work through some aggressions. Thanks, CrossFit!
This is a very different top 3 than Chick 1. In fact, I giggled when my absolute-dead-last-barely-registered-on-the-scale Type was, you guessed it, Type 8, The Challenger, which is Chick 1’s dominant type. The other two on the bottom were the remainder of her top 3, the Enthusiast and the Achiever. I’ve mentioned before how people say we are an odd pair. Well, in this regard they are definitely right! Exact polar opposites.
More on what those Enneagrams paired together might teach the Chicks in a future post. In the mean time, I’ll be over here filling up my cup so it can runneth over for others, lifting heavy stuff so I can deal with others with a lighter hand, and being artsy-craftsy in my original / expressive way.
Did you take Chick 1’s Enneagram challenge? What did you learn about yourself and how you might be the best version of YOU? Share with us in the comments!