Saturday, September 1, 2007

Defining Behaviors in Each Type

* This article is in development.

The Enneagram is not perfect in separating all behaviors clearly. The behavior of one type can look startlingly similar to that of another type. But it is expert in linking behavior to a type or core motivation. For that reason, it is necessary for typing someone to assess their internal motivations moreso than their outer actions. Although those actions can provide useful clues, simply matching up habitual actions of the individual with purported action of a certain type will not be an acurate way to type their personality. A whole sense of the person is necessary to type them. One of the key things to look for is key differences that set them apart from all other types. Here are some observed differences in persons who manifest different Enneagram types (from average-healthy to average-unhealthy, covering the most common ranges of mental health; keep in mind that not every person will manifest every behavior):

Type 1:
  • a constricted or tight body expression is the default display--folded arms, pursed lips, a stiff neck is often a visual representation of the extreme discipline their superego imposes on even their bodies
  • problems with eating too little and not often enough
  • problems with working constantly and being overbearing on others to do the same
  • tight-lipped moodiness or weepiness when pushed to the last degree
  • constant vigilance over others to get them to do the "Right" thing
  • a concept of what is Right as a solid entity apart from anything else, including at some times, logical persuasion or evidence

Type 2
  • a bustling saccarine sweet happiness
  • an immediate response to others' needs, regardless of their own
  • with some, a preoccupation with religion, covertly as a means to cajole, control, guilt-trip, or manipulate others, or to justify themselves
  • covert manipulation based on "love"
  • discouraging others to strike out on their own or succeed at something apart from a co-dependent relationship with them
  • guilt-trips focusing on how they are being taken advantage of or unappreciated
  • when confronted, insist that they are only acting in love and concern and that they are the ones being unappreciated or taken advantage of
  • a refusal to find fault in self
  • preoccupied with past hurts to the point of visible sickness and stress, an obsession with gossip or tradgedy, people who "need" them
Type 3
  • a humble self-love and appreciation of their value, a desire to be authentic and excellent
  • a preoccupation with promoting themself, at the expense of others with more experience, talent, or ability
  • deceit and easy backstabbing in order to get what they want
Type 4
  • preoccupied with a desire for authenticity and creative self-expression, self-disclosure; fascination with things that reveal or talk about the inner self, possibly spiritual or psychological in nature
  • preoccupation with being different from others, other people copying them or looking like other people may bother them severely; being defined or put into a box may make them frustrated or angry
  • may feel that everyone thinks that they are worse than them so develop a perhaps secret better-than-them worldview or may try to disguise or hide their inner self; may accept this view and desire and long to be like something they see as the ideal identity, experience, or relationship
  • may be preoccupied with creating fantasy worlds, self-expression, or art, criticism of which may feel like it is criticism of their own selves, or, if they are feeling more dramatic, of their very souls
Type 5
  • observant and insightful
  • preoccupied with gathering a hoard of knowledge and preparation
  • may have a detachment from the emotional and physical world, a fear of becoming emotional, personable, intimate, or physical such as hugging
  • a fear of becoming obligated to responsibilities that sap energy or resources, that there will not be enough resources in him left to deal with it
  • nihilistic when the world becomes bombarded with too many possibilities: "nothing is knowable, except for the horror that nothing is knowable"
  • may fall into an occupation with little worlds of entertaining and elaborate puzzles that distract them from the overwhelming aspects of the world: video games, anime, subcultures, theoretical systems, cerebral and repetitive hobbies
Type 6
  • preoccupied nervousness over getting into trouble, causing either reactive rebellion (ultimately weak) or panicky submission
  • often some will successfully establish themselves by their quirky behavior to be seen by others (potential protectors) as cute, small, lovable, and unable to take care of their own selves, so that responsibility will be taken off of them and taken care of by other people, as they constantly fear that they will not do it right or be able to meet their own needs
Type 7
  • an audible sigh of shallow disinterest in what once caused them to become almost annoyingly excited
  • quite often seen in some, an insensitivity to what is socially appropriate or dutiful in their pursuit of an atmosphere of fun with no attachments or a raunchy or annoying sense of unsophisticated humor
Type 8
  • a silent, constant, (and in some) deadly awareness of threats to their power over their own destiny and their positional control over others around them
  • constantly exerting dominance, both physical and in other ways, over others and over threats to dominance
  • threatening to throttle someone at every turn
Type 9
  • a habitual approach to establishing peace by using a non-confrontational manner in which each side is empathized with and explained away
  • a habitual lazy or neurotic disinterest or disconnection from the world around them
  • inability to express opposing views unless pushed to the final straw
  • disconnected with their inner ability to oppose views pushed apon them, actually changing, chameleon-like, to more powerful personalities around them
  • a cowedness, conforming to the situation and pressures around them, a lazy disinterest or relaxed depression in resignedness to not changing it

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