I used to have a lot of self-control. I could discipline myself to take a thing on or not. I even saw this as being a result of the fact that I was ‘well’ brought up, and that made me feel good about myself.
When I learnt about the enneagram and my type, I realised that this was a part of my nature and my ego.
Can you remember my earlier post about the nine idealised self-images?
If not, or if you missed it, go back to it and read it again. Subconsciously, a part of our ego aspires to fulfil our idealised self-image, an image with which we identify ourselves, an image of who we deep down want and try to be. The identity which we have grown to believe we really are.
My idealised self-image, my ego, that I subconsciously and deep down aspire to, was (is) to be good and just. This aspiration brings me good things, but also limitations and pitfalls: it puts me in a stranglehold, ties my hands.
But today I’m writing about the core qualities of the nine types. These qualities are not what they are by chance but come forth from your very core: your idealised self-image. Because you focus on and spend energy on striving for those thigs which deep down you find important. And a particular quality and skill is, in the first instance, the result of those things you focus on and spend energy on. And this then develops within us.
What I like about the enneagram is that, knowing this, we make it possible for the core qualities of the other types to develop within us too. Simply by focussing on them and spending energy on them. Of course, this requires consciousness and focus. That’s why I write this blog!
Below is a short summary of what the nine types (or egos) primarily focus on and examples of the core qualities which result from this.
type 1 – quality-oriented, integrity, enterprise, responsibility, self-discipline, idealism, involved in a good cause, care, independence, dedication, seriousness.
type 2 – relationship-oriented, kind, socially adept, helpful, unburdening, enthusiastic, energetic, proactive, organisationally talented, emotionally intelligent, warm, concerned.
type 3 – result- and performance-oriented, passionate, a doer, lively, well-groomed, well-presented, self-assured, practical, competent, concerned with results.
type 4 – essence-oriented (on what really matters in life), sensitive, sympathetic, authentic, intense, unique and different to others, passionate, attention for linkages and beauty.
type 5 – content-oriented, investigative, contemplative, neutral, level-headed, sharp, calm in a crisis, live and let live, easily content, independent, autonomous.
type 6 – safety-oriented, alert, reliable, loyal, fast-thinking, with a sense of duty, antenna for hidden agendas, devil’s advocate, humorous, self-deprecating, reliable and trustworthy.
type 7 – solution-oriented, option-oriented, future-oriented, positive, optimistic, inventive, inspiring, enthusiastic, playful, cheerful, light-hearted, pace-setter.
type 8 – action-oriented, energetic, decisive, protective, forceful, vigorous, succinct, direct, just, truthful, honest, clear.
type 9 – harmony-oriented, gentle, calm, sensitive to ambiance and moods, empathic, sensitive, flexible, receptive, non-judgemental.
I’m curious: which group of qualities do you recognise in yourself? Those qualities that come naturally to you and which make you feel good? How does it feel to realise that these are linked to your type?
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To your personal growth!
Thanks for sharing this post!