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The Enneagram: WOW!

WOW! Gloria Kempton really set fire to my curiosity. After our Literary Liaisons’ meeting last week, I immediately went to the website and took a couple of test. They personality typed me, EXACTLY! My husband also. I’m an 8, he’s a 4. I will be taking the test as my characters this weekend. I can’t wait to see how they do and who they really are.
In case you missed it;

Gloria’s talk was titled;
The Enneagram—The Key to Character Motivation

The development of fictional or real story characters can often be a daunting task because, unless we have psychology degrees, we can only guess and imagine what motivates real human beings in their lives to do what they do and become who they are.
The Enneagram is an ancient personality study originating with the Sufis hundreds of years ago and brought to America in the 1960’s. Because it is real and used by some of the top psychologists in our country, we can count on its credibility to show us what motivates real people in their relationships and individual psychological, emotional and spiritual growth. The Enneagram is the answer to flat, dull, undeveloped characters that readers soon forget after reading the story. The Enneagram can even be used to bring real people to life in our memoirs.

According to the Enneagram, human beings are deeply driven by one of nine motivations:

1) the need to be right 2) the need to be loved and valued
3) the need to be productive and to succeed
4) the need to experience one’s feelings and to be understood
5) the need to understand 6) the need for security
7) the need to be happy and avoid suffering 8) the need to be self-reliant and strong
9) the need for peace and to avoid conflict.

The Enneagram is your key to your characters’ deepest motivations, and character motivation is the key to achieving reader identification. Learn how to use this key for more powerful stories that emotionally connect with readers.

According to the Enneagram Institute, the nine types are as follows:

One: The Reformer (principled, purposeful, self-controlled, perfectionistic)

Two: The Helper (demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, possessive)

Three: The Achiever (adaptive, excelling, driven, image-conscious)

Four: The Individualist (expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, temperamental)

Five: The Investigator (perceptive, innovative, secretive, isolated)

Six: The Loyalist (engaging, responsible, anxious, suspicious)

Seven: The Enthusiast ((spontaneous, versatile, distractible, scattered)

Eight: The Challenger (self-confident, decisive, willful, confrontational)

Nine: The Peacemaker (receptive, reassuring, agreeable, complacent)

ME: mostly 8w4 with a sexual variant (that’s VARIANT, Not DEVIANT!)

Sexual variant
People of the sexual variant are very much interested in one to one contacts. They are looking for intimacy and this may show in sexuality, though not necessarily. Being in a relationship is very important to them. They are the most passionate of the subtypes, being temperamental and having more energy. They have less of a problem with getting into a fight and care less about rules and responsibility.

Enneagram Type 8 – The Challenger
Taking charge, because they don’t want to be controlled To read more….
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One comment on “The Enneagram: WOW!

  1. Tara
    May 6, 2009

    I am a 7…….I am impressed at how “right on” the test was. This is a good idea to have on a business web site, as advertised. Thanks for sharing!!

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