Four: The Individualist
|Illusion of Reality:
||Developing singular identity
||"I have found the essence of satisfaction."
||Revere the past
|Approach to Problem Solving:
||Withdrawing: "I am satisfied."
|Relationship to Life:
||Way of Reduction: "I am overwhelmed by life."
- Would you say that being with people, nurturing personal relationships,
and being intensely loyal to the people you love are the innate gifts that
bring the greatest pleasure and meaning to your life?
- Even in your closest relationships, does fear of loss or abandonment
cause you to struggle against feelings of jealousy or possessiveness?
- Do you tend to avoid or procrastinate over tasks that require focusing
on details or paperwork, seeing them as tedious and depressing?
- When presented with a new plan, idea, or project, do you feel that
it's important to recognize flaws first so that the possibilities won't
become unrealistic and therefore disappointing?
- Is your sense of meaning and purpose in life best expressed through
the symbols, stories, ad traditions that connect you to people, to your
faith, or to life in general?
- Have you spent a great deal of time and energy on a quest to understand
the meaning of your own life and history, hoping to understand your purpose
for being on this earth?
- When experiencing the beauty of nature -- for example, a sunset or
a budding flower -- do you connect with something spiritual and even sometimes
feel your heart will burst because of the sheer wonder of creation?
- Do you often feel so many emotions at once that you become confused
about which to express first and how to organize your thoughts?
- Are you attracted to the dramatic or unusual things in life -- in clothes,
food, friends, art, decor?
Kathleen V. Hurley & Theodore E. Dobson
What's My Type?
Use the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, 186 pages