Point Four: The Program of Excellence with Moody Nostalgia
||The ability to create beauty
||"I'm unique. I conform to standards of excellence."
||Superior standards with contempt for lesser standards
||Introjection, artistic sublimation
||Depression and manic-depression
||Attraction to the distant and unavailable.
Attachment to a melancholy mood, impatience with flat ordinary feelings,
need to re-intensify through loss, fantasy and drama.
Submission to loss and limitation by making a transformed version.
Luxury and artistic good taste as bolsters to self-esteem.
Push-pull attention focus on negative features of what one has and positive
features of what is not available, reinforcing feelings of abandonment
and loss but also fostering sensitivity to emotion and pain in others with
abiltity to support them in crisis.
||Personal emphasis on reckless, defensive action.
Couple emphasis on competition.
Community emphasis on shame.
||To achieve a sense of the reality of now and to attain the strength
of contentment and balance in harmony with all that is. Uncovering the
grief and sadness under the creative displacement allows competition.
Margaret Frings Keyes
Emotions and the Enneagram
Working Through Your Shadow Life Script
Molysdatur Publications, Muir Beach, California,1992, 164 pages