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Integral Enneagram Assessment - Conversational Style

 

 

Keeping in mind the 3 Rules, (re-stated over in the column to the right for your convenience) we're going to look at how you take in and organize information; how you structure your interpretation of the world around you.  This assessment usually only takes a minute or two.

 

I'm going to pose three questions, not looking for an answer.  One of these three questions will resonate for you much deeper than the other two.  That resonance or "relating" to that question is what is important here.  Remember, we're looking at you as the young, unfinished you who hasn't done all the work, or learned all the lessons you have to date.  Original equipment, if you will.  (Must be younger than your adolescent years; the water is way too muddied by then).

 

This narrows down your Core Processing Triad.  To borrow from the Abbreviated Descriptions page, it may be helpful to think about the layers of a golf ball.  At the core is your true self (Core Processing Triad, or how you absorb and sort information and stimuli.)  The rubber bands that wrap around that core are like your personality, values and so forth.  They form fit around and take on the shape of that internal core.  Finally, the hard outer surface is what the rest of the world sees and interacts with.

 

We'll start at your core and move out from there.

 

Ready?

 

Click on the question that resonates for you (more than the others) as that young version of yourself.

 

Why can't people and things just be the way they should be?

 

How can I be safe?  How can I know I can trust?

 

Who am I?  How do I fit in all this?

 

 


Ethos/Gut/Intuitive Triad

 

Intuitive Triad

 

Why can't people and things just be the way they should be?

 

Resonating with this question means that "Rightness" and ethics are at the core of your "organizing structure."  There are three ways that stress will shift the perspective of someone from this Triad.  Read the following sentence and then click on the response that resonates the most for you:

 

When I was incredibly stressed out, (remember, the younger you) and I thought everything was going terribly wrong:

 

I was driven to hide away from everyone, seeking my own "cave," where I could think and strategize my way out of the stress.  [this one]

 

I became anxious and second-guessing, thinking everything would go wrong, and that I couldn't rely on anyone or anything.  [this one]

 

It felt as though my emotions took over, and I became melancholy, sad or depressed, and I withdrew from everyone.  [this one]

 

 

 

 


Logos/Brain/Thinking Triad

 

Thinking Triad

 

How can I be safe?  How can I know I can trust?

 

Resonating with this question means that safety, security, and doubt are at the core of your "organizing structure."  There are three ways that stress will shift the perspective of someone from this Triad.  Read the following sentence and then click on the response that resonates the most for you:

 

When I was incredibly stressed out, (remember, the younger you) and I thought everything was going terribly wrong:

 

I got very scattered, and wanted everything all at once.  I tried to be social, even when it felt totally uncomfortable.  I tried doing anything and everything, and my mind was all over the map to feel better.  [this one]

 

I kind of "shut down" and battened down the hatches to work my way through.  I didn't want anyone giving me new information or distracting me.  Just put my head down and work my way through it.  [this one]

 

It felt as though seeing flaws took over, everyone was doing everything wrong, and it really bugged me.  I got really particular and exacting, could see every mistake, every way that people weren't being how they should be, and it made me critical and even angry.  [this one]

 

 

 

 


Pathos/Heart/Feeling Triad

 

Feeling Triad

 

Who am I?  How do I fit in all this?

 

Resonating with this question means that your Identity and "position in the world" are at the core of your "organizing structure."  There are three ways that stress will shift the perspective of someone from this Triad.  Read the following sentence and then click on the response that resonates the most for you:

 

When I was incredibly stressed out, (remember, the younger you) and I thought everything was going terribly wrong:

 

I felt angry. combative, incensed, and responsible for fixing everything, and making sure everything was taken care of.  The anger was very hot and very fast to go away, although the resentment may have lasted.  [this one]

 

I became tired, diffused, and unfocused.  My usual linear, priority-based thinking disintegrated, and everything had the same priority; I couldn't make a choice, couldn't get going, and really didn't want to do anything.  [this one]

 

It felt as though I had ostracized myself from everyone and needed to get back in good graces with them.  Feeling guilty about having needs, I concentrated on everyone else's needs instead.  [this one]

 

 


 

  

 

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The 3 Rules: 

Sure you can relate to all of them.

 

We can reflect all Nine Types, but five of them are what I would call "indigenous" and the other four reflect learned survival strategies.  One Type is your primary core lens, even if we can see ourselves thru several if not all of them.

 

If you threw a rubber ball into a box, it would likely bounce off of every wall, but it would hit one wall first.  That would be your Primary Type.  From there, we are an amalgam of those five indigenous types: your Primary (how you usually take in the world around you), your two adjacent Wings, (which have differing levels of influence) your lens in Stress (you know how you see the world differently when you are totally stressed out?) and your lens in Security (once again the world looks very different when you feel confident and secure).  Obviously, your own blend is what makes you unique, and yet allows for deeply shared experience.

 

 

 

 

Age and Experience – Think of yourself as you were at age 25 or younger.

 

As we progress through our lives, we take on and learn coping strategies from those around us.  We are sort of like a giant snowball rolling downhill picking up more and more snow, and yet that core in the very center (which is still you) hasn’t changed.  It can be hard to sort out what your own original strategies are unless you place yourself at the age before this process got under way.  If you are 25 or younger this is a breeze, but for many of us it’s kind of a stretch.  This is the age that most people really take their original coping strategies “on the road,” and the “cross-contamination” that can confuse the assessment usually begins.

 

 

 

 

Motivation not Behavior – Don’t focus on what you do.  Focus on why you do it.

 

The real magic of the Enneagram is how it addresses who you are on a much deeper level than defining yourself by what you do.  You and I could do the exact same thing for completely different reasons, thus the behavior itself doesn’t tell us nearly as much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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