Understanding ourselves and one another is so important to authentic and vulnerable relationships. One of the best ways to do this is through knowing your Enneagram personality type. In part 2 of our Enneagram episodes, Aaron and Jerrica talk about the core longings and core fears of each type as well as addressing why it can help fend off anxiety and depression.
Please Note: This info is from Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage by Beth and Jeff McCord.
The Three Groups
THE ACTING GROUP
The emotion that these three types connect to the most is Anger or Rage.
Type Eight – The Challenger
This person has determination that is unmatched, they are loyal and seek justice for their tribe. They will protect them at all costs.
CORE LONGING - You will not be betrayed.
CORE FEAR - Being weak, powerless, harmed, controlled, vulnerable, manipulated, and left at the mercy of injustice.
Type Nine – The Peacemaker
They are known for being patient, laidback and an agent of reconciliation as well as being a non-judgmental presence to those around them.
CORE LONGING - Your presence matters.
CORE FEAR - Being in conflict, tension, or discord; feeling shut out and overlooked; losing connection with others.
Type One - The Perfectionist
They go through life seeing things as black and white. They’re a responsible person who loves order.
CORE LONGING - You are good.
CORE FEAR - Being wrong, bad, evil, nonredeemable, or corruptible.
THE FEELING GROUP
The emotion that these three types connect to the most is Shame.
Type Two – The Helper
They’re the person who thinks of others first and looks for opportunities to be loving, giving and thoughtful.
CORE LONGING - You are wanted and loved.
CORE FEAR - Being rejected or unwanted. Being worthless, needy or unworthy of love.
Type Three – The Achiever
This type is known for their optimism, flexibility and drive to accomplish goals.
CORE LONGING - You are loved and valued for simply being you.
CORE FEAR - Being exposed or thought incompetent, inefficient, or worthless. Not seen as successful.
Type Four – The Individualist
This person is very expressive, creative and desires to be authentic in all that they do.
CORE LONGING - You are seen and loved for exactly who you are.
CORE FEAR - Being inadequate, emotionally cut off, plain, mundane, defective, flawed, or insignificant.
THE THINK GROUP
The emotion that these three types connect to the most is Fear.
Type Five – The Investigator
Five’s are driven by their desire to know the why behind something or someone as well as a passion for learning new things. I'll mention this is my type.
CORE LONGING - Your needs are not a problem.
CORE FEAR - Being annihilated, invaded, or not existing. being thought incapable or ignorant; having obligations place upon you or your energy depleted.
Type Six – The Loyalist
They go through life being known for their loyalty and steadiness. They want the best for the tribe and will work hard to achieve it.
CORE LONGING - You are safe and secure.
CORE FEAR - Feeling fear itself, being without support, security, or guidance; being blamed, target, alone, or physically abandoned.
Type Seven – The Enthusiast
This type brings a contagious level of optimism wherever they go. They’re fun, joyful and typically love to be around people.
CORE LONGING - You will be taken care of.
CORE FEAR - Being deprived, trapped in emotional pain, limited, or bored; missing out on something fun.
The Road Back to You - Ian Morgan Cron
Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel Centered Marriage - Beth and Jeff McCord
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