Looking for your real-life examples of trying to find the balance point for each of the enneagram paradoxes, all types welcome to respond.
Some of these are very simplistically written. Some are as logical as saying "Trying to avoid yellow creates yellow." If anyone feels so inclined to dig for a deeper truth to express a possible paradox for each or any type, please share as well.
Taken from Enneagram Worldwide:
The Perfectionist / Type 1: Paradox - Although it seems like there is one right, best way to be, there are multiple right answers; what is right is not necessarily what is best.
The Giver / Type 2: Paradox - Giving more to others does not bring freedom and fulfillment for yourself, and being cut off from an awareness of your own needs prevents you from obtaining the freedom and fulfillment you desire.
The Performer / Type 3: Paradox - Outer success does not bring inner fulfillment or the feeling of true well-being.
The Romantic / Type 4: Paradox - Wanting what is missing perpetuates dissatisfaction with what is present.
The Observer / Type 5: Paradox - Striving for self-sufficiency cuts one off from essential resources and nurturance.
The Loyal Skeptic / Type 6: Paradox - Seeking too much certainty in an uncertain world creates more uncertainty and anxiety.
The Epicure / Type 7: Paradox - Seeking the positives of life and avoiding the dark side is limiting. Trying to avoid pain creates pain.
The Protector / Type 8: Paradox: Power creates counter-force. Vengeance leads to retaliation. Hiding vulnerability creates vulnerability.
The Mediator / Type 9: Paradox: Neglecting yourself in pursuit of comfort produces discomfort.
1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
2. a self-contradictory and false proposition.
3. any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
4. an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.