Pulled from "I Don't Buy the Enneagram Wings Theory" thread:
I’ve seen this theory stated before, at the Tom Condon site.
It resonates with me far more than adhering to the idea that one is strictly about integration and the other about disintegration. In fact, until I found this Tom Condon page a few months back, I had a hard time understanding how my supposed integration point (which for my e5 self is e8) was really a feasible goal for me; it seemed too daunting until incorporated with the ‘high side’ of e7 (playfulness/joyfulness) as means to support it (and to steer me away from merely moving toward the ‘low side’ of e8).Originally Posted by from Condon's page
For whatever reason- be it enneatype related or not (Condon's page leads me to think it is enneatype related), I have a difficult time envisioning the positive qualities in myself of e8 alone- I need the positive qualities of e7 as a sort of springboard to make movement towards e8 seem doable. Otherwise the distinction between the high side and low side of e8 becomes blurry: it just all starts to look like the selfish and negative movement of aggressively imposing my will upon others.Originally Posted by from site listed in Speed G's comment
So just out of curiousity, does anyone else similarly see this as a much more effective way to approach stress & security points? Any other e5s out there relate to what I'm saying? Also: how does that "upward spiral" play out for other types?
Or does anyone find the more common unidirectional approach more effective?