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    Default I can't determine my Enneagram type.

    Well, I've tried just about everything, but I've never gotten a result that I felt confident in.

    The only thing I feel positive about, though, is that I don't relate very much to 3. 7, or 8. That still leaves six types that I sort of identify with, though.

    Reading more about Enneagram just left me feeling more confused. The more I read, the more I began to see ways that I could be or relate to various types, except for the three above that I truly don't "get."

    I actually have taken the official Enneagram test on two occasions.

    First time:

    Type 1, The Reformer: 23
    Type 2, The Helper: 17
    Type 3, The Achiever: 17
    Type 4, The Individualist: 24
    Type 5, The Investigator: 16
    Type 6, The Loyalist: 20
    Type 7, The Enthusiast: 4
    Type 8, The Challenger: 8
    Type 9, The Peacemaker: 15

    Second time:

    Type 1, The Reformer: 25
    Type 2, The Helper: 13
    Type 3, The Achiever: 17
    Type 4, The Individualist: 25
    Type 5, The Investigator: 18
    Type 6, The Loyalist: 17
    Type 7, The Enthusiast: 7
    Type 8, The Challenger: 9
    Type 9, The Peacemaker: 12

    Both of those results are from 2007, though... I don't know that I would test the same way now.

    Now, of course, my initial impression is that I should be a 4w5, because that's the most common type for INFJs.

    The problem is that I don't identify that much with 4... I mean, I can relate it to it in terms of worrying about my identity, but there are external reasons why that might be an issue for me. I've never cared about having a unique identity, or obsessing over my own emotions, for instance. In some ways, I'm actually more like a 3 (because I care about image) than a 4, but I'm not driven to achieve anything.

    The types that I feel the strongest identity with, are 5, 9, 2, and 1. 4 and 6 are there to a lesser degree, because I think about identity issues and security quite often.

    Now, as for my stacking... I have a much better grasp of that. The thing is, it would depend on which type I was. If I'm a 5, for instance, I'm probably SO/SP. If I'm a 2, I'm probably SP/SO. If I'm a 9, I don't know which one I am.

    So... what do you think? Is there any information I could provide that would help you determine my type?

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    hmmm, when deciding what mine was after taking many tests, I read the information and levels on them on this site, and a few others, but this is the only one I remember,
    http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/descript.asp
    Then looked at the loops on here as well
    http://www.9types.com/epd/1.php

    and found that between the descriptions of a 9's levels, and healthy/unhealthy loops, then on top of that, the information about 9's direction of disintegration being type 6, and their direction of integration being type 3, and reading in more detail about that, it became quite obvious that I am definitely a type 9...

    I really think that taking such things into account when trying to figure out what enneagram type you are, can be really helpful, actually, I can thank Luna for originally suggesting that to me when I was stuck trying to decide between different types.

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    I think you should look more into 1w2. One is also a common type for INFJs. Twos care about image, as well- all the feeling types do. Twos want to look helpful and lovable- the ultimate nice person. Threes want to look successful and composed. Fours want to look different, unique.

    Here's something on the similarities and differences between Fours and Ones:

    same:
    - idealistic
    - strong consciences and high standards for themselves
    - hardworking and persevering
    - refined and dignified
    - self- righteous

    different:
    ones control their emotions.
    fours tend to be emotional and let their sadness show.

    ones see strong feelings as threatening or improper.
    fours value deep or strong feelings.

    ones usually follow and enforce society's rules.
    fours usually follow their own rules.

    ones tend to be realistic, practical, and down-to-earth.
    fours tend to be imaginative, creative and fanciful.

    Ever seen the movie Sense and Sensibility? Emma Thompson's character is a one and Kate Winslet's is a four. I think this a perfect example of the "don't want to do anything improper or show too much feeling" vs "I have to let my feelings out and who cares what others think!" Also, that's why Winslet benefits by her ensuing restraint and maturity and Thompson benefits from loosening up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    I think you should look more into 1w2. One is also a common type for INFJs. Twos care about image, as well- all the feeling types do. Twos want to look helpful and lovable- the ultimate nice person. Threes want to look successful and composed. Fours want to look different, unique.
    That's true, I do want to look helpful and lovable. Although I'm often too focused on perfection to do so.
    Here's something on the similarities and differences between Fours and Ones:

    same:
    - idealistic
    - strong consciences and high standards for themselves
    - hardworking and persevering
    - refined and dignified
    - self- righteous

    different:
    ones control their emotions.
    fours tend to be emotional and let their sadness show.

    ones see strong feelings as threatening or improper.
    fours value deep or strong feelings.

    ones usually follow and enforce society's rules.
    fours usually follow their own rules.

    ones tend to be realistic, practical, and down-to-earth.
    fours tend to be imaginative, creative and fanciful.

    Ever seen the movie Sense and Sensibility? Emma Thompson's character is a one and Kate Winslet's is a four. I think this a perfect example of the "don't want to do anything improper or show too much feeling" vs "I have to let my feelings out and who cares what others think!" Also, that's why Winslet benefits by her ensuing restraint and maturity and Thompson benefits from loosening up a bit.
    Aha! Well, when you put it that way, I tend to be more of a 1, although I sometimes admire 4s for their lack of restraint, while also being repulsed by it. I act more like a 4 under stress, also. The thing is, I've spent so much of my life in a stressed out/unhealthy state that it's hard for me to tell what part is me, and what part is my stress.

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    Sometimes I wonder, between 1s and 4s, if one or the other has a predominance for using the word "although" over "though".

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    It is 4, 5 or 6. That is all I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    It is 4, 5 or 6. That is all I have.
    If those are the three points I seem to resemble most, that would make 5 the most likely, because it has both 4 and 6 as wings.

    That's an interesting theory, though. It doesn't look like there's any clear consensus on what point I appear to be.

    Maybe I need to get more in-depth books on the subject... I've been relying on Internet sources thus far. It might even be best to read the original texts, whoever wrote them. Reading Jung and Isabel Myers really helped me understand and figure out my MBTI type, for instance.

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    5 makes the most sense I guess. With 4 and 6 explaining the t and f feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    5 makes the most sense I guess. With 4 and 6 explaining the t and f feel.
    The only thing about 5, though, is that it's kind of hard to justify a 5 typing as INFJ. Most 5s, even if they're 5w4, type as IxTx. I'm not sure how I could reconcile being an F with being a 5.

    Maybe a SO/SP stacking would be enough? Hmm... Maybe I should just go back to assuming I'm a 4w5, because that's what most INFJs are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candylandjoe View Post
    Sometimes I wonder, between 1s and 4s, if one or the other has a predominance for using the word "although" over "though".
    har har. Although I don't know the answer, I'm pretty sure you do, though, being a five and all...

    It is 4, 5 or 6. That is all I have.
    How come? Seems to me on this site types 1 and 2 are infrequently considered. The most common types for INFJs are supposed to be 1 and 4. For ENFP, 2, 4, and 7. And yet I rarely see anyone considering these possibilities.

    One can look very five-ish. Difference is ones tend to be more active in their external environment while fives tend to be more withdrawn and theoretical. Ones want to live life the right way, improve themselves and others, and avoid anger. Fives need to know everything, want to be self-sufficient and left alone, and avoid looking foolish.

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