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    Default How do you decide on an enneagram type?

    What if two types fit you? How do you know which one is more accurate? What is most important in determining your type: the characteristics, the motivations (basic fear/desire), the fixation, or the integration/disintegration?

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    I don't know. I fit both 4 and 7, and I don't obsess over it. I'm going to be the same way no matter what. I'll probably always have this tossup, if I can use one for therapy/ betterness of myself, I will. What is any other purpose of the labels but to just understand yourself and others better? If two work together, use two. I think it's counterproductive to try to continue to narrow down the labels exactly unless it helps you understand yourself better.
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    I had this problem too, a lot of the tests for example aren't very good at helping yuou identify your type, especially if you believe in tritypes. It took me reading an article on common mis-typings for me to really get a hold of my type.
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    I dont know an especific way to determine your type, the best form is think what type you choose considering who you are and not who you want to be.
    In my case was quiet easy, because in all the test that I took I scored with 4 as the highest with 5,6,8 and 7 following but far behind. In the other hand, Im 100% sure of my type. I try not to suggest myself with "what if Im a 6 or a 5??". Not now.
    PD: I considered 6w5 too, but at the end I finnished in the beggining with E4


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    Consider your motivations, and your moment-to-moment tendencies - the many little reactions and decisions that you make in everyday life. A pattern will eventually emerge on its own.

    Or, ask someone you trust. Other people know you better than you think.

    Regardless of type, at least you'll get to understand yourself well.
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    The explanation for this is in tritype theory. This theory states that you have an enneagram type from each of the three centers Head/Body/Heart...


    More on tritype:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritype

    http://www.enneagram.net/tritype.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCCXXIX View Post
    The explanation for this is in tritype theory. This theory states that you have an enneagram type from each of the three centers Head/Body/Heart...


    More on tritype:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritype

    http://www.enneagram.net/tritype.html
    This always felt like a cop out to me - the types aren't meant to explain away every facet of your sense of self. It's only natural to "see" yourself in many different flavours, when actually things are much simpler than you think.
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    6 seemed like the most catchall, generic one.

    Good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevlisZero View Post
    What if two types fit you? How do you know which one is more accurate? What is most important in determining your type: the characteristics, the motivations (basic fear/desire), the fixation, or the integration/disintegration?
    I think the motivations (basic fear/desire) is the heart of the enneagram. I look deep down and ask myself, what the *real* reason I think/feel/want this? Sometimes the reason is masked by an even deeper underlying reason. I peel all the layers until I've reached the core. I know I've reached the core when I discover a desire that I essentially can't live without. I think the characteristics described by a certain enneagram type stem from the basic motivations of that type.

    I don't put too much account into tests. They can be a good starting point and help you narrow it down but I wouldn't solely rely on them. Not all of them are that accurate.

    If you're having difficulty deciding on a type, feedback from people who know you well can be useful. Sometimes they can see things you can't always see.
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