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  • Enneagram type is a strength; Instinctual subtype is a weakness

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  • Enneagram type is a weakness; Instinctual subtype is a strength

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  • Enneagram type is a strength and a weakness; Instinctual subtype is a strength

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  • Enneagram type is a strength and a weakness; Instinctual subtype is a weakness

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  • Enneagram type is a strength; Instinctual subtype is both a strength and a weakness

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    Do you think Enneagram type is a strength or a weakness?

    How about instinctual subtype?

    Why do you think so?

    What got me wondering about this is Zarathustra's comment that instinctual subtype was both a strength and a weakness. My first reaction was that wasn't right and that the dominant type is a weakness with the secondary type being a strength (or balanced anyway). I'm not sure though.

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    I'd say they're both distortions without an inherent negativity or positivity, rather than just straight up say they're either/or. I know that's basically saying "it depends" and not terribly helpful, but what can you do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    Do you think Enneagram type is a strength or a weakness?
    How about instinctual subtype?
    What got me wondering about this is Zarathustra's comment that instinctual subtype was both a strength and a weakness. My first reaction was that wasn't right and that the dominant type is a weakness with the secondary type being a strength (or balanced anyway). I'm not sure though.
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    For a top level reply: both type and instinctual variant can be either a strength or a weakness. It all depends on overall balance. If someone exhibits all the extreme behaviors of ether one, it will lead to problems. If someone balances them with adequate attention to the other variants, and what is usually called direction of integration, then they are making the most of that tendency while not overrelying on it.
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    I've been reading a book on Enneagram that says it's a tool used to understand your weaknesses. And once you understand those weaknesses, and why you are the way you are...then you can begin to learn and grow from it.


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    Both are both.

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    A helpful critique?
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    Seems like enneagram is both, but seeming far more negative compared to MBTI (which focuses on strengths) and instinctual subtype is neither, but rather more of a flavour.

    I haven't studied it much, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    Seems like enneagram is both, but seeming far more negative compared to MBTI (which focuses on strengths) and instinctual subtype is neither, but rather more of a flavour.

    I haven't studied it much, though.
    I agree with this. Enneagram type can be both a strength and a weakness. If you are at a lower level of health, the weaknesses of your type are going to manifest more. Strengths manifest more at higher levels of health. I think instinctual variant is more of a flavor, with advantages and disadvantages to each variant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    I agree with this. Enneagram type can be both a strength and a weakness. If you are at a lower level of health, the weaknesses of your type are going to manifest more. Strengths manifest more at higher levels of health. I think instinctual variant is more of a flavor, with advantages and disadvantages to each variant.
    I tend to agree with this on the primary Enneagram, but even there, I question it. I think we grow in the levels if we neutralize the bad tendencies. Maybe we are then left with the good attributes?

    I struggle with how dominant instinctual subtype can be anything but a weakness. Maybe it is because I haven't seen as much material written about instinctual subtype and certainly not anything that translates to level of health.

    Also, why did so many people say "other"?

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