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  • I identity more with my MBTI type

    61 38.61%
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    55 34.81%
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  1. #71
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    It seems the Enneagram is more about how one feels, while the MBTI is about how one thinks. I would not be surprised if F types preferred the Enneagram and T types the MBTI.
    this is a good point, and i would not be surprised if that correlation existed either... on the other hand...

    i think that one of the reasons i shy away from the enneagram is that i tend to cycle through all those "feeling sets" over at least a few days, if not a much lesser timespan, and as such the enneagram seems strangely restricting to me. i suppose this sentiment in itself should lean me towards 9 or 7 - and towards choosing the type i feel like the most often - but i do not meld with any of the type descriptions well enough to feel secure about identifying myself in that way. the issue of quantity and quality also arises in my head - perhaps i feel like a 7 most often, but what if my deepest issues are really not 7ish? whereas with the MBTI, i feel that we are given more room for variability in feelings and behavior, but type portrays recurrent patterns of cognition.

    of course, for those who match up well with the extant enneagram typings - and/or for those who tend to stay in a steady mode of Feeling- the enneagram may hold far more answers for the very same reason.

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    I think I definitely identify more with my enneagram type (4w5). I often come across very much like an INTP to other people on the outside...but in truth I'm very emotional inwardly, and I know can be pretty self-centered & opinionated!
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    I've taken enneagram tests about six times and have gotten various results. I think the questions are too difficult to interpret in most cases. I may know I'm more towards one extreme than the other but to what degree I have no idea. Most recently I've been classified 4w5 which sounds more like INFP in description.

    I've scored type 5 twice and type nine twice and now I'm coming up type 4. I consistently score as INFP on all the MTBI tests I've taken and I completely relate to the descriptions of INFP.
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    I'm surprised at the amount who identify with enneagram more. There is only 9 types to choose from and the wing thing has always been tricky for me.

    I almost immediately identified with my current MBTI type almost 4 years ago, and haven't changed it since, and I also immediately identified with enneagram 5. However, my MBTI type has held up to constant scrutiny, but my enneagram has not. Perhaps there is something about enneagram that I am missing, but for now I will say that it is more difficult to get a solid identification with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z Buck McFate View Post
    I can't find the source of this, but I'm sure I've heard it said that mbti is about the conscious- whereas the enneagram is more about the unconscious. If that's true, it'd make sense that there's less discussion about it. The unconscious is harder to tap into and discuss. At any rate, I definitely see the enneagram as touching more subjective nerves than mbti.
    I completely agree. I also think that's why people often don't "test" correctly with the Enneagram. How do you answer questions about your unconsious motivations?

    In all of my study of the Enneagram, I can say without a doubt that I needed to pay close attention to what was driving my thoughts, fears, actions, etc. in order to discover who I really was.

    Early on, I used to think I was an Enneagram Type 6w7. I tested that way, and I it fit my conscious awareness of myself. For example, I thought I needed support from others to feel whole. There were a few things about the Type 6 that didn't fit, but I just dismissed them. I actually thought that I was just really high in the levels. LOL. But I will never forget the day when a good friend of mine who knew a lot more about the Enneagram than me declared that he was 100% certain that I am not a 6.


    As time went on and I grew to better understand the Enneagram, I learned how to peel back the layers and see some things for what they REALLY were....I was not trying to gain people's support, but rather, I was trying to gain their admiration. Furthermore, I realized for the first time in my life that I was constantly comparing myself to others and always secretly competing with others. Never before had I realized that everyone didn't do that. Once I took off my masks and let me unconscious lead the way, I realized I was a 3w2--at least that's what I think today.

    Ironically, I voted for the MBTI above, but now I'm wishing I would have voted the other way. Even though I don't know a lot about the MBTI, there was never any doubt about my type (ENFJ). Since the opposite is true for the Enneagram, that's why I voted the way I did. As far as the info I have found most useful, I'd vote Enneagram all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z Buck McFate View Post
    I can't find the source of this, but I'm sure I've heard it said that mbti is about the conscious- whereas the enneagram is more about the unconscious. If that's true, it'd make sense that there's less discussion about it. The unconscious is harder to tap into and discuss. At any rate, I definitely see the enneagram as touching more subjective nerves than mbti.
    Love the usage of unconscious instead of subconscious. Enneagram is about the unconscious!

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    My MBTI type. I have not been able to determine my Enneagram type with any degree of certainty.

    I also feel that MBTI paints a more multi-faceted picture than Enneagram. Enneagram only allows whole archetypes, rather than allowing one to assemble them from smaller pieces for a more precise result.

    In fact, I am not even sure that Enneagram is as valid a system as MBTI, though it is certainly interesting.

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    I feel like my 5-ness goes hand-in-hand with my INTPness. I don't know as much about enneagram as MBTI, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    Love the usage of unconscious instead of subconscious. Enneagram is about the unconscious!
    (Can't tell if you're kidding/already know it's often referred to as the unconscious and just playing on other meaning of 'unconscious'.)

    from Wikipedia:
    The term subconscious is used in many different contexts and has no single or precise definition. This greatly limits its significance as a definition-bearing concept, and in consequence the word tends to be avoided in academic and scientific settings.
    In everyday speech and popular writing, however, the term is very commonly encountered as a layperson's replacement for the unconscious mind, which in Freud's opinion is a repository for socially unacceptable ideas, wishes or desires, traumatic memories, and painful emotions put out of mind by the mechanism of psychological repression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z Buck McFate View Post
    (Can't tell if you're kidding/already know it's often referred to as the unconscious and just playing on other meaning of 'unconscious'.)
    Playtime. I have...difficulty with the enneagram theory. But thanks for the clarification (no sarcasm intended).

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