It is said that you have all the qualities from each type, but some are naturally going to be more prominent, with one being the dominant. Although "professional" advice is helpful, you're the one who has the final word.
I personally find that knowing about personality types like this allows me to write interesting characters who aren't like me but who still make sense! Or I would if I ever tried to come up with any characters... It is a useful tool for that purpose, anyway.
On the other thread I was an INTJ, and on this I was primarily a type 6 (which I got 7 points in) closely followed by 1 and 3 (each with 6 points) By contrast I scored a mere 1 point on types 2, 7 and 8
Each time I take the test it gives me different results. It seems to gravitate towards 8w7 and 7w8. I've taken other tests before and looked into the theory, and I can identify myself with them, but I'm not sure which one is my type.
Where did you read that...? That's not what I've read about type 6; I'd be more likely to apply that description to type 2. One of the interesting things about type 6 to me is that their security-consciousness can manifest in such different ways; some avoid monsters by locking themselves away in their house, others take up a sword and hunt the monsters before they have a chance to be hurt by them. Uh, not literally, I mean. But there's a lot of variety for that type, based around a similar deep-rooted drive!
Other factors come into play like these things called 'instinctual variants', and Myers-Briggs types, so the descriptions of each enneagram type can't fit every person of that type in every detail, unfortunately.
Incredulous responses like this are as much fun as a biology professor hearing "my grandfather wasn't a monkey!!" or "something can't come from nothing!!" for the bajillionth time... Sigh. Frustrating, mind-numbing, and pointless.
These personality types 'determine' someone's personality in the same way that the word 'female' determines someone's appearance; it may play a big part in the general shape, but in no way does it attempt to define every detail. Two women aren't going to be clones, but there are enough similarities in their appearance for the word 'woman' to actually have some useful meaning.
The tests themselves give a vague idea of someone's type at best; it takes deep and detailed reading about the models on a conceptual level before you can really learn your type (unfortunately).
What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
5w6, 1w2, 3w2 Which makes me a scientist with a principled sense of right and wrong and a concern for the welfare of others. Which is me. These tests always land me with the same basic personality as Darwin and Einstein. Though it also makes me wonder if they aren't like horoscopes, sufficiently vague that they would apply to anyone.
They aren't sufficiently vague as to apply to everyone, because I know that of the nine types, type 4 describes me so well that I was essentially moved to tears, 5 fits 'quite well', 9 and 1 'sort of fit', 2, 3, 6, and 7 'don't really fit me at all', and I find type 8 really repellent and it's the opposite of my personality, if anything. If they were all vague and horoscopey, I'd probably have felt "oh, uh, I can *sort of* see how that fits me?" about all of them.
I find that several seem to fit me. But what concerns me most is the heavy reliance on Freud. Freud dominated the field of psychology for decades, and held the field back incalculably. His theories have been completely discredited.
What's this got to do with Freud? I've been using and studying the enneagram for months in great detail, and as far as I know, it has nothing to do with him or his ideas. I'm rather confused as to where you got that from.
I've come off as way more critical than I intended. I was voicing my concerns that extend to psychology in general: that it's evidential base is not as solid as, say, physics. There are loads of different personality tests, but none of them seem to do the trick as evidenced by the need to invent more. But they do fascinate me. Have you done the Kinsey one?
I find personality types to be useful in the same way that music genres are; they're not an exact science, but they allow you to communicate a lot of information briefly, and to find others who fall into categories that you're interested in.
In my experience, the different models - like Myers-Briggs or the Enneagram - describe different aspects of personalities; none of are supposed to explain *everything* about a person, and they can be used together. Sort of like how race and sex describe aspects of appearance; "a caucasian man" gives a more defined picture than "a human", but it certainly doesn't give a complete picture, nor is it meant to.
I looked up this Kinsley thing, and it's something to do with sexual orientation...? Is that what you meant? It's not massively interesting to me, since my sexual orientation isn't something I think much about or doubt, but, uh, it told me I'm heterosexual? Surprise, surprise.
The 3 part kinda fits, but the 2 part is off. I'd fit the "driven for success" and "workaholic" part, don't really fit the "confident" and "desire to help people" part, and definitely not the "charming and outgoing" part.
Also, I don't get the hate for these stuff. It's not like horoscope which is just random to me (I don't see any logical reasoning behind having a set personality based on birth dates). This is psychology. And interesting.
It's frustrating when people compare things like this to astrology, because things like this try to classify observations and trends, while astrology claims a link between completely unrelated things... They're not remotely similar concepts, but I suppose many people have a knee-jerk reaction to things. It gets frustrating when I try and share it with other people, when some don't even try to give it a chance.
Might that 3w2 work better as 3w4? 4 is about being withdrawn, emotionally sensitive, feeling different, caring about identity, things like that. Though if the 2 or 4 is just a 'wing' in the middle of the three types, it's probably not going to show itself much anyway; it's just there because every person's tritype has to include a type from each of the three groups, and each type needs to have at least one wing. Sometimes the wing is very small and withered, probably!
Hmm, sort of like a DRAGONwCAT might be a dragon with cat ears or something; the cat element is there, but it's not obvious or overpowering! And something like, uh, EAGLEwDRAGON-DRAGONwCAT-SHARKwWOLF isn't going to have much cat in it at all... It'd be obviously seen as a menacing bird instead! Yes!