I know I’ve talked about it a little before, but in case you missed it, I’m a little obsessed with the Enneagram. Really, I just love personality tests, but this one is my favorite. Every day I get an “Enneathought” which generally makes a thought-provoking statement about your type. (I’m a 5, in case you’re wondering) I love these thoughts. Most of the time. Sometimes they’re a little too right, if you will, so I don’t love them as much, but they’re always pretty spot on.
Well, the other day I got this one:
Each type tends to “train” others to see them in certain ways. How have you boxed yourself in by training others to see you as an intelligent, perceptive person? What can you do today to reveal a new dimension of yourself to others?
Uhhh, whoa. Have you ever thought about that? I don’t know that I have, not with intentionality (<not a real word) anyways, not with the desire to do anything about it. But it’s true. When I think about what people say to me, what people I barely know say about me, it’s clear I somehow in some way train them to think of me in certain ways.
Honestly I’m not even sure how I do it. And for that reason I don’t know how to even begin showing another dimension of myself to people. Do I have another dimension? In-ter-est-ing. I want to talk more about this, to dig deeper into it, but not here, not with cyber air.
What about you, you may not be a 5, you may not train people to think you’re an intelligent or perceptive person, but what have you trained people to see you as? And more importantly, are you content with it?
(Also, being the obsessive personality geek that I am, I found this funny tumblr “hipster intj” [btw I’m an intj] where this girl takes phrases or things from an intj profile and overlays a ‘hipstery/emo-ish’ photo with them. I think it’s awesome, but maybe that’s an intj thing? ANYways. the images below made me giggle a little [although the first one is generally very true…i can’t get past that background])
P. S. if you know your Enneagram number or Meyers-Briggs classification PLEASE share. I LOVE knowing my friends’.