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  • Type 1

    by Published on 08-30-2011 10:03 AM

    Some people see the world as dangerous, and some see it as safe. Some see it as just or unjust. Nevertheless, we all live in the same world. Elements of our personality color our views, and human perception is little more than an inkblot test. One purpose of the Enneagram of Personality is to describe the various lenses that distort our perception of the world. If you believe that the world is ultimately imperfect, that you must be competent, and that the objective of life is to improve yourself and the world around you, then you might be:

    TYPE ONE: THE REFORMER
    (Also known as “The Perfectionist”)
    by timeless


    I. Introduction to the Enneagram of Personality

    The Enneagram of Personality is a personality classification system comprised of nine types. Each one of these nine types represents a distinct set of motivations, fears, desires and virtues. This article (and the other articles in this series) are designed ...
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:35 PM

    • Type One-Type One

    As with all double-type relationships, two Enneagram Ones bring the same general qualities to each other. Therein lies both a main source of the attraction as well as one of the main pitfalls of this pair. Two Ones will be concerned with fairness, truthfulness, keeping agreements, schedules, consistency, and treating the other wish respect and dignity. Work and taking care of responsibilities will tend to come first, with play and pleasure taking a back seat for this couple. Vacations and leisure, partying and recreation will all be fitted in after the more important things are accomplished. Each will feel like (and take the role of) the adult in most situations, making for a highly competent, rational approach to life and problem solving.
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:34 PM

    Type One - The Perfectionist

    Ones are motivated by the need to improve themselves and to live the right way. While Ones are usually fastidious, some are more concerned with political, religious, or ethical principles than they are with physical neatness.

    Eights, Nines, and Ones constitute the gut center and have issues that revolve around self-forgetting and anger. Ones follow the rules. they come to feel angry about their own self-imposed restrictions and the fact that others seem free to do as they please.

    Ones at their BEST are:


    • Ethical
    • Idealistic
    • Productive
    • Reliable
    • Fair
    • Honest
    • Self-disciplined
    • Conscientious
    • Helpful
    • Objective
    • Caring
    • Compassionate
    • Witty
    • Practical
    • Responsible
    • Supportive
    • Honest
    • Reliable


    Ones at their WORST are:


    • Judgmental
    • Inflexible
    • Controlling
    • Worrying
    • Argumentative
    • Nit-picking
    • Uncompromising
    • Stubborn
    • Overly serious
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:31 PM

    wise acceptance
    discerning rationality
    self-disciplined ethics

    preachy idealism
    rigid logic
    perfectionistic judgment

    vitriolic self-righteousness
    hypocritical obsession
    sadistic condemnation

    Type one people care more than most about whether things are as they should be. They can become trapped by compulsive judgment and correction, of themselves or of others. One of their talents is an intuitive ability to sense what is true, good, and right.

    Except in rare cases, people of type one show a flavoring from one of the two adjacent wing points, so we can say they are one with a nine wing (1/9) or one with a two wing (1/2).

    Like all humans, ones also come in three instinctual flavors: social (1sc), sexual (1sx), or self-preserving (1sp). In addition, ones also experience nine distinct levels of mental-emotional health (briefly described by the phrases at the top of this page). Therefore, it
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:29 PM

    wise acceptance
    discerning rationality
    self-disciplined ethics

    preachy idealism
    rigid logic
    perfectionistic judgment

    vitriolic self-righteousness
    hypocritical obsession
    sadistic condemnation

    Type one people care more than most about whether things are as they should be. They can become trapped by compulsive judgment and correction, of themselves or of others. One of their talents is an intuitive ability to sense what is true, good, and right.

    Except in rare cases, people of type one show a flavoring from one of the two adjacent wing points, so we can say they are one with a nine wing (1/9) or one with a two wing (1/2).

    Like all humans, ones also come in three instinctual flavors: social (1sc), sexual (1sx), or self-preserving (1sp). In addition, ones also experience nine distinct levels of mental-emotional health (briefly described by the phrases at the top of this page). Therefore, it
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:24 PM

    Self-help Practices for Enneagram Type One

    First and foremost, become acquainted with your superego – your inner judge. Learn to distinguish it from yourself, to recognize its “voice” and its effects on you. Pay attention to the ways in which it affects your sense of well-being and your connectedness with your environment. Begin to think of that commanding voice as “it,” not as “I”. Remember it only sounds like the voice of God.

    Be aware of your tendency to push yourself beyond your limits of endurance. No doubt the projects you are working on are important, but you cannot remain effective if you fail to take breaks or refresh yourself. Your works will not suffer from these “breathers”; in fact, the fresh perspectives they may give you can provide better ways of approaching your task. Leave time for play. Many of your greatest inspiration will come from your sense of playfulness.

    ·You tend to believe that everything falls on your shoulders, ...
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:22 PM

    An Overview of the One (pgs 275-276)

    Voicing the common theme of evangelical consciousness of the self before regeneration, John Greene, a New England Puritan of the mid-seventeenth centurty, acknowledged that God had let him "see much of the wretchedness" of his heart, and he "thought none so vile as I none so evil an heart so proud so stubborn so rebillious and I thought God would never show mercy to so vile a miserable wretch as I was." This vision of the inward self, a vision experienced in greater and lesser degree by most evangelicals, was the source of the despair and hopelessness that so often preceded conversions....Not until individuals could bring themselves, or be brought by God, to reject their very selves as worthless, sinful, and justly damned creatures, could they ever hope to be born again. (Philip Greven, The Protestant Teperament, 75.)

    The Puritans' desire for self-regeneration by striving after ideals is an expression ...

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