Articles - Type 3
  • Type 3

    by Published on 08-30-2011 11:04 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 yours for the taking, that you must be competent, and that the objective of life is to succeed, then you might be:

    TYPE THREE: THE ACHIEVER
    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 to present each of the nine types in an understandable and comprehensive ...
    by Published on 06-01-2011 07:57 PM

    Enneagram Type 3:
    Performer, Motivator, Achiever, Producer or Status Seeker
    Overview
    You want to be competent, productive, accomplished and dynamic. More importantly, you want to be good at what you do and to look good doing it. You see yourself as ambitious, competitive and industrious. You would like others to see you as a winner with all the trappings of success. Your idealized image is that you are triumphant and victorious.

    You are goal oriented - someone who lives by the motto “Why do when you can overdo!” To say that you are self-confident, ambitious and motivated may be an understatement. You want to be seen as the very example of the person who has it all together and is on the way to the top. You take great pleasure in crossing tasks off your ‘to do’ lists after quickly finishing them. You may even write down a task on your list that is already completed just so you can enjoy the sense of accomplishment you feel when you cross it off.
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 07:53 PM

    genuine acceptance
    poised assurance
    motivated confidence

    competitive diplomacy
    efficient expedience
    self-promoting narcissism

    opportunistic scheming
    deceptive sabotage
    relentless monomania


    Type three people care more than most about appearances and effectiveness. They can become trapped by compulsive deceit, of themselves or others. One of their talents is an intuitive ability to instantly adapt to rapidly shifting situations.

    Except in rare cases, people of type three show a flavoring from one of the two adjacent wing points, so we can say they are three with a two wing (3/2) or three with a four wing (3/4).

    Like all humans, threes also come in three instinctual flavors: social (3sc), sexual (3sx), or self-preserving (3sp). In addition, threes also experience nine distinct levels of mental-emotional health (briefly described by the phrases at the top of this
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:58 PM

    Personal Growth Recommendations
    for Enneagram Type Threes



    • For our real development, it is essential to be truthful. Be honest with yourself and others about your genuine feelings and needs. Likewise, resist the temptation to impress others or inflate your importance. You will impress people more deeply by being authentic than by bragging about your successes or exaggerating your accomplishments.
    • Develop charity and cooperation in your relationships. You can do this by taking time to pause in busy day to really connect with someone you care about. Nothing spectacular is required—simply a few moments of quiet appreciation. When you do so, you will become a more loving person, a more faithful friend—and a much more
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    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:54 PM

    An Overview of the Three (pg 78-79)

    The United States is fast becoming a "Three" culture: narcissistic, image-oriented, emphasizing style over substance, symbols over reality. The pursuit of excellence is being replaced by the celebration of the artificial as everything is treated like a commodity - packaged, advertised, and marketed. Politics is becoming less concerned with display of personalities. Politics serves public relations, selling candidates with their calculated positions to a public which can no longer tell a clone from a real person.

    The communications media, particularly television, are primarily concerned with attracting attention so that the public can be sold something. The shallow values and the beguiling glitter of show biz have become the norms by which everything is measured and in demand has value. People are so seduced by the slick package that they often do not realize that there is nothing in it. To paraphrase McLuhan, the ...

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