The Enneagram types are interpretive

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The Enneagram types are interpretive

Post by Dave » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:34 pm

The question of accuracy regarding the Enneagram types is a little difficult. The problem is that the Enneagram types are an interpretive system. You can't take the labels at face value. More needs to be read into them. That's the difficulty of learning the system.

For example, gluttony for type 7 doesn't mean what you read in the dictionary. It has to be interpreted in the sense of gluttony of the mind. The gluttony as commonly used is not accurate in describing type 7 but the reinterpretation can be accurate. This is true of most labels used with the Enneagram types.

Some related blog posts I wrote are:
Are the Enneagram personality types accurate?
Enneagram labels are only approximations

Are the Enneagram types only as accurate as the interpretation being used?

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