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Enneagram Type 1: The Perfectionist
Definitions used in describing each type
“Lost” essential quality: An experience
of the essential truth that all people are fundamentally one with
each other and everything is perfect as it is.
belief: Because the world judges and punishes “bad” behavior, you must gain worthiness and love by being as good and perfect
Comparing self to others. Noticing error and correcting it. Suppressing
anger and impulses. Being as responsible and right as you can be.
Trap: Endlessly trying to gain worthiness
by being correct.
Driving energy: Anger,
resentment and guilt at whatever appears wrong or doesn’t meet
Avoidance: Making mistakes, losing self-control, being so wrong that
you are unworthy.
Strengths: High integrity,
concern for improvement, industrious, responsible.
Although it seems like there is one right, best way to be, there are
multiple right answers; what is right is not necessarily what is best.
Path of development:
Ultimate task: Reclaiming the sense of perfection
in all things and everyone, which includes accepting differences,
mistakes, natural desires and the “dark side.”
- Understand that correctness and rightness are not part of natural order
- Compassion for the self
- Recognize and minimize the internal critical voice
- Allow time to relax, play and accept yourself as you are
More on Enneagram Type 1:
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