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Enneagram Type 3: The Performer
Definitions used in describing each type
“Lost” essential quality:
A connection to a universal hope that everything that needs to be done will get done according to universal laws or principles.
belief: The world rewards doing, not being. To be loved, you must become a “human doing" instead of a “human being."
Going for accomplishment, success and a good image, since love comes from the approval generated by your performance. Focusing on tasks and goals, and pressing forward with little attention to your feelings.
Trap: Believing that becoming super-efficient will assure success, recognition, love and acceptance.
Driving energy: Deceiving yourself in order to accomplish the goal by altering yourself, telling a good story and projecting a good image. Self-deception about your true feelings.
Avoidance: Being a failure, becoming incapacitated by your strong, true feelings (an unconscious fear that you will be unable to accomplish anything).
Strengths: Achievement, competence, enthusiasm, leadership.
Outer success does not bring inner fulfillment or the feeling of true well-being.
Path of development:
Reclaiming the truth that love comes to you because of who you are, not because of what you do.
- Moderate pace
- Welcome feelings
- Understand failure is not disaster
- Realize that love is for you, not for what you accomplish
More on Enneagram Type Three:
Enneagram Type 3 Practices
for Growth | Enneagram Type Three Themes
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