Monday, January 4, 2016

Style Four Instinctual Subtypes

Self-Preservation (Dauntless)
More self-sacrificing, almost a suicidal edge (life on the edge brings meaning to an otherwise mundane life). More self-contained than other Fours; denial of envy and fear of dependency lead to counter-dependency, autonomy. Instead of demanding from the outside world, they demand from themselves, don't play the victim. More a noble martyr. Can wreck what they get in order to stay on the edge.
At best systemically focused, advocate of risk/change, tenacious, self-demanding
At worst self-sacrificing, too autonomous, self-critical/unsure
One-to-One/Sexual (Competition)
Competitive anger (I want that, too!). An invigorating energy that cuts through depression. Envy in the sense of denying their inferiority (It's unfair that I don't have it!). Compete for approval (particularly from special people), engage in rivalry with people who get recognition they want. An arrogant position, wanting something so much they push until rejected. Very intensely desiring.
At best focused on distinctive competency, working to make the group/organization the best
At worst competitive, arrogant (misunderstood genius); angry envy, too intense
Social (Shame)
The shyest of the subtypes, Social Fours develop mechanisms to call negative attention to themselves. Feelings of shame arise from feeling unworthy. A passion for being in, wanting to be included, to receive favors, but feeling I'm nothing, I'm ugly, I'm silly. A sense of not meeting the standards others are capable of meeting. Shame disguised by image of being above the common throng.
At best empathic, authentic, appreciative, help others see outside the box
At worst too strong a desire to be with the "in crowd," too self-effacing, shy
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Peter O'Hanrahan: the subtypes "show how the ruling emotion of our type is expressed through our instinctual behavior." The above descriptions also draw from Helen Palmer's The Enneagram in Love & Work and workshops with Dr. Claudio Naranjo.

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