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Japan and the Enneagram Tritype 6/4/1

  By Steve Purdom, MD (Type 3, SP/1:1/SC) Sandra Maitri is a well-respected enneagram teacher.  In her book “The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram”, she described Japan as a Type 4 country.  I understand clearly her reasoning.  The Japanese find beauty in...

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Type 4

By Steve Purdom, MD (Type 3, SP/1:1/SC) Type 4’s have a unique way of using their enneagram personality to defend themselves from others, or perhaps to emotionally distance themselves from others.   They view themselves as flawed and their focus on their inadequacies...

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Psychological Projection

By Steve Purdom, MD (Type 3, SP/1:1/SC) Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves...

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Self Preservation Instinctual Subtype

By Steve Purdom, Type 3, SP/1:1/SC A separate and important part of the enneagram is the Instinctual Subtypes.  There are 3 subtypes which are called Self Preservation, One on One and Social.  For most people these are unconscious and yet all pervasive.  Ichazo,...

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Social Instinctual Subtype

By Steve Purdom, Type 3, SP/1:1/SC A separate and important part of the enneagram is the Instinctual Subtypes.  There are 3 subtypes which are called Self Preservation, One on One and Social.  For most people, these are unconscious and yet all pervasive.  Ichazo,...

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One on One Instinctual Subtype

By Steve Purdom, Type 3, SP/1:1/SC A separate and important part of the enneagram is the Instinctual Subtypes. There are 3 subtypes which are called Self Preservation, One on One and Social. For most people these are unconscious and yet all pervasive. Ichazo,...

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Success and Failure

I was asked recently what would I tell young threes who are just learning the enneagram.  There is so much that is pertinent that it would take several pages.  But limited to a few paragraphs, then I would encourage them to give up their identification with success or...

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Relationship Cornerstones

Minimize Neediness

Each of us have childhood issues that we sometimes ask other to resolve for us.  My mother didn’t love would you do that for me.  I was never understood as a child would you do that for me.  This behavior seldom works out well.  Our partners cannot know what our...

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Emotional Reactivity

If someone makes us angry, sad or fearful, then we need to look inside ourselves for the origin of the emotional reactivity.  That does not mean they are “right” and it may be that their behavior is such that we are not going to tolerate it but still the emotional...

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Skillfully Set Boundaries

Setting boundaries is the process of letting other people know what we will and won’t tolerate. Emotional and physical abuse should not be tolerated and people need to understand that we will not interact with them if they don’t treat us in a loving, respectful...

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