A note on seeing the images closer (to read all the quotes): click the image once, which should open a new page, and then click to see the full sized image.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the gut (or body) types. These three types are physical beings, that share the common themes of Anger and Control. As with the other centers, these themes effect each gut type in a unique way.
Challengers tend to exercise Anger freely, and seek mostly to control (or exert their will on) their environment, and those in it. While 8’s see this as survival, those on the receiving end may see it as outright sadism. The externalized Anger of an 8 is generally expressed without thinking, and like a storm, is here and gone. Internal message: you must control everything to survive.
You can check out my overview of 8 basics here.
Peacemakers are often unaware of Anger themes in their lives, because of their tendency to repress, and even forget feeling it. 9’s are occasionally called “self forgetting”, in that they negate any of their own emotions that might cause unrest– keeping the peace by smothering their less pleasant feelings. Sometimes this is referred to as “numbing out”. Peacemakers seek to Control out of silence, like a boulder in a stream. Internal message: You must control your feelings to stay connected to others.
You can check out my overview of 9 basics here.
Reformers are usually aware of their Anger, in that they are constantly reigning it in. While 8’s express it without restraint, and 9’s repress to a point of forgetting, 1’s walk the line in between– a daily dance of keeping the lid on the boiling pot. Reformers hold themselves and others to high moral standards, and thus do not often allow unbridled expression of emotion. It is this form of Controlled repression, though, that causes the boil over effect that 1’s sometimes experience. A too taught rope will fray. Internal message: You must control yourself in order to be good.
You can check out my overview of 1 basics here.
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Interesting in participating in one of my upcoming projects? If you know your Enneagram type and live in the Chicago area, I’d love to hear from you! My exploration of the Enneagram is ongoing, and I’d love to include more participants. 🙂 If that’s you, send me an email at Enneagramgirl@yahoo.com.
So much thanks to all of my awesome participants, and friends who helped with interviewing! Photo credit for 1, 2, 4 and 7 goes to the lovely Jamie Gray, while 6 and 9 are the work of Tony Au. All quotes are the words of my participants, and the writing/artwork is my own. Thanks everyone, I couldn’t have pulled it off without you!