This is just a resource as I post my discoveries, research and links to figuring out how to deal with my core sin, or signature sin, as we have been going through our Welcome Home series @SandalsChurch, and to share these with friends who have similarities, or if you want to look into your own core sin further. First of all: Start with Scripture! Prepare to have your mind blown…
Using this page on the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs (Personality test), skimming through this book by Richard Rohr, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, Monvee, a very helpful spiritual assesment tool, that I found via John Ortberg’s The Me I Want to Be, and a bit of discerning googling, and the Signature sins as outlined by Pastor Matt Brown on Sunday:
- Anger – the need to be perfect
- Pride – the need to be needed
- Lying – the need to succeed
- Envy – the need to be unique
- Greed – the need to possess
- Fear – the need for security
- Gluttony – the need to avoid pain
- Lust – the need to conquer
- Laziness – the need to avoid
I’m an ENFP/ESFP…and I have the need to be unique..which lands me at Type Four, which the first link above calls the Romantic/Artist. I had no idea I had Envy….no idea until I took the Monvee and read the chapter on Type Fours in Richard Rohr’s book. There are parts of Seven and Threes that I relate to as well.
START HERE if you want to know more about what the Enneagram is: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/intro.asp
and here – FAQ
TYPE FOUR – For more info about FOURS
Romantic/Artist – Intuitive, reserved type. Self-aware, sensitive, introspective, and gentle. Individualistic, expressive, and personal, but can also be too moody and self-conscious. They dwell in their fantasies, feeling different, melancholy, and exempt from ordinary ways of living. Become impractical, self-indulgent, and self-pitying; problems with self-inhibition.
Examples: Calista Flockhart, Wynona Ryder, (from http://business.nmsu.edu/~dboje/teaching/490_psl/step_9.htm)
Type Four: The Individualist
The Sensitive, Introspective Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.
For a longer description of a FOUR read this: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/TypeFour.asp It’s fascinating!
Personal growth for FOURS: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/4growth.asp
Additional Enneagram Assessment Online Tools – (Use your discernment)
Read the rest of the series of 3 posts:
2: Defining Envy – Word study and Scriptures