Core Fears of the Four:
The core fears are of being inadequate, emotionally cut off, commonplace, and abandoned.
The preceding core fears have been identified by many Enneagram researchers through the years and were explored more deeply by Katherine and David Fauvre during their groundbreaking research on the Enneagram in 1995 and 1996.
The Fours primary fears all center around the need to be seen as unique and special, thus feeling inadequate is the primary way in which the Four will be triggered into feelings of sadness and despair. To be inadequate would mean that they are indeed not special and that others see them just as they see everyone else. Being seen as commonplace is part and parcel to feelings of inadequacy because fours spend a great deal of time (whether consciously or unconsciously) seeking to be seen as unique. Feedback that they are commonplace would undermine the Fours psychic efforts to stand apart. Read More
Some may not be familiar with the notion of tritype. The term "tritype" was coined by enneagram research team Katherine and David Fauvre who took the original idea of Oscar Ichazo, who previously postulated that individuals used 3 fixations (two in conjunction with the dominant type) but didn't really expand much past that original hypothesis. However as the Fauvre's differentiated their research from that of Ichazo they renamed it as "tritype" to distinguish their findings from that of the original Arican concept. Tritype states that we posses one type in each center. One of those types is our dominant type, while the other two are employed as necessary when the strategies or defenses of our dominant type are no longer effective. What the Fauvre's say about tritype: http://enneagram.net/tritype.html Read More
We realized that some people may not be familiar with the Enneagram so many of these blog posts will be a little like reading a foreign language so we thought writing a brief intro to the system and the Nine types would be beneficial for those not acquainted with the system.
The Enneagram has unclear beginnings that can be traced back as far as ancient Babylon and ancient Egypt which makes theoretical attribution difficult due to its inherently oral nature. The word Enneagram is translated into “nine diagram” which points to the geometric figure that represents the system as a whole (see figure “a”). With nine equidistant points drawn inside of a circle, the symbols use as a theoretical model are likely mathematical and were discovered by mathematician Pythagoras (Riso and Hudson, p.12 1996). The symbol was thought of as a pictorial/geometric representation of the “process of renewal” and was likely passed down generationally from the Greeks to the Arabs and Moslems in the early 14th and 15th centuries (Riso and Hudson, p.12 1996). Read More