Enneagram Anyone?

Personality tests!  Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, and now Enneagram.  We are so excited about the Enneagram.  We are obsessed with Enneagram right now!  We must be Type 2’s.  Don’t like personality tests?  You must be Type 3!  The Enneagram is an insightful tool to not only understand how we present ourselves to the world like in Myers Briggs, but also allows us to reflect on our internal motivations and needs. The Selfie podcast was the first to share the good news with us.

Why are we talking about Enneagram on Green Acres Glam?  How you identify may have a direct effect on your health.  The test is not meant to be a caricature of personalities or used as a judgmental tool.  Each type has admirable qualities, and qualities that make us want to hide.  On one hand, we can become more self-aware and positively engage with others based on our strengths.  On the other, each type also practices poor health habits that we can become more mindful of.  Check out the Enneagram types and health traps to look out for based on personality qualities, straight from Enneagram addictions content:

Type 1:  Excessive use of diets, vitamins, and cleansing techniques (fasts, diet pills, enemas). Under-eating for self-control: in extreme cases anorexia and bulimia. Alcohol to relieve tension.

Type 2:  Abusing food and over-the-counter medications. Bingeing, especially on sweets and carbohydrates. Over-eating from feeling “love-starved;” in extreme cases bulimia. Hypochondria to look for sympathy.

Type 3:  Over-stressing the body for recognition. Working out to exhaustion. Starvation diets. Workaholism. Excessive intake of coffee, stimulants, amphetamines, cocaine, steroids or excessive surgery for cosmetic improvement.

Type 4:  Over-indulgence in rich foods, sweets, alcohol to alter mood, to socialize, and for emotional consolation. Lack of physical activity. Bulimia. Depression. Tobacco, prescription drugs, or heroin for social anxiety. Cosmetic surgery to erase rejected features.

Type 5:  Poor eating and sleeping habits due to minimizing needs. Neglecting hygiene and nutrition. Lack of physical activity. Psychotropic drugs for mental stimulation and escape, narcotics for anxiety.
Type 6:  Rigidity in diet causes nutritional imbalances (“I don’t like vegetables”). Working excessively. Caffeine and amphetamines for stamina, but also alcohol and depressants to deaden anxiety. Higher susceptibility to alcoholism than many types.

Type 7:  The type most prone to addictions: stimulants (caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines), Ecstasy, psychotropics, narcotics, and alcohol but tend to avoid other depressants. Wear body out with effort to stay “up.” Excessive cosmetic surgery, pain killers.

Type 8:  Ignore physical needs and problems: avoid medical visits and check-ups. Indulging in rich foods, alcohol, tobacco while pushing self too hard leads to high stress, strokes, and heart conditions. Control issues central, although alcoholism and narcotic addictions are possible.

Type 9:  Over-eating or under-eating due to lack of self-awareness and repressed anger. Lack of physical activity. Depressants and psychotropics, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics to deaden loneliness and anxiety.

Which habits here resonate with you?  What’s your Enneagram type?  Use this new and exciting information to conquer your habits and hack your health.  Also check out Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst on our TLW curated page, and choose one small change to make today.  So much of healthy living starts in our own thought life.