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Journal FortKnox's Journal: Meme 5

Took this (from bellus). Put my own opinions in bold (cause it isn't all right)
The first test:
the Observeryou chose BZ - your Enneagram type is FIVE.

"I need to understand the world"

Observers have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Be independent, not clingy. True
  • Speak in a straightforward and brief manner. True
  • I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts. Not really
  • Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that I am feeling uncomfortable. Sounds about right
  • Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity. Who doesn't?
  • If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place. Not really
  • don't come on like a bulldozer. Who likes this
  • Help me to avoid my pet peeves: big parties, other people's loud music, overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy. True

What I Like About Being a Five

  • standing back and viewing life objectively Eh, alright
  • coming to a thorough understanding; perceiving causes and effects Just as much as any other engineer/scientist
  • my sense of integrity: doing what I think is right and not being influenced by social pressure Not really
  • not being caught up in material possessions and status Wrong
  • being calm in a crisis Absolutely

What's Hard About Being a Five

  • being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world Nah
  • feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all Who feels good that isn't a megalomaniac?
  • being pressured to be with people when I don't want to be I don't get pressured into things
  • watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence or technical skill, do better professionally Who likes this?

Fives as Children Often

  • spend a lot of time alone reading, making collections, and so on Wrong wrong wrong
  • have a few special friends rather than many Wrong
  • are very bright and curious and do well in school True
  • have independent minds and often question their parents and teachers Wrong
  • watch events from a detached point of view, gathering information Sure
  • assume a poker face in order not to look afraid Yeah
  • are sensitive; avoid interpersonal conflict Eh
  • feel intruded upon and controlled and/or ignored and neglected Nope

Fives as Parents

  • are often kind, perceptive, and devoted Just a parent
  • are sometimes authoritarian and demanding yeah, much to the ire of my wife
  • may expect more intellectual achievement than is developmentally appropriate Again, right on, pisses off wife
  • may be intolerant of their children expressing strong emotions Same as last two

The "Slashchick" Test, I'm a type 7 (prolly level 4 or 5)

To be honest, I'm somewhere in between...

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  • Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity.

    Who doesn't?

    Maybe someone who's not a five?
  • For some reason I have a hard time with these tests; I think I sometimes try to answer how I would like to be, rather than how I really am, plus my ability to self-deceive is pretty high. Wait, is self-deceiver one of the categories? :-)
  • Maybe I'll actually sit down and rate the responses like you did. I generally just don't care about these sort of things. To be honest, I looked at the two questions and thought that just about every option applied to me in some way.

    It's real hard for me to get interested in things like this.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"