Friday, May 29, 2009

Fictional Types - Sex and the City



I've recently finished watching the whole Sex and the City series and I found it quite enjoyable, not only because of the humour and good story line but also thanks to the main characters that were consistent, intelligently thought-out and allowed for an accurate typing in both the Enneagram and Myers Briggs typologies. However the men in the show are unfortunately exessively similar in their personality types as you will see.

Here are the character's types according to my own analysis:

Carrie Bradshaw is a 6w7 and also an ENFP. She's very warm, concerned for and loyal to her friends but also a bit jumpy and nervous. There is a palpable anxiety about her - she's always asking questions and fretting about her love life and her social theories. Carrie is also funny in a somewhat self-deprecating way and tends to appear as unsure of herself and clumsy, but also intellectually witty and surpsingly insightful. She's always consulting her friends before she makes most decisions and has issues on dependency/independency matters - needs a lot of support but doesn't want to be suffocated (has panic attacks over marriage but still clings to the relationships). Her love for expensive shoes, fancy restaurants and clubs indicate a strong 7 wing.

Samantha Jones is a 7w8 and an ESTP. She's mainly interested in having fun and entertains herself with her own sexuality and excessive explorations of it. She tends to overdo things (and men) and is a complete epicurean and hedonist, ignoring and dismissing the painful side of life and love and focusing solely on the pleasure that she's after. Samantha loves variety and change and is afraid of losing her freedom by settling with a safer lifestyle. She's also concerned with power issues (the 8 wing), but she's willing to give up a bit of her power in order to obtain more enjoyment.

Miranda Hobbes is 1w2 and INTJ. She mostly denies her feelings and softer side, but it's obvious to everyone else but her that she has them. She's very orderly and rigorous, a devoted rule-follower and a reliable friend and employee. Very concerned with her own principles, she becomes quite inflexible and has trouble with giving in to her instincts and wilder side. Her repressed anger also adds to her tension and rigity, making it difficult for her to empathise and accept other viewpoints. She's skeptical and cynical but ultimately also an idealist, finally learning to help people and give them direction and unconditional love.

Charlotte York is a tougher one to type. For now I'd go with 3w2 and ESFJ. She's driven to achieve the perfect love and the perfect marriage and is completely focused on superficial values like a man's financial situation and social prestige. She atracts by trying to figure out what men would value in a woman in order to want marriage with her and acts that way, while at the same time ignores and dismisses her own feelings in the process. Although mainly concerned with the perfect love, she lacks in altruism and is actually very selfish and goal-oriented. She's very concerned with image and wants to appear refined, respectable and feminine - in other words perfect for marriage with a perfect man. In the end Charlotte manages to psychologically evolve - she looks behind the appearances and falls in love with someone that can satisfy her deeper needs.

Mr.Big is a 9 with balanced wings and probably INTP. He won't seriously involve himself in anything and is generally concerned with comfort and maintaining a balanced, easy-going detachment. Has a calm powerful presence - he's hard not to notice. He also loves the good life and the lack of responsibility. Disengaged, peaceful, unconcerned and somewehat adventurous and unpredictable.

Aidan Shaw is a 9w1 and ISFP. Relaxed, pleasant, a bit boring and plain. However he does have a self-righteous streak and a certain rigidity about him. Seems open and flexible but he's really fairly stubborn and intolerant.

Trey McDougal is probably a 9w1 and ISTJ. Lacks in personality and is overly submissive to his mother's overwhelming presence.

Aleksandr Petrovsky is probably 3w4 and INTJ. He has a colder, self-centered, career-oriented personality and tends to appear as refined, sensitive and special at first sight. He's very concerned with other people's opinion of his work and aims to impress Carrie by showing her a romantic side that doesn't truly characterize him. Once he obtains social validation, he forgets about her.

Steve Brady is a 9w8 and a ESFP. He's optimistic, trusting, easy to get along with and overall a nice guy. He's unstructured and relaxed, with relatively low expectations out of life. Accepting and tolerant, at times he will tend to emotionally react to events and is not as calm and undisturbed as the other 9s in the show (8 wing).

Harry Goldenblatt is probably a 9w8 and ENTP. Also accepting and tolerant, playful and understanding. A nice guy. Is relaxed and supportive, while at times can boldly go for what he wants (wing 8).

Smith Jerrod is most likely a 9w8 as well and an ISFP. Samantha directs him and he's there for the ride - he's a bit disengaged with his career and whatever else is going on in his life, apart from his relationship with Samantha of course. He's accepting and nice and doesn't mind that other people decide for him, but he will be there for his girlfriend in a more assertive way.

Stanford Blatch is probably a 9w1 and INFP. Relaxed, accepting, sweet, almost never takes offense over anything and is a pleasant individual alltogether. Is a warm friend and has a knack for colorful flowery clothes. Can get rigid and intolerant at times (he dumped his boyfriend because he used to be an escort in the past), but generally he will be optimistic and forgiving.




Sunday, May 24, 2009

Enneagram Misidentifications - Type 7


In this article, I will try to clear up some of the differences between Enneagram Type Seven and the rest of the Enneagram types respectively. The comparison tables will be subject to modifications and additions as more information reveals itself.

I hope it will be a useful tool for people who have trouble mistyping or aren't sure of their type - I'm one of them too.

7 and 1

Mistyping frequency: very rarely (unhealthy 7s mistype as 1s).

Seven
Optimistic
Spontaneous
Nonchalant
Intuit their purpose
Scattered
Easily distracted
Very open-minded
Play
Want changes
Childlike
Fun
Spendthrift
Uninhibited
One
Pessimistic
Planned
Self-conscious
Know their purpose
Methodical
Diligent
Rather close-minded
Work
Dislike changes
Mature
Duty
Frugal
Restrained



7 and 2


Mistyping frequency: often (usually 7s mistype as 2s)

Seven
Emotionally volatile
Seek adventure
Focus on enjoyment
Helps self
Want freedom
Detached
Cerebral
Let go
Want company
Activities
Can be caustic
Forgets promises
Abrasive humour
Two
Emotionally stable
Seek intimacy
Focus on people
Helps others
Want merging
Possessive
Sentimental
Clingy
Want closeness
Relationships
Considerate
Keeps promises
Kind humour


7 and 3


Mistyping frequency: often (they’re both assertive types).

Seven
Focus on enjoyment
Have fun
Freedom
Inflated plans & desires
Maniacal
Impulsive
Scattered
Bubbly
Rather ill-mannered
Outspoken
Rough-edged
Playful
Gluttonous
Three
Focus on competition
Be admired
Success
Inflated self-worth
Arrogant
Self-controlled
Focused
Composed
Well-mannered
Tactful
Polished
Serious
Moderate


7 and 4


Mistyping frequency: rarely (7w6 might resemble 4w3).

Seven
Materialistic
Extroverted
Jovial
Outgoing
Insensitive
Focus on novelty
Practical
Prefer reality
Gluttonous
Fun loving
Optimistic
Flee from pain
Confident
Four
Idealistic
Introverted
Moody
Loner
Sensitive
Focus on beauty
Impractical
Prefer fantasy
Precious
Melancholic
Pessimistic
Indulge in pain
Inhibited


7 and 5


Mistyping frequency: rarely (stressed out 5s can act like 7s)

Seven
Extroverted
Outgoing
Scattered
Syntetical
Optimistic vision
Superficial
Seeks pleasure
Gregarious
Need stimulation
Generous
Expansive
Five
Introverted
Withdrawn
Focused
Analytical
Dark vision
Obsessive
Seeks knowledge
Shy
Need quiet
Stingy
Reserved


7 and 6


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (6w7 and 7w6 can resemble each other)

Seven
Optimistic
Self-confident
Forgetful
Reject guidelines
Ignore authority
Flighty
Upbeat
Freedom
Diverting
Six
Pessimistic
Self-doubting
Responsible
Seek guidelines
Aware of authority
Commited
Negative
Duty
Worrying


7 and 8


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (usually 7w8 mistype as 8s)

Seven
Seek variety
Want freedom
Nervous energy
Playful
Scattered
Irresponsible
Optimist
Have fun
Egalitarian
Tolerant
Eight
Seek intensity
Want control
Physical energy
Hard-working
Focused
Conscientious
Realist
Gain power
Authoritarian
Vengeful


7 and 9


Mistyping frequency: rarely (both are optimistic types)

Seven
Extroverted
Exaggerated
Seek stimulation
Hyperactive
Euphoric
Involved
Self-centered
Assertive
Love variety
Nine
Withdrawn
Balanced
Seek peace
Passive
Contented
Unresponsive
Other-centered
Compliant
Like routine




Sunday, May 10, 2009

Enneagram Misidentifications - Type 6


In this article, I will try to clear up some of the differences between Enneagram Type Six and the rest of the Enneagram types respectively. The comparison tables will be subject to modifications and additions as more information reveals itself.

I hope it will be a useful tool for people who have trouble mistyping or aren't sure of their type - I'm one of them too.

6 and 1

Mistyping frequency: rarely (6w5 can resemble 1s).

Six
Self-doubting
Indecisive
Ambivalent
Reactive
Anxious
Suspicious of others
Temperamental
Seek security
Affliative
Looks to authority
One
Self-confident
Decisive
Certain
Contained
Angry
Indignated by others
Controlled
Seek perfection
Independent
Becomes an authority


6 and 2


Mistyping frequency: often (usually 6s mistype as 2s)

Six
Seek support
Playful and silly
Unsure
Want independence
Reactive
Ambivalent
Look to authority
Become dependent
Self-doubting
Two
Seek love
Loving and helpful
Sure of self
Need merging
Manipulative
Positive feelings
Become authority
Make others dependent
Self-assured


6 and 3


Mistyping frequency: rarely (stressed out 6s somewhat resemble 3s).

Six
Avoid the spotlight
Security
Dependable
Nervous
Endearingly awkward
Visible insecurity
Emotionally intense
Reactive
Pessimistic
Three
Want the spotlight
Success
Impressive
Composed
Admirably smooth
Confident appearance
Emotionally reserved
Cool
Optimistic


6 and 4


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (usually individualistic 6s mistype as 4s).

Six
Ambiverted
Affiliative
Performers
Relate to tradition
Politically inclined
Common values
Bonding
Seek security
Loyal & reliable
Anxiety-prone
Four
Introverted
Loners
Creators
Ignore tradition
Politically neutral
Personal truth
Reclusive
Seek ideal love
Different & sensitive
Fantasy-prone


6 and 5


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (6w5 and sp 5s tend to resemble each other)

Six
Relate to tradition
Consider rules
Linear thinking
Establish methods
Practical
Doubt their minds
Reactive
Affiliative
Seek security
Paranoid
Engaged
Group-oriented
Five
Eccentric
Ignore rules
Non-linear thinking
Contest methods
Impractical
Trust their minds
Aloof
Independent
Seek knowledge
Schizoid
Detached
Individualist


6 and 7


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (6w7 and 7w6 can resemble each other)

Six
Pessimistic
Self-doubting
Responsible
Seek guidelines
Aware of authority
Commited
Negative
Duty
Worrying
Seven
Optimistic
Self-confident
Forgetful
Reject guidelines
Ignore authority
Flighty
Upbeat
Freedom
Diverting


6 and 8


Mistyping frequency: sometimes (usually couterphobic 6s think they are 8s)

Six
Reactive
Anxious
Unsure
Ambivalent
Self-doubting
Need protection
Feel pressured
Irrational outbreaks
Contradictory
Give in
Volatile
Hesitant
Eight
Strategic
Powerful
Willful
Certain
Self-assured
Offer protection
Pressure others
Lucid anger
Consistent
Resist
Grounded
Forceful


6 and 9


Mistyping frequency: often (stressed out 9s can resemble 6s)

Six
Suspicious
Agitated
Worrying
Magnify problems
Vent feelings
React
Intolerant
Negative
Engaged
Complicated
Irritable
Nine
Trusting
Easy-going
Unperturbed
Ignore problems
Hide feelings
Withdraw
Accepting
Positive
Disengaged
Uncomplicated
Serene




Friday, May 1, 2009

Jung Test - Type Evaluator


This is a Jungian types test developed by Lenore Thomson and Aryeh Maidenbaum. Jungian types are similar in theory to the Myers Briggs types.

Note that the Myers-Briggs® type can only be achieved by taking the authentic Myers-Briggs Instrument®.

Just like with the previous Enneagram test, grab a piece of paper and note down your answers to each question. The scoring instructions are at the end of the page.

I hope it will prove as accurate for you as it was for me.

The Jung Test

1. When you meet new people do you:

A. Talk as much as you listen
B. Listen more than you talk

2. Which statement characterizes your general approach to life?

A. Just do it
B. Check out the alternatives

3. Which do you like more about yourself:

A. Your cool-headed, logical approach
B. Your warm, understanding approach

4. Which are you better at:

A. Shifting gears when necessary
B. Focusing on one task until it's done

5. Do you prefer a social life that includes:

A. Many friends and acquaintances
B. A few people that you feel close to

6. When you're trying to understand something, do you:

A. Press for specifics
B. Get an overall picture and fill in the details later

7. Which is more interesting to you:

A. Knowing how people think
B. Knowing how people feel

8. What kind of job do you like better:

A. One that allows you to react quickly and improvise
B. One that allows you to determine goals and take steps to meet them

9. If a heavy snowfall keeps you from going to school or work, do you:

A. Wonder what you're missing
B. Enjoy the unexpected time alone


Which statement are you more likely to make:

10.
A. I'm interested in people's experience - what they do, who they know
B. I'm interested in people's plans and dreams - where they're going, what they envision

11.
A. I'm good at making a plan that will work
B. I'm good at getting others to agree with the plan and cooperate in the effort

12.
A. I may try something impulsively, just to see what happens
B. I want to know what's likely to happen before I try something

13.
A. I usually think on my feet, as I'm talking
B. I usually reflect on what I'm going to say before I say it

14.
A. I'm almost always aware of how things look
B. I may not notice much about how things look - at least not right away

15.
A. I tend to be an analytical sort, maybe a little skeptical
B. I'm interested in people and care about what happens to them

16.
A. I like to leave room for new options, even after plans have been made
B. Once plans have been made, I want to be able to count on them

17.
A. People who know me are generally aware of what's important to me
B. I don't talk about what's important to me unless I feel close to someone

18.
A. If I enjoy a particular activity I'll engage in it frequently enough to do it well
B. Once an activity is familiar to me, I want to change it or try something new

19.
A. When I'm making a decision, I weigh the pros and cons of my choices
B. When I'm making a decision, I'm interested in what others have done in similar situations

20.
A. I like to learn from experience, so I often have my own way of doing things
B. I generally learn by following instructions and adapting them to my needs

21.
A. I get restless when I'm alone too long
B. I get restless when I don't have enough time to myself

22.
A. I'm not much interested in ideas without some practical application
B. I like ideas for their own sake and enjoy playing with them in my imagination

23.
A. When I negotiate, I depend on my knowledge and tactical skills
B. When I negotiate, I establish common ground with the other person

24.
A. I need a break now and then when I'm working on something
B. I would rather not be interrupted when I'm working on something

25.
A. When I'm having a good time with others, I get energized and I keep on going
B. When I'm having a good time with others, my energy runs out and I need space

26.
A. My physical surroundings are important to me and affect how I feel
B. Atmosphere isn't all that important to me if I like what I'm doing

27.
A. People can count on me to be fair and to treat them with respect
B. People can count on me to be there when they need me


When you're on vacation, are you more likely to:

28.
A. Take things as they come, doing whatever you feel like at the moment
B. Work out a tentative schedule of what you want to do

29.
A. Spend time doing things with others
B. Take time to read or walk or daydream alone

30.
A. Return to a vacation spot you love
B. Go someplace you've never been before

31.
A. Take a work- or school-related project with you
B. Renew relationships that are important to you

32.
A. Forget about everyday routines and concentrate on having fun
B. Think about things you need to prepare for when the vacation is over

33.
A. See famous landmarks
B. Spend time in museums and quieter places

34.
A. Have a good meal at a restaurant you really enjoy
B. Explore new cuisines


Which word best describes the way you see yourself:

35. A. Levelheaded B. Idealistic
36. A. Spontaneous B. Systematic
37. A. Open  B. Reflective
38. A. Factual B. Conceptual
39. A. Knowledgeable  B. Understanding
40. A. Adaptable  B. Organized
41. A. Expansive B. Intense
42. A. Down-to-earth B. Imaginative
43. A. Questioning  B. Questing
44. A. Enthusiastic B. Deliberate
45. A. Well-rounded B. Deep
46. A. Seasoned B. Spirited
47. A. Just B. Merciful
48. A. Open-ended B. Goal-oriented
49. A. Straightforward B. Reserved
50. A. Realistic B. Visionary
51. A. Impartial B. Sensitive


Would you rather:

52.
A. Put off unpleasant chores until you're in the right mood
B. Get unpleasant chores out of the way, so they're off your mind

53.
A. Be admired for your work, even though you're not satisfied with it yourself
B. Create something of lasting worth, but remain unknown

54.
A. Have extensive experience in an area that pleases you
B. Have many options to choose from


Which slogan better captures your point of view:

55.
A. People are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument
B. Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence

56.
A. He who hesitates is lost
B. Look before you leap


Scoring & Results

Add up one point for each of your answers, in the right category. The one with more points is your preference within each scale.

If the scores are tied, you are perhaps still defining (or redefining) an aspect of your personality. You should give yourself more time (a few months or so) and then try again.

E/I Scale

Extroverted (E): 1A, 5A, 9A, 13A, 17A, 21A, 25A, 29A, 33A, 37A, 41A, 45A, 49A, 53A

Introverted (I): 1B, 5B, 9B, 13B, 17B, 21B, 25B, 29B, 33B, 37B, 41B, 45B, 49B, 53B

S/N Scale

Sensation (S): 2A, 6A, 10A, 14A, 18A, 22A, 26A, 30A, 34A, 38A, 42A, 46A, 50A, 54A

Intuition (N): 2B, 6B, 10B, 14B, 18B, 22B, 26B, 30B, 34B, 38B, 42B, 46B, 50B, 54B

T/F Scale

Thinking (T): 3A, 7A, 11A, 15A, 19A, 23A, 27A, 31A, 35A, 39A, 43A, 47A, 51A, 55A

Feeling (F): 3B, 7B, 11B, 15B, 19B, 23B, 27B, 31B, 35B, 39B, 43B, 47B, 51B, 55B

P/J Scale

Perceiving (P): 4A, 8A, 12A, 16A, 20A, 24A, 28A, 32A, 36A, 40A, 44A, 48A, 52A, 56A

Judging (J): 4B, 8B, 12B, 16B, 20B, 24B, 28B, 32B, 36B, 40B, 44B, 48B, 52B, 56B

Now write your preferences from each scale one after the other - this is your Jungian type.