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Type 1. Reformer

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Palmer
E-gram
E-gram  in Love & Work
Pocket E-gram
Riso and Hudson
Understanding E-gram
Discovering Your Type
E-gram Transform.
Baron & Wagele
E-gram Made Easy
Are You My Type?
Keyes
Emotions and E-gram
Hurley & Dobson
What’s My Type?
Callahan
E-gram for Youth
Naranjo
E-Type Structures
Excerpts from Enneagram Books
   Palmer - The Enneagram
 

Point One: The Perfectionist

The preoccupations of Point One include:

  • Internal standards of correctness that can become puritanically demanding. Stream of self-criticizing thoughts.
  • A compulsive need to act on what seems to be correct.
  • Doing the right thing.
  • A belief in their own ethical and moral superiority. The better people. The top 10 percent, who do things right.
  • Difficulty in recognizing real needs that do not conform to standards of correctness.
  • Mentally comparing oneself to others, "Am I better or worse than they are?" Concern about criticism from others, "Are they judging me?"
  • Procrastination in decision making, stemming from the fear of making a mistake.
  • Do-gooder. Displacement of the anger generated by unmet needs toward what appear to be legitimate outside targets.
  • The emergence of two selves: the worried self, who lives at home, and the playful self, who comes out away from home.
  • A way of paying attention that is based on correcting error, which can lead to
    • Superb powers of criticism, and
    • A background awareness of the potential for perfection in any given situation, against which, by comparison, error stands out as the foreground perception. "Think how perfect it could be."

Helen Palmer

The Enneagram:
Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life
Harper & Row, 1988, 392 pages

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