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Type 1. Reformer

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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?
Emotions and E-gram
Hurley & Dobson
What’s My Type?
E-gram for Youth
E-Type Structures
Excerpts from Enneagram Books
   Palmer - The Pocket Enneagram

Point One: The Perfectionist

The world is an imperfect place. I work toward improvement.

What helps Perfectionists

  • Notice when compulsive thinking or doing takes over. Schedule free time so that real priorities can surface.
  • Question severe internal standards. Question the rules. Settle for adequacy rather than insisting on perfection.
  • Avoid turning insight into self-attack, "How could I have been so wrong?"
  • Get a reality check. When it seems that others are silently judging, check this out with the people involved.
  • Get factual information to eliminate unnecessary worry.
  • Notice when One-Right-Way thinking limits options and fair compromises.
  • Learn to pay attention to the merit of other value systems.
  • Focus on forgiveness:"That was then and this is now."
  • Learn to request and receive pleasure.
  • Question the difference between "should" statements and "want" statements.
  • Use resentful feelings ("It's not fair," "They're getting away with something") as a clue to what is desirable.
  • Recognize your own anger signals: putting on a happy face while feeling inwardly angry; polite words in a critically sharp voice; a smile and a rigid body.
  • Weekends away. A One away from home can relax.

Helen Palmer

The Pocket Enneagram:
Understanding the 9 Types of People
Harper & Row, 1988, 90 pages

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