Posted by pork (22.214.171.124) on March 10, 2003 at 06:58:00:
In Reply to: This stuff is too defined posted by ms_split (126.96.36.199) on March 07, 2003 at 23:06:48:
If you're experiencing career (or pre-career education) indecision, take a vocational interest or aptitude test.
Say you decide you're a Three. The most suitable career advice, assuming you want to reinforce and not challenge your Three-ish ego fixation, is to avoid a career that offers little or no opportunity for the external validation of your externally favorable image - i.e., personal recognition and prestige. That's like telling an acrophobe not to work at the top floor of the Sears Tower. Most people don't need an Enneagram test to tell them how to make decisions based on their ego compulsions. Most people do that just fine on their own, even if only subconsciously. In other words, if you're a Three, your career choice will reinforce your Three-ish ego in some way whether you even know it or not. The most useful application of the Enneagram is to help overcome a type-based ego fixation, not to tell you how to reinforce it (again, people don't need to be told how to do that). Three-ishness is to Enneagram as acrophobia is to therapy. You don't say to a therapist "I'm an acrophobe. What career would be best for me?" By now, you should realize that this particular typology might not be the best one for your purposes. :)
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