Posted by pork (126.96.36.199) on March 12, 2003 at 06:54:06:
In Reply to: Re: a much-needed clarification about what i wrote.... posted by ms_split (188.8.131.52) on March 11, 2003 at 17:16:22:
The Enneagram "overlaps considerably with modern psychology" (Condon). Its history and bibiography span several decades. I'm sorry for assuming too much about how familiar you are with it, but if, by chance, your main experience with the system is through a few makeshift tests and type descriptions on the Internet, not to mention chatting on-line with people who think they can map your self-described behavior on the Enneagram (sounds "too clever by half" to me), you should know it's not. Some "pop" versions of the typology are not only oversimplified, can also be downright misleading.
The system does have some long-recognized vocational uses, but not exactly career guidance so much as performance improvement via self-overcoming.
> I did some some vocational tests off the net before
You get what you pay for. Take a professional, certified one. There's at least one well-renowned vocational interest test that has proven reliable, was developed on the basis of empirical study, and is fairly up to date. I forget the name of the test. Ask a psychology teacher.
PS - Further clarification about "the Enneagram of job hunting": my comment that it "has nothing to do with what jobs you will perform well" was slightly off the mark, and thus misleading. Choosing a job commensurate with the nature of your type probably *will* reduce your mental stress, and thus might help you, but that alone won't guarantee that you'll do the job *well*, or that you'll be satisfied with it.
As for Fives being apt inventors, and Eights being apt leaders? Sometimes yes, sometimes, no. It doesn't always work that way.
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