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Posted by pork ( on March 25, 2003 at 16:38:38:

In Reply to: Re: Any advice from a 5? posted by Josie ( on March 25, 2003 at 14:30:52:


I am not a Five either, though I've known and befriended several Fives, and have had to deal with their quirks, so my suggestion is from experience, in a way. It's vague, but having studied the Enneagram for several years, too, I've grown wary of overgeneralizing and investing too much in the system. I really feel that, when looking for "tips" on how to get along with such-and-such a type, it's best to stick as closely as possible to negotiating their primary ego defenses or "basic fears," which, needless to say, are no secret. I'm sure you've seen type-based advice succeed in spades, but if you're presumably doing well in the area of not exacerbating someone's ego defenses, and problems remain, it might be an individual issue - "beyond type," in the words of a fellow poster here. Still, I hope some of the Fives here offer their commentary, and it would be interesting to see what they have to say. You might not want to expect too much; these 9types boards are not as active as they used to be. :)


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