Friday, March 29, 2013

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Most of the information I gleaned for the personality type matching came from five sources. If you're interested in learning more about the Enneagram, there are dozens of books on the subject. 

For the sake of pairing up the subtypes, my information came from the following sources: 

The Enneagram Institute. Here you will find a wealth of free information. This is the site of Don Riso and Russ Hudson, who've written several wonderful books on the Enneagram, most notably, The Wisdom of the Enneagram


The Enneagram in Love & Work: Understanding your INtimate & Business Relationships by Helen Palmer. Ms. Palmer pairs up the types, showing both how they work together in business and in marriage.  


Archetypes of the Enneagram by Susan Rhodes: Exploring the Life Themes of the 27 subtypes from the perspective of soul. Ms. Rhodes talks about the genres and themes of books and movies for each of the various types. 

Here is an incredible, 34-page pdf of subtypes and film or TV shows in which they are portrayed: Subtype Film & TV Themes

Don Condon has also written several books on TV and film genres for the subtypes. 

Last but not least is Judith Searle's The Literary Enneagram: characters from the inside out. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Enneagram Subtype MATCHES: List post (A-Z Blogging Challenge 2013)

Enneagram Subtype MATCHING: 
This is how they'll be rolling out. 

A: Ambassador (Duchess Kate) Meets King (Prince William)

B: Benefactor (Gary Sinese) Meets Individualist Sevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac fame)

C: Collector (Kevin Costner) Meets Queen (Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane fame)

C: Crusader (Katharine Hepburn) Meets Take Charge (Humphrey Bogart), in The African Queen

D: Drama Queen (Nic Cage) Meets Zealot (Dr. Laura)

E: Espionage (Daniel Craig) Meets Sales(wo)man Catherine Zeta-Jones

F: Forges New Trails (Harrison Ford) Meets Benefactor (Sandra Bullock) 

G: Guardian (Bruce Springsteen) Meets Bon Vivant (Susan Sarandon)

H: Home or Castle Defender (Ralph Fiennes) Meets Drama Queen (Kate Winslet)

I: Individualist (Lady Gaga) Meets Survivalist (Russell Crowe)

J: Joins (Justin Kirk) Meets Warrior (Mary Louise Parker) or, Andy Botwin meets Nancy Botwin, in Weeds

K: King (Bill O'Reilly) Meets Yes (Wo)man (Diane Sawyer)

L: Lecturer (Dr. Gregory House) Meets Nurturer (Dolly Parton)

M: Movie Star (Marilyn Monroe Meets Lecturer (Albert Einstein)

N: Nurturer (Mia Farrow) Meets Collector (Clint Eastwood)

O: Observer, Critical (Bob Dylan) Meets BonVivant (Goldie Hawn)

P: Politician (John McCain) Meets Ambassador (Cindy McCain)

Q: Queen of Seduction (Kim Katrall) Meets Takes Charge (Dr. Phil)

R: Responsibility (Tom Selleck) Meets Forges New Trails (Laura Linney)

S: Salesman (Jude Law) Meets Movie Star (Demi Moore)

S: Survivalist (Russell Crowe) Meets Survivalist (Gloria Allred)

T: Takes Charge (Michael Douglas) Meets Espionage (Madeline Stowe)

U: Utopian Visionary (Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon) Meets Nurturer (Paula Abdul)

V: Vivant, bon (Bon Vivant) (Cher) Meets King (Sean Hannity)

W: Warrior (Julia Roberts) Meets Takes Charge (Sean Penn)

X: (No Instinctual Subtype for the letter X)

Y: Yes Man (Ben Affleck) Meets Responsibility (wife Jennifer Garner)

Z: Zealot (Ann Coulter) Meets Salesman (George Clooney)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The 27 Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes: A to Z blogging challenge 2013

My posts from 2011 are listed below. This year, as I've mentioned several times, I'll be matching them up with each other to see whether a relationship between them sizzles or fizzles. 

I've also added more introductory information to each type, further defining their personalities. But what's most exciting (besides seeing how they bond) is the addition of the genres and themes of movies and books in which you find the particular styles

A to Z posts 2011. Swing through these now, or wait until you start reading the 2013 posts. Each of the 2013 posts links back to the types featured in the posts.   

Ambassador: Style 2, Social Subtype

Benefactor, Community or One Happy Family: Style 9, Social Subtype

Collector: Style 9, Self-Preservation Subtype

Crusader: Style 1, Social Subtype

Drama Queen: Style 4, Intimate Subtype

Espionage, or Secret Agent: Style 5, Intimate Subtype

Forges New Trails, or Trailblazer: Style 1, Self-Preservation Subtype

Guardian, Social: Corresponds to Style 6, Social Subtype

Home (or Castle) Defender: Style 5, Self-Preservation Subtype

Individualist, Creative: Style 4, Self-Preservation Subtype

Joins (Seeks to Merge): Style 9, Intimate Subtype

King in his Realm: Style 8, Social Subtype

Lecturer (aka Professor): Style 5, Social Subtype

Movie Star: Style 3, Intimate Subtype

Nurturer: Style 2, Self-Preservation Subtype

Observer (or Critical Commentator): Style 4, Social Subtype

Politician: Style 3, Social Subtype

Queen (of Seduction): Style 2, Intimate Subtype

Responsibility (or Duty): Style 6, Self-Preservation Subtype

Survivalist: Style 8, Self-Preservation Subtype

Salesman: Style 7, Intimate Subtype

Takes Charge (like a Dictator): Style 8, Intimate Subtype

Utopian Visionary: Style 7, Social Subtype

Vivant, bon: Style 7, Self-Preservation Subtype

Warrior (Strength or Beauty): Style 6, Intimate Subtype (Counterphobic Six)

X .... for Xenophile, not an enneagram style or subtype ... I hope you're Xenophilic, rather than Xenophobic!

Yes (man or woman): Style 3, Self-Preservation Subtype

Zealot: Style 1, Intimate Subtype

Tomorrow, I'll be posting my Matches. WooHoo! Let the fun begin. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Introduction to Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes (A-Z blog challenge 2013)

What are Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes?

The Instinctual Subtypes are the drivers beneath our personality style that further refine our focus of attention--what we think, how we feel, and how we react to a stimulus. There are three overarching instincts, centers of intelligence, or drivers. 

The drivers are known as Self-Preservation, Social, and Intimate (otherwise known as One-to-One or Sexual in Enneagram literature). We have a distinct preference for one of the primary drives, which exerts significant influence on how we express our type. 

If the Self-Preservation instinct is your primary drive, your focus is on material security, which includes food, shelter, warmth and family. If you attended a party, you'd probably spend your time near the food table. You'd be very aware of the temperature of the room, its smells, its sounds, and things like that.  

If the Intimate (or otherwise known as One-to-One or Sexual) instinct is your primary drive, you seek to bond with one person, your mate, or one or two close friends. If you attended a party, you'd be looking for either your spouse, or if you're unattached, that one special person who could add sizzle to your life. Or at least to your experiences at the party. 

If the Social instinct is our primary drive, you feel the need to belong, and to be a member of groups that extend beyond family into the community. If you attended a party, you'd key into what's happening socially--who's talking with whom; who's the most powerful person in the room--things like that. 

It's said that people of the same instinctual subtype often have more in common with other Enneagram styles of the same subtype than they do the other subtypes within their own style. This sounds true to me. If I'm at a party, I'm likely to be chowing down at the food table, along with all the other Self Preservation Subtypes, rather than talking with someone who might be of the same Enneagram style as me, but who's attention is on seeking out someone to bond with . . . unless, maybe, they're attempting to bond with me!   
Since there are NINE Enneagram Styles, each with three Instinctual Subtypes, that makes a total of 27 Instinctual Subtypes, each one different from the others. 

Last year, I wrote about the subtypes individually. I took my information from the following sources. (Need to credit my sources!)

Clarence Thompson, Enneagram Central
David Daniels, Enneagram Worldwide
Peter O'Hanrahan EnneagramWork
Beatrice Chestnut, guest blogger at The Enneagram in Business

Tomorrow, I'll put up a chart of the names I've given each of the Enneagram Types, along with their Instinctual Subtypes. If you want to read last year's posts, that's a good place to start for a basic knowledge of each Subtype before we get into the super fun part--matching them up! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Brief Introduction to the Enneagram: Pre-Introduction to my A-Z Challenge Theme

For the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2013, I'll be matching up the personality types of famous people to see if a pairing might sparkle or fizzle. It's going to be great fun, but before I do that, you might want to know more about Enneagram personality typing, so here's a very brief overview. I've taken my original write-up from 2011 and changed it slightly. Here it is,  with some modifications: 

For many years, I’ve been a student of the Enneagram, a personality typing system. If you’re familiar with Myers-Briggs, it’s a little like that, except I find using the Enneagram to be better in terms of understanding myself, others, and for understanding how to create characters. If you’re interested in determining your own Enneagram style, there are various online tests. Each type has good traits, bad traits, and downright ugly traits. Each type also has a potential for greatness, a particular gift that your type best bestows upon the world. 

You might be thinking that the purpose of knowing your style is to become a better example of your style, but that isn't why we study the Enneagram. We all have ALL styles within us, but 99% of the time, we express only our own type. You probably know that a definition of insanity is trying to solve a problem the same way, time after time, and getting the same result? Well that’s what we do. We use habitual reaction styles—and get the same results. It’s a recipe for self-defeat. 

A sound knowledge of our own reactions, known as self-awareness—which is gained through intense scrutiny of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors—gives us a baseline for change. From there, if we thoroughly understand other Enneagram styles, we can step out of our paradigm, or box, and choose a behavior from one of the other styles that serves us better in a given situation. That’s known as transcendence, transformation, or simply character growth. 

We all focus on different things in the environment, and use different means to try to gain control, depending on our Enneagram style. Nor is everyone the same within a style. An Enneagram style is like a nationality, and indeed, countries have Enneagram personality styles. Examples: Switzerland is Style 1; America is Style 3; France is Style 4; England is Style 5; Hawaii (a state, not a country!) is Style 9. 

The Enneagram sorts personality into Nine basic styles. Each style of relating is quite different from the others. Briefly stated, if you fall into the HEART triad, Numbers 2,3,4, you're ruled by your feelings, which cause you to have trouble with identity, or knowing who you really are. 

If you're in the HEAD triad, Numbers 5,6,7, you tend to think too much, thus live in your head. You have underlying issues with fear, which frequently prevents you from living fully in the day-to-day world, doing the things you need to do.

If you're in the BODY, or GUT triad, you're a do-er, but you have underlying issues with anger. 

Each type also has two wings, which are the styles on either side of your number, and also a stress point and an integration point. These things also help to create the lens through which you view the world, how you react to stimuli, and who you are. There's much to say about wings, stress and integration points, but that's a project for another time. Maybe next year's A-Z challenge. 

Finally, each type falls into one of three Instinctual Subtypes.

It’s the 27 Instinctual Subtypes that I’ll focus on in the challenge, matching them against a different Instinctual Subtype to see the type of relationship the pairing might produce 
Tomorrow, I’ll give a general introduction to the Instinctual Subtypes.   

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Next Big Thing

I've been tagged by my dear friend Sharon Himsl to be one of the Next Big Thing Blog Hop writers/authors. 

This traveling blog started in Australia. Each author answers ten questions about his or her work in progress and "tags" from one to five others to be The Next Big Thing. Many thanks to Sharon for inviting me to participate.

What is the working title of your book? 


Where did the idea come from for the book? 

The idea of two people pretending to be lovers on stage, and then actually falling in love with each other--but, for their own reasons, not wanting to admit it to themselves or the other--poked around in my head for many years. 

From this kernel, the QUEEN OF HAPPY greatly evolved and expanded. Initially, I had envisioned adults playing the roles--a bookish hero (maybe a history professor), and a busybody (maybe bakery owning) heroine in a sweet, small town romance. 

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Young Adult romance. 

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, this is fun! Broadway aspiring teen actress and protagonist Crystal Kingsley would look like either of the following actresses: 

Reece Witherspoon

Her love interest, student director and mysterious Chad O'Rourke, would look a lot like Jake Gyllenhaal, although his inner image, being that he was badly scarred after being burned as a child, and does his best to keep his body covered at all times, might be more like Edward Scissorhands: 

Jake Gyllenhaal 

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands

Chad's rival for Crystal's affections, Tim Strickler, would look like charmer Jude Law. 

Crystal's best friend, Beth Kaplan, would look like Meg Tilly. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A Broadway aspiring teen actress who’s sworn off love meets the mysterious and irresistible student director of her new high school’s theater production, threatening all of her plans. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I hope to find an agent and to work with a traditional publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

I'm going to pretend I didn't see this question. It took way too long.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The closest comparisons are Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow or E. Lockhart's Dramarama. It also has elements of Beauty and the Beast, a popular hook in numerous YA novels, including Alex Flinn’s Beastly.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Besides the teen romance, readers who enjoy Glee, High School Musical, or books with the theater as a setting would enjoy the QUEEN OF HAPPY. 

Or especially if they love West Side Story, which is the play that is portrayed in my story. 

The writers I am tagging are: 

Stephanie Scott and Kenda Turner. It's their choice whether they want to participate, but I hope they will ... 

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