(http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/descript.asp#.Uout4eKKJYA) Good to know they added cartoons...
- Basic Fear: Of loss and separation
- Basic Desire: To have inner stability "peace of mind"
- Enneagram Nine with an Eight-Wing: "The Referee"
- Enneagram Nine with a One-Wing: "The Dreamer"
Type Nine: The Peacemaker
The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually grounded, supportive, and often creative, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent and emotionally distant, simplifying problems and ignoring anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness.
At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts
Inertia = Laziness and linearity (I had to look it up on Wikipedia)
Basically #9 leans towards the Aquarius/Pisces personality type, which I've long had tendencies towards.
You know what's weird though, they also listed a bunch of famous people who supposedly fit this personality type. So I went down the list to verify what kinds they were in Zodiac terms.
So middle-to-older aged souls in general. Responsible, quiet, composed, creative, complacent. Way to lump them all together.
-Ok I'm with them so far. Spiritually-oriented people, yes.
"Ironically, for a type so oriented to the spiritual world, Nine is the center of the Instinctive Center, and is the type that is potentially most grounded in the physical world and in their own bodies. The contradiction is resolved when we realize that Nines are either in touch with their instinctive qualities and have tremendous elemental power and personal magnetism, or they are cut off from their instinctual strengths and can be disengaged and remote, even lightweight."
-Ummmmz no. In fact I'd say that most of the "celebrities" listed were not physically in place either. Not grounded in body at all. Gawkward. I can perceive physical sensation well, but I am NOT a physical person in general. And why is it unusual for them to be Instinctual AND Spiritual? Instinct and Intuition run in the same vein. Instinct is a natural impulse towards the surrounding environment. Intuition is the perception of the spiritual environment. Both tend to overlap.
"To compensate for being out of touch with their instinctual energies, Nines also retreat into their minds and their emotional fantasies. (This is why Nines can sometimes misidentify themselves as Fives and Sevens, “head types,” or as Twos and Fours, “feeling types.”) Furthermore, when their instinctive energies are out of balance, Nines use these very energies against themselves, damming up their own power so that everything in their psyches becomes static and inert. When their energy is not used, it stagnates like a spring-fed lake that becomes so full that its own weight dams up the springs that feed it. When Nines are in balance with their Instinctive Center and its energy, however, they are like a great river, carrying everything along with it effortlessly."
-Yes I would agree with this assessment. Being too stuck in your mind/emotions weighs you down. Letting thoughts go can lead to fluidity, creativity. Water signs in general are masters at this.
"We have sometimes called the Nine the crown of the Enneagram because it is at the top of the symbol and because it seems to include the whole of it. Nines can have the strength of Eights, the sense of fun and adventure of Sevens, the dutifulness of Sixes, the intellectualism of Fives, the creativity of Fours, the attractiveness of Threes, the generosity of Twos, and the idealism of Ones. However, what they generally do not have is a sense of really inhabiting themselves—a strong sense of their own identity."
-My number by birth (February 27th) is "9" -which is often the sum of it's parts and includes other numbers within it. 9x3= 27 (2 +7 = 9)... Basically it means you see yourself in others, identify well with others on an empathetic level, are open/accepting/non-judgmental. I have a good sense of myself though -it's just that "Me" is multidimensional and versatile.
"Ironically, therefore, the only type the Nine is not like is the Nine itself. Being a separate self, an individual who must assert herself against others, is terrifying to Nines. They would rather melt into someone else or quietly follow their idyllic daydreams."
-Self-assertion is not one of my stronger suites. It's easier to go with the flow and blend in with others. But if pushed to, a backbone can be gained. A line in the sand of self distinction. Especially if people push you around enough times and you finally figure out who you are.
"Nines demonstrate the universal temptation to ignore the disturbing aspects of life and to seek some degree of peace and comfort by “numbing out.” They respond to pain and suffering by attempting to live in a state of premature peacefulness, whether it is in a state of false spiritual attainment, or in more gross denial. More than any other type, Nines demonstrate the tendency to run away from the paradoxes and tensions of life by attempting to transcend them or be seeking find simple and painless solutions to their problems."
-I AM a problem-solver. That instinct is there. However I acknowledge the BAD in life as well. It hurts and pains deeply as compassion tends to. Seeking faith allows you to eventually make peace with it. TRUTH is sought above all else -even when the truth is ugly and uncomfortable. I handle paradoxes well. My mind is pretty expansive.
"If Nines see the silver lining in every cloud as a way of protecting themselves from the cold and rain, other types have their distorting viewpoints, too. For example, Fours focus on their own woundedness and victimization, Ones on what is wrong with how things are, and so forth. By contrast, Nines tend to focus on the “bright side of life” so that their peace of mind will not be shaken. But rather than deny the dark side of life, what Nines must understand is that all of the perspectives presented by the other types are true, too. Nines must resist the urge to escape into “premature Buddhahood” or the “white light” of the Divine and away from the mundane world. They must remember that “the only way out is through.”
-I've always had a tendency to see the good in things. For instance I couldn't find the entrance to a building I was trying to get in and ended up walking around the entire building itself. When I finally found the entrance I thought, "Well that was frustrating. But at least I got a walk out of it..." Dissatisfaction often comes from presumptions that life will be perfect. If you want to make peace with life at some point you have to accept that life can be disappointing. Otherwise you'll constantly be let down by your own expectations. Hippies tend to piss me of from time to time with their overly-idyllic, illogical notions.