16.Oct.2008 NPR, my love
This first NPR clip relates to my previous post about personality tests, but I found both interesting, although they don’t discuss the Enneagram. P.S. http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/ is better site to look at than the one I linked to previously.
More and more hiring decisions are made with the help of personality tests. Employers, and even courts, increasingly use them. But critics say they don’t work. We discuss whether personality tests pass the test. Guest Annie Murphy Paul, author of The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests are Leading Us to Miseducate our Children, Mismanage our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves.
Daniel Goleman, author of the book Social Intelligence, explains why human beings are hard-wired to connect, and how those connections can actually change our biology.
13.Oct.2008 There is nothing exceptional about me.
The most accurate personality assessment I’ve ever taken is the Enneagram. I remember the first time I half heartedly took “another personality test” and read the description of my type, #4. I felt embarrassed. I have never found something that so closely describes my personality. Thwarted! Doh! My innermost fears and tactics exposed!
Ahh, the illusion of self: the personality. A collection of conditioned reactions and thoughts. Its liberating to know its just another pattern. To recognize. To break. To survive.
Really I could go on and on about how my interpersonal skills have improved and the many revelations I’ve had about my life thanks to the insight the enneagram has provided. But I’d rather just do a bit of peacocking and paste the following snippet:
You want to be gifted, intuitive, original and unique. More importantly, you want to be passionate, true to your feelings and uniquely authentic. You see yourself as sensitive, expressive and spiritual. You would like others to see you as idealistic, emotionally deep and compassionate. Your idealized image is that you are accomplished and special.