What’s obvious; what’s not | Type 1
Sometimes stating the obvious can be a good reminder about each Enneagram type; sometimes we forget what is most apparent. There are also aspects of each type that are not-as-obvious, yet quite intriguing. This 9-part blog series, one for each Enneagram type, reviews three central and obvious aspects of each Enneagram type. You can also use the YouTube link below to hear and see three non-obvious features of this type.
Ones continuously compare what is with what should be, becoming frustrated when reality and their vision of the ideal are not aligned. Their standards are lofty and unrelenting, and they believe it is their responsibility to get things right. Although almost all Ones agree that perfectionism is one of their key drivers, not all Ones think of themselves as perfectionists. In this sense, they don’t necessarily believe they are perfect (yet!) and may never be so.
A right way
Ones believe there is a right way to do just about everything, even if the right way is not immediately clear to them. However, in those rare cases where the right answer or path isn’t clear, it doesn’t take long for them to place their stake in the ground regarding what is correct and how to get something done.
The mental habit or fixation for Ones is resentment, the continuous paying of attention to flaws so that nothing is ever good enough, while their emotional habit or passion is anger, feelings of chronic dissatisfaction with how things are. In addition, Ones are formed in the Body Center of Intelligence, making them one of three types where anger is their formative emotion. In this tri-part way, Ones are infused with anger or its derivatives from multiple sides. However, because they perceive displays of anger as an imperfect way to be, they control its direct expression and describe themselves as frustrated, irritated or upset instead.
Self-critic of a particular kind | Did you know that the One’s self-critic has a unique function, somatic location and more.
Body versus mind | Do you know why Ones can mistake themselves for being a Head Center type rather than a Body Center type?
Delight | Have you ever been around a One who is in pure delight?
Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of seven Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | firstname.lastname@example.org