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so much more than an amp -- and yet, not.

2.25.2006

I'm sooooo five...

found this quiz over on Blueberry's Texas Oasis blog...

It was a bit of a fretful thing: only two questions with three choices each! -- but OMG have I been nailed.

your Enneagram type is FIVE.

"I need to understand the world"

Observers have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful.

I have friends who would claim I'm not analytical and I'm much too emotional... however it should be noted I am much, much less accessible emotionally to acquaintances than I am to the handful of people I consider friends.

How to Get Along with Me

• Be independent, not clingy.
• Speak in a straightforward and brief manner.
• I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts.
• Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that I am feeling uncomfortable.
• Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity.
• If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place.
• Don't come on like a bulldozer.
• Help me to avoid my pet peeves: big parties, other people's loud music, overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy.
yep. reading this, all I can think of is my Val Serrie Award for "Being Impossible".
And if I'm irritated when I repeat things, it's because I know the person I'm dealing with is not able to hold things in their head due to their own demons and habits.
I hate having to waste my time with people who don't cherish and protect their brain cells, I just HATE it.

What I Like About Being a Five

• standing back and viewing life objectively
• coming to a thorough understanding; perceiving causes and effects
• my sense of integrity: doing what I think is right and not being influenced by social pressure
• not being caught up in material possessions and status
• being calm in a crisis
yes, all too true.

What's Hard About Being a Five

• being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world
• feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all
• being pressured to be with people when I don't want to be
• watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence or technical skill, do better professionally
lol. again, all too true.

Fives as Children Often

• spend a lot of time alone reading, making collections, and so on
• have a few special friends rather than many
• are very bright and curious and do well in school
• have independent minds and often question their parents and teachers
• watch events from a detached point of view, gathering information
• assume a poker face in order not to look afraid
• are sensitive; avoid interpersonal conflict
• feel intruded upon and controlled and/or ignored and neglected
oh my. Do tell. And who was following me around with a notebook all those wretched years??

Not that parenthood is an option -- and to tell the truth, I wouldn't want a parent like me, anyway...
Fives as Parents

• are often kind, perceptive, and devoted
• are sometimes authoritarian and demanding
• may expect more intellectual achievement than is developmentally appropriate
• may be intolerant of their children expressing strong emotions
hmmm in other words -- get a cat, Lilly. *-)

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