Enneagram and Spirituality Type 7
Overview and Summary • Enneagram is a test that is taken in order to find out what type of person you are. You answer various questions and get some results as to why you are the way you are! Great, right? For spirituality, this can be extremely important. Your results can tell you your main motivations, some that you don’t even know. You can apply your strengths in other areas to help your spirituality flourish. It can also tell you your weaknesses or certain problems your type can have. This is good because then you can improve upon them.
Advice to the Type 7 For Personal Growth • “Recognize your impulsiveness, and get in the habit of observing your impulses rather than giving in to them.” • “Learn to listen to other people. They are often interesting, and you may learn things that will open new doors for you. Also learn to appreciate silence and solitude” • “You do not have to have everything this very moment.” • “Always choose quality over quantity, especially in your experiences.” • “Make sure that what you want will really be good for you in the long run. As the saying goes, watch what you pray for since your prayers may be answered.”
Type 7…The Enthusiast • “Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous” • A type 7 can use their optimism and versatility to take a more positive look on God’s plans. For example, when bad things are happening, a seven may not ask “why me?”, but perhaps be more willing to accept what is going on and know it is for the best. • “…they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over- extended, scattered, and undisciplined.” • This means that they are more likely to become restless and impatient with God and His plans. They are less likely to keep a routine with their spirituality. Knowing this, a seven can remind themselves to be more patient and to focus on keeping their spiritual routine, as long as they recognize it.
The Enthusiast cont. • Sevens’ basic fear is of pain and of being deprived of a certain thing, which makes them look for the best experiences all the time. • Sevens’ basic desire is simply to be satisfied and their needs fulfilled, this could explain why they are often restless and impatient. • When stressed, unhealthy sevens become scattered and more critical. • When healthy, however, sevens become more focused and fascinated by life.
The Enneagram in Catholic debate: Use it! Avoid it! • “I teach the Enneagram from a spiritual point of view,”Quintrell said. “The Enneagram has pre-Christian as well as Christian roots.”She claims that “you can trace the Enneagram to the Desert Mothers and Fathers,”citing the work of Father Richard Rohr to back up this statement. Quintrell described the nine personality types included in the Enneagram as reflecting the divine character. She asserts that she Christianizes the Enneagram, saying it reflects people in God’s image as well as acknowledging their brokenness • Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami explained Catholic teaching on the Enneagram and related subjects in an online column titled,“New Age is Old Gnosticism.” He wrote that the Enneagram is a“pseudo-psychological exercise supposedly based on Eastern mysticism, [which] introduces ambiguity into the doctrine and life of the Christian faith and therefore cannot be happily used to promote growth in an authentic Christian spirituality.” http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/994/a_dangerous_practice.aspx