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Enneagram Poems by Clover Krismayan

Type 1
In righteousness I place my soul
In morals I have faith
By justice, I'll create a world
To see all evils' death

Oh, goodness keep the spirit of mine
Away from all temptation
For I'm the standard. I'm the one
Who reaches for perfection

Type 2
Come to me, dear ones, take my hands
I'll help you with my heart
Tell me your problems. Tell your woes
And I will play my part

My aid is at your service, dears
With little price of love
I need the warmth of your smile
To lift me high above

Type 3
With successful air of my look
The world is at my feet
With mask to conceal my emotions
I'm of the best elite

There's long, long road ahead of me
That leads to stars so fair
With power, tact and influences
I'll fight my own way there

Type 4
Through beauty, I see soul's reflection
Through art, I find my spirit
I mix emotions with my passion
And have my ideas lit

It's hard to find one like me
Of this, I am certain
And that's the reason I live in
This loneliness and pain

Type 5
The world is full of wondrous knowledge
I long to learn it all
And stay forever in myself
Where thoughts will be my wall

Reality is so demanding
That I am sometimes frightened
It's why I have to be prepared
By having my skills sharpened

Type 6
I am believer who suspects
I am not what I seem
Although I'm something of a rebel
I work my best in team

With comrades, I feel so secure
Despite my sceptic air
I always work hard to ensure
That I belong somewhere

Type 7
The world is full of joy and pleasure
New experience awaits
The house of thrills welcomes me
With all its open gates

With active energy in me
I seek for all things new
Excitement, yes, that's what I care
With fun things in my view

Type 8
Obey the power of your master
Just stay inside the hole
Stay safe in my leadership
And I will take control

Don't ever dream of caging me
For I won't be enslaved
I'll fight with all of my spirit
And have my freedom saved

Type 9
You call me lazy, that's not true
I simply seek for peace
I'll always be submissive one
To make all conflict cease

I see no problem in the world
That's why I'm optimistic
I live with flowers, dreams and hope
Of mind's peaceful music
For those of you who are new to Enneagram, it is a spiritual way of dividing personality into nine types. Unlike zodiac sign, you can only know your type through self-examination. It is still debated if Enneagram is scientific or not. But I find that it helps much to understand one's personality and also helps one to improve one's self. (I'm a big sceptic but I believe this.)

These poems are my interpretion of each type. I'm not a psychologist. I'm just a 16-year-old poet who happens to be interested in Enneagram, hehe. This whole thing is just my experiment of analysing information to create art that is totally not me. First, I read the info about each type. Then I made a list of the characters of the type. Finally, I slapped some imagination on the list and turned it into a poem. Easy, huh? Not really. I spent hours on it. DO NOT STEAL!!

This is Wikipedia description of each type:

One: Reformer, Critic, Perfectionist - This type focuses on integrity. Ones can be wise, discerning and inspiring in their quest for the truth. They also tend to dissociate themselves from their flaws or what they believe are flaws (such as negative emotions) and can become hypocritical and hyper-critical of others, seeking the illusion of virtue to hide their own vices. The One's greatest fear is to be flawed, and their ultimate goal is perfection. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the One is Anger, while the One's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Perfection. Under stress, Ones express qualities of the Four, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Seven.

Two: Helper, Giver, Caretaker - Twos, at their best, are compassionate, thoughtful and astonishingly generous; they can also be prone to passive-aggressive behavior, clinginess and manipulation. Twos want, above all, to be loved and needed and fear being unworthy of love. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Two is Pride, while the Two's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Will. Under stress, Twos express qualities of the Eight, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Four.

Three: Achiever, Performer, Succeeder - Highly adaptable and changeable. Some walk the world with confidence and unstinting authenticity; others wear a series of public masks, acting the way they think will bring them approval and losing track of their true self. Threes are motivated by the need to succeed and to be seen as successful. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Three is Deceit, while the Three's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Law. Under stress, Threes express qualities of the Nine, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Six.

Four: Romantic, Individualist, Artist - Driven by a desire to understand themselves and find a place in the world, they often fear that they have no identity or personal significance. Fours embrace individualism and are often profoundly creative and intuitive. However, they have a habit of withdrawing to internalize, searching desperately inside themselves for something they never find and creating a spiral of depression. The angsty musician or tortured artist is often a stereotypical Four. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Four is Envy, while the Four's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Origin. Under stress, Fours express qualities of the Two, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the One.

Five: Observer, Thinker, Investigator - Fives are motivated by the desire to understand the world around them, specifically in terms of facts. Believing they are only worth what they contribute, Fives have learned to withdraw, to watch with keen eyes and speak only when they can shake the world with their observations. Sometimes they do just that. Often, instead, they withdraw from the world, becoming reclusive hermits and fending off social contact with abrasive cynicism. Fives fear incompetency or uselessness and want to be capable and knowledgeable above all else. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Five is Avarice, while the Five's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Omniscience. Under stress, Fives express qualities of the Seven, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Eight.

Six: Loyalist, Devil's Advocate, Defender - Sixes long for stability above all else. They exhibit unwavering loyalty and responsibility, but once crossed, they are not quick to trust again. They are prone to extreme anxiety and passive-aggressive behavior. Their greatest fear is to lack support and guidance. There are two types of sixes, phobic and counterphobic. Phobic sixes will have a tendency to run from or hide from what they fear, while a counterphobic six is more likely to attack or confront said fear. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Six is Cowardice, while the Six's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Faith and Strength. Under stress, Sixes express qualities of the Three, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Nine.

Seven: Enthusiast, Adventurer, Materialist, Epicure - Sevens flit from one activity to another with all the energy and enthusiasm of the Puer Aeternus. At their best, they embrace life for its varied joys and wonders and truly live in the moment; but at their worst they dash frantically from one new experience to another, being too scared of disappointment to enjoy what they have. Sevens fear being unable to provide for themselves or to experience the life in all of its richness. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Seven is Gluttony, while the Seven's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Wisdom, Work, and Plan. Under stress, Sevens express qualities of the One, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Five.

Eight: Leader, Protector, Challenger - Eights are motivated by justice and the desire to be in the right. They worry about self-protection and control. They are natural leaders, who can be capable and passionate or dictatorially manipulative, ruthless, and willing to destroy anything in their way. Eights seek control over their own life and their own destiny and fear being harmed or controlled by others. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Eight is Lust, while the Eight's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Truth. Under stress, Eights express qualities of the Five, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Two.

Nine: Mediator, Peacemaker, Preservationist - Nines are ruled by their empathy. At their best they are perceptive, receptive, gentle, calming and at peace with the world. On the other hand, they prefer to dissociate from conflicts and indifferently go along with others' wishes or simply withdraw, acting via inaction. They fear the conflict caused by their ability to simultaneously understand opposing points of view and seek peace of mind above all else. The corresponding "deadly sin" of the Nine is Sloth, while the Nine's "holy idea" or essence is Holy Love. Under stress, Nines express qualities of the Six, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Three.

If you want to learn more about enneagram, there are plenty of enneagram sites and free tests on the internet. My favourite ones are [link] (Thai), [link] (English) and [link] (English)

P.S. I'm a Five. What's your type?
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