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Anonymous said: can you give a source on enneagram having a tie to numerology other than that they both have numbers? I agree the religious-y termanology is annoying, but why do you keep referencing cults and money? also why are you so strongly against the ideas of self examination and trying to improve yourself? I would definitely not call it less nuanced, unless you didn't do your research. base type, wing, instinctual variant, directions of growth and stress, tritype if you're into that..
You could have answered most of these questions yourself, just by looking around the blog and thinking for a few minutes before clicking on the Ask button.
The obsession with “sources” is a problem in itself. First of all, people tend to ask for them only when they don’t like what they are hearing. If they already know about it, or they like it, suddenly there’s no need for “sources”, or for checking them. Otherwise, when they are requested, it’s usually just a maneuver, part diversionary tactic and part [willful] ignorance. People start talking about the “validity” of those “sources”, assuming that they can’t find answers for themselves, and no longer discussing the thing.
Well, the source is me. I am telling you.
You need to drop that supposed inability to figure things out for yourself. Look at the enneagram. Can you see the 9? What is that? A number. The 9 is a number. It’s not a natural ocurrence, a simple aftereffect or consequence, or some circumstantial curiosity. No, it’s the foundation, and the name. If you replace or take away the number the enneagram doesn’t exist. It’s all based on the number 9. Someone thought the number 9 was so meaningful that it could describe everything [about the human mind]. That’s numerology. They probably started making calculations and marvelling at the “perfection” that they had just found. “Wow, it’s all there, look, I can’t believe it.” (Unfortunately, they did).
The world doesn’t work like that. The idea that there is a number behind everything is just ridiculous and laughable. It’s sad (and a bit revolting) to see so many people falling for that. In fact, this is the last time I answer a question about the enneagram. It’s basically like trying to get me to talk about astrology: I won’t do it, because it’s no more than enabling dangerous delusions.