EnneaTypes – LANGUAGE (Part 2c)


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HOW I TALK IS A REFLECTION
of my brain & my identity

PREVIOUS: Talk Types 2-3

REVIEW: Intro explanation from Part 2a

TYPE 4s give LAMENTS & SAD STORIES
Self-talk: ‘I’m feeling …’.
Words are About being: abandoned, alone, connection, elite, high standards, idealism, lost-love, not the same, not ordinary, passionate, performance, special
Public Speaking Manner: Lamenting

Style: When 4s talk they reveal a lot about themselves & their feelings, even with strangers they just started chatting with – anywhere. There’s often a sad tone to the voice, & a tendencytype 4 to pretend being naive – just to amuse friends.
THEY: •  Have a flair for originality
• Ask personal questions of others
• Often use words like I, me, my, and mine
• Talk about self and discuss feelings/ emotions
• Share personal and/or painful stories
• Use dramatic language, & can sound calculated

Pitfalls: Can be exaggerated, so attached to uniqueness that audience won’t relate, will get lost in emotion which turns people off – like 2s, they can get too whiny
Use language to: extol, express longing, lament, self-express, yearn, with a poetic turns of phrase & regretful sighs
Others can experience 4s as ‘drama queens / kings’, & never satisfied with responses from others

MANIPULATE / create CONFLICT by: being temperamental, unnecessarily dramatic, ‘hard to get’, talking in an affected superior manner, & making others ‘walk on eggshells’
BLOCK others by: imagination – not being realistic, living in fantasy
CONFLICT style: cold, condescending, detached or hatefully articulate,
emotionally explosive, haughty. 4s are triggered when they feel abandoned, misunderstood or sense anger from the other person.

For BOUNDARIES: need imagination to have a broader perspective
To FLOW in conversation, need ORIGINALITY: being creative, vital, with
eccentricities
To RESOLVE conflicts with 4s: Don’t try to have a completely rational discussion without emotions – they’ll ignore you. 4s are sure they know what others are feeling, & often do, so acknowledge their intuitive insight, but keep to your own personal truth. Don’t let their dramatics or emotional outbursts push you away. Give them time to calm down but let them know if you’ve been hurt too, & that your feelings are just as important as theirs.

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TYPE 5s give LECTURES, THESES, TREATISES
Self-talk: ‘I’m thinking …’
Their WORDS are About: being mindful, clever thinking, correct tools for the trade, logical, detachment, rational, patterns, simplicity, systems

Style: 5s may be distant much of the time, but once they get going on a subject they know a lot about it’s hard to stop them. 5s like to show off their superior knowledge & use a wider vocabulary than most. THEY are:  Analytical, content-focused, clear type 5
• Highly selective in word choice
• Limited sharing of personal information
• Share thoughts rather than feelings
• Speak tersely or in lengthy discourse
•  Wordy, but not big on small-talk
•  In groups are mostly quiet, but when talking use a ‘thin’ voice

Others
can experience 5s as arrogantly aloof, emotionally disconnected, over-analytical & pedantic – a know-it-all
Public Speaking Manner: Dissertation
Pitfalls: Can quote everybody else but not speak for themselves, seem detached or not present, may withhold information OR give too many facts and ‘wander the labyrinths of the mind’.
Use language for: definitions, detailed explanations, facts, informative displays of knowledge, precise instructions, logical & rational arguments

MANIPULATE / create CONFLICT by : being emotionally detached & staying preoccupied, in their own head, rambling, going on & on – but not noting others are bored or confused
BLOCK others by: cynicism, lacking in all trust or of having a core belief
CONFLICT style: arrogant, blisteringly angry, childlike, cold, cutting, detached, overly logical, passive aggressive, unfeeling. 5s are triggered by too many expectations (especially emotional) & emotional displays.

For BOUNDARIES: need cynicism/skepticism to test what is said, to not believe everything we hear
To FLOW in conversation, need EDUCATION – first listening and learning, then teaching
To RESOLVE conflicts with 5s: Keep your own emotional stability while arguing. 5s like to focus on the facts & detach when anyone gets too upset – walk away if you can’t be calm. Tell them your feelings are hurt, without expecting them to do something about it. Don’t let them get away with using information or arrogance to deflect or as a weapon, & remind them you are a person not a robot or computer.

NEXT: TALK types (Part 2d)

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