The most interesting aspect of Enneagram, at least for me, is the focus on personal growth. And the wings and arrows are a tool you can use for your development. Today I am going to take a look at what the wings and arrows tell us and how we can use them.
Your primary personality type explains the core of your behavior. The wings show related personality types and behaviors close to yours. These are secondary and sometimes even contradictory behaviors. Learning about your wing/wings will help you understand yourself better, but they will also show you new behaviors that you can experiment with.
The arrows represent development points or paths for development. Obe arrow point towards your primary personality type, this shows the points you should grow from. The other points away from your primary type and indicates what you may grow toward. The arrows are not like the wings related to your primary type. Arrow points may be aspects of your personality that may be completely neglected.
We tend to access our arrow points when we experience stress or in a period of strong personal growth. Accessing the arrow points can be difficult and disruptive, but integrating them with your personality can be a really important part of growing and become the best version of yourself that you can possibly become.
In today’s video, I use my own test results as an example of how this can be helpful for personal development. My primary type is 8 the challenger, and as an 8 I have a 7 the enthusiast and a 9 the peacemaker as wings. The incoming arrow, the growing point is 2 the giver, and my growth point is 5 the investigator.
I will not go into the details here but I will link to the video at the end of this article I will have a link to the video if you are interested.
My Final Thoughts
As I said, the most interesting part of Enneagram to me is the focus on personal development. And in these few articles, I have just scratched the surface of what is possible when it comes to using Enneagram for personal growth and development.
But for now, I will leave Enneagram, and continue my search among the many other personality type theories and tests that are out there, and hopefully I will find a system that feels right for you.