Last night I came back from my last and favourite (not cause and effect) death and dying class.
This class has not lessened my anxiety over death per se, but it has certainly made me aware of the death experience.
Our last lecture dealt with death and the individual.
According to the Enneagram, all people can fall under 1 of 9 personality types.
Based on these personality types, your view of death can be predicted.
I was shocked to discover how accurately the enneagram determined my personality and view on death.
So here is what you do:
A. Get a pencil and a piece of paper
B. Rate the following statements on a scale of 1 to 7. 7 being most applicable to you, and 1 being the least applicable to you. Keep the order of the statements the same on your sheet as it is indicated below! I.e. There are a total of 27 statements, do not number them 1-27, you should have three sets of 9 statements, each set numbered 1-9.
I feel motivated by the need to…
1. Live life the right way, improve myself and others, and avoid anger
2. Be loved and appreciated, and to express my positive feelings toward others.
3. Be productive, to achieve success, and to avoid failure.
4. Understand my feelings and to be understood, to search for the meaning of life and to avoid being ordinary.
5. Know everything and understand the universe, to be self-sufficient and left alone, and to avoid not having the answer or looking foolish.
6. Feel secure and taken care of, or to confront my fears.
7. Be happy and plan fun things, to contribute to the world, and to avoid suffering and pain.
8. Be self-reliant and strong, to make an impact on the world, and to avoid being weak.
9. Keep the peace, merge with others, and avoid conflict.
I think that I…
1. See anger as a character flaw and try to repress it.
2. Am interested in people, play the role of nurturer, and try to present a loving image.
3. Try to be seen in a good light, according to socially agreed upon terms.
4. Have a strong need to express myself and be seen as original.
5. Rely on my own resources and find safety in knowledge and/or withdrawing.
6. Try to control my fear by being alert and either seeking approval from, or rebelling against, authority figures.
7. Am active and optimistic, and I avoid unpleasant emotions, including fear.
8. Am powerful and am not afraid to express my anger.
9. Am accommodating and often out of touch with my anger.
My worldview can be characterized as…
1. The world is an imperfect place. I work toward improvement
2. People depend on my help. I am needed.
3. The world values a champion. Avoid failures at all costs.
4. Something is missing. Others have it. I have been abandoned.
5. The world is invasive. I need privacy to think and to refuel my energies.
6. The world is a threatening place. Question authority.
7. The world is full of opportunity and options. I look foward to the future.
8. The world is an unjust place. I defend the innocent.
9. My efforts won’t matter. Don’t make waves. Keep the peace.
A. Add up all your scores for all your “1.” statements, and all your “2.” statements, and so on. You should end up with 9 totals.
B. Look at your top three scores, read over the corresponding sets of statements (i.e. If your highest score was for 5. statements then read over the 5. statements) and decide which set is “closest” or most reflective of yourself.
C. Write down the set you are. This is your type number.
How do you view death?