Funny you should ask that...I was running along this week and one of the podcasts was on the Enneagram 9pt Personality Test. It is supposedly more accurate and more useful that old Myers Briggs Test. I don't know which is more accurate I haven't done enough research to understand them both fully but, what I do know is I was running along listening to the descriptions of the personality types and was FLOORED by how accurately they described me when they went over a 3: The Achiever (I got the following information from the The Enneagram Institute site).
Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.
Basic Fear: Of being worthless
Basic Desire: To feel valuable and worthwhile
Enneagram Three with a Two-Wing: "The Charmer"
Enneagram Three with a Four-Wing: "The Professional"
Key Motivations: Want to be affirmed, to distinguish themselves from others, to have attention, to be admired, and to impress others.
The Meaning of the Arrows (in brief)
When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), driven Threes suddenly become disengaged and apathetic at Nine. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), vain, deceitful Threes become more cooperative and committed to others, like healthy Sixes.
This description is a bit different than the one they read on the podcast. On the podcast they really went over the positive and negative attributes of each of the 9 types and boy did I relate all around to the 3. I am nothing if not goal oriented. I love love love to feel needed and worthwhile but, I had never thought of it that way. And so on and so on... You should really check out the site, it is pretty fun to figure out what you are and what your spouse is and see if you two are compatible, lol. Actually they go over trouble spots and things that the other personality type is looking for in his/her spouse, quite interesting. Don't worry folks, Doug and I are highly compatible, wooot wooot!
So on my run today I was again thinking about these personality types and wondering how many ultra runners would fall in just a few of the categories. It would be interesting to see. It takes a certain personality and sick sick person to what to run 100 miles, lol. Some of the really good ultra runners can even find time to run over 200 miles a week, now that is dedication. Again I find myself wondering if the majority of the elite runners would fall under the same personality type. Hummmmmm.... what do you want to bet I ponder this for many more hours while running.
I think part of the reason I have trouble laying off a training schedule even when I am going nuts is due to my being a 3, an achiever. That whole workaholic trait fits me like a glove. I think I honestly might not know how to relax, it is almost harder to relax than to work hard, wait, it IS definitely harder for me to chill out than it is for me to just work work work. Ahhhhh!!!! I don't think that is the most positive of traits. I guess it all depends but, DANG! Well what can you do? Maybe you can't fight your inner being. Wait, that can't be true if it were we would never grow and become better people. Maybe now that I have seen my personality written in plain old black and white I have an opportunity to work on some things. Don't hold your breaths that I will suddenly become a laid back person that doesn't care if her house is a mess but, maybe just maybe I could figure out how to become slightly more relaxed about things. It is something to work on.
If you go to the Enneagram site I would love to know what type you think you are.
Happy Holidays Folks and Happy Running!!!!
On that note: I never heard from Craft Jogger and even sent her a PM so what I did was generate another number/name. Anne, you are the winner. Let me know what Sport Belt you want and I will let Donna know. Congrats and enjoy!