Not often mentioned with the Enneagram personality types, the traps are another way to understand the fixations of the types.
The Enneagram ego traps originated with Oscar Ichazo's ego-types and refer to the habit of being that perpetuates ego fixation.
They represent how an individual of a given Enneagram type remains stuck in a particular fixation by thinking the trap is the way out when in fact it just reinforces and perpetuates that preoccupation of mind.
The traps are the false remedy for the fixation. Ichazo called the true remedy for the fixation the holy idea. By seeing through the falseness of the trap one begins to gain awareness of the holy idea instead.
Taken from the book Transpersonal Psychologies edited by Charles T. Tart, the descriptions of the ego traps below come from John C. Lilly and Joseph E. Hart who attended the 1970 Arica retreat with Oscar Ichazo.
While the Enneagram traps are not often explicitly mentioned with today's Enneagram personality types, they can be implicitly found in the descriptions and even the labels of the types (e.g., type 1 the perfectionist, type 5 the observer).
Because the personality types evolved beyond the ego-types the original descriptions of the traps may or may not match the descriptions below (which are reinterpretations more fitting for today's personality types).
Type 1: Perfection comes from striving to attain or model an ideal that is free from flaws or criticism.
Type 2: Freedom comes from being attentive to the needs and desires of others so they'll take care of yours.
Type 3: Efficiency comes from pursuing the most effective path forward toward achieving your set goal.
Type 4: Authenticity comes from finding a sense of self and significance that expresses your unique gifts and individuality.
Type 5: An observer stands back from the world in order to better understand it before participating in it.
Type 6: Security requires constant scanning for potential dangers and problems in order to be prepared.
Type 7: Idealism that is enthused about what's possible but moves on to what's next when the enthusiasm wanes.
Type 8: Justice pushes to reveal hidden truths that you imagine others to be hiding beneath the surface.
Type 9: A seeker of harmony and belonging that accommodates by going along with others and not rocking the boat.
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