Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

Attached to detachment?

Posted by metaphorical on 22 December 2006

Apparently, I’m very attached to detachment. I’m sure it’s one of those zen things.

Inspired by Jupiter9’s love of personality tests, I took the enneagram word test at similarminds.com. What I like about this one is that instead of asking impossible to answer questions, you simply react to individual descriptive words, such as “spontaneous,” “researcher,” and “moody.” I think this corresponds with Marilyn Goldin’s theory, discussed here the other day, that people remember images and ideas more than complex sentences and thoughts.

Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||| 38%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 58%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||| 54%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||| 54%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||||||| 58%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||| 46%

Apparently, “I must be knowledgable and independent to be happy,” which is a good thing, since I am (at least compared to a lot of people), and it’s not true that “I must be perfect and good to be happy”—which is a good thing, since I’m not, not even remotely.

I think I agree with quite a bit of it, although it’s hard to be sure. If you’re sitting calmly but roiling inside, is that a lot of calmness, or very little? (Just to, um, make up an example.) It’d be interesting to see what people who know me think. In fact, that would be a nice addition for Similarminds—having others rate the test results.

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