Managers are one of the four ego types. Focused on their own performance, ability, and on acquiring an ambition or something of value, but lost or detached from their roots and from the question of who they are, these types struggle with not feeling welcome or accepted in the world, unless they can prove to be capable and competent through hard-work.
In growth, managers tend to become impressive champions for change, able to rally and to drive people to become the best versions of themselves. Under stress, these types may become hard-working enneagram ones, feeling broken or corrupt, and disciplining themselves to work hard to make up for their perceived flaws.
Growth: Eight “The Expert” Stress: One “The Reformer”
Primary fear: To not have a place for themselves in the world.
What causes the enneagram fixation?
A manager type is not in touch with their own roots. They don’t feel in tune with their home and with the world around them. The struggle is that the world appears cold and uninviting and that the world must be seen as inhabitable or hard to survive in, unless you work hard and earn your living. This requires the manager to depart from and ignore the parts of their nature that give them a sense of peace and that help them comprehend and understand their surroundings.
Finding your roots
The manager needs to depart on a quest to find their own roots and their heritage and their place in the world. But to go on this quest, the manager needs to give up on the worldview that they have been taught by their parents, elders, and by society. This requires them to stop looking at the world as it has been described to them by others. The goal is to instead look for themselves, to search around them, for what the world really is, to them, personally. The question is: what is the world, to you? Not to your parents, not to your friends, and not to society.
The reason it may be difficult to do this is because of the attachment we may have to being managers, to being seen as proactive, dutiful, and hard-working, to being seen as determined, decisive, and able to turn your ambitions into fruition. This quest of being a seeker may put all your hard work into question. It may get us to realise that the ambitions we pursued served no purpose or had no value to our identity and that these gifts were not meant for us.
Out of fear of coming to this realisation, the manager may do anything to keep themselves from making this discovery. In doing so, they are choosing blind success. To move with purpose towards a destination that other people have chosen for you. Now, this is a false dilemma. In tapping into with and finding what it is you seek and what you need to feel at peace with yourself. In finding who you are, you are learning to see what your true ambition is. The manager needs to see that it is important to move towards a destination that you have chosen for yourself, rather than towards a destination that other people have chosen for you. In doing so, they are liberated from their enneagram fixation, and so, they come in tune with who they really are.
EN/So “The Detective Block”
An EN/So type needs to be wary. The histories and the lessons they have been taught in life may not be suited for them, and may be keeping them from experiences that could enrich their lives. You may remember things all wrong, and you may take the wrong answers out of past experiences, letting them cloud your judgement into pursuing and living in accordance to outdated beliefs about yourself.
IN/So “The Philosopher Block”
The IN/So type is keeping them from reflecting on reality and making up their own answers about what kind of world they live in. Instead of theorising on the world and speculating on natures hidden truths, they will be overly preoccupied by what reality is showing them more directly. They echo and speak about what they have heard and what they have been told that the world is, taking insights from other people literally.
IS/So “The Instructor Block”
The IS/So ignores to learn from their experiences and from what they have been shown time and time again. In refusing to see what they know to be true, they pursue the same patterns over and over again, without making the necessary adjustments and adapting to the lessons from history.
ES/So “The reality block”
The ES/So refuses to see what is right in front of them, ignoring what they can clearly touch, see, and hear to be true, pursuing a goal or ambition recklessly. The ES/So block comes from following a life philosophy or a system of theories about the world that may not fit the ESXX types needs.