The Muse Archetype (The Growth Drive)

Muse, Play, Procrastination, Fun, Recreation, Learning, Growth

The muse represents play and recreation and learning and growth. Free-flow, this yellow type values doing things for the sake of fun and inspiration. 

Nickname

The Muse, The Player, The Clown

Enneagram

Muse (Heart type)

Goals

To live in tune with life

Mindset

Growth

Temperament

Play

Emotion

Fun & Procrastination

Color

Yellow (Open & Free)

Type

Reviewing (Values based & Instinct driven)

The Muse Archetype

The muse represents growth, our sense of fun, and play. Needing freedom, they can appear chaotic and sometimes irresponsible and lazy to onlookers. Prone to procrastination, these types can always think of something better to do than work and studies. 

Sometimes scattered and chaotic, but free and open, the muse shares the yellow types light and open-minded values. You are open to experiences and to see new things. They love to learn and to take away as much as possible from life, and their humility makes them receptive. They have a big appetite for life. Feeling propelled forward by their strong instincts, they want to do, experience, and have things happen. 

They want to experience and have things happen and to appreciate things. But there is another aspect to this, and that is play. The muse wants to use their values based functions for the purpose of growth and play. What can I take away from this? How can I grow from this experience? 

The Growth Mindset

Focused on growth and on what you can learn and take away from a situation, the muse wants to be taught, and there is no greater teacher than life itself. The muse wants to grow, to learn from experiences. They want to keep developing themselves and learning new things and to play with new ideas. They want things to be light and to do things freely rather than out of force. 

So the growth type wonders: How can I keep things fun? How can I maintain my inspiration? How can I stay free? There is a need here to keep things interesting, to think or feel about new and fun and stimulating things to do. The Muse wants to develop themselves, to learn as much as possible, and to change and grow. Stability is associated with death for the muse. 

The muse is one of the values based types and growth is important because it gives us a sense of value. If we grow, we can better ourselves, and we can feel better about who we are. So the muse is often engaged with some self-development project, they are trying to change and to gain something new from the situation. 

The Play Temperament

To play means to want to have fun and to play around with something. The Muse wants things to be light and easy. To take away the pressures and demands of work and society, and to focus on things that feel natural and free. Play is a core part of the Muse type. 

To make jokes, to entertain, to make people happy. To stimulate thinking and feeling and to make people around you relax and become more light-hearted. There is no need to be so serious all the time. We learn the most when we have fun, and this is why the Muse is a learning archetype. While their jokes and cheerfulness can annoy teachers, they are absorbing so much information, constantly changing, and developing themselves. 

Play puts us in a state where we remember and soak up everything we see. We remember the moments we had fun the most. So if you as a Muse can stimulate play in life, and turn day to day tasks to fun situations, you can maximise your growth. Yes, resist the “serious society” around you, and focus on what you need.

Fun and Procrastination

To have fun is the core pursuit of the muse. That feeling that you can do whatever you want, and to feel encouraged and pushed forward through sheer curiosity and recreation, not because of work or outside pressure. To do something in the moment, because you feel called to, not because you have planned or made arrangements to do something. 

“Fun” is the feeling that we are changing and gaining new experiences. We have learnt new things. The feeling that we have made things fun and that we have been able to enjoy ourselves. Procrastination is the blunt edge of this. The muse struggles to motivate themselves to work, and always thinks of more fun things to do. They want to have fun, whenever they can, and resist the thought of being bored. They tend to become unmotivated very quickly if something becomes hard or too serious. The clown is the dark side here: someone who jokes to avoid a situation or 

The Muse is usually very talented, so people can sometimes feel that they are wasting their time. With their skills, and their ease of learning and with all they know, why are they not making something of themselves? What they forget is, that ease of learning and that skill comes from this very ability to have fun and to enjoy learning for the sake of learning. Not for work or for the sake of achievement or status. But because growth is a value in itself.