Learning how we show up in disagreements is one of the most beneficial things we can do to curb defensiveness, show up compassionately, and *actually* repair so we can get over it on and on with it.
I’m all about awareness and accountability over here, so I thought it was the perfect time to share with you a really helpful part of the Enneagram that many people don’t know about and would reeeeeally benefit from.
Did you know that there are three different conflict styles? Yep, that’s right! Also named “The Harmonic Groups” – we’ve got the reactive types (4, 6, 8), the positive outlook types (2, 7, 9), and the competency types (1, 3, 5). These conflict styles are one of the MAIN reasons we feel like we can never get on the same page with each other. Understanding this is what will bring you closer together (instead of farther apart) when difficult conversations arise in your relationship.
Say it with me now…
“Conflict cultivates closeness!”
At least, it will…once you learn about this!
Let’s take a minute to dive into how this shows up for each type…
These types react emotionally to conflicts and problems and have difficulties knowing how much to trust other people. They wish for others to match their emotional state when in conflict.
These types respond to conflict and difficulty by adopting a “positive attitude”, reframing disappointment in some positive way.
These types have learned to deal with difficulty by putting aside their personal feelings and striving to be objective, effective, and competent.
It’s important to note that there are gifts in each conflict style – none of them are wrong or bad.
Reactive types show us how to meet and honor emotions.
Positive outlook types show us how to connect to hope and joy.
Competency types show us how to stay calm and clear in the processing.
ALL THREE are necessary for productive conflict resolution. And the way we get there is through my fav word – BALANCE.
The Enneagram asks us to invite in a little bit of each, with a lot of intentionality, in order to move through conflict with more ease, respect, and love.
Until next time,
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Amanda helps teens, individuals, and couples create secure relationships within themselves and with each other. Her favorite (and most impactful!) tool to use is the Enneagram, which deepens awareness, understanding, and compassion so that we all can continue to foster meaningful connections in our day to day lives, moment by moment.
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