The 9 Enneagram Personality Types as Children’s Books Series: Type 1 as The Good EggPosted: August 25, 2020
Enneagram Type 1: The Reformer= The Good Egg
Type 1: “The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic”, as defined by the Enneagram Institute.
The Good Egg by Jory John & Pete Oswald, chronicles the titular Good Egg as he spends his time and energy righting wrongs, doing good deeds, and generally being a perfectly poised perfectionist. Along the way he becomes overwhelmed and frustrated by his eleven egg relatives’ inability to change their imperfect ways.
“You have a lot to teach others and are probably a good teacher, but do not expect others to change immediately. What is obvious to you may not be as obvious to them, especially if they are not used to being as self-disciplined and objective about themselves as you are about yourself. Many people may also want to do what is right and may agree with you in principle but for various reasons simply cannot change right away.” -the Enneagram Institute
The Good Egg experiences scrambled emotions, the burnout of striving to be perfect all the time in an imperfect world, compounded by his failed efforts to improve his egg family. He literally cracks up! He has sacrificed his shell(health and emotional well-being) because of his preoccupation with the behavior of everyone around him.
“Learn to relax. Take some time for yourself, without feeling that everything is up to you or that what you do not accomplish will result in chaos and disaster. Mercifully, the salvation of the world does not depend on you alone, even though you may sometimes feel it does.” -the Enneagram Institute
And so the Good Egg takes a vacation from the responsibility of others and focuses his attention and energy on himself for once. His self-care sabbatical includes leisure, laziness, and learning. The simple act of taking some time for himself heals his cracked shell and replenishes his soul. He returns to his carton reinvigorated, ready to put the lessons he has learned into practice. Yes, he will always help others, but he will be more understanding of their imperfections and not just accept, but embrace them, and most importantly take time to be good to himself.