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MTL Motivators: Understanding Personality Types

In the "Understanding Personality Types" Motivators, you'll find some of the best quotes ever written to help you understand the personality types of yourself and others. Find out why Jonathan Swift described an individual's personality as his or her "vein of gold"; what Dory Schary says is a person's true portrait; why Larry Winget says that understanding your own personality is the key to your prosperity; what Eric Fromm described as man's main task in life; and why Juvenal in the first century AD said that many people were like uncut diamonds. There are 100 slides in this collection. Each one stands alone with its own insight but together they form a remarkable collection that will help you develop your own skill in working with others.

"Understanding Personality Types" Motivators: Our Favourite Quotes

The following set of quotes from this collection are our pick of those that best describe each of the personality types of the Enneagram. They're also ideal for use in the training room exercise that we'll give you below.

1. For Perfectionist Ones: "Be patient with everyone but above all with yourself." (Francis de Sales)

2. For Helper Twos: "The one thing we can never get enough of is love; and the one thing we never give enough of is love." (Henry Miller 1891 - 1980)

3. For Ambitious Threes: "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." (Dale Carnegie)

4. For Romantic Fours: "Is not this the true romantic feeling – not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you." (Thomas Wolfe 1900 - 38)

5. For Perceptive Fives: "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world." (The Buddha)

6. For Fearful Sixes: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature." (Helen Keller)

7. For Fun-Loving Sevens: "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, having fun." (Mary Lou Cook)

8. For Dominant Eights: "When you have gained a victory, do not push it too far." (Eustace Budgell)

9. For Inactive Nines: "I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like carrying things." (Lech Walesa)

"Understanding Personality Types" Motivators: "Flipchart Types"

As well as using this selection of quotes to learn more about Understanding Personality Types, you can also use them in a variety of games on "Understanding Personality Types" training sessions. One of the simplest ways to use them is in a game called "Flipchart Types". Here's how to play it.

1. Before the course, collect a range of items representing each personality type. For example, you could cut out pictures of 9 well-known people who represent each type such as Princess Diana for a Two; Nelson Mandela for a Nine; and Tony Blair for a Three. Select other items, such as maps of countries, eg France for a Four; Japan for a One; and Spain for a Nine; or business logos, such as Microsoft for a Five; Virgin for a Seven; and Local Authorities for a Six. To these and other items, add the 9 quotes above which refer specifically to each of the types.

2. Hand out 9 flipcharts representing the 9 personality types of the Enneagram and ask the group to put each of the numbers from 1 to 9 in the centre of the chart.
 
3. Now place all your items in an old shoe-box and explain to your group that their task is to take each one, decide which personality type it represents and paste it on the appropriate personality type flipchart.

4. Allow them enough time to complete the task and when they have finished, ask them to present each chart and explain the reasoning for their choices.

5. Provide feedback on how accurate their decisions were.

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