Another one of Witchy's crazy whims: the Enneagram!!! But what the hell is it and how can it help teachers and students? The answer is below...
Witchy explains: "The Enneagram is a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number denoting one type. Generally people find a little of themselves in all nine of the types, but only one of them stands out as being closest to our personality. This is your basic personality type.
Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality; in other words: we are born with a dominant type. This inborn orientation largely determines the ways in which we learn to adapt to our early childhood environment. By the time children are four or five years old, their consciousness has developed sufficiently to have a separate sense of self. At this age children begin to establish themselves and find ways of fitting into the world on their own.
You will find a complete description of each type if you move your mouse on the names of the types.
|Read the enneagram type description here!|
|Click on the Start button and see how the types change under stress conditions!!!|
Exciting activities for students !!!
Witchy says: "And now it's time to realise which type your personality belongs to. There are a lot of Enneagram tests on the Internet but this one was made by myself and, for this reason, it is scientifically-based... or not? Well... one thing is sure: this test is the shortest of all!"
1st activity - Test: Imagine the ship on which you were having a fantastic cruise has shipwrecked and, after swimming for several miles in the ocean, you have reached an isle. In which situation can you imagine yourself most easily? Read all the paragraphs and then click on the question mark.
The isle is full of beautiful natural sights which inspire your poetic vein; besides, it is peopled by girls (or boys, id depends on your tastes...) who are completely free in their sexual habits and consider you a sort of god (goddess... ) come from the sea by a miracle.
The inhabitants of the isle are very primitive and soon realize the superiority of the civilization you come from. You take a leading position and enjoy the advantages of your status.
You get deeply involved in the island life because people are so primitive and really need everything. You help them to build huts which don't collapse easily under tropical storms and villagers soon learn to appreciate your heart.
Life on the island soon gets very routine-like but you never get bored because everything is so different from what you left home: no tv, no cell phone or pc but only human beings going on with their activities. You love to have a rest and see other people working.
At last there is noone to quarrel with! Here you can feel relaxed and at peace with yourself. Islanders have understood you are a wise person and given you the task of solving controversies which, even there, may happen sometimes.
What a wonderful life!! Bananas, mangoes and coconuts on the trees at will and they even cost nothing! Nothing to do during the day except swimming and enjoying the local beauties and dances around the bonfire at night. who wants to go back home?
These primitive people are so naive! They really should learn how to build a proper net for fishing and also a little bit of manners, especially at table. Fortunately they have got you as a teacher! Besides this, everything is all right: people are friendly and spontaneous!
You really can't understand how these people can survive without TV or telephones. Everything is predictable and each day is like the day before. Fortunately you have managed to get busy with village life and help people at building more solid huts; everybody respects you and considers you a leader so, after all, you now feel quite at home.
First times have been really difficult: villagers were scared of you at least as much as you were of them. And the person you feared most was the terrible king of the tribe. Now you have learned to appreciate their simple lifestyles and the king is your best friend!
Witchy says: "Do you think I can leave you without another exciting activity? NOOOOOO!!!!
2nd activity - Roleplay: Students write down some notes about the Enneagram Type to which they belong, then in pairs, disccuss it with deskmates. Here are some tips for starting the dialogues:
1st friend: "I think I belong to type seven, the Epicure, because
I am optimistic, charming and don't like feeling trapped!"
I hope you've enjoyed discovering new aspects of your personality! Beware: Enneagram types are fluid and ever-changing so don't apply labels to yourselves or others... truth is always more complicated than theories, however fascinating they may look!
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