Mental Health and the Enneagram


DAY 1: The Struggle of Perfection

According to Psychology Today, perfectionism is driven primarily by internal pressures, such as the desire to avoid failure or harsh judgment. As human beings, we can all relate to the pressures of culture & life, and the desire to not be the biggest failure in the room. We want to say we know what is right and what is wrong. I think this especially true for Enneagram 1’s.

Enneagram 1’s identity rests on right and wrong. At least, that is, in their mind’s eye. They tend to believe that if everything aligns, they do everything the way it should be, and to do it in a perfect way, then they are set. What does any of that even mean? What does it actually do? (More on this question tomorrow.) How does this effect mental health?

A main concern in mental health, and for the Enneagram 1, is when perfectionism becomes the standard for healing and growth. The internal pressure we put on ourselves, thinking if we are perfect, the world will be perfect.

To anyone who struggles with perfectionism and to the Enneagram 1’s, there is no perfect way for mental health. There is no quick fit or solution that takes away all the wrongs of our lives. But it is so easy to think that, isn’t it? What is the idea of being perfect truly doing to us? Does it satisfy? Or does it continue the vicious cycle of doing better and better?

Disclaimer: As we continue to discuss this topic, I encourage you to take time to reflection with care. If you need mental health services, please seek those out. Dear Enneafriends, Please take care of your mental health.

Day 2 on perfectionism to come. Thank you!