Podcast – Episode 0398 – Fixing Enneagram Personality Mistypes (with Christian Rivera)

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk with guest host and media producer Christian Rivera about his life changing experience editing the 9 Personality Hacker Enneagram Starter Kits.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Guest host Christian Rivera joins.
  • How did editing the new Enneagram Starter Kits act as a catalyst for Christian to rediscover his best-fit Enneagram type?
  • How Christian learned to look at his personality and life story in a new light through discovering his type.
  • Christian talks about his experience as the “countertype-subtype”, the sexual instinctual variant – and why this made it difficult to find his best-fit type.
  • How did working on the Jung On Yoga program with Dr. Dario Nardi help Christian address his personal needs based on his Enneagram type?
  • Christian and Antonia both share the benefits they’ve reaped through learning to “release” through body-mind practices.
  • Christian talks about examining his desire to perfect and reform others, and his tendency to indulge in “spiritual bypassing”.
  • How bypassing is prevalent in the western world in general today.
  • How is Christian aiming to develop a mindset of serenity, through seeking the higher virtue of his type?
  • Discover Christian on Twitter @letsgocnote or learn more about his work at www.workwithcnote.com

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  • Christian M

    Wow what a story. I can definitely relate to Christian (my name is Christian too lol) regarding being very critical of other people and their work. As a Type 1 self preservation (INTJ), I have high expectations of others, just as I have high expectations of myself. While I relate to the criticism part of others (not much of myself unless I make a huge mistake), I totally take care of EVERYTHING life related about myself- health, organization, streamlining processes, etc. to the point where I don’t really hang out with people. That’s the difference between myself (self preservation) than Christian’s sexual subtype. I mean I have a spreadsheet of all of my medical visits, color code my emails in addition to proper folders, a book of all my online accounts, and so on haha. It’s exhausting trying to keep up with life.

  • Rowan

    Great to hear from a type 1 who is an intuitive and doesn’t fit many of the STJ stereotypes of type 1s. As an INFJ type 1, who is very far from being STJ, I always enjoy hearing from a wider variety of type 1s. Christian was so articulate, interesting and honest in the way he described his story, so thank-you!

  • William (Ixxx)


    So, here I am again, doing the whole “share your story” thing — all about confusion around my type… again.

    So sometime after finally discovering my Enneagram type (9w1, sx/so) the other day, I happened to ask myself the question: “Why am I so bad at connecting (as in vibing) with friends? I mean, I have Fe as a co-pilot process, right?” After delving into this much more and re-listening to content about Fe, I realized that only the points about Fe that I resonated with mirror typical descriptions about sx 9s. That is, I definitely merge with others’ desires to the point of rarely knowing my own, I have a strong desire to meet other’s needs, I have little motivation for myself, and I can’t bear an emotional disconnection.

    This and many other points have caused me to wonder if my best-fit type is actually INTP. Between taking a deeper dive looking at flow states, studying Ti more closely, realizing the fact that I lived my childhood in a relatively Ne-repressed household, also realizing the fact that I’ve allowed being a type 9 to prevent me from being authentic in several ways for most of my life, and other factors, I have one question that may or may not clarify things for me.

    Now that that little prelude’s out of the way:

    If traits usually displayed by your Enneagram type cause you to behave in ways that your 3-year-old function would on a slightly more developed level, and you have had very little opportunity to grow your co-pilot function (not to mention being relatively young, and thus relatively immature as a whole), is it possible for that 3-year-old function to be more prominent, mature, or sophisticated than the co-pilot at times, even when not stressed?

    Hope that any discussion that springs from this is actually useful to someone out there. I don’t want to be just filling up Personality Hacker’s comments with stuff just for myself.


    Sorry for the boatload of super long sentences. I did a bit of editing, but this is the best I have.

    • William (Ixxx)

      I mostly want to know because I just have no idea whether I should primarily try to grow through the lens of “Exploration” or “Harmony.”

  • Matt

    I listened to the podcast and I have to say that Christian is still a 5 in my opinion. While there are talks of subtypes and mistypes, there are also wings and the healthy / decline options when it comes to the Enneagram as well. Christian sounds like he has the 7 when it came to his point of view on knowledge and possibly leans 6 with his wing.

    While I understand the ability to mistype is key, the 1 is not as filled with knowledge avarice as the 5. While the past reflections are a part of understanding, this was not sparked on its own, it was sparked with application and searching of knowledge.

    My own opinion as a 5w4 that tends to drift to 7 when I am normal.

  • Elizabeth

    Where do I find the Enneagram Starter Kits? I can’t find the Product Catalog or Product Suite that you mention in the episode. I’ve looked in the Full Course Catalog, but I can only find the MBTI Starter Kits. Could you please share a direct link to the Enneagram Starter Kits?

    • Antonia Dodge

      Hi, Elizabeth – The Enneagram starter kits are in the final stages of being produced. We will make them available in next couple of weeks. If you’re not on our mailing list, shoot us a note to [email protected] to be notified.

      Thanks. 🙂


      • Elizabeth B.

        Okay! I’m sorry. It sounded like they were already done. Thank you for taking the time to share an update with me. I will keep my eye out for that email!

        Have a great day!

  • Matt

    This is great. After thoroughly enjoying most of the MBTI podcasts here and largely ignoring or writing off enneagram I am just now opening up to its benefits. I gotta say I’m ready for an entire season+ worth of PH enneagram content that goes as in depth as possible, starting from the basics. That’s just my opinion. I also think there is a need for more comprehensive MBTI shadow functions content, after hearing the recent excellent episode with Dario. Great job PH! Y’all are on fire!

  • ENTP 8w7 - 853

    enneagram tritype is where it’s at 🙂

  • Lin

    It was neat to hear Christian Rivera discuss his type revelation. I am also a Type 1 (sp/sx) who thought they were a Type 5. I related to his story very much (even being a video editor!).

    The change began when I was talking with someone with an Enneagram background about a situation that had been haunting me for years… how I should have been better at handling it, should have seen it coming and surmounted all the obstacles, etc. and they said, “Wow, it sounds like you’d have to be a god to meet those expectations.”

    It was like a punch in the gut. From there, many revelations were had about the way I was operating, the fixation on rightness and wrongness, and all the hidden resentments and criticisms that I’d taken as a cold “reality.” From that awareness, I started down a healthier path. I might check out the Enneagram Starter Kit, haha.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Christian, this talk was very helpful and validating. Many thanks to Antonia and Mark, as well. Every episode is a treat. 🙂

    • Lin

      *Joel. Whoops…

  • Seluxes

    Y’all are on fire with the podcasts lately. Just so much good information that I am happily drowning in it. Thank you, as always, for the awesome work that PH is doing to bring empowerment and growth paths to those of us searching.

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