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ENNEAGRAM CONCEPTS

Main temperament is the primary temperament type a person uses the most.

Branch temperament is the secondary temperament. It means another temperament type affects a person besides their primary temperament. Branch temperament effect adds variety to their primary temperament. If nine main temperament types were to be aligned on a circle, the temperament structure symbolized by a number adjacent to the temperament type would represent the branch of that temperament. Each temperament type has one branch.okuz temel mizaç tipi, bir çember üzerinde sıralanacak olursa her mizaç tipinin bitişiğindeki rakamla simgelenen mizaç yapısı, o mizaç tipinin kanadını temsil eder. Her temel mizaç tipinin tek bir kanadı vardır.

Stress line exhibits an unhealthy form of a different temperament when the person is under stress. This is called the stress line. Stress means that the fundamental temperament structure of a person is falling short and a psychopathological effort to adapt to existing circumstances is in place. Each temperament type has a distinct stress line. For example: Temperament 1’s stress line is temperament 4. The stress line of temperament 4 is temperament 2. For other temperaments the stress lines are as follows: 1-4-2-8-5-7-1 3-9-6-3

To summarize, when temperament 1 enters the stress line it exhibits the negative traits of temperament 4, when 2 enters it exhibits 8’s, when 3 enters it exhibits 9’s, when 4 enters it exhibits 2’s, when 5 enters it exhibits 7’s, when 6 enters it exhibits 3’s, when 7 enters it exhibits 1’s, when 8 enters it exhibits 5’s and when 9 enters it exhibits 6’s negative traits.

The comfort line exhibits the healthy form of a different temperament when a person can fulfil their basic needs and is relaxed and content. When comfortable the usually dominant defense mechanisms to maintain a person’s integrity of individuality is retracted. Therefore, adding to the adaptation of main temperaments to general circumstances, with defense mechanisms, the person can experience behaviour and demeanours they can’t express.

To summarize, when temperament 1 enters the comfort line it exhibits the positive traits of temperament 7, when 2 enters it exhibits 4’s, when 3 enters it exhibits 6’s, when 4 enters it exhibits 1’s, when 5 enters it exhibits 8’s, when 6 enters it exhibits 9’s, when 7 enters it exhibits 1’s, when 8 enters it exhibits 2’s and when 9 enters it exhibits 3’s positive traits.