There is a critical difference between the 9 Energies process and traditional personality typing and classification models. Your Natural Energy is identified through a physical process that is determined by the natural responses in the way your body moves. 9 Energies is primarily a body-based system that secondarily identifies innate strengths, gifts and attributes common to the group of a particular Natural Energy.
Natural Energy versus Personality is more of a Nature versus Nurture comparison. Each influences a person’s way of being in the world. For example, all of the people who are Natural Energy 7 can have very different personalities and will have a variety of results when tested using personality testing instruments. However, there are physical attributes that are consistently demonstrated as being specific primarily to Natural Energy 7. This is true with each of the other nine Natural Energies. These physical attributes are the Nature of a Natural Energy. Over time Nurture can have an impact on the expression of these physical attributes, and also on your behaviors and needs.
Your Natural Energy is related to a region of the body where a collection of bones, tendons and muscles naturally engage as one of nine Natural Energy zones in the body. We each have one naturally dominant energy zone. You can learn to actively engage your Natural Energy. This offers access to specific information, along with a kind of filter through which information is interpreted. With awareness and practice, we can learn to activate the other nine Natural Energies.
Activating your Natural Energy gives you access to this filter in a more powerful way that brings forth and distinguishes your self expression, sourced from physiological characteristics.
Determining your personality profile involves a very different process than determining your Natural Energy. The personality profiling process involves 1) documenting or observing your behaviors, 2) collecting your answers to questions, or 3) self-identifying into a category using some other method. The results are heavily influenced by your life experience (nurture) and potentially any bias within the test.
The distinction between body-based grouping (nature) and response-based grouping (nature + nurture) is important for many reasons. Personality typing systems measure us on how we respond using our self-reported perceptions, behaviors, and emotions. Personality typing systems measure something that is a result of both nature and nurture working together over time which can also change over time. Results sometimes vary over the course of a lifetime. In contrast, we are born into the world with our Natural Energy as an innate part of us.
In contrast to psychological typing, your Natural Energy is identified through outside observation of your body's natural response to movement. We see it as a “hardwiring”, unchanging through the lifespan. A Natural Energy determines some specific innate strengths and attributes about us, which are then further shaped and influenced by family, culture, ongoing social interactions, media, education, religion, politics and other systems.
The Natural Energy Identification process evaluates and assesses 1) a person’s bodily response to physical pressure, and personal connection, 2) physical markers, 3) the ability to hold a particular physical posture and 4) the ability to create a particular observable activation within the body. It is possible to identify a baby’s Natural Energy starting at birth. Each Natural Energy grouping is comprised of people with similar physical responses. The markers are observable. The Natural Energy system is physiological not psychological. As we learn and grow, our behaviors adapt and change. Our bodily responses to the Natural Energy identification process do not change overtime, only further stabilizing with learning and growth.
At 9 Energies we have worked with and interviewed thousands of people who have been classified using the physical process of Natural Energy Identification. We have distilled 1) the core descriptions, 2) the understanding of the skills, 3) needs and values, and 4) the specific uses of language. We continue to test those results for validity and accuracy on each of those newly identified. This information becomes very specific and focused and resonates powerfully within the Natural Energy groupings. We look for that resonance when we describe a Natural Energy to someone in the Identification process.
Tags: 9 energies, Body-based system, Enneagram, Enneatype, Myers Briggs, Nature vs Nurture, personality testing, psychological personality models