The Communicating Enneagram #6; Working Traits and the RHETI Distribution


WorkingTraits

The LAB Profile Working Traits

The Working Traits tell us how different people process information, how they prefer to operate in the world, in work, and what how they respond under certain conditions.

Specific vs. General

What size chunk of information does the person handle well?

Specific; People handle small pieces of information better. They may have difficulty perceiving the overview. They may not see the forest for the trees and twigs. They treat information in sequences, step by step in all it’s detail.

General; They prefer to work on the overview or at the conceptual level, though they can concentrate on details for a short time. They may present ideas in a random order. They can get irritated with “too much details”

RHETI Distribution

 

Specific

General

TYPE 1

1

0

TYPE 2

0

0

TYPE 3

1

1

TYPE 4

1

0

TYPE 5

2

0

TYPE 6

1

0

TYPE 7

0

1

TYPE 8

0

1

TYPE 9

0

2

Self vs. Other

Does a person respond to and display non-verbal behaviours?

Self; orientated people do not show many emotions. They have a time gap between receiving a stimulus and responding to it. They may have difficulty establishing rapport because they do not notice other peoples body language and therefore they miss many cues. They “know” how well the communication is going based on their own feelings.

Other ;They will have automatic reflex reactions to other people’s behaviour. They are animated and respond to others facial movements, body movements and shifts in voice tone. They know how the communication is going based on the responses they observe.

Non-Verbal Behaviour
Self; Absence of behavioural responses like head nodding. Reacts only to the content of what you say. Doesn’t notice voice tone.

Other; Responds to both content and non-verbal aspects of communication. Will nod head and move body as a response. Animated.

RHETI Distribution

Note: This is normally scored through behavioural tests. However, I have taken a “stab” at profiling this as I have noticed certain behavioural aspects to some types that could be described as “Self” and “Other”. I wanted to see if either the RHETI or the level descriptions revealed this particular distinction.

 

Self

Other

TYPE 1

0

0

TYPE 2

1

16

TYPE 3

1

0

TYPE 4

10

0

TYPE 5

7

0

TYPE 6

1

1

TYPE 7

0

0

TYPE 8

0

1

TYPE 9

0

4

Stress Response   Feelings – Choice – Thinking

How does a person react to stress in a given environment?

Feelings; They have emotional responses to the normal levels of stress for that environment. They go into their emotions and stay there. High stress situations and jobs are difficult for them to handle. They are best suited to artistic or creative work where emotion provides the juice.

Choice; They first have an emotional response to normal stressful working situations and then either return to an unemotional state or not, as they desire in a given situation. Because they feel emotions, they can empathise with others or choose not to.

Thinking; They do not have emotional responses to normal stressful situations. They have trouble empathising. They will not panic in most emergencies, but rather stay calm and keep their wits about them.

Feelings; When asked about a stressful situation, they will tend to go there whilst telling the story. They will display the emotional response they had to the situation, ie; body posture, facial muscle tension and vocal changes in timbre, tone and volume. Having relayed the story, they

stay in the emotional state and it will take time for them to come out of it .

Choice They may initially show the signs of an emotional response but then be able shift themselves out of it. They may go back for a while during the process of relaying the stressful episode but will come out of it again.

Thinking; They do not go into their emotions.

RHETI Distribution

 

Feelings

Choice

Thinking

TYPE 1

0

0

6

TYPE 2

6

1

0

TYPE 3

0

2

9

TYPE 4

11

0

0

TYPE 5

0

0

8

TYPE 6

1

1

3

TYPE 7

0

1

0

TYPE 8

0

4

2

TYPE 9

0

1

0

 

Working Style

What kind of environment allows the person to work best: alone, with others around, or sharing responsibility?

Independent; They want to work alone and have sole responsibility. When others interrupt, they can lose their train of thought.

Proximity; They want clear territory of responsibility, but need to have others around or involved. Their productivity will suffer if they have to work alone or share responsibility with others.

Co-operative; They want to share responsibility with others. They have trouble with deadlines an finishing tasks if they have to work alone.

Language and Behaviour Patterns
Independent I do things myself, my responsibility. Will do things alone and won’t talk about other people

Proximity; May or may not mention others. However, their type of activity necessitates the presence of others. Will say “I did it”

Co-operative; Includes other people and shares responsibility in their work and uses words like we, us, our and together.

RHETI Distribution

 

Independent

Proximity

Co-operative

TYPE 1

1

0

0

TYPE 2

0

12

0

TYPE 3

2

0

0

TYPE 4

2

0

0

TYPE 5

5

0

0

TYPE 6

0

1

3

TYPE 7

1

2

0

TYPE 8

1

12

0

TYPE 9

0

0

2

Person vs. Thing

Does the person concentrate more on thoughts and feelings, or on ideas, systems and tools?

Person; They are centred on feelings and thoughts of either themselves or others. Feelings can take on such an importance that they can become the task itself. Their work will be organised so that they can focus on people and their feelings.

Thing; They concentrate on products, ideas, tools and systems (things). They treat people more like objects and ideas as things. They are task orientated and believe emotions have no place in the world of work.

Language and Behaviour Patterns

Person; They are probably good at establishing rapport. They speak about people, emotions and feelings. Use personal pronouns and name people.

Thing; They want to “get things done”. Talk about processes, systems, tools, goals and tasks. Will not mention people often and refer to impersonal pronouns such as “they” and “you”.

RHETI Distribution

 

Person

Thing

TYPE 1

0

4

TYPE 2

15

0

TYPE 3

0

9

TYPE 4

4

0

TYPE 5

0

5

TYPE 6

3

3

TYPE 7

9

0

TYPE 8

1

5

TYPE 9

5

0

Rule Structure

What are the rules for behaviour that a person applies to themselves and others?

My/My; My rule for me and My rules for you. They believe that what is good for themselves will also suit other people; and are willing to communicate their rules to others.

My / .;  My rules for me and I don’t care about you. There is no malicious intent, it’s just that others don’t enter into the equation.

No/My; Bo rules or don’t know any rules for me – but I have rules for you. They don’t have any guidelines for themselves, but once given rules will be quite willing to impose them on others.

My/Your; My rules for me and Your rules for you. They have policies and rule for themselves but may be reluctant to pass them on to others because they believe everyone is different. They can perceive both sides of an issue so may not state their expectations.

RHETI Distribution

 

My/My

My/-

No/My

My/Your

TYPE 1

9

0

0

0

TYPE 2

2

1

2

0

TYPE 3

0

0

0

0

TYPE 4

0

0

0

4

TYPE 5

0

0

0

1

TYPE 6

0

0

1

0

TYPE 7

0

0

1

0

TYPE 8

1

0

0

0

TYPE 9

0

2

0

0

Coming Next in this Series “The Communicating Enneagram”
A type by type review of the LAB Profile Distribution, starting with Type Ones; The Reformer.

 

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