Do we need to analyze all the issues from our past?
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Host: Do we need to be self aware of the issue in our personality? Chris Wright: In the psychological and therapy community, it’s considered to be important to become aware of the issues that affect your personality. Unresolved issues come from experiences beginning in childhood that leave an impact on your personality, so that, maybe as an adult, let’s say that you grow up and you felt like you didn’t get enough love, or that you learn that you can’t trust women, and that these experiences now as an adult carry a lot of tension or pressure for you, and affect your behavior and your thinking, that is what your issues are. Some partners in a relationship consider very meaningful and important to be able to discover these issues and analyze these issues together. Other partners find that it s off putting, that it actually feels offensive and alienating, when their partners are always psycho-analyzing them or analyzing their parents or analyzing how he was brought up and so it can create a sense of tension to have a person do that. In this orientation, the focus is on the underlying operating system in the personality that you’re born with. The reason is that, that provides the foundation for how these issues actually show up, I mean, you’re born with a certain personality, and then in the Enneagram, a certain quality that you have but to the extent that you just touch with that quality inside yourself, it creates a pressure that split happens and it happens early on and so from then on, if you are brought up in a family that’s very difficult or traumatic, it further breaks up that split, it deepens the split, it creates even greater emptiness and bigger hole inside, a pressure inside yourself in that personality type. So for example, a one, a perfectionist who is brought up in a very difficult childhood is going to find that it makes them even more obsessed about perfection. They could find that they get so unhealthy that they become what s called Obsessive Composite Personality Disorder. A three, for example who has a fear of being nobody and has to always feel important that I’m somebody, if they’re brought up in a very traumatic environment or a difficult childhood, they could throw them over the edge, where they develop what’s called a Narcissistic Personality Disorder, where I just grand the other sense of myself to counteract that feeling of insecurity, that I’m nobody. Each type, a four, for example, who is very sensitive and dramatic in a difficult childhood could find that they go very unhealthy and become what s called a Borderline Personality Disorder, where one day I love you, I love you, I love you and the next day, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, that level of volatility, and so what happens is, is that when you have a difficult childhood, it tends to exacerbate that split, make it even greater. So those people tend to have a lot more content, a lot more stories they can tell that explain what s in that emptiness, why there’s that emptiness. But what you’re going to see is that, that sense of separation from yourself, that split, that that goes much deeper than the issues of your childhood and through your adult life, that it goes beyond that, that it s really at the core of your being, because there’s many people who have been brought up in wonderful families, who had a lot of love in their families, and yet they too have big empty places, insecurities in their lives that affect them, but they don t have a story about it, they don t have they can t find a reason where are those tensions coming from, so in some sense it could even be seen as some kind of an existential split. So regardless of where the tensions come from, it s important to gain awareness of the operating system that’s affected by these and your personality. So you have self awareness that how they show up in your personality, whether you brought up in a wonderful family or not, whether they come from specific issues or not, isn’t as impor