Originally Posted by TigerCookie
Hello! I would appreciate some clarity from others with a stronger grasp of the Enneagram and MBTI than I myself have. I am interested in the possibility that a trauma, such as the death of one's mother or father, at a formative age, could possibly impact or shift the 'core' personality of an individual. This is an abstract question, but it is, of course, precipitated by personal events in my life. I am looking forward to any insight people can provide, either from materials they have read or personal experience. Thanks so much.
A very good question which I have posed.
I suspect that that severe trauma could result in a dissociate identity which is virtually a mental illness (and may appear so to others). The person will not be acting true to their deep personality. He or she will appear like a cariacture, a false actor, not the real self.
I suspect that the ingrained type is so ingrained that people can change their behaviour, but deep in their core, their real personality is still there. Naturally, the personality would return to homostatis. However, under prolonged stress the "false" personality will remain.
Grief usually goes through a process and would not likely to be the reason. More likely, prolonged bullying, a toxic marriage, overbearing authority figures (to some personalities), opposite types, a bad boss, persecution etc. could lead to a person behaving in a way that was uncomfortable to them.
This is from personal experience, not from theory.