It's a long weekend and I don't feel like writing something serious this morning, so I'm posting something fun. As my girlfriend has sent me pictures of her babies for the last year and a half, I can't help but notice they both look so much like her and not her husband, who is a Type 9. I know this is totally subjective, but I wonder if that's a thing with Nines, just because Nines are self-effacing psychologically- are their genes self-effacing as well?
To illustrate what I mean about "self-effacing", here's Beatrice Chestnut's introduction to her chapter on Type Nines from her book, The Complete Enneagram.
Type Nine represents the archetype of the person who seeks to harmonize with the external environment as a way of staying comfortable and peaceful, even though this means a loss of contact with their internal environment. Akin to the meaning behind both "fusion" and "union", this archetype's drive is to maintain a sense of calm and connectedness through merging with the outside and diminished awareness of the inside.
In other words, Nines "go along to get along". In order to maintain peace and harmony, they would rather "cancel themselves out" to maintain the peace in a group, ie. ignore their own desires or opinions if they feel they'll conflict with the group. We all do this to some extent to be polite, but Nines do it on a meta scale in their lives.
To further build my case, I present this 5-minute video on youtube of a numerology guy talking about the self-effacing properties of the number nine in math. The interesting observations about its properties start at 2:45. He says if you want to do a calculation quickly, just get rid of all the numbers that add up to nine, and voila! You've got the sum of the numbers that add up to your answer, which is rather what happens psychologically to our Type Nine friends in a social setting.
So if it happens in the psychic structure and it happens in math, does it happen in our genes? Diamond Approach teacher A. H. Almaas says that "the personality is everywhere in the body and mind, and its barriers are omnipresent". As someone very wise said (actually I think a female scientist said it before her time), "our issues are in our tissues". Sandra Maitri talks about this a lot, that the personality's holding patterns affect the tension patterns in our body. Could the archetype not also be found at the genetic level? Although I hope I'm wrong- that would be sad. But just for kicks, this is my totally subjective survey- do the children of the Type Nines you know look more like them or their partner?