© Laurie Schnebly Campbell
One of the most requested tapes from the RWA National Conference was Laurie's workshop on "The Psychology of Creating Characters." You can order the tape (called Romance Writers 98 Audio 3-10) from Bill Stephens Productions at 800/322-4422 ($12.99 includes priority mail) and get the handouts right here.
HANDOUT #1: WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
Answer the questions as:
___ 1. Wasting time bothers me.
Add up your scores horizontally (1 + 5 + 9 etc.) to get your total for each priority.
1. ___ 5. ___ 9. ___ 13. ___ 17. ___ 21. ___ 25. ___ = ___ EXCELLENCE
If your priority is EXCELLENCE, you most want to avoid wasting time, feeling worthless or insignificant. What you sacrifice is feeling stressed, overwhelmed with work. The advantages are superior skills, performance, innovation.
If your priority is COMFORT, you most want to avoid anxiety, strain, pressure. What you sacrifice is that you're less efficient, productive, capable. The advantages are that you're relaxing, easy to be with, comfortable.
If your priority is PLEASING, you most want to avoid friction, disharmony, being rejected. What you sacrifice is recognition of personal worth. The advantages are that you're gracious, tactful, diplomatic.
If your priority is CONTROL, you most want to avoid taking risks, looking wrong, embarrassment. What you sacrifice is spontaneity, emotional intimacy. The advantages are that you're a good leader, manager, organizer.
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HANDOUT #2: WHAT'S YOUR ENNEAGRAM TYPE?
Check any questions you'd answer "yes."
__ Do you like being well organized?
__ Do you like to be needed?
__ Is achievement important to you?
__ Do you frequently feel that nobody understands you?
__ Are you happier by yourself than in a group?
__ Do you stick up for the underdog?
__ Do you like change?
__ Do you feel you can handle conflict easily?
__ Do you figure most things in life aren't worth getting upset about?
For a description of your type, see next page.
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HANDOUT #3: THE NINE ENNEAGRAM TYPES
ONE (THE PERFECTIONIST, REFORMER, IMPROVER)
is a perfectionist who wants to set things right. Their internal critic tells them what they "should" be doing. They're more task-oriented than people-oriented. Ones avoid anger and have a sense of what is morally best in all circumstances. Theyšre responsible, hard-working, demanding of themselves and others, and find it hard to relax and go with the flow. Ones are comfortable with schedules and don't like interruptions. They insist on fairness, work hard at correcting faults and are almost always sincere, honest, scrupulous and just. Ones see things in terms of black and white, right and wrong. They're responsible, hard working, and good at planning.
TWO (THE HELPER, NURTURER, CARETAKER)
is compassionate, kindhearted, caring, loving and nurturing. They want to be needed and appreciated, and can neglect their own needs to the point of exhaustion. They believe in helping others and give freely but have a hard time receiving. Twos feel guilty about saying no. They value personal, one-on-one relationships. They're empathetic, good listeners, helpful, friendly and open. Twos like to feel important to others, and frequently value themselves mainly for how they can help. They often don't recognize their own needs, focusing instead on others' needs, and sometimes feel victimized or used when others don't appreciate all they've done.
THREE (THE ACHIEVER, SUCCEEDER, PERFORMER)
is self-assured, ambitious, charming and popular. They are concerned about how people perceive them and conscious of their own image. Threes are good communicators and good at being objective; they focus on what works. They're competitive, impatient with inefficiency and can be lonely because they tend to be superficial in relationships. Three is energetic, vibrant and youthful, with a pleasing appearance, and is always on the go. They like clear goals and like to run their own showoften their profession constitutes their life. They're efficient go-getters who identify with work, fear failure and can adapt to whatever is necessary for success.
FOUR (THE ARTIST, ROMANTIC, INDIVIDUALIST)
wants to feel unique and special, likes big dramatic emotions, and tends to be melancholy. They often feel like they don't fit in. Fours focus on feelings and write "scripts" for every situation, but find that life seldom measures up. Emotionally sensitive, they feel exempt from living like others do. They are often creative and artistic, with a keen sense of beauty and an original, distinct style. Fours enjoy being on stage, crave deep feelings and usually feel either very high or very low. They're compassionate, good listeners who understand the pain of being misunderstood or feeling abandoned. They try to avoid ordinariness, feeling reality is dull.
FIVE (THE OBSERVER, INVESTIGATOR, THINKER)
values autonomy and privacy and prefers being anonymous on the edge of a group to being the center of attention. They tend to intellectualize, enjoy learning and knowing things, and find almost everything interesting. Observers who prefer non-involvement, they can live happily with their own projects and remain emotionally detached. Fives hate feeling controlled and keep their thoughts and feelings private, tending to hoard their time and personal self. Logical thinkers, they have modest needs and prefer books to people and small talk. They view themselves as wise and perceptive, able to understand and rise above almost anything.
SIX (THE LOYALIST, GUARDIAN, BELONGER)
places great value on belonging. They look to others for authority, and prefer working within limits and schedules. They cherish traditions, structure, commI'ment and security. Compulsively responsible and often insecure, sixes are dutiful, obedient and hard workers. Sixes tend to be fearful and plagued by doubt, but are devoted to their group. Wholeheartedly dedicated and serious, they sometimes lack confidence in their own abilities and fear making the wrong decision but will gladly conform to the rules and work hard to direction. They're consistently loyal troopers, dependable, punctual, and faithful to their family and friends and authority.
SEVEN (THE ADVENTURER, ENTHUSIAST, PLANNER)
loves to have fun, dislikes facing painful reality, and finds good in almost everything. They enjoy planning more than they actually carry out because they like to keep their options open. Sevens tend to overindulge in food, experiences and/or material goods, believing "the more the merrier." They're extroverted, charming, enthusiastic and always want more of the extraordinary. Optimistic, excited and hopeful, they prefer to be with other people and find very few things they can't enjoy. Sevens are young-looking, view themselves as playful and childlike, and try to avoid pain or sadness by planning lots of fun activities all at the same time.
EIGHT (THE LEADER, CONFRONTER, CHALLENGER)
is gutsy, outgoing, assertive and strong. They like to take charge, manage and call the shots. Self-confident, natural leaders, they take the initiative to make things happen. They work well under pressure but can be harsh and demanding, know how to get things done and believe in vengeance and justice. Eights are powerful, aggressive commanders who believe that showing weakness or tenderness means a loss of power; thus they don't value introspection or self-analysis. They work hard and play hard, and stand up for justice. Eights are courageous self-starters who love a challenge, can mobilize others, and are good at fighting for what they want.
NINE (THE PEACEMAKER, ACCOMMODATOR, HARMONIZER)
usually feels grounded, calm and serene. They like routine, enjoy having time to do nothing and frequently focus time on non-essentials (TV, cards, sports) to tune out conflict. They're easygoing, agreeable and good listeners who can identify with all opinions and therefore make good mediators. Self-effacing, they tend to value peace at any price and hope problems will go away. Nines are stable, unflappable and virtually shock-proof, not viewing anything as too important. They prefer to avoid tension and stress, downplay things and often procrastinate, hating to waste energy or feel unsettled. They like to keep old friends and enjoy the status quo.
© Laurie Schnebly Campbell
HANDOUT #4: WHAT'S YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE?
On each scale, mark where you'd fall between the two extremes.
At a group event, I'd rather spend time with:
Given four hours of free time, I'd rather spend it:
When running errands, my first choice would be to do them:
On the E/I scale, you lean more toward
In making a decision, I'd rather listen to:
I prefer to make up my mind according to:
When planning for the future, I value:
On the N/S scale, you lean more toward
If I have to choose one or the other, I think the most important thing is:
I listen more to:
If people have a criticism of me, it's that I:
On the T/F scale, you lean more toward
While both are important, I place more value on:
I feel more satisfied at:
On the J/P scale, you lean more toward
SJ about 40% of the world. SJs like to belong, be useful and serve the world. They believe in conservation, institutions, tradition and stability. They honor the past and uphold solid relationships.
SP about 40% of the world. SPs value freedom, action, and the moment at hand. Theyšre impulsive, optimistic, charming and generous. Living mainly in the present, they form relationships easily.
NT about 10% of the world. NTs value knowledge and competence. They like developing models and exploring ideas, and follow their own ethics. They look to the future and form relationships slowly.
NF about 10% of the world. NFs focus on self-actualization and becoming the person they were meant to be. They work toward a vision of perfection, and place great value on intimate relationships.
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