Seven Deadly Sins

UPDATE: 2014-03-17 Back in February 2007, I chatted with Jessica Hagy and she gave me permission to post her diagram then. It seems that lots of people have suddenly come to the party late and retweeted the graphic only without giving credit to where they found it and implying that I didn’t give Jessica a credit so I have updated the graphic itself, because those people are tweeting just the picture rather than the blog post itself, bizarrely. Why would you do that?

This post touches on the links between the seven deadly sins, offering a psychological perspective. But, do check out the amazing quasi-mathematical strips from Jessica Hagy, think Venn diagrams, charts, and graphs but amazingly clever and witty.

Seven deadly sins

Rather than being simply mystical or wiccan pointed stars enneagrams have been used in analysis providing a diagramatic representation of a personality based on nine types and motivations. Hagy’s enneagram reproduced here, instead focuses on the seven deadly sins and provides definitions of how each possible pair of sins combines to create a particular behaviour. Strictly speaking it should be a heptagram, or septegram, not an ennea-gram (ennea from the Greek for nine, hepta for seven). Deception and fear might have been added to the heptagram to make a true enneagram.

I don’t know if this kind of thing would stand up in psy class, but it’s a nice diagram and offers some rather intriguing insights into the human mind, including the notion of edible undies, where lust and gluttony intersect.

The image comes from this page of Hagy’s. I asked her how she came up with the enneagram, “I was just playing with the idea that everything under the sun is linked to everything else,” she told me, “The ‘7 sins’ card is just a verbal play on the idea.”

If there’s a psychologist in the house, I’m sure Sciencebase readers would be interested in your thoughts on this. What do you make of the seven deadly sins enneagram?