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?

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13 thoughts on “Seven Deadly Sins

  1. For those mulling over the immorality of condom use, consider this. There are so many problems with the idea of spray-on-condoms that if you ever had difficulty explaining lipstick on your collar, then you’re really going to struggle explaining a lurid smear of yellow rubber on your underwear.

  2. I did something similar with some Meat Loaf song titles only to discover subsequently that there are thousands of people doing something similar with his and everyone else’s songs too. I posted about it on SciScoop and there is a link there to a flickr group who have extended these quasi-mathematical representations to everything from Alanis to Pearl Jam.

  3. Rythm, Rythm, Rythm. I don’t get it. Aren’t the seven deadly sins a list of anthropogenic constructs first mooted in the middle ages by a fire and brimstone preacher? Aren’t these “new” sins pretty much the same thing with a 21st century twist, but again, created by a man? Whatever happened to “Do not have any other gods before me”? Aren’t we all supposed to follow the law of God as laid down in the Bible (from the Greek word for book, by the way) and not rules and regulations created by man? Or, did they move the goalposts at some point? Moreover, you state that “without him we can do nothing”. Do you mean that we actually have no choice and exist in a Calvanist state of predetermination? If not, then what do you mean? Surely, we can do a whole lot “without him”, such as taking part in those so-called sins. I thought it was through him that we would be redeemed for doing so, assuming we repent, and that without him there is a whole lot we can do…

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