Avengers Enneagram Types

•May 27, 2019 • Leave a Comment
What is more natural than combining my two obsessions, the Enneagram and the Avengers! I’ve seen all the movies, many several times, and I’ve read a lot of blogs and articles about the characters. I’ve also looked into what type other people think our favorite characters are. I agree with some of them, and some really made me think. But others I just flat out disagreed with.
Here’s my take on their personality types and why…in no particular order. Feel free to debate with me about it in the comments! (NOTE – Some of them I specified wings and others I didn’t feel I had enough evidence to do so or that it wasn’t as important.)

THOR – 3

Thor is very charismatic; everyone loves him and is drawn to him. He cares a lot about how he appears to others (well…almost always…ahem) and is, let’s be honest, kind of vain.
He also wants to be known as the best and the strongest and proving that (competition) is important to him
Also, we can see him going to his 9 in stress in End Game as he sort of shuts down and hides out away from everything.


Steve Rogers is obsessed with doing things the right way and is extremely moral to a fault, especially early on when he’s more rigid and hasn’t had as much growth.
Also, in Civil War, he doesn’t want to sign the accords because he doesn’t want to lose control over making the right decision. In other words, he trusts his morals more than other people’s. And he does have flawless integrity, but, like any 1, he’ll justify breaking the rules for what he thinks is truly right, as seen when he advocated for his friend, Buckey. Speaking of which, the 2 wing is because he is definitely a champion and advocate for others like defending Buckey and leading a recovery group in End Game. As any good 1w2, he would lay his life on the line for others.


Sam Wilson is always loyal to Captain America as his faithful “sidekick.” When they’re about to go against the law and many of their friends for someone Sam barely knows, he says to Steve, “I just want to consider all of our options.” He wants Steve to be aware of what exactly they’re getting themselves into, but then he goes along with the Captain’s decision anyway.



Also typical of a 6, it seems like part of his job is to assess possible threats. He’s always thinking ahead.



IRON MAN – 8w7

Tony Stark is rebellious and combative. If someone told him he couldn’t do something because it was against the rules, he’d do it just to prove he could and that the rules don’t apply to him.
He’s impulsive and reckless with most of his decisions. He’s also pretty narcissistic, thinking he’s always right, no matter what. And when he was faced with being wrong in Civil War, he couldn’t hardly admit it and there was a fallout.  He’s sarcastic, which can be typical of an 8, and although many may call him a jerk, especially early on (which is also fairly typical of an 8, lol), we still love him. 🙂 Part of this is probably because we see him being very protective of his family and of his world and very into justice as most 8s are. He feels like if something has to be done in his realm of expertise, he should do it. He can’t “rest” until he does.
When he’s stressed, he goes to a 5 and becomes reclusive and obsessed as seen in Iron Man 3 with all of his suits and having a hard time talking to Pepper about what he’s feeling. His 7 side is because he is reckless and loves fun. He hates boring things and likes to shake things up to keep it exciting.


Rhodey is always following the rules, even if it means going against his friend. He will do what’s right in his mind, no matter the cost.


He also gets annoyed by Tony Stark’s 8-ness and how he doesn’t feel like he has to follow the rules, which bothers a lot of 1s. That and how egotistical he is. However, they make a good team, and if the 1 and 8 are both healthy, they can work really well together.


THE HULK – 9w1

Banner wants to avoid fighting and conflict or picking a side among friends/allies. He even tried to go hide away and avoid people and fighting altogether, even as the Hulk.
The 1 wing is because he wants to do the right thing, especially seen in his working as a doctor in poor countries. He’s easygoing and friendly and wants peace like a 9, but when he gets angry, look out…he’ll explode on you just like a 9 will when they’ve had enough.


Barton is very detail-oriented and perfectionistic, as seen in everything he does but also in how he teaches his daughter archery at the beginning of End Game. The following quote is a great example of him being a perfectionist in his job. He doesn’t just want to be average; he wants to be perfect. And if he’s not, he’s hard on himself.
His righteous anger is fuel to fight the bad guys, but he also fights out of a sense of duty as he references in Age of Ultron, “I’m going back out there because it’s my job.” When things go south for him and his family, he definitely unleashes his anger and lets his emotions control him (going to 4 in stress). The 9 wing is because of how private and to himself he is and how he avoids the fight unless necessary.


Natasha Romanoff may not appear like a 6 at first glance because she seems so confident, but that’s because she is one of those 6s that generally runs headlong into danger or fear instead of running from it.
However, she does have some of the doubt/fear/suspicious behavior of a typical 6, always thinking ahead about possible bad outcomes and often doubting others’ intentions. One of her teammates even calls her paranoid. Her 5 wing is because she is way more secretive and reclusive than showy and longing for fun.
Another 6 aspect of her is her loyalty. Once Hawkeye shows her mercy and befriends her, she is loyal to him forever, even into End Game when he doesn’t seem to deserve her loyalty anymore. When they fight each other in Civil War, she does the 6 thing and wants to assure things are still okay between them.
We also see her 6 come out in how she is desperately loyal to her “family,” the Avengers. She is very concerned with this support system or structure staying together and will do anything to keep it that way. She’s even the one who keeps it running in End Game so she can still be a part of this group that she has put all of her faith in. Without it, she feels like she is and has nothing.


Wanda often feels like she can’t do things and lacks confidence and will. She also has trouble handling her emotions and not letting them overcome her (as seen especially in Age of Ultron).
She’s also mentioned a few times that she feels like people see her a certain way that’s different than how she sees herself. She doesn’t feel understood. I also think Vision’s line to her at the end that gave her the last push to kill him for the sake of the world was very fitting for a type 4 and what they would want or need to hear.


Although Vision is an android, he does seem to have a personality. I peg him as a 9 because he’s definitely a peacemaker who wants to avoid fighting and conflict. Honestly, he could be such an amazing fighter and contributor to the Avengers, but he’s absent most of the time and that’s because he doesn’t like fighting. He even wants to just stay out of it all with Wanda in Infinity War.
He is also calm in the midst of chaos, easygoing, and neutral, and he is willing to sacrifice himself for others.


Dr. Strange loves to know things others don’t, which is typical of a 5, I think, and he easily masters whatever he tries, as seen when he starts his training. He loves knowledge, even useless knowledge like songs and their release dates.
He’s sarcastic and not really in touch with his emotions. He’s a practical/logical thinker and has no patience for morons. He wants everything to make sense and fit in his logical mind, and when it doesn’t, he has a hard time with it.


Peter Parker wants to be included and accepted by his superhero peers and he does his best to be useful, asking what he can do to help.
He also wants to make sure everyone is taken care of. He’s very friendly (friendly neighborhood spiderman) and always wants to help people in need. Like a 2 when stressed, he went to his 8 side and became very vengeful when his uncle died. Another thing about 2s is that they like people to appreciate what they do, which Spiderman really enjoys, and they also want people to show they care. This is seen in End Game when he finally feels the love from his mentor Tony Stark.


Quill is vain and egotistical but in the best way because he doesn’t realize it most of the time.
His ever-present childlike joy is contagious. He also comes up with these grand plans and gets excited about them like a 7 does. He is all about fun and is truly more interested in having fun than saving the day and fighting for justice, although that is a close second, which explains his 8 wing.


Gamora is super confident and all-business. Stupid people annoy her and she’d rather just do jobs on her own. It takes her a while to open up to the idea of being on a team as she’d really rather be in control. And the thought of being vulnerable is…well, it’s just not happening.


She is the rebellious type for sure, acting like a rebel against the world at first but then rebelling against her family later. However, she also has that 8 justice side to her that wants to do the right thing.



Agent Fury is hard on people and doesn’t really care or worry about others’ feelings.
But he’s also a great leader and likes to help others reach their true potential. I mean, that’s what Shield is all about. He is totally fine with being a rule-breaker too, especially if he feels he knows better, which he pretty much always does.


T’Challa has a strong desire to do what is right by his people but also in his own eyes. He struggles with this balancing act as he tries to make his people happy and safe and do what he’s supposed to do as the leader of Wakanda. But once he realizes he’s in the wrong, he wants to right that wrong as seen by his words to and treatment of his cousin, Erik Killmonger, the philanthropy he begins at the end of Black Panther, and his strong resolve to change the entire culture of Wakanda.
The 9 wing is because he is much more into the big picture idealism of his country than he is about individual people. Plus, these two quotes below just scream the 1w9 idealist to me, and I would know…I’m a 1w9.

ANTMAN – 7w6

Scott Lang is optimistic and is always reframing negatives to positives. Nothing is ever really a big deal, even when it is, and he’s always trying to lighten the mood (uncomfortable with negative emotions). His face often shows that childlike joy of a 7, like when he’s wide-eyed and grinning as Thor tells his aether story in End Game, even though everyone else thinks Thor’s story is awful. He also finds ways to entertain himself and not be bored.
The 6 wing is because he is very loyal to his family, even if it means breaking rules for them. But he’s also very kind to others and worries that others may get mad at him. He even apologizes as he fights for goodness’ sake.


Carol Danvers is overflowing with confidence and would rather work alone and do the job herself. She wants to be in control and feels like only she can do what needs to be done. She doesn’t need anybody. I thought maybe she was a 1 because of this, but after consulting with a lot of other 1s, we realized she was a little too unapologetic and rough around the edges to be a 1, lol.
The Kree say she’s emotional, which makes her mad, probably because she feels emotions make her vulnerable. She also hates the idea of being controlled by others. She can come off as kind of harsh or curt and doesn’t really care how she is received, which is typical of an 8. Lastly, she easily switches her mind or alliance when she discovers what’s truly going on and wants to make things right (justice).



THANOS – 1w9

(Not an Avenger but still important) I hate to admit it because I am a 1, but he really thinks he’s doing the right thing and will stop at nothing to do it. He’s just a really unhealthy 1.

He doesn’t generally seem to get a thrill out of killing people or controlling everyone; he’s not power-hungry. However, he does show anger and frustration that nobody appreciates or understands what he’s trying to do (1s often get frustrated when others don’t share their same ideals). He shows emotion with Gamora but generally stays away from emotion and is mostly even-keel, on the surface anyway, which 1s are known for.


His grand plan of saving the whole universe is very 9-like, hence the wing, and when he’s done with his plan he just wants to go be peaceful by himself, secluded from everyone.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed digging through some of the characters of the Avengers movies with me. As I keep writing my new YA Dystopian series based on the Enneagram, you can expect to see more of these types of posts!





Why You Shouldn’t Tell a Teacher, “We Need More Teachers Like You”

•May 23, 2019 • 2 Comments


First, let me just say to any of my friends who’ve said this to me, don’t feel bad. I know you meant well, and I appreciate the compliment. But now let me speak for teachers everywhere when I tell you why this is NOT what we want to hear.

This statement, although most likely meant as a form of encouragement and flattery, implies something: That most teachers out there are not good. So instead of uplifting us and making us feel good about ourselves and the way we do our profession, this comment reminds us that the general public thinks of teachers as being below average, or below wherever the teacher being “complimented” places his or herself on the implied scale.

And let me tell you, no matter where we put ourselves on that scale, we know for a FACT that there are TONS of teachers who are at that same level with us and even more who exceed it.

We are NOT an exception.

We are NOT a rare breed that needs to be showcased and sought after.

We are NOT the sole exemplary model for what teachers should be while all other teachers are a worthless shame to the profession.

We are NOT an exception.

We ARE the rule.

ALL TEACHERS have to deal with the same problems that range from student behavior to district requirements and expectations to curriculum issues to class sizes to a bunch of things that consume our time to an overwhelming amount of skills we’re asked to cover in an underwhelming amount of time.

We ALL have ups and downs, where one moment we feel like the best teacher ever, and the next moment, maybe even later that same day, we feel like a complete failure.

You see, we don’t need a few teachers to be praised. We need to ALL be praised. We need to be told that you see us. You see our struggles. You see our failures. And yet you are proud of us anyway.

We want to know that you appreciate not just us, but our profession. And that includes everyone in it. Because when the whole body is strong, we are strong.

So…next time you’re tempted to “encourage” a teacher by saying “We need more teachers like you,” try something like this…

“You really remind me how awesome teachers are. Thank you!”

“The work you teachers do is amazing. Thank you!”

“I appreciate you teachers so much. Thank you!”

“What you teachers go through is unreal. Yet you still do it. Thank you!”




(Note: I know that some of you may have had some bad experiences with teachers and that not every teacher is perfect. That’s true in any profession. I don’t mean this to be a blanket statement, just a general one.)

End Game Hangover (warning…spoilers!!)

•April 28, 2019 • Leave a Comment

WARNING: MEGA SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! This post is only meant for those who have seen End Game and are now in that strange, quantum realm state, if you will, where time has no relevance and you’re not exactly sure what to do with your life.



Or, reversely, it could be for those who don’t care about spoilers because they don’t really get the whole Avengers thing and why everyone is freaking out.

Let me try to explain. Superhero movies, unlike most other genres of movies, do so much more than entertain us.

First, they give us HOPE. Who doesn’t want to believe in a world where good always defeats evil (okay, except in Infinity War…), where heroes are people we can actually look up to, and where all the evil in the world is only shown through a PG-13 point of view. This is a world that offers us a ray of light in our dark world.


Second, Superhero movies INSPIRE us to be better people. These heroes have flaws, yes, but that just makes them realistic. They have so many virtuous qualities, too, and their selfless, heroic acts give us the feeling that maybe we can be real-life heroes as well.

Third, Superhero movies help us make lasting MEMORIES with our families. There aren’t very many long movie sagas that you can share and enjoy with your children. Although I’m sure there are more, only the MCU, Star Wars, Star Trek, and X-Men come to mind. And because they give us hope, inspire us, and entertain us, sharing these cinematic moments with our families makes the experience even more impactful and memorable.

Because of all of this, when that journey comes to an end, it’s almost as if our hope, inspiration, and memories are now dead, and we are left to mourn them along with the characters who died.


(***SPOILERS***) Honestly, it would have been bad enough to see some of our favorite characters die, even if it was done very well and was necessary. But the fact that we’re, in effect, also saying goodbye to other characters we may not see again makes it even more difficult. Or if we do see them again in future movies, it won’t be the same. This particular 22-movie journey is over, as was evidenced by the lack of a teaser after the credits of End Game. There was such finality to it, along with Pepper’s poignant line at the end, “You can rest now,” that it left many of us feeling like we were mourning after a real funeral. And the next day even, I know some of us felt that very real hollow and numb feeling of grief.

For me, personally, Tony Stark/Iron Man was my absolute favorite of the Marvel Avengers. One of my favorite movie characters ever, actually. He was extremely intelligent, hilarious, sarcastic, fun, relatable, realistic, and heroic. And…he kind of reminded me of my husband, lol, who actually made an Iron Man costume one year for Halloween and sort of looks like Tony Stark. 🙂


But my personal connection aside, we all have journeyed with Iron Man through 11 years and 9 movies seen countless times each. Tony Stark started the whole MCU and has just become a part of life for so many of us. We know he’s not real but HIS CHARACTER BECAME A VERY REAL PART OF THE IMAGINARY PART OF OUR LIVES. Tony Stark/Iron Man was a representation of American hope and heroism. And now he’s gone. As his journey ends, so does ours.


So, for those who don’t understand, just know that we’re not just mourning a character. We are mourning a part of our lives that will never be the same.



Futuristic Dystopian Series and Nature Pods for Relaxation!

•April 8, 2019 • Leave a Comment


I’m currently writing my 2nd book series, and this time it’s a futuristic dystopian series related to the Enneagram if you’re familiar with that. I am BEYOND EXCITED about this series!

Although the series isn’t meant to be heavily about technology, it is 50 years into the future and I wanted to make it believable. I’m not going to give a bunch of details about the series yet, but I wanted to share with you an amazing invention I came up with that I truly feel should actually be invented and installed in all schools and workplaces. NATURE PODS!!!



(Note: There are relaxation pods at least! I found this picture on this cool site!)

How would you like a private, relaxing space where you could not only unwind but also be transported to a realistic nature sanctuary of your choice? It would be like you’re really there in some beautiful place around the world because the experience is made real through 3 of your senses – sight, sound, and smell.

Here’s a sneak peek into the scene I’ve written that describes the beginning of the nature pod experience. You tell me! DOES THIS SOUND AWESOME OR WHAT?!!!



I pick one in the back corner and scan my thumb for it to open. As the door of the clear glass pod slides up and back, the neutral scent of freshly sprayed deodorizer wafts out, and I hop onto the cushioned reclining seat.

“Hello, Cass,” a soothing, female voice says after the door slides back down and seals shut to make it soundproof. The glass all around me turns opaque and then transforms into a giant screen with a browse menu and a menu of my history. “What scenery would you like today?” the voice asks.

I lift a finger and flick through my history for a favorite – the Mossy Forest in Malaysia. I touch the picture and the screen in the entire glass pod morphs into a pristinely clear video of the forest. The nature sounds of the forest slowly start to filter through the speakers and a small square appears on the screen that says, “Add music? Yes or No.” I click No and it disappears. I prefer only the nature sounds most of the time. It just makes it more real.

Before leaning back again, I wait for the last option to pop-up. A box that says, “Matching scent? Yes or No.” This time I hit Yes. As the woodsy scent gently sprays through the vents, I settle back into my seat and close my eyes, trying to relax and get comfortable. Then I open them again. With the sounds, the smell, and the gently alive forest surrounding me, I can almost imagine myself actually there.

Shadow Eyes Book 1 is FREE on Release Day!

•February 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

It’s finally here! Yay! Happy dance! Find Sacrificial Souls, Book 3 of the Shadow Eyes Series here!


And on this Happy Release Day, I am giving away Shadow Eyes, Book 1, for FREE!!! The ebook will be free on Amazon from today, 2/1, through Tuesday, 2/5, and the whole series is on Kindle Unlimited. Seriously, you have no reason to not go and get it, right now! I mean, like, right now!

shadow eyes release day promo poster

Just think, it’s a completed series that you can binge-read in the comfort of wherever and then wake up with a lovely book hangover.


For those who need the synopsis for Shadow Eyes, Book 1, here you go:

Iris thought she could ignore the shadows…until they came after everyone she loved.

Seventeen-year-old Iris Kohl has been able to see both dark and light figures ever since a tragic incident three years ago. The problem is, no one else seems to see them, and even worse…the dark figures terrorize humans, but Iris is powerless to stop them.

Although she’s learned to deal with watching shadows harass everyone around her, Iris is soon forced to question everything she thinks she knows about her world and herself. Her sanity, strength, and will power are tested to the limits by not only the shadows, but also a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows, a new friend with an awe-inspiriting aura, and a mysterious, alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend. As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, Iris must ultimately accept the guidance of an angel to revisit the most horrific event of her life and become the hero she was meant to be.




Also, a shout out to the amazing blogs who are helping me promote this release!

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Sacrificial Souls Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

•January 28, 2019 • 2 Comments

Here it is in all of its glory…the cover to the FINAL book in the Shadow Eyes Series! Also, the book is now ready for pre-order! Go check it out here!

Sacrificial Souls Ebook.jpg

Sacrificial Souls, Book 3 of the Shadow Eyes Series, will be released February 1st, 2019, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have a completed series out there in the world. Mostly because there is something so satisfying about being the proud author of a completed series – something like a child graduating. Also, I know my old readers won’t have to wait anymore and my new readers can binge read!


On top of all that, I do feel that this book is probably the best in the whole series. It will take you to places you’ve never been and has twists and turns and surprises like no other. For that reason, I am so excited to share it with everyone!


However, I wouldn’t be entirely truthful if I didn’t say that a part of my excitement is because the end of the series means the beginning of a new one! As much as I have loved and still love the story of Iris Kohl and all of her crazy adventures, my mind has been spinning a whole new world for a futuristic dystopian series for the last several months. Building a world is such a fun process! Complicated and time-consuming…but super fun!

Anyway, a big thank you to all my readers and a sincere apology to those who’ve been with me since the beginning with the first release of Shadow Eyes back in 2012. You’ve waited patiently. Now the wait will finally be over. 🙂


P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with the series or haven’t read the first one, click on the cover below to check it out.Shadow Eyes Ebook cover

Sacrificial Souls, Book 3, Tagline and Blurb

•January 5, 2019 • 2 Comments

Sacrificial Souls, The Shadow Eyes Series Book 3, is almost here! I can’t wait to release it to the world! For now, here’s the tagline and synopsis to whet your appetite.



Iris’s job requires sacrifice, but this is one sacrifice she won’t want to make.



Iris never asked for the role of leader, but her mentor seems to think she’s leader material and her friends don’t argue. Sometimes she wishes she could just be a normal girl with a normal boyfriend and a normal life… But who is she kidding? With her job and one of her enemies still out there wanting to kill her, her life would never be even close to normal.

Throughout the summer, Iris’s old adversary keeps showing up at her work and on shadow hunts, but not to kill her. Not yet. Each time, his message is clear: Join him or die. To make matters worse, Iris’s mentor seems to be hiding something. Iris wants him by her side when her enemy actually attacks, but she’s not sure she can trust him anymore. Nothing can prepare her, though, for when the tide’s turn and what she thought she’d never have to sacrifice becomes the very thing she needs to let go of in order to fulfill her final calling and eliminate her enemy for good.


Check out Shadow Eyes, Book 1, here! Don’t forget, the series is on Kindle Unlimited!

Shadow Eyes Ebook cover

Check out Luminous Spirits, Book 2, here!

Luminous Spirits Ebook