Episode 22

Published on:

20th Dec 2021

S2 E3: Christmas Movie Special

Mario, TJ, and their special guest TJ Ingrassia go to the North Pole and discuss four of their favorite Christmas movies through the lens of the Enneagram. They share the Enneagram energy they see at play over the Christmas season as it’s celebrated in America and Canada. Listen as the three explore why “It’s a Wonderful Life” came to be such a Christmas tradition and how material desire plays in “A Christmas Story.” They also tackle the questions if anyone has ever been better suited for a role than Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf and whether or not “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie.

“At Christmas, one of the big rituals: giving gifts. Twos love giving gifts, love showering people with love and attention in that way and celebrating with family. At least the Twos I was with were very family oriented. And what does a family do together aside from giving gifts? Eat a great big meal for all of us to share. So all these loving Two things as well as sentimental music.” - TJ Dawe [05:44]

“Something that we see in Sevens that is usually not in the literature is that this feeling of disappointment in life. And this is the theme of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ right? He has to be told ‘no, it wasn’t that bad.’” - Mario Sikora [18:39]

“I feel like ‘Elf’ Is a good example of a film and a character that it’s portraying a character that basically would never exist in real life, because I feel like Buddy is a perfect combination of a Two and a Seven.” - TJ Ingrassia [1:00:10]


[00:04] Intro

[01:14] Meet TJ Ingrassia

[03:08] Focusing on four Christmas movies

[04:05] Enneagram at play during Christmas season

[10:46] The meaning of Christmas vs what it has become

[12:26] First movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

[16:45] Enneagram themes in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

[24:59] Thoughts on Mr. Potter and other characters

[28:24] Final observations about the movie

[35:21] Second movie: “A Christmas Story”

[38:15] Enneagram themes in “A Christmas Story”

[41:42] The movie’s instinctual bias theme

[50:13] Final thoughts about the movie

[51:58] Third movie: “Elf”

[59:53] Enneagram themes in “Elf”

[1:07:25] Bob Newhart and James Caan

[1:12:35] The final movie: “Die Hard”

[1:17:52] The everyman hero

[1:19:22] Enneagram types in “Die Hard”

[1:28:17] Bruce Willis and John McClane

[1:31:35] A buffet of awesome

[1:38:56] How to find more about TJ Ingrassia

[1:40:15] Outro

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TJ Ingrassia:

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About the Podcast

The Enneagram in a Movie
The Enneagram in a Movie Podcast is a fun and informative way to take a deep dive into understanding the Enneagram.

In the third season of The Enneagram in a Movie podcast, Mario Sikora and TJ Dawe are joined by TJ Ingrassia to explore themes related to the Enneagram in a variety of movies, starting with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You’ll never see movies—or the Enneagram—the same way!