What is the Enneagram?
"...the Enneagram is “the bridge between psychology and spirituality.™”" (Enneagram Resources Series, The Wisdom of the Enneagram)
The Enneagram is a personality assessment tool that is popularly used to promote self-discovery, encourage empathy, and foster personal growth. It references nine primary archetypes, or personality groups, each identified by a number. These numerical values are charted on various points of the Enneagram’s physical representation as a geometric shape.
The relationships between these symbolic numbers correlate to the interpersonal behaviors exhibited and experienced by the represented types.
The Enneagram Is Not Vague...
It’s also not for the meek-when my good friend first introduced it to me as a tool to explore using for myself, but mostly with clients-she warned me “The enneagram cuts deep”. She was right.
The Enneagram sheds light on those parts of ourselves that we have been blind to or hiding from. It can help us pinpoint and personalize our understanding through a finer set of distinctions than the nine basic types. Each type has two Wings and three Instinctual Variants. These two “lenses” help us zero in on our personality traits with greater accuracy and specificity.
But the Enneagram is also unique among personality typologies in that it shows us ways to develop. It precisely maps out the patterns of our growth as well as those which get us into trouble. Through the Levels of Development and the Directions of Integration and Disintegration, we can understand the dynamics of our personality—the ways in which we change over time
A person’s internal mapping system that reveals why they think, feel, and behave in particular ways. It notifies us when we are on our healthiest path, or when we are veering off course.
• Enneagram is from the Greek words:
• Ennea = 9
• Gram = drawing
• Personality resource for growth and transformation individually and in all our relationships.
*Robert Leary, Enneagram
*Enneagram Resources Series, The Wisdom of the Enneagram