Enneagram Personality Types

Self-Insight for Personal Development and Growth

Use the Enneagram to learn about why you behave the way you do. It makes an ideal tool for self-growth and leveling up.

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WHAT IS THE ENNEAGRAM?

The Enneagram is a model that consists of 9 different personality typing systems, and people find it fascinating because it is another tool they can use to learn about themselves. But it goes deeper than that. As Don Richard Riso put it, “[T]he Enneagram is, at its most abstract, a universal mandala of the self—a symbol of each of us.”

HOW DOES THE ENNEAGRAM WORK?

The Enneagram helps to clarify patterns in how people perceive the world and can help them learn to manage their emotions by illuminating them. So it can help us to see ourselves on a new, more objective level. This can obviously be of great value to us as we journey along our path to self-knowledge.

“In the course of working on ourselves, we learn in time that when we stay on the surface of ourselves, which is to say when we are identified with and operating from our outer shell—our personality—we suffer. The more asleep we are to the reality beneath our shells, the less we feel that life is fulfilling, meaningful, and pleasurable.

Or, in the language of the enneagram, the more fixated we are, the less we partake of the loving nature of reality, for we have lost our connection with Holy Love. Our suffering is not the result of being alone or of being in the wrong relationship, is not because we don’t have enough money or because we have too much of it, or because of anything of the sort.

Nor is it because our outer surface doesn’t look as pretty as we think it should or because our personality isn’t as pleasant as we think it might be. We suffer because we are living at a distance from our depths—it’s as simple as that. The more our souls are infused with Being, the better we feel and the better life seems to us, no matter what our outer circumstances happen to be.” ~Sandra Maitri, The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul

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