Nine ways to view the world.
WHAT IS THE ENNEAGRAM?
The enneagram is a powerful tool for greater self-awareness. It provides a practical framework that helps us identify our natural gifts and talents, so that we use these to help others in a way that brings fulfilment into our lives.
According to this system, each of us is born with a dominant type and knowing this type helps us understand our core motivations and fears.
Once you have answered the Enneagram Questionnaire, read the brief overview below to learn more about the 9 Points. Please keep in mind, the test is only a guideline for beginning a conversation and only you will know the true accuracy of the results.
Ennea is Greek for '9' and gram is 'drawing'
Nature or Nurture?
Everyone is considered to be dominant in one single type, although one can have
traits belonging to other ones. While it's uncertain whether this type is genetically
determined, many believe it is already in place at birth.
Enneagram authors have attached their own individual names to these numbers.
We use the type names by authors Riso and Hudson.
Find out more about the nine enneagram personality types
and the 9 different ways we view the world and experience life.
1. THE RATIONAL, IDEALIST
self-controlled & perfectionistic
Ones believe that imperfections exist and it is up to them to change things.
4.THE SENSITIVE, WITHDRAWN
Expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed & temperamental
Fours believe they are both deficient and unique and that this needs to be recognised.
7. THE BUSY FUN-LOVING TYPE
distractible & scattered
Sevens believe that they need to plan for a happy future.
2. THE CARING, INTER-PERSONAL TYPE
people-pleasing & possessive
Twos believe that others need their love and support.
5. THE INTENSE, CEREBRAL TYPE
secret & isolated
Fives believe that the world is dangerous and that they need to understand it.
8. THE POWERFUL,
decisive & confrontational
Eights believe it is up to them to be a powerful force in the world.
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3. THE SUCCESS-ORIENTED
Adaptive, excelling, driven &
Threes believe that they need to be applauded & be successful.
6. THE COMMITTED
anxious & suspicious
Sixes believe that the world is not safe and that they need to
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9. THE EASYGOING
agreeable & complacent
Nines believe they should suppress dangerous feelings and let others take control.
For the full type descriptions, click on this link to the Enneagram Institute https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions
THE 3 CENTRES OF
When familiarising yourself with the enneagram, a good place to start is with the three centres of intelligence - these are the Body, Heart and Head. Everyone uses all three of these centres, but each personality type has a particular preference for one of them.
This primary centre influences your way of being in the world, and is an important key to overcoming blind spots and developing our potential. Using all three centres helps with achieving a more balanced life.
THE 3 INSTINCTUAL DRIVES
& the 27 Sub-types
Each Type is motivated by our 3 Instinctual Drives called Self-Preservation, Sexual (One-to-One) and Social. One of these instincts will play a more dominant role in our behaviour, and depending on which one it is, determines which of the 27 sub-types we are.
Learning about the instincts and the sub-types helps us gain an even deeper understanding of our personality type. The quickest and easiest way to find out more about this is to book into a Brave Talks Workshop or for specifics on your type, book an Enneagram Essentials Private Session
We are concerned with the achievement and maintenance of specific relationships and connections with important individuals through one-to-one bonding
We are concerned with whether or not one is included and recognized in the group or community, and how one is positioned and regarded within groups
ESSENCE OF ME
IS THE SAME
as when I was 5 years old
PEOPLE DON'T REALLY CHANGE,
BUT THEY CAN LOSE SIGHT OF WHO THEY REALLY ARE