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System

The

ENNEAGRAM

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.

ENNEAGRAM ESSENTIALS

Ennea is Greek for '9' and gram is 'drawing'

 

Pronounced "any-a-gram"

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.

ENNEAGRAM POINTS

Find out more about the nine enneagram personality types

and the 9 different ways we view the world and experience life.

POINT
One

1. THE RATIONAL, IDEALIST

Principled, purposeful,

self-controlled & perfectionistic

Ones believe that imperfections exist and it is up to them to change things.

ESSENCE| Purity

POINT

4.THE SENSITIVE, WITHDRAWN 

Expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed & temperamental

Fours believe they are both deficient and unique and that this needs to be recognised. 

Four

ESSENCE| Joy

7. THE BUSY FUN-LOVING TYPE

Spontaneous, versatile,

distractible & scattered

Sevens believe that they need to plan for a happy future.

POINT
Seven

ESSENCE| Absorption

Two

2. THE CARING, INTER-PERSONAL TYPE

Affectionate, generous,

people-pleasing & possessive

Twos believe that others need their love and support. 

POINT

ESSENCE| Kindness

5. THE INTENSE, CEREBRAL TYPE

 

Perceptive, innovative,

secret & isolated​

Fives believe that the world is dangerous and that they need to understand it.

Five
POINT

ESSENCE| Peace

8. THE POWERFUL,

DOMINATING TYPE

Self-confident, wilful​

decisive & confrontational

Eights believe it is up to them to be a powerful force in the world.

Eight
POINT

ESSENCE| Cosmic Power-Shakti

3. THE SUCCESS-ORIENTED

PRAGMATIC TYPE

Adaptive, excelling, driven &

image conscious​

Threes believe that they need to be applauded & be successful.

Three
POINT

ESSENCE| Love

6. THE COMMITTED

SECURITY-ORIENTED TYPE

Engaging, responsible,

anxious & suspicious

Sixes believe that the world is not safe and that they need to

make allies.

Six
POINT

ESSENCE| Pure Intelligence

9. THE EASYGOING

MODEST TYPE

Receptive, reassuring,​

agreeable & complacent

Nines believe they should suppress dangerous feelings and let others take control.

Nine
POINT

ESSENCE| Awareness

For the full type descriptions, click on this link to the Enneagram Institute https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions

THE 3 CENTRES OF

Intelligence

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.

CENTRE
Body

Body-based types lead with the body for movement, sensate awareness and gut-level knowing. Their focus is on personal security, control, social belonging and taking right action. Also known as the Instinctual Centre.

Points
8+9+1
Heart

Feeling-based types emphasise the heart for positive and negative feelings, empathy and concern for others, romance and devotion. Their focus is on success and relationship, performing up to expectations of the job or other people. Also known as the Emotional Centre.

CENTRE
Points
2+3+4
Head

Thinking-based, head types lead with ideas, gathering information, figuring things out and rational decision-making before acting. Their focus is on creating certainty and safety, or finding multiple options. Also known as the Intellectual Centre.

CENTRE
Points
5+6+7

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

Self-Preservation

Self Preservation Instinct

We are concerned with the ongoing search for survival, comfort and well being

INSTINCT
Sexual

Sexual Instinct

We are concerned with the achievement and maintenance of specific relationships and connections with important individuals through one-to-one bonding

INSTINCT
Social

Social Instinct

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

INSTINCT

THE

ESSENCE OF ME

TODAY

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