I fell in love with the Enneagram when I was in graduate school.
Up to that point, I had been trying to understand and fix my problems by trying harder, pushing myself harder, and trying to motivate myself by being really hard on myself. That may sound pretty familiar because there are a lot of us who have lived that way. And if that’s true, you probably already guessed what happened next – I reached a point where that stopped working.
Learning the Enneagram was like turning on a light switch. I was able to see where I was in the endless cycle of going around and around in circles. It opened a door to escape that unending hamster wheel. The Enneagram was not the only tool that provided insight for me in that process, but it was one of the most impactful parts of my growth. It gave me a new framework to understand myself and the world.