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Enneagram

The Enneagram is a personality framework that helps you understand your deepest motivations, desires, and needs. It helps you see clearly both your superpower and your Achilles heel. It helps you recognize the self-image that you have created for yourself – the one that brings you pride and protection, but at some point also begins to feel confining and limiting. It helps explain you to yourself - and find a way to have more balance and peace in life.

The Enneagram is a framework of the 9 types of personalities we see in the world. It’s more than just a list of behaviors that people display in certain situations.

Why the Enneagram

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.


The Enneagram Is...

So, what is the Enneagram?  It’s a framework of the 9 types of personalities we see in the world.  It’s more than just a list of behaviors that people display in certain situations.  The Enneagram deals with the level of our deepest motivations, desires, and needs.  It helps you see clearly both your superpower and your Achilles heel, which are two sides of the same coin.  It helps you recognize the self-image that you have created for yourself – the one that brings you pride and protection, but at some point also begins to feel confining and limiting.

The Enneagram is not meant to put a label on or stereotype anyone.  It is for personal insight and growth.  As Enneagram teacher Ian Cron says, “The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box.  It shows you the box you’re in.”  And as I shared from my own experience, it shows you the way out of that box – out of the negative patterns.  It provides a level of understanding that makes all that effort you’re putting into change effective.  The Enneagram teaches you how to counter the unhealthy tendencies of your personality so you can find a different way to fix the problem.

The Enneagram can also help you understand and connect better with others close to you. When you realize that maybe their underlying motivation and way of seeing the world is different from yours, you can find ways to benefit both parties involved.


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