Discover Your Personality Type with the Enneagram
The Enneagram, an ancient system of understanding personalities and their core motivations, is a tool that helps us release our limited points of view, in turn broadening our understanding and appreciation of our differences. It helps us to learn to be truly empathic towards others and their way in the world, while keeping our own perspective. It is a way of getting to know ourselves and others from the inside out.
The system describes nine fundamental personality types, their core motivations and ways of relating in the world, each with its own gifts, natural limitations and blind spots. This idea of nine personality types links it to the mysteries of many philosophical/religious traditions, and its psychological wisdom is consistent and compatible with modern personality theory.
As a system of self-understanding, the Enneagram goes beyond other personality typologies, such as Myers-Briggs, in that it suggests our likely pathway of development. Its focus on core motivations and fundamental ways of paying attention, highlighting “why” we do “what” we do versus simply addressing how we perceive the world.
The Enneagram model is based on the observation that human beings experience the world in three significant ways through thinking, feeling and sensing – and that these correspond to three physical centers of perception and intelligence that mediate these experiences – the head, the heart and the belly. And while people use all three centers, each type preferentially uses one of them for perceiving and responding to life.
The Enneagram is a powerful tool to help us understand ourselves better and navigate our relationships with greater ease and grace. It can be used to assist us in our spiritual growth.