It was also during this time I learned about and fell in love with the Enneagram and became a student of the Enneagram for the rest of my life!
The Enneagram is a study of 9 different character types and motivations found in all people. It’s a dynamic system of personality, expression, and awareness. The Enneagram helps to explain why we do the things we do. The wisdom of the Enneagram lives in our very core.
Some people compare the Enneagram to the Myers-Briggs inventory; some approach the Enneagram from a more spiritual perspective. Some relate the Enneagram to Jungian psychology.
When I was first learning about the Enneagram, I was taught that it developed over 2000 years ago by Sufis and was handed down in the oral tradition. I have since learned that the exact origin of the Enneagram is actually not known. There are different theories about how the Enneagram came to be based on the teachers who teach it.
We do know, however, that the Enneagram was introduced in the United States in the 1960s. Well-known Enneagram authors and teachers include Robert Ochs, Richard Rohr, Helen Palmer, Don Riso and Russ Hudson. (Riso and Hudson are the creators and developers of the highly-respected Enneagram Institute.)
When you choose to learn about the Enneagram and take the system into your own being, there is no doubt that it is a valuable tool for improving relationships and points to areas for undertaking deep personal growth.
I am not an expert on the Enneagram by any means but I know enough about it and love the system enough to share the basics. I invite others to participate in local Enneagram discussions since study is deepened when a variety of people come together and feel safe opening up.
Later, I will also share about Subtypes which explore whether you operate more outwardly, inwardly, or in a position of self-preservation.
Additionally, each of the personality types has a backup called a Wing, which is the number found in the expression of the point next to your personality type, on either the right or left side in the system. For example, as a Point 4 Romantic/Individualist, my own backup or influence, so to speak, is either a 3 (Achiever) Wing or a 5 (Observer) Wing.
I will also go into the Wings in more detail, the levels of development, and the direction of growth and stress in future blog posts.
To start with, perhaps one of these 9 types feels true to you, just in saying the name given to each Point?
1 The Perfectionist (or The Reformer in some teachings)
2 The Helper (or The Giver in some teachings)
3 The Achiever (or The Performer in some teachings)
4 The Romantic (or The Individualist in some teachings)
5 The Investigator (or The Observer in some teachings)
6 The Loyalist (or The Questioner in some teachings)
7 The Adventurer (or The Epicure in some teachings)
8 The Asserter (or The Leader in some teachings)
9 The Peacemaker (or The Diplomat in some teachings)
As the saying goes, once you begin to explore the Enneagram it is like “peeling an onion.” The more you begin to understand how the system works, the more enriching life can be!
I plan to share many more blog posts about the Enneagram, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with a comment below or at Michele.EssentialBeingCoaching@gmail.comif you have any further insights.
Essentially Yours ~
Michele Duncan King