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WHAT IS THE ENNEAGRAM

The Enneagram

• Is a personality profiling system

• Is a system that can provide data that helps us understand that we need to go beyond our habitual responses in order to better understand, relate to and connect with other people and the world we are a part of

Background to the Enneagram

The Enneagram is an ancient tool for personal understanding, development and transformation. Its origins are mysterious, with some evidence that it was originally written about in about 331AD, by Evagrius of Pontus. Some authors claim it dates back to as far as 2,500BC.

In any case, it has been around a very long time – much longer than other systems used in modern organisations to assist in understanding the unconscious influences upon ourselves and others. The Enneagram is a fabulous tool for personal (and sometimes spiritual) transformation and for improving working and intimate relationships, communications and the functioning of families, organisations and other groups in society. “Ennea” is the Greek word for “nine” and grammos means ‘point”. Its symbol is a nine-pointed star around a circle. The symbol has its own mathematical derivations and internal significant connections.

While users “attribute” Enneagram types (numbers from one to nine) to themselves and others, it is vital to remember that we are really typing a set of influences (habits, tendencies, survival strategies) that are on the person – NOT the person themself. People are too complex, too different and too unique, to ever be fully described by any one system. However, for ease of understanding, we use the language of she or he is a Type Six, or Three and so on.

However, if we know the “E” Type of ourselves and others we are dealing with, we have vital knowledge about how we and they may feel, think and do, or not do, in different situations. This is because we all behave automatically, or habitually at times, in response to the unconscious push from our own set of influences. The more self aware we are, the less they continue to affect our thoughts, feelings and actions. Except for those few people on the planet who are enlightened, our unconscious habits continue their influence on us in relatively predictable ways.

Understanding this predictability increases our understanding of others, which can lead to greater tolerance and forgiveness and less blame. It also helps others understand us and helps us develop greater self understanding and be more forgiving of ourselves when we go off track.