Why find out your Enneagram Type?

 How could a number describing personality make a difference to my life?  Aren’t I more or less the same as everyone else? Well the answers to these questions may surprise you, at least that’s how we hope you will feel after engaging with the Enneagram. In essence, this map of human conditioning is about uncovering unconscious, habitual patterns that we run or perhaps more accurately put, run us. As we discover our particular personality type, the Enneagram gives us a road map as to how we can work these patterns into better shape – in other words, how we can get psychologically healthier and express more of our innate potential.

In a nutshell 

The Enneagram helps us to know what kind of patterns to look out for. i.e. rooted in shame, fear or anger and the motivations behind them. Once we have this information, we can get a better handle on our subconscious programs that are mostly running the show. Developmental biologist, Bruce Lipton suggests that 95% of our behavior is shaped by our subconscious mind.  
 
The Enneagram helps us to see what these programs are and provides a road map for change. Once we know a little more about these patterns at play in our lives, what should we do about it? The answer that we learned from many well respected Enneagram teachers like Helen Palmer, Russ Hudson, David Daniels and others, is much less than we may think. The effort that counts the most is paying attention to ourselves.
As we develop a practice of being more present to ourselves, we also start to create new subconscious patterns that are in alignment with our conscious wishes, dreams and intimate desires.
 
We can then stop blaming others for our unhappiness and instead, respond more naturally to people and situations in our life. We can understand in a visceral way what its like taking another persons perspective. Consequently, we make it possible for our relationships and work to dramatically improve.
The Enneagram creates meta-awareness at an individual and team level and uncovers the focus and patterns of behaviour that subconsciously drive and motivate us to act in certain ways. In making these patterns and motivations conscious, the individual is able to develop and transcend these. The Enneagram also provides a very powerful model for understanding how development and integration operates, given the core motivational pattern we start from. It empowers the individual to take responsibility for his or her own behaviours and growth from a greater understanding of why they act and react in a certain way.

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    The Integrative Enneagram Questionnaire is a dynamically adaptive intelligent assessment. It will take you about 30 minutes to complete and it will measure: Enneagram Profile, 27 Subtypes, Centres, Wings, Lines, Levels of Integration and 6 dimensions of Strain.

Body centre

Body-based types lead with the body for movement, sensate awareness and gut-level knowing. Their focus is on personal security, control, social belonging and taking right action. Also known as the Instinctual Center.

Heart centre

Feeling-based types emphasize the heart for positive and negative feelings, empathy and concern for others, romance and devotion. Their focus is on success and relationship, performing up to expectations of the job or other people. Also known as the Emotional Center.

Head centre

Thinking-based, head types lead with ideas, gathering information, figuring things out and rational decision-making before acting. Their focus is on creating certainty and safety, or finding multiple options. Also known as the Intellectual Center.

credit for high level descriptors: www.enneagramworldwide.com

The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nin) and gram (points/what is written or drawn). It refers to the nin different Enneagram styles, identified as the numbers 1 to 9. Each number represents a worldview and archetype that resonates with the way in which people think, fell, and act, and how they stand in relation to the world, others, and themselves. Each Enneagram type has its advantages— its bright sides, as well as its disadvantages—or shadow sides. Within each type, an individual may function at a very healthy level, or operate at an unhealthy level. Understanding your own patterns help you be more aware of the ways in which you will operate, especially when not awake and aware. Without awareness, your type may “run the show” and your behaviors and thinking may be on auto-pilot. The power of the Enneagram lies in our ability to be aware of our patterns and to be in choice.