Why find 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. In essence, the Enneagram is a map of human conditioning that brings awareness to various unconscious styles of behaviours. As we discover our personality type, the Enneagram provides a road map of how we can relax the patterns that limit our work and relationships.

In a nutshell 

The Enneagram helps us to understand the emotional undertone of ones dominant pattern,  i.e. rooted in shame, fear or anger and the motivations that drive us. Developmental biologist, Bruce Lipton suggests that 95% of our behavior is shaped by the subconscious mind. The Enneagram is a powerful tool to make this material more visible. 
 
We can then stop blaming others for our unhappiness and instead, respond more creatively 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 word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nin) and gram (points/what is written or drawn). It refers to the nine 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.

*courtesy integrative Enneagram.