The Enneagram 101


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Every person has a unique communication pattern and special energy we put out in the world.

Want to become aware of how you are wired and discover more joy, creativity and meaning in your life?  

Welcome to the ENNEAGRAM, a tool for you to explore the depth of your personality. It’s actually centuries old, but it’s recognized by psychology and neuroscience as a cutting-edge self-development tool that sparks a better understanding of self and others.

Want to know why you’re having difficulty getting along with a certain roommate? Or why you completely disagree with your parent about how you should spend your money? Why you and some friends have a very different idea about how to spend your time? 

Every person has a unique communication pattern and special energy we put out in the world. We all have strategies for getting what we want and dealing with conflict. The Enneagram helps identify these patterns and enables us to transcend our ego to reach higher levels of consciousness and, ultimately, self-actualization. 

It’s that powerful.

What’s exciting about the Enneagram (and different from other personality tools) is that it doesn’t box you in; it honors your complexity and opens a pathway to self-discovery and empathy for the differences in others. It helps you improve relationships and get along with others in your personal and professional life.

Here are the basics:

  • The Enneagram identifies 9 basic Types and the lens each Type uses to interpret the world around them.

  • The Enneagram helps people understand their core motivations that drive compulsive patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.

  • Knowing your Enneagram Type is only the first step. It helps to delve deeply into how your lens impacts every aspect of your world—how you view and live your life, coping with automatic reactive behaviors. By understanding and noticing these things, you can mindfully relax the things that impede you from living life joyfully and making a difference with others.

  • The Enneagram shows you how to protect yourself from negative thinking, self-sabotage, losing your presence and giving away your power. It provides a road map that sparks growth.  

Brain science has discovered humans have 2500+ thoughts an hour, with 80% negative and 95% repetitive.  Imagine the implications of understanding your negativity and utilizing mindfulness strategies to learn how to manage your thoughts, harness your strengths and become aware of your blind spots

Becoming aware of your Enneagram Type helps you better identify how you get in your own way and cause yourself suffering. By suffering, I’m talking about untrue assumptions we make because we see through a limited lens. This is what often leads to disappointments, misunderstandings and even arguments. The Enneagram opens you to seeing more and living in truth.

We all suffer because we’re driven by unconscious motivations. We go after things that only reinforce our false self and don’t lead to the happiness we truly desire. We actually just reinforce our ego driven lives. 

Becoming aware of our ego and relaxing its hold on us is empowering. It’s life-changing. It’s one of the best ways to lift the weight off our shoulders and begin moving forward.

The Enneagram identifies 9 basic Types and the lens each Type uses to interpret the world around them.

Now for a brief overview of each Enneagram Type:

TYPE 1: THE STRICT PERFECTIONIST/REFORMER

Motivated to Do the Right Thing—Black/white thinkers with a strong sense of “right” and “wrong,” believing that things are not worth doing if not done correctly. Ones are typically hardworking, conscientious and have impressive self-control. They value structure and procedures and can be dignified moral crusaders bettering self, others and the world.

Blindspot: being rigid, judgmental and critical.

TYPE 2: THE CONSIDERATE HELPER

Motivated to Be Liked and Appreciated—Warm, engaging, friendly, supportive people whose self-worth is invested in their ability to being of service to “their people.” Twos are very empathetic, caring deeply about their relationships. They are gifted at being attuned to others’ needs with high emotional intelligence. They pride themselves in their ability.

Blindspot:  being unaware they “give to get;” often out of touch with their own needs; struggle with boundaries and prone to creating a cycle of dependence.

TYPE 3: THE COMPETITIVE ACHIEVER

Motivated to Outshine the Rest—Ambitious and action oriented. Focuses energy on being the best, getting things done efficiently, performing well and winning. They are accomplished, driven and goal focused and value quick results.

Blindspot: avoiding failure at all costs, including neglecting or not prioritizing relationships; over-identifying with accomplishments, believing they are their success.

TYPE 4: THE INTENSE CREATIVE/INDIVIDUALIST

Motivated to Be Unique—Imaginative, creative and often innovative thinkers. They desire to live a meaningful life of self-expression and purpose. They value deep connection and authenticity. Wearing their heart on their sleeve, they are often considered emotional and ‘a lot’ to others. Fours have high emotional intelligence and are very empathetic to others.

Blindspot: dramatically over-identifying as a lost/flawed person; accepting the paradox that they are uniquely having an ordinary human experience.

TYPE 5: THE QUIET SPECIALIST/INVESTIGATOR 

Motivated to Understand—Cerebral, curious, analytical, innovative and private. In trying to objectively understand the world, they explore concepts and acquire in-depth knowledge. Seeing the world as requiring a lot, they put up strong protective boundaries to conserve their energy and keep from being overwhelmed by life, others and emotions.

Blindspot:  detaching and withholding. 

TYPE 6: THE LOYAL SKEPTIC

Motivated to Be Safe and Belong—Strategic scenario planners, aware of threats, cautious and always prepared. Type Six works towards creating safety, stability and certainty. Although skeptical, they are generous and loyal friends to those in their inner circle. They are good problem solvers and very responsible. 

Blindspot: inflexibly dealing with sudden change; not seeing the positive of what is right and joyful in the present moment.

TYPE 7: THE ENTHUSIASTIC VISIONARY 

Motivated to Experience It All—Energetic, optimistic and fun-loving movers who want to enjoy all life has to offer. Actively seek stimulation and find excitement for all things new. Sevens have active, fast paced monkey minds. They hate limits and avoid boredom and emotional pain.

Blindspot: over-promising; lack of follow-through to details. 

TYPE 8: THE ACTIVE CONTROLLER/CHALLENGER 

Motivated to Be Strong and In Control—Powerful presence, strategic thinker, decisive and naturally takes charge. Eights are bold, blunt, strong and protective of those they care about or the under-dog.  

Blindspot: not considering the emotional impact of their directness or realizing how much force they bring to many situations.

TYPE 9: THE ADAPTIVE PEACEMAKER – 

Motivated to Keep the Balance—Easygoing and accommodating to create a harmonious environment. Their patient and unassuming nature makes them easy and likable (yet sometimes forgettable). Nines value being understanding and inclusive of all points of views, which makes them gifted diplomats and consensus builders. They create comfort through simplicity and routines and are often contemplative, enjoying “being” in nature. 

Blindspot: dealing with conflict, self-forgetting, numbing out and laziness.

To discover your own Enneagram Type and understand how it influences and controls your life, go to LifeSpark.work and set up a free 15-minute chat with me, Kristie. I’m here to help you bring more spark to your life so you can EMRACE YOUR SELF AND ILLUMINATE THE WORLD.  


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