More About Enneagram Typing

You best learn your type through a face-to-face interview and/or listening to a panel of exemplars as they answer questions and share their experiences, motivations and behaviors.

As you work with and listen to others, you gain invaluable insight into others and your relationships. You also deepen your understanding and compassion as you gain insight into the complexity of other world views.

The Enneagram is a constellation of energy patterns.  As you learn your type, you learn your body’s responses to your mental and emotional patterns.

It’s developmental. People who work with the Enneagram, report significant, identifiable changes in themselves and their relationships.

It’s not the byproduct of psychology. Rather, it’s been developed through a long, oral tradition of real people who reflect upon their own inner patterns. With that said, prestigious academic universities like Harvard and Stanford embrace the Enneagram.

There are countless Personality Profiles, but the Enneagram’s profundity lies in its accuracy and its honoring of our human complexity. 


1. It doesn’t box you in. Rather, the Enneagram gives you tools for self-management which loosen the grip from the box you are already in. Many of us trained in the Enneagram are fully aware of the rich complexity of each human being and honor your uniqueness beyond type. You are more than your type.

2. It’s not what you do. It’s why you do it.  The Enneagram is so powerful because it helps you see what you couldn’t see. You must PAUSE to notice when you “go on autopilot.”

3. It invites compassion. You learn your type and you learn about others through a face-to-face interview and/or listening to a panel of exemplars as they answer questions and share their experiences. You deepen your understanding and compassion as you gain insight into other world views.

4. It is three centered. It doesn’t all happen in the head! It identifies your mental, emotional and sensory/instinctive patterns which often affect your health and well-being.

5. Like anything worth learning, it requires practice. You learn “Pause Practices” which enable you to pause and identify patterns you choose to work with in order to grow in awareness of yourself and others.

Why do we use the Enneagram to help you develop Self Awareness?


Get unstuck. The Enneagram helps you identify hidden habitual mental patterns

EXAMPLE:  If your habit is to habitually pay attention to other people’s needs, you’re going to have to come face to face with your own avoided needs when you start working with the Enneagram.


It identifies your core emotions that drive the pattern

EXAMPLE: If your habit is to pay attention to worst case scenario, you will eventually come face to face with your core fears that are driving this habit. You can’t “force” yourself not to feel fear. There ARE things you can do to manage it though.


The Enneagram identifies the motivation underneath these habits. You discover that your habits are rooted in the natural human need for:



EXAMPLE: Imagine a time when you feel like no matter how hard you try, you can’t control a situation that is important to you. You also may give away your power to others which is another, more subtle way of controlling the situation.


EXAMPLE: You want to feel like you aren’t going to be surprised by something you can’t handle. It can be as simple as feeling stuck at a boring meeting or as complex as feeling afraid of all the feelings that will come if someone you love becomes ill.


EXAMPLE: Consider a time when you want to someone to think well of you. We each “do” things we believe will help us make a connection. 


Given your level of awareness at any given time, your type has healthy and less healthy ways of expressing itself.

Self-Awareness offers you the opportunity to choose your Actions consciously.


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