The enneagram is a model that describes nine personality structures. We call these the enneagram types. These can be seen as nine different views through which the same reality is seen. Often if people don’t agree, it is because they look at things from different views and really see something different. It helps if you have a manual to better deal with yourself and other people. The enneagram is such a manual.
Pattern of thinking, feeling and acting
We all know everyone is different. The question is how we’re different. The enneagram provides insight. There are many models, systems and methods that help to get to know yourself better. That is very valuable. The added value of the enneagram is that:
- it also helps to better recognize the differences between you and the other, acknowledge these and to overcome them
- it is a powerful method for self-actualization
Practicing the enneagram brings connection. Connection with yourself and with the other. The enneagram is more than just a model. It also offers a method for development. Helen Palmer was at the starting point of this. We call this method ‘psycho-spiritual integration’.
What appeals in the enneagram, depends on whom you ask!
What people say:
- it’s thorough and clear
- it helps people
- it works efficiently and is purposeful
- it is deepening and brings connection
- it is structured and correct
- it is a reliable system
- it is fascinating and gives options
- it is powerful
- it brings harmony between people
The starting point is that people are the expert of their own type. They can tell us best how things work within, how they see, experience and feel things and why they react as they do. We work from wonderment, and non-judgment.
The purpose and value of this method is that it leads to increasing self-insight and -acceptation. The skills of self-observation and -reflection are developed in a structured way within the Narrative Tradition. The most important methods are the Typing Interview and the Panel Interview.
The typing interview is a diagnostic interview where a certified enneagram professional helps you discover which enneagram type might be dominant.
We prefer typing interviews to questionnaires. When you fill out a questionnaire and a certain type comes out of it, what have you learned about yourself? The added value of a typing interview is that the trainer/coach guides you in this process to more self-insight. The purpose is that you become the expert of yourself and your type. A qualified professional will therefore not draw conclusions but gives you feedback, advice or tips that you can continue with.
The panel interview is both a way of gathering and transferring knowledge as well as a method for development. The panel consists of a few people that recognize themselves in the same type. They are the representatives of their type and share how things work within, what is hard for them, what their qualities are, etc.. By listening to their personal stories, the theory gets a face. The more you listen to the stories from people, the less judgmental and the more lenient you become.
The nine types
Type 1 – The perfectionist
Attention goes to what is right and wrong, being good. Energy goes into trying to improve.
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Type 2 – The helper
Attention goes to wants and needs of others, being appreciated. Energy goes into giving & helping.
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Type 3 – The performer
Attention goes to what brings success and approval. Energy goes into achieving goals, tasks and prestige.
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Type 4 – The romantic
Attention goes to what is missing. Energy goes into searching for the most unique, special and fulfilling.
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Type 5 – The observer
Attention goes to the expectations of others. Energy goes into becoming self-sufficient and acquiring knowledge.
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Type 6 – The loyal skeptic
Attention goes to risks and worst-case scenarios. Energy goes into becoming vigilant, questioning.
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Type 7 – The epicure
Attention goes to what limits and constraints. Energy goes into interesting ideas and experiences.
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Type 8 – The protector
Attention goes to who needs protection, to power and control. Energy goes into being strong and direct.
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Type 9 – The mediator
Attention goes to conflict and discomfort. Energy goes into other people and avoiding conflicts.
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