P is for Passions

Passion, in the Enneagram world, has an uncommon meaning. I’m all about passion in the, soul’s-desire, manifest-your-dreams, go-after-that-which-makes-your-heart-sing kind of way.  However, in this context, passions are more like obsessions than inner callings. In relation to the Enneagram, Passions are feelings that pull us powerfully in the wrong direction, away from our true self and […]

N is for Narrative Tradition

Of all the Enneagram teachings I’ve experienced, the Narrative Tradition (founded by Helen Palmer and David Daniels in 1988) is unique and profound. They use panels of real people to help students understand what it is like to live as a certain personality type rather than talking about the different types as though they weren’t […]

L is for Levels of Development

One group of Enneagram teachers introduced the idea of levels of development which speaks to the differences in health or functioning between people with the same personality type. Because each type gets broken up into 9 levels of development, I haven’t posted a table here with all that.  Besides, other people have already done it, […]

I is for Instincts

      This is one of my favorite Enneagram topics because it goes a long way in explaining the differences between people within each personality style. The three instincts of the Enneagram are: Self-preservation: We all have a strong drive to stay alive, feed ourselves, be warm, safe, comfortable, and financially secure, among other […]

H is for Habits

An ugly truth about our personalities is that they are lazy.  Complex and dug-in, I’ll give them, but imaginative?  Not so much. Rather than finding new and interesting ways to get what they want each day, they create habits and patterns that we obediently fall into and do over and over and over again.  If […]