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, […]

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 […]

D is for Distance or Disidentification

This one’s a bit abstract so hang in there with me because it is one of the most important tools for increasing your freedom from your personality’s knee-jerk reactions and limited perspectives.   Here’s how it works. When we are identified with our personality structure, we see the world in a prescribed way.  We have […]