R is for Red Flags

    When we react to the world in the same, fear-based, ego-driven ways, over and over and over again, the same things tend to happen. We go in and out of feeling mad, ashamed, anxious, lonely, hurt, victimized, powerless, controlling, distant, arrogant or self-righteous. Eww. However, quitting our reactions so we can feel better, […]

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 […]

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 […]