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 […]

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 […]

C is for Centers

Centers of Intelligence, that is. Scientists have discovered neurons (brain cells) in our digestive track and in our hearts.  Neurons transmit information, which means they know stuff or they wouldn’t have information to transmit.  In other words, we have smart cells in our guts and hearts as well as our brains.   That means we […]