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You’ve probably seen how popular the Enneagram has become lately on social media. With so many people striving to live a more meaningful life and to dig deeper into soul work it’s no surprise the Enneagram has made its way to the top.
I was first introduced to the Enneagram by one of my best friends, Morgan, about 2 years ago.
I’ll be honest, at first I was a skeptic and honestly a little afraid of being boxed in and “typed”. But friend, when I finally drew up the courage to lean in and start my Enneagram learning I must say I was completely and utterly surprised by the freedom it has brought.
Which is why I’ve been digging into learning and sharing the Enneagram with many of my friends and coaching clients.
In short, the Enneagram is a personality typing system made up of 9 main types.
The Enneagram is a powerful, complex personality system with 9 different patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. Each type has a filter in which determines how we apply our energy and what we value as worthy of our attention.
Within each of the 9 types there is a specific belief about what we need for satisfaction and survival in life.
There are so many aspects to the Enneagram that I will dive into deeper in upcoming posts but for now here are some basics!
Have you ever found yourself in a professional development training about personality types that leaves you thinking, well that’s great! Now I have more ideas about myself and how to interact with others. Only to leave and a few days later it hasn’t made an impact on your life or the team you’re working on?
Or maybe you’ve tried other personality type tests or quizzes such as the Color Code or Myers Briggs or a Gallup Survey. While those are all helpful tools they are lacking in so much of what we are truly desiring to uncover about ourselves.
The purpose behind digging into your personality is to be able to know yourself on a more raw level and to develop into the best version of yourself. One where you are functioning at a healthy mental and physical level. Noticing patterns of your thoughts and behaviors brings about awareness, and from there you can make sustainable change.. Having an awareness of yourself and a deeper understanding of who you are creates a sense of contentedness and joy in your life. A space from which you can act authentically.
I think Isham says it best here: “It cuts deep, sure and true, refusing to flatter the vanities of the ego. It unmasks, exposes, and confronts. It threatens complacency. Teachers of the depths, the abyss, the sub-surface realities that play a big role in sharing the outer person. It brings distress, it empties conceits, it punctures pretentions. THEN after psychic space has been cleared and opened to new energies it points to integrated and authentic living”
The Enneagram, and more specifically the Enneagram through the lens of scripture, works to help you discover the essence of your being. It works to pierce through the layers of our behaviors and personality to bring to the surface who we truly are. While you are essentially one main number, there are avenues for growth and a path for defining and living out who you truly are at your core.
Basic Fear: Of being corrupt/evil, defective
Basic Desire: To be good, to have integrity, to be balanced
Basic Fear: of being unwanted/unloved
Basic Desire: to feel loved
Basic Fear: of being worthless
Basic Desire: to feel valuable
Basic Fear: no identity, or personal significance
Basic Desire: to find themselves and their significance
Basic Fear: being useless, helpless, or incapable
Basic Desire: to be competent and capable
Basic Fear: of being without support and guidance
Basic Desire: to have security and support
Basic Fear: of being deprived and in pain
Basic Desire: to be satisfied and content, have needs fulfilled
Basic Fear: of being harmed or controlled by others
Basic Desire:to protect themselves, be in control of their own life
Basic Fear: of loss and separation
Basic Desire: to have inner stability and peace of mind
+live in alignment with who you truly are meant to be
+compassion for yourself
+compassion for others’
+new lens to understand other people’s point of view
+develop a deeper sense of who God has called you to be
+cultivate a deeper relationship with your creator, God
+OH SO MUCH MORE
Along with seeing the Enneagram popping up all over social media it brings the controversy of where/how to find your number.
Here is the key… only you can do that work.
It’s more than a quiz. While I did take a quiz myself, that was only the beginning of my journey to knowing my number. I was at first convinced I was a two. Some types can look like other types so you really have to spend some time reading into the motivations.
Generally it’s the one that cuts deepest because it’s so true, but it also feels so freeing because of how spot on it is. When I found out that I am a type 7 and through all my research I kept thinking to myself, “I’ve never felt more understood.”
Here are my recommendations for starting:
Quiz – 9 Types
Further Reading: The Enneagram Institute
Okay, loves! So much more on the Enneagram to come. But for now, share in the comments below your Enneagram type if you already know it!
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