Enneagram

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Enneagram

Postby mirjana » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:58 am

Psycho spiritual typology

Enneagram derives from two Greek words: ennea(nine) and grammos(something drawn). It is nine- pointed diagram depicted within a circle. It used as psycho spiritual typology for personality types. Each point of enneagram represents one personality type and expresses a dominant pattern of thinking and emotions. By using enneagram, person can integrate all aspects of personality and working on that integration one becomes aware or even enlightenment in understanding self and the place in the world.
This kind of analysis is used in psychotherapy, by career coaching, organizational development, for educational reasons, in parenting, creating and mostly as a tool for personal spiritual growth.
The enneagram figure as a personality study was first brought to the attention in 1947, when P.D Ousopensky, who was a student of G.I. Gurdjief, published “In Search of the Miraculous”. For Gurdjief enneagram was "the fundamental hieroglyph of a universal language." It is considered that enneagram originates from Egyptian religion, because in their cosmogony there are nine deities.
There are four main aspects that must be followed when working with enneagram and those are:
Wings, Stress and security points, Instinctual subtypes and Directional scales.

In order to think a bit more about that what personality type you could be, the best way seems to listen somebody describing her/himself as a specific type and see where and when you feel the closest.


Enneagram - Type 1

Type One is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and a perfectionist.

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Enneagram - Type 2

Type Two is demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive.

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Enneagram - Type 3

Type Three is adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.

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Enneagram - Type 4

Type Four is expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.

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Enneagram - Type 5

Type Five is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.

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Enneagram - Type 6

Type Six is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.

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Enneagram - Type 7

Type Seven is spontaneous, versatile, distractable, and scattered.

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Enneagram - Type 8

Type Eight is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.

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Enneagram - Type 9

Type Nine is receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent.

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A Little History of Enneagram

Postby mirjana » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:15 pm

The philosophy behind the Enneagram contains components from mystical Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and ancient Greek philosophy (particularly Socrates, Plato, and the Neo-Platonists).
Plato discussed this idea as the Divine Forms or Platonic Solids, qualities of existence that are essential, that cannot be broken down into constituent parts. The same idea was developed in the third century by the Neo-Platonic philosophers, particularly Plotinus in his central work, The Enneads.
Early Christian mystics focused on studying the loss of the Divine Forms in ego consciousness. Distortion of these Divine forms is known as the Seven Deadly Sins: anger, pride, envy, avarice, gluttony, lust, and sloth.
The same idea is present in the mystical Judaism, particularly in the teachings of the Kabbala, with a diagram called Tree of Life which is central to Kabbala. The Tree of Life is a said to be a map showing the particular patterns and laws by which God created the manifest universe. The diagram is composed of 10 spheres (Sefirot) connected by 22 paths in particular ways. All human souls are "sparks" that arise out of these spheres or emanations from the Kabbalistic Tree. (The first sphere, Keter, is reserved for the Messiah, leaving nine other spheres for the rest of us.)

Gurdjieff, Ichazo and Naranjo


The symbol of Enneagram was reintroduced to the modern world by George Gurdjieff, who taught the symbol primarily through a series of sacred dances or movements so designed to give the participant the sense of the meaning of symbol and the processes it represents. Its nine-pointed star was painted on the floor of his main school in Paris. He believed that most of us are asleep to our true selves, identifying instead with our “false” personalities. Gurdjieff used the Enneagram not to categorize personality types but as a model for dance movements suggested by the nine-pointed diagram. His goal was to use these movements to force people out of their habitual patterns.
He did not teach a system of types associated with the symbol. He revealed though to his advanced students their chief feature, which is the anchor of a person's ego structure, or the basic characteristic that defines them. It seemed that Gurdjieff never taught anything about a system of understanding character related to the Enneagram symbol. Actually, Bolivian psychiatrist, Oscar Ichazo , adapted it for personality types in 1950s.
After him, Claudio Naranjo, a Chilean psychiatrist who studied in the U. S. went on to train under Ichazo in Chile, in the 1960s. Returning to the U. S. he began teaching the Enneagram to small groups of students in Berkeley, California, in the early 1970s. In contrast to Ichazo, who insisted on typing all students himself, Naranjo encouraged his students to figure out their own type-related fixations. By interviewing highly self-aware students about their preoccupations, Naranjo began to develop a far richer picture of each type. Several of the leading modern Enneagram teachers came out of these groups.
Today, there are many Enneagram teachers. Most famous are Helen Palmer who presented her work in the book The Enneagram and Don Riso who wrote the book Personality Types.
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Re: Enneagram

Postby mirjana » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:26 pm

II cannot imagine anybody not loving Star Trek. So, I thought that it could be interesting mapping the Enneagram onto Star Trek :The Next Generation characters. I hope you will enjoy it as I did.

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