What is the enneagram?
The Enneagram is an archetypal framework that offers a powerful roadmap to personal awareness. The 9 styles represent the different lenses through which we tend to view the world, and that guide how we think, feel and act.
These lenses are like filters… they’re our default way of viewing the world and the habitual foundations from which we respond.
Knowing yourself through the lens of the Enneagram enables you to understand your motivations, your behaviours and your triggers. It helps you to recognise, often for the first time, the repetitive patterns that have been showing up for you over the years, and how you might have been holding yourself back because of this.
And with this undertanding, you are given the opportunity to make a different choice.
type 1:the strict perfectionist
High standards, idealistic, strong ethics
Ability to discern right from wrong, what can be improved
When balanced: ordered, conscientious, principled
When imbalanced: inflexible, judgmental, critical, self-righteous
Fear: Being criticised
type 2: the considerate helper
Helpful, warm, cheerful, people-centered, praising
Focus attention on the needs of others
When balanced: generous, supportive, considerate, caring
When imbalanced: over-involved, needy of affirmation/acknowledgment, manipulative
Seek: To be needed/help
Avoid: Needing others
Fear: Being unloved
type 3: the competitive achiever
Productive, task-oriented, competitive, results-driven
Think on their feet, overcome obstacles to achieve the goal
When balanced: practical, focused, flexible, driven, ambitious
When imbalanced:overly assertive and aggressive, dismissive , lose sight of selves in their focus on the goal
Fear: Being useless
type 4: the intense creative
Sensitive, expressive, authentic,
Introspective, deep feeling, seek meaning
When balanced: intuitive, sensitive, insightful, creative, inspired
When imbalanced: self aborbed, moody, dramatic, negative
Seek: Authenticity/depth & to be understood
Avoid: Superficial/the ordinary
Fear: Being without identity/not unique
type 5: the quiet specialist
Analytical, rational thinkers, observers, experts
Boundaried, private, self sufficent, unsentimental
When balanced: curious, hungry for knowledge, perceptive, inventive
When imbalanced:detached, withdrawn, indifferent, hold on to resources
Avoid: Emptiness/being foolish
type 6: the loyal sceptic
Aware, tuned-in, prepared, responsible, grounded, self-reliant
Strong sense of inner knowing
When balanced: courageous, resilient, intuitive, loyal, trusting
When imbalanced:fearful, guarded, doubting,
Avoid: Rebellion, entrapment
Fear: Being unprepared
type 7: the enthusiastic visionery
Positive and energetic pleasure-seekers
Quick thinkers, reframers, future-oriented conceptulisers
When balanced:optimistic, adventurous, enthusiastic, flexible
When imbalanced: impatient, selfish, restless, impulsive, irresponsible
type 8 - the active controller
Strong, assertive, natural leaders & protectors
Instinctive, quick thinkers, get things done
When balanced: certain, decisive, independent, take charge, loyal
When imbalanced: unemotional, intimidating, confrontational, disempowering
Avoid: Being controlled
type 9 - the adaptive peacemaker
Easy-going, approachable, accommodating
Agreeable, patient, supportive
When balanced: fair, attuned to others, diplomatic, balanced, understanding
When imbalanced: numbed out, not present, stubborn, passive-aggressive
This is the a very quick look at the first layer in understanding. Ofcourse there are many more, and working with an Accredited Practitioner will help you to uncover how all of these fit together.
With this comes insight into how you might take off this habitual lens and start showing up in your life, your work and your relationships in a new way.
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