While the Enneagram today is recognized as a personality typology, it would be more accurate to think of it as a dynamic system. It draws from many sources, including ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychology, to help people understand their own values and unique survival strategies.
The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and how that shapes thoughts and behaviour. The Enneagram describes nine personality types and maps each of these types on a nine-pointed diagram which helps to illustrate how the types relate to one another.
Applied correctly, the Enneagram is a powerful tool for personal and group transformation. Each of the nine Enneagram types has a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that arises from a deeper inner motivation or way of seeing the world. Learning about these patterns fosters greater understanding through a universal non-judgemental language that transcends gender, religion, nationality and culture. The Enneagram does not try to ‘box’ you, rather, it is a springboard for development.
“I recommend treating the Enneagram like a new language you are learning. Begin with the basics. Learn the alphabet, the vocabulary, common phrases, and sayings. Every language has its own unique structure and use. The Enneagram is no different,” explains Dr Jerome D Lubbe: The Brain-Based Enneagram: You Are Not a Number.