An Invitation to Add New "Sorts"
We invite users of The
Enneagram Cards to be creative and to suggest new ways of their own for
sorting and using the Cards.
If you write a new Sort, play it
many times over several weeks to see how well it works and to
fine-tune it. Write the instructions in a length and style similar
to those in the TEC Booklet and on this page. Keep the instructions as
short and clear as possible.
If your Sort is selected for publication here, The Enneagram Institute
reserves the right to edit it. All submissions become the property of
The Enneagram Institute, although the author will be given credit by name
on this page. To submit new Sorts and ways of
using The Enneagram Cards contact us.
Submissions will be acknowledged (whether accepted or rejected) by email
only. The best of these new Sorts and suggestions will be added to
this web page with the originator’s name, and a free set of
The Enneagram Cards will be sent to you as a
Additional Free Enneagram Cards Sorts
The Solitaire Sort
Shuffle the 90 Cards thoroughly, then turn over each Card one by one,
sorting them into nine different piles (or "solitaire lines"
of Cards) according to type. Once all 90 have been sorted in this
way, there should, of course, be only 10 cards in each pile.
Further, see if you can arrange the 10 Cards in each pile (or
solitaire line) according to the Level of each Key Word, from the
Level 3 words (healthy) to the average Levels 4, 5, and 6. This
exercise will be a good way to learn better which traits go with each
type, and to get a better "feel" for the internal gradations
within each type which are reflected by the Levels of Development.
The Assets and Liabilities Sort
Shuffle the 90 Cards thoroughly, then deal five Cards in front of
you. Of the five Cards, choose which one or two you consider to be an
asset or positive quality of yours, and choose one or two you consider to
be a liability or problem in some way. If none of the five Cards apply to
you, then take a "pass," and put the five Cards aside.
Re-deal five more Cards, again choosing one or two which you consider an
asset and which one or two which are a liability.
Once all 90 Cards have been sorted through in this manner, go through your
Assets Cards and see if you still agree with all of them (discard ones you
do not) and see which patterns emerge. Then go through your Liabilities
Cards and see if you still agree with all of them (discard ones you do not)
and see which patterns emerge. Are there any connections between the Cards
in both of these stacks? Are there certain times in your life when
these Assets or Liabilities have been particularly strong? Do the
selected Cards reflect your basic personality type, or some other pattern
in the Enneagram?
As a variation of this Sort, you can deal five Cards at a time (as above)
but retain those which you feel are assets and liabilities
of someone else (who may either be present or absent).
Learning About Enneagram Type in a Teaching Environment
When teaching an introductory Enneagram class and introducing a new type
to the participants, take out the 10 descriptive Cards for the type the
session will be about. Sequence them in order from the highest Level of
Development to the lowest Level. (Remember, there are 10 Cards for each
type in the set.) Hand out individual Cards in sequence to group
After your own introductory comments about the type, ask the person who
has the first Card to read the Key Word and the definition and illustrative
sentence on the back of the Card, while the remainder of the class listens.
After each Card has been read, you, as the facilitator, can add your own
comments and extemporize on the content, add examples, more concepts,
answer questions, etc. Continue through all ten Cards. Your comments might
also discuss the movement down the Levels while showing the interrelated
nature of the traits that comprise each type.
Proceed with the remainder of your teaching on the type. The Enneagram
Cards are a good way to "anchor" the discussion and to make sure that the
range of traits for each type are adequately covered.
Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D.
Enneagram coach and teacher
Enneagram Institute of the San Franciso Bay Area
Sorting for Type and Wing
Present the Cards in sets of three and tell the client to choose the Cards that represent their way of being
100% of the time. Once you have gone through all of the Cards, discard the Cards that were not chosen. Out
of the Cards chosen by the client, lay in front of them the first 15 Cards in three rows of five Cards, and
give them the rest of the Cards. Tell the client that they can only keep 15 Cards and that if they want to
keep some of the Cards that they are holding in their hand, they must discard an equivalent number of Cards
that lie on the table in front of them. They need to complete the exercise with no more than 15 Cards. This
produces very significant results in identifying clients Type and Wing.
Daniel Lesage, CIC, PCC, CHRP
Directing Manager and Partner
André Filion & Associates Inc.
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