The past few weeks at The Enneagram Institute have kept us all quite busy. Among other things, the Faculty Read more...
The first book to integrate the Enneagram with spiritual & psychological exercises.
The basic introduction to the Enneagram with the scientifically validated RHETI, v. 2.5.
The complete text of Enneagram theory and descriptions.
“I have returned!” These words were addressed by General Douglas MacArthur on October 20, 1944 to the people of the Philippines as Allied forces landed at Leyte and began the offensive against the occupying Axis forces there. With perhaps a bit less fanfare but with (maybe?) equal fervor, we at The Enneagram Institute are happy to announce “The EnneaThoughts have returned!”. Read more...
What a bumpy ride this website transition has been! We know this is a major problem for many of you. We deeply regret this. We are working–and will continue to work—behind the scenes and with you until we have made it all right. If there is anything we can do for you, please contact us. Read more...
While being especially preoccupied these past few days with Barn renovations, contracts, and webpage switchovers, I realized that something had been missing—I was not receiving my daily EnneaThought—that brief, but often very insightful, message that starts my day and which frequently forms a part of my morning meditation and examination. Read more...
This week we are celebrating two significant events here at The Enneagram Institute: First, the unveiling of our new and updated webpage and, second, the execution of the general construction contract for rebuilding the Barn. Read more...
For years, we have received many requests to begin offering advanced and ongoing courses—often from students who have completed the Training program and are seeking something more.Read more...
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To help you understand your type in more depth we have put on this site a sample of the material from our Enneagram books. By using the Enneagram as a guide to observing yourself from moment to moment and from day to day, you will have a method of personal development that will eventually be personally and spiritually transformative.
The degree of awareness that you are able to bring to yourself as you “catch yourself in the act” and see your personality patterns at work is the degree to which your personal growth will occur. You actually do not have to “do” anything: just show up and become aware of yourself and your personality’s habitual routines—without acting them out, of course.
To benefit fully from the following recommendations for personal growth for each type, be sure that you have typed yourself correctly. You can take the independently scientifically validated Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI, Version 2.5) here.
We recommend the following tools for personal development. This material has been taken from our book, The Wisdom of the Enneagram (Bantam, 1999, pages 345-347).
To use the Enneagram for personal growth, we need more than interesting information about the nine types. This map of the soul can become useful for us only when we combine it with key personal growth techniques. To this end, we offer seven tools that we have found indispensable for spiritual development.
Along with our regular daily practice, life presents us with many opportunities to see our personality in action and to allow our essential nature to come forth and transform our personality. But it is not enough merely to think about personal development or to talk about it or to read books about it. Procrastination is a great defense of the ego. The only time to use the tools of personal growth is now.
For each of the nine Enneagram types we have assembled five individual recommendations for personal growth. These are part of the ten recommendations that can be found in the second edition of Understanding the Enneagram (Houghton Mifflin, 2000, pages 327-354). Six more recommendations for each individual type can be found in The Wisdom of the Enneagram.
Keeping these recommendations in mind can serve as a “wake up call” to you to help you identify your major personality patterns, to suggest what you can do to avoid their pitfalls, and how you can become more aware and awake in your daily life and relationships.
Personal Growth Recommendations by Enneagram Type
Remember that there are more, completely different type-specific recommendations for growth in Understanding the Enneagram and in The Wisdom of the Enneagram. You might also want to use the type-specific “releases and affirmations” found in Enneagram Transformations in your daily practice and reflection. Remember also to take our validated RHETI Enneagram Test to discover or confirm your personality type, or to help you type someone else.