A strange name, but the Enneagram offers insight into the perspective of 9 core archetypes or personality types. By understanding the qualities of each archetype, we gain insight into what motivates behaviour in different individuals, especially ourselves. It recognises the strengths and limitations of each type and how these can be developed from an unhealthy expression to a healthy expression.
The Enneagram is an ancient system, estimated to have been in use for thousands of years and more recently developed by Gurdijeff, Ichazao, Naranjo Riso & Hudson, Palmer, Daniels, Lapid-Bogda, Wagner, Morler, Bast, Maitri, Chestnut, Howe-Murphy, Rhones and many others, making it a valuable resource for self-understanding in the modern world.
What is my type?
To identify the archetype style that resonates with you most, an online test is taken. The system is effectively live and able to respond to how you answer a questions; thus determining the next question to ask you. No two people will sit the same test. This system searches for the smaller patterns that exist within larger patterns of behaviour, revealing insight into what makes you, YOU.
Whilst the test identifies the individual’s dominant type, the purpose of the enneagram test is not to confine you to an archetypal box. The purpose is to recognise and respect the structures that dominate thinking, feeling and action motivations. When this understanding is established, working with a coach, you can begin to explore lines of development for gaining freedom from limitations and develop access to the wider range of strengths and virtues available to each archetype.
Dealing with Conflict
The enneagram test identifies our stress points and our style for dealing with conflict, as well as how we go about getting our needs met. Developing skills to become more effective in the face of stress and conflict is one of the insights the enneagram-coaching model facilitates. Not only do we become aware of our own style, but we can also become more mindful of how others may be choosing to deal with conflict, nurturing greater compassion for others and ourselves.
Whether it’s a family home, workplace or social environment, we all have to deal with the dynamics of a group. Understanding the complexities of how we meet our own needs can be profoundly insightful to appreciating the needs of others. Clearer communication leads to greater understanding within a group situation. Clear communication takes place when each of the parties fully understands what factors are in play. When we free ourselves from the automatic, conditioned ways of reacting, we can be more present to our own needs and the needs of others, responding accordingly.
Clients often report a feeling of “finding themselves” in the enneagram coaching process because they resonate so strongly with their type, there is a recognition of “this is me”. In our youth, we are often encouraged to become that which our family sees we “should” be and this can colour our perception of who we think we are. The outward behaviours don’t always represent the inner motivations that drive us to do what we do and there can be a sense of relief in seeing ourselves.
Free From Ego
The enneagram gives insight into how thinking and behaviour forms our personality. As we become more aware of our habituated ways of being, we start to see how they are serving us and how they may be sabotaging us. Empowered with this knowledge, change becomes easier. We all have an ego, the question is whether its operating in a healthy or unhealthy capacity. The enneagram helps us understand how we can consciously develop healthier ways of being our best.
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