Happy 2014! I wanted to start the year off by taking a minute to introduce the Enneagram for those of you who don’t know it and as a reminder of the beauty of it to those who do. My hope is that more and more people understand and engage in this system, as I believe it is an awesome tool for developing more compassion towards ourselves and each other, and who doesn’t deserve a little more compassion?!
So, what is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is a personality system that describes nine different ways of seeing the world involving fundamental patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. The basic idea is that when we were born, we had a closer connection to our essential self. Then, throughout childhood and growing up, we developed certain patterns in order to survive and seek satisfaction. In other words, we were once able to see the world from a 360 degree perspective, and in an effort to protect ourselves we sectioned off most of that, ending up with a mere 40 degree outlook on the world. Tunnel vision, you could also call it.
The Enneagram provides a map of each type’s 40 degree perspective, including:
- What is the essential truth that they lost sight of
- What they came to believe instead
- Where their focus of attention turned to, as a result of this new belief
- What is the number one fear they avoid
- What makes them personally reactive
- What this costs in their daily lives and relationships
- Identifying your blind spots
- Offering practical applications in order to let go of old habits and develop new patterns
- Reclaiming more of your essential self; or getting out of the box you are already in
What interests me most about the Enneagram, and one of the primary reasons I became certified, is the idea that there is so much more to see, to do, to participate in and the Enneagram provides a way to shrink the blinders and see more of the 360 degree perspective.
The first step in applying the Enneagram to your life is Discovering Your Type.This session is a one-on-one process where I will guide you through a series of questions, in order to help you discover your type. These questions are designed to help you look at the motivations behind your actions: why you do what you do.
At the end of the session, I will give you feedback on your answers and how they match up with the Enneagram, narrowing down your likely type.
The purpose of this interview is to engage in a process of self-discovery. To help you continue in this process, at the end of this session you will receive a free copy of TheEssential Enneagram (a $12.99 value) by David Daniels, MD and Virginia Price, PhD to help you further explore your type.
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Elizabeth Elkins is a Certified Enneagram Consultant. She offers individual, partner and group sessions, as well as workshops. For more information, go to www.enneagramnewyorkcity.com.