Enneagram Basics

Enneagram (where “Ennea” stands for nine in Greek and ” gram” stands for drawing) defines nine different personality types: (1)Worker, (2) Helper, (3)Motivator,(4) Individualist, (5)Observer, (6)Networker, (7)Visionary, (8)Activator, and (9)Universalist. The Basics These nine types are then split into group of threes, which are centers of intelligence. The groups are instinctual or gut centre (89-1), emotional or heart center (2-3-4), and mental or thinking center (5-6-7). Gut centre is based on body, which means he/she has desires to take action. Heart center is based on feelings, of which focus on others’ needs and attempt to affect others positively. Thinking center is based on thoughts, which focus on the insight world of ideas. Another Enneagram type comes in each Enneagram type on both sides. This type happens because not everyone has distinctive Enneagram types. Some people may have traits of both. This type is also known as “wings”. However, one wing may be dominant over the other, expressing its traits more than the adjacent one. There are intersecting lines of connection which are also known as stress points or security points. This occurs as each Enneagram type connects to two other types by lines of connection. These intersecting lines represent how each type works socially. Enneagram is a new approach for leadership development, personal emotional intelligence (EQ) and communication skills. Enneagram gives us a clearer way of viewing ourselves, our personality as well as ways we handle situations. It puts a stop to our own assumptions about ourselves. Enneagram is now widely used in business industries, psychotherapy and for spirituality use.