The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that identifies nine unique ways of seeing and being in the world that are expressed individually and in relationship to others. The Enneagram sets itself apart from other personality typing tools as it functions as a unique instrument for understanding and explaining human behavior as well as uncovering the underlying motivations that drive behavior. It illuminates the gifts we all have for the transformation of non-productive encounters with others (The Enneagram Journey, 2017).
The Enneagram is not a static system that “labels” individuals, but rather is a system that encourages movement, providing ways forward to disidentify with one’s “false self” and embrace the “authentic self.”
In therapy, implementing the Enneagram creates self-awareness for clients as well as an increased compassion for how others function in the world. This leads to greater health within oneself and in interpersonal relationships. It creates a common language between the client and therapist that allows them to explore the depths of motivations and move past self-defeating patterns of behavior.
The wisdom of the Enneagram is rich with possibility and highlights how our differences are beautiful and needed in the world, widening the capacity for love and acceptance.