Self-awareness gives us clarity around who we are and what growth looks like for us, as individuals. However, self-awareness work is inherently challenging as it asks us to dive into the depths of our habits to gain understanding, much of which lives below the surface of our own knowledge.
As a leadership behaviorist, discovering the Enneagram model was just the personality framework I needed to hit fast-forward on understanding myself. The clear language and patterns illuminated by each archetype provide the clarity many of us need to unlock the best versions of ourselves.
Your Enneagram Type acts as the thread that we weave through your unique transformation. Understanding your personality and your subsequent habits allows you to break free from what is holding you back. I use personality psychology to unlock why you do what you do, all based on the conscious and subconscious values and motivators of your Enneagram Type.
Our work within the Enneagram is to become a resourced version of more than just our personality ‘type,’ essentially working to reclaim our best selves.
The Enneagram we know and use today was developed as a practice and way of being through the teachings of George Gurdjieff, and carried into modern teachings by Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo. The Enneagram continues to evolve and shift as those who teach it, experience it.
The Enneagram is a fluid system, not meant to be a rigid set of static beliefs about the human experience. I am passionate about uncovering what makes each of us unique, as well as illuminating how the Enneagram can support and serve our needs.
I am committed to doing this work differently, because when we are Living the Enneagram, we find our way out of the box we were placed in and move towards the freedom to be exactly who we were always meant to be.
The Enneagram model is a symbol of a nine-pointed star within a circle, which provides a framework for behavioral patterns of motivation that align to nine primary identities and twenty seven distinct subtypes of personality. The model gives language to our primary fixated Enneagram Type and the motivations behind our habits of how we think, feel and behave. With this clarity, we are able to begin the work of recovering our intuition and reclaiming our best selves.
There are a lot of explanations for what the Enneagram, which means “drawing of nine,” is and where it has come from, some of which have gotten more diluted or fabricated as the model has grown in popularity. The Enneagram, as we know it, was founded in practices that find truth and continuity in a wide variety of spiritual teachings throughout history, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Taoism, Buddhism and even Greek philosophy.
Behavior-based personality models give us tools to understand the right now; yet the Enneagram, rooted in uncovering the motivation underneath those behaviors, gives us the tools to understand our whole selves, regardless of the context or environment we are in.
The Enneagram gives us a language to name our personality habits and use the tools within the model to break free and reclaim our best selves.
Because the Enneagram connects us to our full and integrated selves, the work we do with our Type goes with us in every role, relationship, space and practice. You’ll find Enneagram work useful with family, friends, at work, in therapy, when you listen to your body - from the boardroom to the bedroom and everywhere in between.
I have been trained extensively in behavior-based personality frameworks, such as the DiSC assessment, Myers-Briggs, and StrengthsFinders, to name just a few.
While these tools are immensely helpful at understanding how our behaviors show up in a given environment, these models only provide clarity to what we do within that context. If you change the context or the environment in any way, we can expect our behaviors to change right along with it.
It’s time to move beyond the basics of behavior and into the world of identity transformation.
Do It for the Gram: An Enneagram Podcast
The Antiracist Enneagram
Living The Enneagram Media Features
For those who want to hear about the Enneagram in practice.
Online Enneagram Assessment
Enneagram Typing Consultations
For those still figuring out their Enneagram Type.
The Narrative Enneagram
The School of Conscious Living
For those interested in being trained as an Enneagram practitioner.
The Conscious Enneagram by Abi Robins
The Modern Enneagram by Kacie Berghoef & Melanie Bell
The Enneagram by Helen Palmer by Beatrice Chestnut
The Complete Enneagram
My Enneagram Must-Read List
For those who want to read more about the Enneagram model as a whole, as well as how it relates to their own type.
My Enneagram Type-Specific Courses
For those who want a deep dive into their Enneagram Type, but without the major time commitment.
Click on the links below to access a variety of Enneagram resources & tools.
I am passionate about integrating what we know about our Enneagram Types into how we live and work in a way that serves our unique needs.
There are some really exceptional folks out there who have committed their lives to providing clear, accessible, and accurate information about the Enneagram model. If you want to take a deep dive into the Enneagram, I have some recommendations to get you started below.
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Wherever you are consuming your Enneagram information, make sure the teacher, coach or practitioner is actively challenging their own bias as a part of their Enneagram work. It is unethical and inappropriate for anyone, no matter how experienced, to tell you they know more about your Enneagram experience than you do.