The Pocket Enneagram: Understanding the 9 Types of People [NOOK Book]

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The Enneagram -- a centuries-old psychological system -- is catching fire across the country, being applied to everything from career management to relationships to conflict resolution. Now nationally acclaimed Enneagram expert and bestselling author Helen Palmer condenses the ideas from her popular books into a compact guide that will appeal to newcomers as well as to longtime Enneagram enthusiasts, with its succinct presentation of the nine types, how to optimize them, and how the different types relate to one ...

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Overview

The Enneagram -- a centuries-old psychological system -- is catching fire across the country, being applied to everything from career management to relationships to conflict resolution. Now nationally acclaimed Enneagram expert and bestselling author Helen Palmer condenses the ideas from her popular books into a compact guide that will appeal to newcomers as well as to longtime Enneagram enthusiasts, with its succinct presentation of the nine types, how to optimize them, and how the different types relate to one author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062046260
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 675,363
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Helen Palmer conducts extended workshops, seminars, and training sessions on the Enneagram in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. She is the author of The Enneagram in Love and Work

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Chapter One

Nine Points of View

The personality types described in this book are part of a human development system called the Enneagram. Ennea means "nine" in Greek, and gram means "model" — the diagram models nine different points of view about life. Each worldview is rooted in a specific emotional passion that developed as a childhood coping strategy. We are usually unaware of our ruling passion, because it operates as a blind spot, a hidden focus that affects decision making and relationships of all kinds. This book contains a short description of the types and of the ways in which each passion is acted out in one-to-one relationships, social interactions, and the arena of personal well-being that is called self-survival.

The Passions

It is the nine distinctive passions that unite the thoughts, feelings, and aspirations of each personality, usually with the effect of creating a systematic bias about life. The Pride type sees that people are in need of help. The Lust type sees the world in terms of control. The Envy type sees that something is missing, and so on through all nine types. Although they are named in the negative, the passions can also be seen as the raw material, the compost, the qualities of human nature that link each type to specific aspects of higher awareness.

I see a bit of myself in each of the nine perspectives, because they are all grounded in an appropriate emotional response. I do not have to be a Nine to merge with a loved one's agenda, nor must I be a Four to share another's pain. Each of these responses is appropriate and normal. Hownatural to feel afraid when we are threatened. How human to be angry when we feel misused.

The Passions And Arrows

The nine-pointed star, including the flow pattern of arrows, is attributed to Gurdjieff, who ascribed it to Sufi sources. The passions of sacred tradition, as described by Chaucer, Dante, and other Christian authors, were arrayed on the Gurdjieff star by Oscar lchazo, a seminal figure in contemporary Enneagram studies.

The Arrows

Each type has three major aspects: the type proper, the type's reaction in times of security, and a different reaction that emerges during periods of stress or risk. The diagram's system of interlocking lines allows us to predict changing attitudes and perceptions that naturally occur when we feel secure and when we move into stress. Defenses relax during secure periods of life, such as when we have a satisfying job or a promising relationship. Risk, by contrast, implies an external stressor that creates tension. Following the flow pattern of the arrows, in risk situations you are likely to move with the arrow and adopt characteristics of the type to which the arrow points; in security you will move against the arrows, into some of the behaviors of the type in the reverse direction.

From Vice To Virtue

Modern psychology is less than one hundred years old, but the study of type that sees the passions as a hidden feature of personality has a far longer history. In the West the passions are best known as Christianity's seven capital vices, with the addition of two generic tendencies that all types hold in common, to a total of nine (the additions are Deception [Three] and Fear [Six]). Rather than being a new psychological discovery, it would seem that our Enneagram of personality types is really a modern rediscovery of a very old concept of human development.

The Enneagram indicates that the emotional energies invested in the passions can be converted to aspects of higher consciousness. Furthermore, we are naturally motivated to transform our passion to its corresponding virtue. For example, people who feel caught in fear cannot help but value the virtue of Courage, and those who have lost their agenda (Sloth — Nine) constantly seek Right Action in life. Whether we know it or not, we seem to be set upon a path that leads from vice to the virtues of higher being.

The higher aspects of type are not merely effective psychological habits. They are ways of knowing and being that have their source in the essential, or permanent, dimensions of existence, as contrasted with the changing cycle of ordinary events. Courage, for example, emanates from essence itself, providing a source of help if we can draw on its intelligence in times of need. The qualities that emanate from essence are not the same as the clarity of mind and emotional generosity displayed by people who are psychologically mature. These gifts of the spirit belong to the realm of the divine; they cannot be grasped by analysis or recognized through our emotions because they originate in an order of consciousness beyond the limits of ordinary perception.

In linking the ruling passion of type to specific qualities of higher being, the Enneagram unites the precision of a Western clinical model with the search for existential and spiritual meaning. The Enneagram's psychological focus concerns the nine personalities and the ways in which they interact, but the power of the system lies in the links between the passions and specific aspects of higher being.

Subtypes

The passions can be seen as the agent of change from ordinary to higher consciousness. They are acted out through three activities that are significant enough to be called the Enneagrarn subtypes. These accentuated preoccupations shape the quality of our relationships and affect decisions of all kinds, often in ways that are hidden from us.

For example, the three ways that Givers (Twos) express the passion of Pride are through social ambition, one-to-one seduction/aggression, and a privileged attitude toward personal survival. These activities "regulate" the emotional energy of Pride and are a major factor in relating to Twos.

Subtype behaviors command a great deal of energy and attention, because they are expressions of the passions in the basic human experience of survival.

The Pocket Enneagram. Copyright © by Helen Palmer. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

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    Good reference guide

    This is a perfect guide for a quick reference to the essence of the 9 types with key personality descriptives and motivations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Dont spend the money

    Purchase the Ross publication. Do not throw your money away on this book.

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