Enneagram: A Tool For Self Awareness


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Enneagram: A Tool For Self Awareness
Rabbi Simcha Zevit, Staff Chaplain Hospital of University of Pennsylvania

 “Understanding the Enneagram is like having a pair of special glasses that allows us to see beneath the surface of ourselves and other people with special clarity”
 (Riso and Hudson, 3).

Exploring the Enneagram: Origins
The WORD--Greek
 Ennea--Nine
 Gram--Something written or drawn
 It is a nine-points model.
The Enneagram is a geometric figure that originally represented natural processes within creation, and later came to delineate nine basic personality types of human nature and their complex interrelationships.

Exploring the Enneagram: Origins
The symbol may have ancient origins; it’s underlying theory is found in Greek philosophy Links have been made to ancient teachings of Kabbalah, Christianity, Islam and other traditions

KABBALISTIC TREE OF LIFE: 10 Sephirot

Exploring the Enneagram: Contemporary Development
1910’s: George Gurdjieff
1950’s: Oschar Ichazo
1970’s: Claudio Naranjo
1980’s: Helen Palmer AND Stanford psychiatrist David Daniels developed Narrative Enneagram and founded International Enneagram Association
1990’s: Don Riso and Russ Hudson developed RHETI questionnaire. Founded Enneagram Institute.

Exploring the Enneagram: Contemporary Development

Exploring the Enneagram: How It Works

So How Do I Know My Type?

Typing oneself is a process that comes quickly for some, and takes much time and reflection for others Read/Listen/Talk to others Witnessing/Self Observation

The motivations of the types are more important than the behaviors associated with it

Take Enneagram test

No one should type another person

Exploring the Enneagram: How It Works
We can find ourselves reflected in the whole of it. The whole Enneagram is within us, yet one type will be our core personality.
People do not change from one basic type to another, though we grow to include more of the other types within us.
Not everything in a type’s description will apply.

We are all SHADES and VARIATIONS of our personality type

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