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What is this “any-a-gram?”
Every time I try to describe the Enneagram, it appears very flat and uninteresting. It sounds like I’m describing yet another personality test that will again tell you that you are a questioning, introverted, emotional person. But what good does that information do? Most personality tests give you black-and-white information without guidance on what to do with it. It’s like the test is saying, “You are what you are. Live with it.”
The Enneagram doesn’t do that. Not even close.
First of all, the Enneagram isn’t a test. It is a system for self-development. It is a map to show you where you are and where you want to go. Taking an Enneagram test is just a starting point on your journey. It gives you an idea of which personality type you might be. From there, you begin researching this personality to figure out if it fits. And you will know if you have found the right personality type because it will seem like someone just outed you on all your secrets. Or that someone is inside your head listening to all your thoughts. Pretty powerful, huh?
So, again, what IS the Enneagram?
In its basic form, the Enneagram consists of nine personality types. But I think a better definition is the Enneagram is a journey. The journey begins by discovering which personality you are. Once you figure that out, the Enneagram comes alive in its movement and fluidity. Although you are rooted in your personality number, other personality numbers influence your personality. This is what makes the Enneagram so wonderful. Just because two people are the same Enneagram number doesn’t mean they have the same character. The Enneagram allows for individuality.
The journey continues as, through the lens of the Enneagram, you observe your behaviors. You learn to understand why you are acting a certain way. You learn to recognize when you are stressed and use the Enneagram to deal with that stress. And through the lens of the Enneagram, you understand what you NEED to become a healthier person.
Of all the healing tools I use, the Enneagram has been the most powerful in my transformation. It gave me a road map to my self-development. Because of the Enneagram, I love myself and have a happy marriage. I'm not exaggerating. I am a happier person because of the Enneagram.
There is no way I can explain everything in this introduction. For more information, please read my full blog on the Enneagram.