Introduction to the Enneagram

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An entertaining overview of the Enneagram and its 9 core types.

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Introduction to the Enneagram

  1. 1. The Enneagram and NLP <ul><li>Just a taste. . . . </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>This is the Enneagram. It’s a drawing of a nine-point star. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>has deep roots in history and philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>is being rediscovered as a way of thinking about how personalities function and develop </li></ul><ul><li>is a system of related patterns that indicates both where people get stuck and where they are likely to move or to grow </li></ul><ul><li>teaches that our greatest strength is likely to become our most serious flaw </li></ul>The Enneagram
  4. 4. Just the facts <ul><li>There are 9 basic types </li></ul><ul><li>Each type is related to some of the other types (the lines in the diagram represent relationships) </li></ul><ul><li>Each person is said to have one core type that endures throughout his/her lifetime. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person is a unique blend of core type and related types. People with the same number can be very different in motivation, attitudes and behaviour. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is it too simple? Is it too complicated?
  6. 6. <ul><li>People see different meanings in the same information. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Uncover the benefits of particular behaviours for an individual; we do not change behaviours unless we know we can continue to get the same benefits in another way </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a picture of the whole individual while influencing particular attitudes or behaviorus </li></ul><ul><li>Change motivation and behaviours simultaneously </li></ul>Three reasons to learn the Enneagram
  8. 8. Let’s start with the basics, one type at a time
  9. 9. 1: Critic/Perfectionist <ul><li>Some people need to get it right. They need to be right. They require order. They expect a lot from themselves and from other people. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2. Helper <ul><li>People who need people - might not be the luckiest people in the world but they are likely to be 2s. They are great at taking care of you - right until the moment when they need something in return. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 3. The Achiever <ul><li>Nothing succeeds like success. Just do it. Look good while you do it. Always look the part. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 4. The Individual <ul><li>Creative, unique, appreciative of beauty and suitably tragic. Artists and drama queens - need we say more? </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Some people would rather watch from the sidelines than play the game. They like the perspective and they are a little too sensitive for the rough-and-tumble of the playing field. </li></ul>5. The Thinker
  14. 14. 6. The Defender <ul><li>They’re just trying to make the world a safer place - by noticing every possible danger. Loyal, skeptical, anxious: they’ll either run headlong into danger or headlong away from it. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 7. Enthusiast <ul><li>Where’s the party? Chances are, there are 7s in the thick of the action. They like to go wide - not deep; they like to laugh; they like variety. Don’t trouble them with the whole truth - keep it light. </li></ul>
  16. 16. 8. The Challenger <ul><li>Power with justice: is that too much to ask? I will protect you with my life - just don’t get in my way. I get to challenge - you get to follow. Get my drift? </li></ul>
  17. 17. 9. The Peacemaker <ul><li>Peace - at almost any price. Gentle, empathetic people who will go the extra mile - as long as it doesn’t create any conflict. Conflict puts them to sleep -watch out when they wake up! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Types can be grouped in triads <ul><li>Heart: Types 2, 3, and 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Head: Types 5, 6 and 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Gut: Types 8, 9 and 1 </li></ul>
  19. 19. Within a type <ul><li>Explore whether your type is working for you or against you </li></ul><ul><li>Use your type to explore the tipping point when a strength becomes a weakness- or vice versa </li></ul><ul><li>Choose not to live your type - choose to move beyond ego to discover a deeper self </li></ul>
  20. 20. Moving between types <ul><li>Everyone has access to the qualities of more than one type. Most commonly, people are said to “visit” or “spend time” in their wings - the types on either side of their type in the diagram </li></ul><ul><li>People change their patterns as their levels of stress or security change - they move from their own type to explore or endure qualities of the types to which they have connecting lines in the diagram </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>This is the Enneagram. It’s a drawing of a nine-point star. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>www.squidoo.com/enneagramexplorations </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Enneagram and NLP with Dr. Barbara Luedecke May 23 & 24, 2009 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E. 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E. 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E. 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E. 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E.

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