Ok all you self-discovery junkies, if you haven't come across the Enneagram yet, then you're in for a treat.
The Enneagram is a system of spiritual growth more than anything and deeper than the Meyers Briggs as well as more nuanced. What makes it so fabulous is that it provides a picture of growth (and deterioration) for each type. Instead of blithely saying, "Yes well I did that because I'm a 7," you get to go, "Oh, that is my expressing my 7ness in a healthy/unhealthy way." Then it sets you up to choose to move in the direction of growth, spiritual maturity and healthy expression.
If you're curious about which of the nine Enneagram types you might be, hit up the test for free or the $10 complete version online or download this app to take it.
I like to use it for my own growth as well to understand my man and some of my clients (I don't use it with everyone though).
My favorite books on the Enneagram are:
- The Wisdom of the Enneagram for a general overview
- The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective for how it contributes to spiritual growth (don't let the Christian in the title fool you- zero proselytizing here)
- And, this one I just discovered about how your type contributes to your relationship to money. This book is money.
Please let me know how you get on with this stuff. For me the Enneagram is as much about understanding and acceptance as it is about growth and I am looking forward to integrating it even more into my work. Cheers!