What is the Enneagram?

What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram of personality is a system that defines nine basic patterns that not only help us understand ourselves and our loved ones, but also show us the nine ways we limit ourselves and our own potential. In the words of Eli Jaxon Bear, it is a “wisdom mirror” that shows us how we are imprisoned by Ego and lays bare how we’ve sacrificed our true nature for a limited sense of self.

Type Two: The Helper

Type Two: The Helper

Helpers: Generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing & possessive The caring, interpersonal type. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others,

Type Three: The Achiever

Type Three: The Achiever

Achievers: Adaptable, excelling, driven & image-conscious The adaptable, success-oriented type. Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly

Type Four: The Individualist

Type Four: The Individualist

Individualists: Expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed & temperamental The introspective, romantic type. Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective,

Type Six: The Loyalist

Type Six: The Loyalist

Loyalists: Engaging, responsible, anxious & suspicious The committed, security-oriented type. Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent “troubleshooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They

Type Seven: The Enthusiast

Type Seven: The Enthusiast

Enthusiasts: Spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive & scattered The busy, productive type. Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences,

Type Eight: The Challenger

Type Eight: The Challenger

The Challenger: Self-confident, decisive, willful & confrontational The powerful, aggressive type. Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming