The Hornevian Groups

The Hornevian Groups

In addition to the Triads, the Enneagram of personality can be divided into another three groups of three based on the work of Karen Horney (1885–1952). Karen Horney was a Neo-Freudian psychoanalyst who is best known for founding feminist psychology, kicking off the self-help movement by empowering the average person to employ self-awareness in their own treatment and for her theories on the relationship between parental indifference and neurosis. She is also responsible for changing the view of neurosis as less of a permanent, pathological state and more of a dysfunctional coping strategy that can be brought back into balance.

The Heart (or Feeling) Center

The Heart (or Feeling) Center

The Center of intelligence associated with the Heart is that which recognizes and falls in love with the true nature of all things. Russ Hudson calls the Heart “the organ of knowing.” We think that knowing and the recognition of truth happen in the Head, but much like our emotions really originating in the Belly, this view is a misappropriation of the roles of both the Heart and the Head.

The Triads

The Triads

The nine personality types on the Enneagram can be divided into three groups of three, each Triad relating to a Center of intelligence. In the Riso-Hudson teaching—as influenced by the work of G. I. Gurdjieff and Oscar Ichazo—the Centers are the Belly, the Heart and the Head. Gurdjieff theorized that man, unless realized, is a “machine” in which these Centers are not functioning properly. Riso and Hudson further theorize that each of the personality types on the Enneagram is a result of a specific state of imbalance in one of the three Centers.

Review: The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti

Review: <i>The Way of Liberation</i> by Adyashanti

When the book you’re holding can move you to tears with the intense honesty and beauty of a single sentence, you know you’ve got a gem. This little book is one of them. Whereas many can get lost in trying to put words to that which defies conceptualization, Adyashanti remains true to his intent to write “a stripped down, practical guide to spiritual liberation.” For all it’s simplicity and practicality, this book sacrifices nothing in the way of power and poetry in expressing the naked Truth.

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,