The Enneagram

I have studied different personality systems, and for 20 years, focused on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). In 2005, I was introduced to the Enneagram personality typing system and was amazed by the clear accurate portrayal of myself and others in my life. 

I found the Enneagram so valuable that I studied it extensively from 2006 through 2014, completing 2 year-long teacher training's and attending weekly classes for much of that time.  i continue to be intrigued by its depth and accuracy even after all these years.   

Learning about the Enneagram with its 9 key personality types--and more specifically your own type--will help you understand why you behave the way you do, and why others behave as they do. You will find it easier to deal with food issues as you discover the underlying motivations for much of what you do. 

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Uncovering Your Shadow Side

According to the Enneagram, we learned to cope with life by developing one of nine life strategies. These strategies remain largely unconscious, even to those who have done deeper work, or have been in therapy for years. However, the Enneagram shows us this shadow side with remarkable clarity.

As we develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and others through the Enneagram, we can move past the habitual (and often worn-out coping strategies), become less reactive to situations that trigger us, and begin to see life from a broader point of view. It is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to improve relationships with themselves and with others.

Read about how to determine your Enneagram type.

What is the Origin of the Enneagram?

The Enneagram has roots that go back many centuries. Originally a secret tradition that was transmitted orally, in the early 20th century, theorists began to write about and more formally teach the Enneagram in the 1950s and since that time many have studied and written about the Enneagram. One of the most popular books for beginners is Wisdom of the Enneagram

Do Karin's Clients Need to Know the Enneagram? 

The quick answer is no, not at all!  You do not need to know the Enneagram;  however, learning it will enhance your work tremendously. At times, I introduce it to clients to help them understand why they may be stuck and not making food changes, and as a tool for personal growth. It has proven to be invaluable for me both for my own personal growth, as well as in my work with clients. 

Learning More About the Enneagram

Probably the best way to learn the Enneagram is to see it in action. Attending a workshop will allow you to clearly see the different types, and give you the opportunity to talk to and interact with those of your own type as well as the other types. After attending just one workshop, you will begin to see the different personalities in those around you, and even see them acted out in movies and on TV!  Learn more about the Enneagram workshops I offer with my co-presenter, Dr. Donna LaBarge

You can also work with someone knowledgeable. Both Donna LaBarge and I do personal sessions. You could also work with Mary Bast, PhD, a Corporate Coach and author who lives in the Gainesville area. 

Local Enneagram enthusiasts also occasionally meet at a coffee shop to discuss all things enneagram. Join our Facebook page to be notified.

Enneagram Resources

Wisdom of the Enneagram - a great book with which to get started, don't miss the end, which describes how to use the Enneagram for spiritual growth.

The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul - a very in-depth and deep book focusing on spiritual growth and the Enneagram, recommended only after having a basic understanding of the Enneagram.

Enneagram Institute website.