Popularized in the 1970s in the mainstream of humanist psychology, the enneagram is a method of personal development and management.
This method not only offers to address the interpersonal dimension, but puts motivation at the forefront in the relationship. While excluded from the ordinary factorial interpretation of personality (the most common psychometric tests), motivation is here the sine qua non of a vision embracing both individual and social reality. This gives a dynamic and not a static typology.
Its benchmark is simplicity and symmetry, therefore easily affordable and applicable. But internal differentiation is complex and powerful for those who want to dig.
9 ways to interact
The Enneagram describes nine different ways of approaching the world, and consequently nine very different ways of interacting with it. Ennea means 9 in Greek.
Each of the 9 Enneatypes has its strengths, its weaknesses. Each of us privileges certain information and leaves others aside, in an unconscious way, limiting ourselves to one version of reality. Don’t we say in NLP that the map is not the territory ?
The enneagram highlights these more or less unconscious irrational fears (so called “compulsion”), a fierce desire to avoid at all costs what afraid us. This compulsion will structure 9 personality patterns and relationships with others. That is, the way of behaving, the way of communicating, the expectations, the motivations.
This personal development tool allows you to get to know yourself better. It allows you to free yourself from certain sometimes limiting automatisms, and thus improve your interpersonal relationships and your well-being.
The Enneagram is a teaching unit (EU) in the Standford MBA (1994), one of the top-rated business degrees across the Atlantic. But also in other American (Chicago …) and Canadian universities, as well as in France at HEC. Its recognition is well established.