I’ve been wanting to explore the enneagram for years–I’m a total geek when it comes to personality typing–but only recently began to investigate this ancient way of classifying personality types.
If you want to wade into the enneagram waters, The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People is the place to start. (Hint: it’s pronounced any-uh-gram, and I’ve been saying it wrong in my head for years.) It’s complex enough to be useful, but simple enough to not be overwhelming.
(Understanding the enneagram–or any other framework for understanding personality–can be daunting. It’s like learning a language, and you can only begin to speak it when you learn what the letters or numbers represent.)
The enneagram, like any good personality tool, fosters self-awareness and examination that’s necessary for personal (and spiritual) growth. It differs from Myers-Briggs in that it emphasizes each type’s negative qualities as much as its positive ones.
Exploring your shadow side–and how your type is most likely to make unhealthy choices–can be a big downer, but it flings wide the doors to positive change.
If you’re familiar with Myers-Briggs, you’ll appreciate The Enneagram Made Easy’s last chapter, How the Enneagram and the Jungian Types Fit Together.
Are you a personality geek? Do you know your enneagram type? Tell us in comments.
P.S. I wrote a book about personality! In Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, I walk you through 7 different frameworks, explaining the basics in a way you can actually understand, sharing personal stories about how what I learned made a difference in my life, and showing you how it could make a difference in yours, as well.