Building Awareness with the Enneagram

By Ron Esposito – August 2015

The Enneagram has been my main tool for self-study and spiritual growth over the past few years.  It is a psycho-spiritual personality assessment tool that shows the roadblocks that get in the way of experiencing wholeness with myself, others and God.

Let’s take a brief look at the Enneagram personality types and the hidden beliefs as well as the habitual thoughts, feelings and behaviors that each type experiences.

Type One, The Judge, believes that they are not accepted unless they are perfect.  They think that they are not accepted for who they are.  Type One feels angry about being criticized, judged and measured and that their behavior must be good to avoid punishment.

Type Two, The Provider, believes that to be loved they must meet the needs of others.  They give to get.  The Provider thinks that to be loved they must give and feels pride in being indispensable.  The behavior is giving to get.

Type Three, The Doer, believes that doing is rewarded, being is not.  They think that they have to accomplish a lot in order to be O.K., thus deceiving themselves about real wants and needs.  The behavior centers around the concept that doing brings approval and love.

Type Four, The Idealist, fears being abandoned or being seen as ordinary.  The Idealist thinks that there is something missing and feels envy and longing.  Their behavior reflects  a push/pull around relationships and commitments.

Type Five, The Sage, believes that others demand too much from them in the areas of energy and knowledge.  The Sage thinks that they must manage their energy and feels fear around being overwhelmed by others.  The behavior looks like hoarding and holding onto resources.
Type Six, The Questioner, believes that the world is a dangerous place and that they are not safe and secure.  There is a lot of doubt and second-guessing in the thought life as well as feeling fearful, inadequate and not knowing enough.  The Questioner’s behavior reflects ambivalence about taking action and making decisions.

Type Seven, The Adventurer, believes that limits and constrictions cause pain and is unaware that constancy has its rewards.  Their thinking involves future planning to avoid negative situations and feeling optimistic and positive to keep fears at bay.  Type Seven’s behavior reflects staying busy doing fun and adventurous things.

Type Eight, The Defender, believes that they must be powerful to protect their innocence.  A lot of Type Eight’s thought goes to being powerful and not being controlled feeling concerned about justice for themselves and others.  In their behavior, The Defender is excessively driven in order to avoid being controlled.

Type Nine, The Moderator, believes they must blend in to have comfort and avoid conflict thinking that they are invisible and unimportant.  Type Nine feels unheard and unseen, therefore diminished.  The Moderator’s behavior reflects having trouble setting priorities for themselves and they slow down when they feel pushed.

comments powered by Disqus
Website design, development, and content tools from NetCrafters - Cincinnati, OH