The Enneagram depicts nine points on a circle, each representing a different personality type with a distinctive core motivation and idealized self-image which has a profound influence on how we live our lives.
Even though the Enneagram describes traits and behaviours of each type, it emphasizes the underlying, often unconscious motivation since behaviours may belong to more than one type.
Ultimate, it is about why we behave in the way we do. Each Enneagram motivation is unique, distinctive and multidimensional.
Each core motivation or Enneagram type is associated with characteristic ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Becoming aware of your unconscious motivations and how you act out certain archetypal patterns in the world will increase your flexibility as to how you respond emotionally, how you think and behave - as opposed to being stuck in outdated paradigms or worldviews… and keep falling in the same hole. To make lasting changes in our lives, we must determine what currently shapes our judgment and decisions.
Becoming conscious of our Enneagram patterns is the first step. It is a helpful tool for raising consciousness and becoming aware of the implicit assumptions we have about ourselves and the world and the strategies we use. Through developing the inner observer, we can slow down the activation of our habitual personality patterns and change the automatic “operating system” according which we function. We can then truly unlock our own potential, become the complex adaptive systems we are as human beings and impact positively on the world around us.
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