The Enneagram is a psychological system, pronounced “ANY-a-gram.” Though ancient in origin, the Enneagram is rooted in modern day psychology and provides a very specific “map” to recognize the strategies people have unconsciously used to survive. This tool provides a clear explanation of the ways these strategies are actually predictable and can potentially get acted out in both healthy as well as very unhealthy, self-sabotaging ways. All personality structures have the potential of serving one’s self and others positively, as well as negatively. When individuals are unconscious of underlying hurt and pain, they are frequently unaware of how they may be acting out, discharging their own negative beliefs and needs on themselves, others, and society as a whole. We all become fiercely addicted to these patterns because they are familiar.

We are all in a prison of our own making in the ways we suffer our “personality.” The way out of these traps – for everyone – is to go inside of ourselves and see what is driving the behaviors. The Enneagram provides the key to profound self-understanding.

EPP Diagram

1 – IDEALIST | REFORMER

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: INTEGRITY, FRUSTRATION
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: PERFECTION, IDEALISM
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: CORRECTING, IMPROVING
  • AVOIDANCE: CONDEMNATION, EXPRESSED ANGER

2 – GIVER | HELPER

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: PRIDE, INDISPENSABILITY
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: AL TRUISM, SERVICE
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: OTHERS’ NEEDS
  • AVOIDANCE: NEEDINESS, UNWANTEDNESS

3 – PERFORMER | ACHIEVER

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: VANITY, IMAGE
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: HOPE, RADIANCE
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: TASKS, GOALS, ROLES
  • AVOIDANCE: FAILURE, VALUELESSNESS

4 – ROMANTIC | INDIVIDUALIST

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: COMPARISON, LONGING, ENVY
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: AUTHENTICITY, EXPRESSION
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: WHAT’S MISSING, DISAPPOINTMENT
  • AVOIDANCE: ORDINARINESS, FEELING UNSEEN/UNHEARD

5 – OBSERVER | INVESTIGATOR

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: HOARDING, HOLDING OUT, PRIVACY
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: OMNISCIENCE, INNER WISDOM, CLARITY
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: INTRUSIONS, THINKING, POSTULATION
  • AVOIDANCE: DEPLETION, ANNIHILATION

6 – SKEPTIC | LOYALIST

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: ASSURANCE, ANGST
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: FAITH, GUARDIANSHIP
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: MAGNIFICATION, WORRY
  • AVOIDANCE: UNCERTAINTY, BETRAYAL

7 – EPICURE | ENTHUSIAST

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: EXCITATION, STIMULATION
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: JOY, CONSTANCY
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: OPTIONS, DESIRES
  • AVOIDANCE: LIMITATION, DEPRIVATION

8 – PROTECTOR | CHALLENGER

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: INTENSITY, EXUBERANCE
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: TRUTH, MAGNANIMITY
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: POWER, CONTROL
  • AVOIDANCE: WEAKNESS, SUSCEPTIBILITY

9 – MEDIATOR | PEACEMAKER

  • EMOTIONAL DRIVE: ACQUIESCENCE, ACCOMMODATION
  • ESSENCE/TRUE NATURE: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF SELF AND OTHER
  • ATTENTION GOES TO: VARIOUS CLAIMS FROM ENVIRONMENT
  • AVOIDANCE: CONFLICT, DISHARMONY

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