What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is a personality assessment system widely used by therapists, theologians and human resources specialists. It’s unique because it includes both psychological defenses and motivations. Or, as some teachers of the Enneagram describe it, the higher and lower self,
The Enneagram of Nine Personalities was first introduced in 1954 by Oscar Ichazo, founder of the Arica School for Personal Development. The system was further developed by other contributors, most notably, Claudio Naranjo, Ph.D., Harvard Fulbright scholar and personality expert.
Everyone is a mix of these nine Ennea-types, but one type in particular, is the best description of your personality as a whole. Knowing your Enneagram type brings instant understanding of your most fundamental fears, desires, strengths and weaknesses. It’s also a tool for managing your stress and discovering what motivates you to be your best.
The Enneagram is used to identify and observe patterns in your behavior that are unconscious personality defenses. These reactive behaviors interfere with your relationships, career success and your happiness in general. However, once you become aware of them, you can change them. This makes the Enneagram a powerful resource in creating the mindset for a happier life.
A study of every happy people conducted by the University of Edinburg found that they have five common traits. They tend to not worry, are adaptable to change, and are conscientious in fulfilling their commitments. They are social and have satisfying relationships. And, they’re resilient when facing life’s challenges. The Enneagram provides the structure to allow you to develop and strengthen these qualities present in the happiest people. It’s essentially a tool for adapting your personality to create the behavior that supports and attracts profound happiness.
The Enneagram also shows how weaknesses can be turned into your greatest strengths. It helps you identify and change the self-defeating behavior and beliefs before they interfere with your happiness, your success and your relationships. Because it includes the higher motivations of each of the Ennea-types, it’s a popular with spiritual counselors to help people find meaning and direction in their life.
How to Create a Happier Life with the Enneagram uses the system to guide you in developing happiness skills. It is a step-by-step program that usually take 60 to 90 days to complete. At the end of the program, you’ll have a fundamental understanding of the essential happiness skills.