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Know Yourself: Enneagram

Session • Introduction • Activation

“To suggest that knowing God plays an important role in Christian spirituality will not surprise anyone. To suggest that knowing self plays an equally important role may, however, set off warning bells for some. Perhaps it is just the sort of thing you might expect from a psychologist. Yet an understanding of the interdependence of knowing self and God has held a lasting and respected place in Christian theology. Thomas à Kempis argued that a humble self-knowledge is a surer way to God than a search after deep learning, and Augustine’s prayer was “Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee.” Christian spirituality involves a transformation of the self that occurs only when God and self are both deeply known.”

— David Benner

An Overview Of The Enneagram

The enneagram is a tool that identifies nine personality types. Below is a basic summary of the nine personality types. You can read more by visiting The Enneagram Institute. You may want to pay to take a test on their site, or for further reading you could check out The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert.

The Nine Enneagram types

1 The Reformer / Perfectionist

The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic

2 The Helper / Giver

The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive

3 The Achiever / Performer

The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious

4 The Individualist / Romantic

The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

5 The Investigator / Observer

The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated

6 The Loyalist / Loyal Skeptic

The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious

7 The Enthusiast / Epicure

The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered

8 The Challenger / Protector

The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational

9 The Peacemaker / Mediator

The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent

“Self-clarity is not a parlor game. It is not a self-help gig. Instead it is a journey into our hearts to see what motives are at work in our relationships.” — Plass & Coffield

Remember that knowing your Enneatype is simply the first step. Information alone doesn’t lead to transformation. All of us are invited on a journey towards greater health and wholeness. This begins with being attentive to when we are reacting in ‘unhealth’ and inviting God to help us to live from our true self in and through Christ. Many have also found it helpful to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Personality Inventory as an additional resource in exploring their personality profile.

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