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(Week of 10/13/19)

When Michelle’s brother-in-law suggested she geek out on Enneagrams, the psychology schematic that organizes humans into roughly nine personality types, she was, at first, a bit obstinate. She’d already spent more of her life than she wanted to admit getting sucked into self-analysis tests, from MBTI to Spirit Animals and, she told Dan, concluded that no system could actually capture who she was. He just laughed. That’s because you’re an Enneagram Four. All fours think that.

A few days later she relented, and 12 hours later she emerged not only fascinated, but a decided convert.

So! This week we’re giving you three paths to explore Enneagrams. The first, to do your own self-assessment; the second, a little dip into the East-meets-West and mystical roots of the system; and the third, a little comic relief.


System and Assessment
Read this overview from the Enneagram Institute about how the system works: LINK
And take a free assessment here: LINK
If you’re the type who likes to analyze past relationships (we won’t tell), might we also recommend giving this a whirl: LINK

Historical Context
The system is generally attributed to the Bolivian psychologist Oscar Ichazo and its spread in the 1970s to the United States to Claudio Naranjo, his Chilean disciple who discusses the intersection of East and West psychotherapy techniques in this video: LINK
The Enneagram symbol, however, and the root of the mystical associations of Enneagrams (which also exist in the archetype systems of Carl Jung) can be traced to Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, of which you can get a quick overview here: LINK

In Context
And once you’ve diagnosed your own type and those of everyone you know, indulge in some gentle mockery here: LINK

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