FAQ General questions answered
The Enneagram can be very confusing at first, so I’ve created some FAQ here to help you on your journey of discovery:
Why would I want to learn about the Enneagrams?
The gift of the Enneagram enables us to understand ourselves and the habits that restrict us. We can then make conscious choices to transform our behaviour. Using the infinite wisdom contained in the Enneagram system, we can liberate ourselves from the constraints of our ego-based personalities and the self-limiting habits that have held us there to realise our most self-actualised state. This awareness leads to a deeper compassion both for yourself and others.
Will I find my type straight away?
Some people recognise their type instantly, but for many, it takes a bit longer. Doing online tests, attending Enneagram workshops, getting feedback from family, partners and colleagues and reading Enneagram books all helps to “find yourself.”Will I find my type straight away?
Are there only nine types?
Yes. The Enneagram consists of nine basic types, which can then be divided further into various three-way divisions, resulting in many other sub-types.
Nature or Nurture?
Each of us is born as one type, which remains constant throughout our lives. The types give us insight into how we navigate the world. Our type is then not formed by our youth, but rather one could say our childhood is formed by our type, meaning that children of certain types will experience similar types of events (not necessarily in the way they manifest, but more issues such as feeling overlooked, or growing up in a conflict-ridden household etc.).
Which is the best type to be?
There is no hierarchy in the Enneagrams. A Type One is no better or worse than an Eight or any other types. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, although the form they take is different. Each type has lessons to learn and issues to work through, as well as positive traits.
Does it make a difference if you’re male or female?
The types are relevant irrespective of sex, race, creed or any other factor. A Type Six male tribal member of the Ashanti tribe in Africa will have a similar emotional/mental makeup to a Type Six woman living in the USA. (That’s one of the many things I love about the Enneagrams – it unites us across continents.)