The Everything Enneagram Book: Identify Your Type, Gain Insight into Your Personality and Find Success in Life, Love, and Business

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F+W Media, Jul 17, 2007 - Psychology - 320 pages
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Each of us wears our personality like a disguise-but with the Enneagram, you can strip away that mask, and reveal your true self. A timeless tool used by corporate trainers, counselors, and mental health professionals, the Enneagram defines nine basic personality types. Which are you?
  • Evangelical Idealist
  • People Pleaser
  • King of the Hill
  • Creative Seeker
  • Masterful Hermit
  • Loyal Guardian
  • Optimistic Dreamer
  • The Dominator
  • Peaceful Lamb
In The Everything Enneagram Book, you'll learn what your type is, how it affects your perception of yourself and others, and how you can use that knowledge to best effect. Author Susan Reynolds' Jungian approach helps you apply the secrets of the Enneagram to your relationships, your work, even your love life. With this engaging, enlightening guide, you'll gain the self-awareness you need to transform every aspect of your life-and become the person you were born to be!

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This one-star rating is unfair. I recently received this book, and have been speedreading through parts of it, that interested me most. It's quite a large book (manual-like), has a very long enneagram test at the start (which I've yet to complete), but it is well-written, and I learned some new insights into the enneagram types within seconds of reading. For example, I had been debating if I could be a type 3, as I am very hard-working, self-employed and want to be successful, but it said type 3 will learn 'anything' if it's going to get them praise, even if it doesn't interest them, and that's not me, so I immediately knew I'm not a 3. The book acknowledges type 4s as being one of the most successful types out there (many famous artists, musicians, actors) and not the wallowing in self-pity stereotype we often think as 4. Chapter on type 9 was really interesting, this book reads very objectively, there is thinking behind it. The coverage in each chapter on childhood origins seems far-fetched, and basically everybody except type 9 seems to have had a horrendous childhood or parental figure, none of this is backed up by research yet (though that would be interesting), this was also covered by Riso-Hudson, childhood origins, so I can't criticize these authors. I have come to think the enneagram is only ONE aspect of personality and motivation, it's not the be all and end all, you'll get as much different insight from the MBTI or other personality system, or just by starting to observe yourself and other people - always with interest and compassion. Good book, interesting and written by a psychologist! 

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