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The Power of the Enneagram a New Technology of Self-Discovery: A New Technology of Self-Discovery

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Discover the Secrets of Human Nature From the world's foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs comes an inside look at a revolutionary method that will help you decipher your own behaviors and those of everyone you meet.

Based on time-honored concepts of psychology, the Enneagram -- a geometric figure that delineates the nine fundamental per
Audio, 120 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Nightingale-Conant Corporation (first published 1987)
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Personality Types is the most comprehensive outline of the Enneagram personality theory I’ve seen (akin to Lenore Thomson’s treatment of Myers-Briggs–Personality Type: An Owner’s Manual–in scope and depth). Riso and Hudson waded through the long history and collective knowledge of the Enneagram from disparate cultures and assimilated it into one cohesive theory. I’ve read a bit about the Enneagram in the past and I approached this book with a huge amount of skepticism about its veracity. To my o ...more
Helene Keating
Feb 19, 2016 Helene Keating rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read

3.5 -4 (dang wish they had .5 in some of these Labels )

1. The Reformer
2 The Helper
3 The Motivator
4 The Individualist
5 The Investigator
6 The Loyalist
7 The Enthusiast
8 The Leader
9 The Peacemaker

I thought some parts of this book had merit . And other parts had a "horoscope " feeling attached to it .

After reading each personality type. This book then breaks down and makes adjustments to the basic type . This is referred as The Wing or the other side of the basic personality .
Richard Stuart
Feb 05, 2009 Richard Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pyschology
this book has taught me to see the world through many different kinds of perspectives. it allows me to enhance my strong feelings of sympathy/empathy because i can better understand where (and why) people are coming from, whether it is a place of fear or anxiety, or just a need for things to be a certain way so they feel comfortable in the world. it is an invaluable tool to learn to ACCEPT people for who they are.
Dec 18, 2014 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent read that goes in-depth into Enneagram types. Could have been even simpler though in terms of identifying the basic core fears of each type; but it has complete write ups of each Enneagram type in various stages of health and disintegration, which is useful. I pegged most of my family and friends quite easily as a result.

The Core Fears Simplified:
Core fear – agitated, aggression.

Core 1: fear of being corrupt. (Strive for perfection.) Agitation: you’re an idiot, pushing you away.

Core 2: f
I've read (studied) Myers Briggs "please understand me" for over 20 years, so was delighted this book incorporated ties to that.. but took it to another level of personal growth and development... no human fits neatly into 16 boxes like Myers Briggs dictates, something that I have never fully embraced as I tended to conclude folks are compilations of several of the 16 boxes.. 20% of one, 50% of another, etc... basically defining their own identity. However, the principles in this personality boo ...more
Aug 11, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I saw a friend mention this book on social media and the idea intrigued me so I checked it out. After reading it I am greatly interested in learning more about the enneagram for it seems incredibly useful. I drove my wife quite nuts talking about the whole thing. I ended up adding 3-4 more books to my amazon wishlist on this topic.

At the same time, I honestly did not read every word of the book. I skimmed each chapter to get a quick grasp on the personality type. I eagerly wanted to get to the c
Mar 28, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't like to over-rely on personality tests, but this book gives the singularly best descriptions of people and is more dead-on accurate than any other personality book I've ever read. Even if you are skeptical, this book is extremely interesting. Anyone that's interested in Jungian/Archetypal personality psychology would likely find this book enjoyable. It's great to turn to and look through the pages to place new people you meet.
Sergio Flores Niklitschek
El libro es muy detallado y no ahonda en especulaciones amateur en las que entran otros libros que tratan de hablar sobre personalidad.
Es muy bueno porque, además de describir a cada personalidad, describe cuál es el origen infantil de cada una.
Este libro es el primero que leí sobre eneagrama y fue, sin lugar a dudas, el que me provocó un profundo interés sobre el tema (deformó mi cabeza al respecto).
Dimitris Hall
Aug 25, 2015 Dimitris Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

Experience has shown that ... personalities ... may be grouped into various major categories, and for purposes of studying them this is a helpful device. Classifications must never be taken too seriously—they ruin much thinking—but the fear to use them has prevented much more thinking.

—Karl A. Menninger, The Human Mind

The above quote would find a lot of people in the world in open disagreement. Even in the US, where different social needs and anxieties gave birth to almost all forms of typology
This book has some really useful insights into personality, fears, desires, motivations, and parental relationships. It can be quite complicated and takes a lot of reading to attain the information on your personality type. Also doing the typing is not straight forward. However, the information is worth having and has resulted in some deep thinking for me. It has helped me understand what areas of my personality I need to address in order to improve my life.

I didn't like how negative the tone of
Chris Hunt
Apr 16, 2011 Chris Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! If you have a desire to understand who you are, what drives you, and why, this is a powerful book. For self-understanding, I can't think of anything better. It changed my life when I first discovered this gem. Meyers and Briggs have nothing on Riso and Hudson when it comes to support for self-understanding.

My wife and I, for instance, knowing the Types we are, are able to understand the specific challenges we face within our marriage and why, and what we need to do to overcome those challe
Aug 29, 2014 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was initially skeptical of the whole enneagram thing, worried it was one of those pop spirituality trends a la The Secret, kinda like Zodiac-Lite meets the Myers Briggs test (instead of 12 signs, there are 9 personality types.) Turns out, it’s not weird or boring at all. Rather, this book gives an insightful and illuminating rundown of the ways different personality types process information and emotions, the various ways we think about ourselves and navigate the world. In the chapter about my ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although my study of the Enneagram is limited to listening to a set of tapes and reading two books, I would consider this book to be a comprehensive study of each of the nine types. Although a couple of the chapters were more theoretical and read more like a text book and therefore didn’t catch my attention, I found the information for each of the types to be quite helpful in learning to discover oneself and to recognize how one could move towards being healthy by moving in the direction of inte ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took the "Enneagram" via a job selection process and never did I know the payoff would be so much more than a mere job.
I developed my own sense of spirituality (and need for it) via reading this and came objectively as well as subjectively face-to-face with the potential horror of my own self. This is not a book of rainbows and candy canes seeking to portray a sugar-coated feel-good "ra ra" of the various types. Quite the contrary, it chronicles our motivating fears and the ways these fears t
Mar 22, 2016 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A good friend suggested I read this and leant me her copy. I think if I had read it when I was in college I might have found it more interesting, but as it was, I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. All this book seems to do is discuss, in repetitive detail, the various aspects of each personality type. And a great deal of the information is focused on the negative aspects of each type. There's no discussion of how to move towards the healthier levels or how to support loved ones who are st ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Linz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, comprehensive book for deep understanding of the Enneagram's 9 core personality types. It offers in depth descriptions of each personality, with approximately 30 pages dedicated to each type, describing 9 different levels of health. Along with those thorough descriptions, there are advanced guidelines, history of the Enneagram, and guidelines on how to use it. Unlike many personality typing systems, the nice thing about the Enneagram is that it doesn't pin a person's behavior do ...more
Ning Xin
Oct 14, 2013 Ning Xin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed and comprehensive book on the Enneagram; incredibly helpful for all who are interested in it and/or want to find out their type. Having searched the internet for the past 2-3 years for articles on the Enneagram and hung around PC, INTJf, INFJs, INTP Central, Typology Central and etc to read the discussions on it, I must say that this book really sums up most of the posts I've seen.

Apart from the lengthy descriptions of the 9 Types, I particularly liked the section where it linked
Melinda Payne
This is an amazingly useful book. The way it breaks down personality traits into understandable bits of information makes it an easy way to figure out what makes you and your family tick. It's also a fabulous resource for writers who want to develop true to life characters. I feel like I found a gold mine of information in this one book. This is one that will be re-read many times.
Yawatta Hosby
Feb 02, 2016 Yawatta Hosby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was scarily accurate for me--I'm a 5w4. I don't know if I should be depressed or happy that I understand myself more...

The personality book goes in depth for every type, with wings and if healthy, average, and unhealthy levels. Very informative.
Mar 23, 2015 Dani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psych-philosophy
Good book, introduces some new ideas about the counter types and so forth, but repeats a lot from "The Wisdom Of the Enneagram" and does not reach the depth or accuracy as "The Complete Enneagram" by Beatrice Chestnut
If you're ever curious about what motivates people to behave and respond in different manners this system of personality typification is an interesting alternative to the Jung, Freud, and others out there. When you've read enough of this stuff you come to realize that most are the same, they just call it something different.

Still, I like Riso's approach for the most part. No book is the be-all, end-all of personality traits but this books is fun and interesting to read if you have an open mind.
Glenda Dekkema
Aug 12, 2014 Glenda Dekkema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The enneagram is, in my opinion, one if the best books for understanding personality types.
Dec 07, 2014 Lafcadio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psyche, released
A deep look at the enneagram.
Nov 16, 2014 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book describing personality types. Based in psychology while recognizing the philosophical, spiritual, and other factors involved in humans. The Enneagram is a complex system, a great next step for those dissatisfied with simplified versions of other personality systems. The authors do a good job explaining what each type is like, how they relate to the world, and how they develop. Generally speaking, the book reads like a text book so don't expect an invigorating read. I skimmed over many ...more
Dave Peticolas

This is another personality sorter, one more involved than the Kiersey sorter. This one has 9 categories, but you can be in two categories at once, and each category has 9 levels of development. I found it difficult to place myself in the categories. There is an on-line test available at the Enneagram Institute but it costs $10.

Caleb Mason
Aug 22, 2012 Caleb Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This system dates back to Aristotle. One of the important developments in modern times was breaking each type down into nine levels of healthy to psychotic for each type. And how we are drawn to those types that are bad for us when we need to move toward this who are good. This is not a lightweight pop psych book but is very deeply researched and includes sections analyzing the Eneagram in the contexts of Freud, Jung, Horney and others. This book could change how you see yourself and others.
Anne Van
Welllll.......still interested in trying to understand this system of personality types. This book by Riso was definitely more instructive to me than "Spiritual Dimensions...", but both have (and maybe the whole system) have a tidy quality of boxes that inter-relate and integrate/disintegrate that is fascinating. But, in reality I think the system doesn't hold contradiction (or paradox) very well. Personally, I'd still go with astrology as a "reasonable" explanation.
Jan 22, 2010 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
More referenced than read. It explains each of the nine personality types in-depth, and dwells on each type's healthy and unhealthy aspects. The authors made some generalizations that seemingly came from left field, for example, "Individualists (Type 4s) are not close to their parents." What?? A handful of nonsensical observations like that, in addition to the absence of pragmatic pointers for vocations and relationships, made me feel very "eh" about this book.
Mar 16, 2008 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-psychology
Okay - I admit it. I have a thing for pop psychology.
First I was into Myers-Briggs (started in college). Then, about 10 years ago, I discovered the Enneagram. It's much more insightful, and, I might add, more fun for analyzing and annoying your friends and colleagues with.
This is the best of the enneagram books I've read.
(Oh, and if you get it, I'm a FIVE....which will be very easy to see once you read the description of the nine types).
Mar 07, 2010 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, 1980s
Sometimes I get skeptical reactions from people when I tell them I like reading about personality types, as if I were talking about astrological signs. Fair enough... but these same people often talk about introvert/extrovert, or thinker/feeler, or leader/follower, so the belief in personality traits is there, though not organized. The enneagram organizes personality traits. Take the bits that seem true to you, and find it easier to understand people.
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