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The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home

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How the mysterious nine-pointed symbol of the enneagram illuminates the worst pitfalls and highest virtues of our psyches.

The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues elucidates human experience beyond the personality structure. In the tradition of the enneagram, the Virtues are said to be the affective atmosphere that replaces the compulsive and reactive emotional patterns-calle
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Tarcher
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Aug 03, 2012 Max rated it liked it
On one hand, I love the approach she takes in this book, because it gives me a deeper, more holistic understanding of the enneagram and all the types. However, this book gave me a jarring reminder that all teachings are limited by their authors' views. I found the author's willful ignorance about colonialism, racism, classism, bodies and oppression quite disheartening. I try to "take what I like and leave the rest," but I issue a caution to anyone reading this that she's propagating some harmful ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
Having recently taken a class on psychology and spirituality, in which the Enneagram was featured prominently, I was excited by the content and approach Maitri took in revealing the spiritual and psychological potential of working with the Enneagram. Initially, I treated this book as I have any other Enneagram book, simply reading the introductory material and then skipping directly to my type.

Turns out, this is not a typical introductory Enneagram book. Instead of each chapter being a repetitiv
Mar 09, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing
This is a follow up to Maitri's first book "The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram". That was an excellent book. This is excellent as well. Maitri's understanding of psychology informs this book and informs it very well. There are many ways to understand human beings. There is no one correct way but there are some that are more helpful than others. The enneagram is pretty helpful because it contains within it solid psychological and spiritual ideas. Maitri takes what is pretty dry stuff and m
Mar 19, 2008 Caroline rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for some insight into themselves
i am a big fan of the enneagram. particularly maitri's take on it, which i think goes deeper and further than other authors who write about it. she combines her approach with the diamond approach of almaas's ridhwan school and the idea that we are all connected and disconnected in specific ways from our original essence and develop coping patterns in order to deal with this loss. i feel she is articulate, concise and deeply insightful about her subject. probably not a first enneagram book, but ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Dona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful

For those of us interested in how the Enneagram can help us understand ourselves more fully and thus live more fully, this book is a must-read. The author sometimes gets bogged down in the presentation of Freud's theories, but the book is a helpful tool on the journey of self- understanding.
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Feb 02, 2008 Brooke Warner rated it it was amazing
This is the second-best ennegram book, after Spiritual Dimensions. By the same author. Read the other one first.
Mar 12, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
Maitri strikes again with clear, wonderfully explicated additions to her first enneagram book. This is a MUST READ for those who go beyond the popular understanding of this spiritual tool.
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“What’s needed then is an immersion experience—allowing whatever that experience is and becoming involved in it as completely as possible, in order to understand it. Notice in your experience of understanding yourself, part of the process is this immersion, is an involvement with the experience, whether it is a belief, an emotion, a contraction in the body, a sense of frustration, a sense of attachment to something—whatever is there is experienced completely, without trying to get rid of it. When there is a complete involvement with what is there in you, then after a while an understanding arises. Without involvement, the understanding will not arise.” 0 likes
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