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Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide -- Revised & Updated

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The First and Only Scientifically Determined Enneagram Personality Test and Guide

A centuries-old psychological system with roots in sacred tradition, the Enneagram can be an invaluable guide in your journey toward self-understanding and self-development. In this book, Stanford University Medical School clinical professor of psychiatry David Daniels and counseling psycholog
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by HarperOne
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Of all the Enneagram resources that I have encountered, this book is the most accessible. It provides a succinct introduction to the 9 types without sacrificing a deep look at the motivations, struggles, and strengths of each type. I found that the self-test is also much better than any of the other short tests I've encountered. It's simple but challenging which primes the reader for the paradoxical challenge that naturally comes with attempting to better understand oneself. My favorite parts of ...more
as a writer, this is the BEST guide for creating believable characters.
Alicia Mitsch
This is a great Cliffnotes version for anyone curious about the Enneagram. The author does a amazing job of boiling all the information down to simple terms and makes the process of discovering one's type very easy. This book does not cover much on in-depth personal growth, but it gives the reader the tools necessary to dig deeper into the psychology of the Enneagram personalities. Great resource for any who are interested in self-study.
Becky Lai
Reading this book has spurred hours of conversation with friends and family. It is fascinating and humbling that our human complexities can be simplified to this degree without sacrificing too much accuracy or nuance. A personality test to end all personality tests. I really like the idea that the Enneagram isn't meant to justify personality quirks but to help you figure out ways to manage personalities -- your own and of others in your life.
Short book on all the types. One aspect that I found especially helpful is what the "look alike" types are for each type. Helped solidify for me what type I am not.

Not sure how the evaluation/self test is since I already know which one I am and jumped right into that chapter.
Precise and useful - have practices for all types. Esp. enjoyed the Universal Growth Process: Awareness / Acceptance / Action (pause, inquiry & conscious conduct) / Adherence.
Will buy the book and try to work on some!
This book is a useful tool to be used for professional development. It helps a person assess their individual strength and weakness.
May 31, 2011 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandy by: Nancy Rickards
I needed a good intro to learning about the enneagram and this one fit the bill. Simple, concise, clear and enlightening.
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