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Take Care of Your Type: An Enneagram Guide to Self-Care

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Discover the self-care tips specifically designed for your Enneagram type with this simple yet illuminating guide from popular Enneagram expert Christina S. Wilcox.

Many of us have used the Enneagram of Personality to understand ourselves on a profoundly intimate level. But despite what our Enneagram type reveals, it’s not always easy to know the best ways to take care of o
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 15th 2020 by Tiller Press
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Literary Redhead
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read scads of Enneagram books, but not one like this offering self-care tips for my specific type, the Individualist. I’m to:

*Stop procrastinating
*Accept life as it is
*Realize that ordinary is fine
*Know I’m not what I create

These are apt steps for someone who wants to stand out as a talented, one-of-a-kind creative.

The book also offers self-care ideas for the other eight Enneagram types, plus tips on how partners can provide support.

A unique and very helpful guide to better understandin
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Panda Incognito
This gentle guide helps people recognize the self-care routines and personal growth choices that may be most necessary for them based on their Enneagram type. The author explains at the beginning that this is not a bubble bath type of self-care book, but that it focuses on the choices that people can make to overcome their personal struggles, offset their weaknesses, and shore up their strengths. I found this book very insightful, and value the different perspective on self-care.

As an Enneagram
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Elizabeth
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
It's a very soft, gentle, "you are okay and valid" kind of self-help book, if that's what you're looking for. It's also a little two-dimensional: several of the "you might be this type" statements specify that this type likes a certain kind of music or has a particular sense of humor. Yes, the Enneagram is a personality test that simplifies people down to nine categories! There'll be some things that don't fit, but...I've read other books that treat those categories as self-examination. By addin ...more
Karen
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're into the Enneagram as I have been for the last few weeks, and you like focusing on self-care (which let's be honest we all need more of in 2020), this book will be a great addition to your home library. This book breaks down each type and tells you what they struggle with and what type of self-care would help the most.

While the ideas were so-so for my type, they were spot on for my husband and I really enjoyed reading them and taking down some ideas on how I can help him. They were so
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Sarah
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many books about the enneagram, but this is the only one that specifically addresses self-care (self-care as in caring for your mental and emotional well-being). There is one chapter for each enneagram type, and I like that it talks about both how to care for yourself and how to care for your loved ones. It is not an introduction to the enneagram, so read another book first to determine your type.

I received an ARC from NetGalley. The book will be release on December 15, 2020.
Jana Fryman
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good guide to self-care based in Enneagram type. I appreciated how it was focused on long-term suggestions and not simply things like ‘take a bath’ and ‘yoga.’ My type (1: The Idealist) was spot on and brought new light as to why the suggestions may help. The guide at the end of each chapter as to how to best support those of others types is something I found helpful and plan to incorporate with family/friends in the future.
Rachel
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
A short, fun little book focused on self-care practices that are specific to each enneagram type. A lot of the practices I found too vague or theoretical to actually be helpful. I will say that a few of the suggestions for type 4s were spot on for me and so I'm taking what I found to be beneficial and disregarding what I didn't. Yes, us type 4s do need better sleep habits and to make our beds in the morning. :) ...more
Lisa
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this book but decided to take a chance on it. I’m glad I did though. The chapter on my type was spot on. I thought all of it was interesting, useful and helpful. It talks about each type individually, with some info on each wing in each type (ex: 1w9 or 1w2). It also gives some insight into how you can help another person with that particular type. I really liked this book and will keep coming back to it as a good reference
Morgan
Jun 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
A good pick for those with some basic familiarity of their ennea-type/wings who want some practical ideas for self-care that go beyond bubble baths and face masks.
Sophia
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This has been the perfect book to start my year with. If you’re into the enneagram (or don’t know much about it yet), @christinaswilcox is a must-follow. So much care and consideration goes into the things she posts, and it was no different with this book. ⁣

I was impressed by the way she tailored each type’s section, to work for them — not just the subject-matter, but the way she presents it (i.e. data and research for the Type 5 🙌🏽). I’ve read a few books about the enneagram and this book has
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Kapua
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I loved this book! It talks about each type and includes traits of the type, what types of self-care they need, their possible wings, and how others can support them. This is the first book I’ve read about the enneagram and I loved it! Going into it I had identified as a type 4 only. I hadn’t really found either of the wings more dominant, but after reading this book I realized I am a 4w3. This book would be helpful for any type of relationship if you know their type, even as some kind of PD.
Timothy
This book, while short, is designed to help people realize their personality type and to give each type tips on how to self-improve. The book identifies nine (9) types of Enneagram: Idealist, Helper, Achiever, Individualist, Observer, Loyalist, Enthusiast, Challenger and Peacemaker. Within each section, the book illustrates what each types characteristics are as well as to reinforce the positive characteristics while trying to diminish the type's "fear." For example, the Challenger is identified ...more
John Samuelsohn
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I liked the best about this book was its authentic voice. I especially liked the explanations and how each type description has a section about self care and how to be the best version of yourself.
It even explains how someone else can encourage a particular type. Seriously this book will be an asset to any individual and or a corporation looking to gain insight on prospective employees. For a good read its an encyclopedic of information. Love the book.
Holly Pablo Monasterial
I enjoyed this quick read about self-care based on the 9 enneagram types. There's no means of testing included, so find an online quiz before you dive in. While most resources solely focus on explaining the types, this is the first I've encountered that pays attention to strengthening interpersonal relationships.

The author encourages reading cover-to-cover. I found it more helpful to read just me and my spouse's type to begin with. (I'll read more when I learn the types of various people in my l
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One Cool Cat
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I was in a rushed mood when I read this, so I skipped the other types and just read the two that match me the best, along with the intro... Does anyone else ever open a book and feel like you have to read it all as fast as possible, or else? It's a disservice to the book but I also knew ahead of time I'd be reading it quickly because of the subject matter.

Anyway, I'm giving this book three stars because it was good for what it was, but nothing in it was revolutionary.

To boil it
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Malvin
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a small and practical book. It is for people who already have basic knowledge about what Enneagram. As mentioned in the title, the whole book dedicates to sharing practical tips and activities to self-care and self-grow yourself and interact with other people based on your and their Enneagram type.

I only focused on my own type and skimmed through the rest. I do find recommendations for my type are quite helpful. A few takeaways for Type I - The Idealist:

1. Gain perspective: When you are
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Renae
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
As a person newly intrigued by the enneagram types and someone who is interested in taking more time for self-care, I thought this book would be perfect for me. I found, as have other reviewers, that it was too surface-level and read more like a horoscope. When interests me about the enneagram is the opportunity it opens up for personal growth. This book seemed to lack that and was more focused on very (in my opinion) obvious self-care tips and soft coddling of learned behaviors. Cute layout and ...more
Sophia
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a gentle, quick read but offers a lot of insight into each type. I was only modestly familiar with enneagram types prior to reading and learned a lot. As instructed in the introduction I resisted the urge to skip ahead to what I knew to be my type, and am so glad I did! Learning about types that were more unfamiliar and the puzzle that is the people around us was even more enlightening than reading the instructions on your own type.

Would have enjoyed a testing aspect or a greater overvie
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Kalyn
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was an interesting look into your Enneagram type and what that tells you about how you should be caring for yourself. I'm dominantly Type 2, so it was interesting to see a fairly accurate image of how I interact with the world and the things that I should be doing in order to keep myself healthy. The most interesting thing to me was a correlation between self-care activities I've been doing that I find the most restorative and the ones recommended in the book for Type 2s. It definitely ...more
Nicole
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
👍🏻: This book gives 10-15 ideas for each enneagram type on how to take care of themselves, as well as 3 ways we can care for each type specifically. I learned a lot from this book on what each type struggles with & how I can love them more. I learned a lot about myself & what I can do to take for myself & had some really good conversations with friends about their types.
👎🏻: While I enjoyed reading about each type, I didn’t take a ton from reading what each type could do for themselves.
Gwyn
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book to my adult daughter as a Christmas gift. She loved it. Here's her review:

"5 stars. Well written. Greet information that fits each type very well. Really good formating makes it easy to read. Great, practical tips for self-care. Best part is that the book is not just a regurgitation of Riso-Hudson or Helen Palmer. Has a unique perspective. Would recommend for anyone interested in enneagram or self- care practices. "
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Kaitlynne
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm a 9w1 with a 6w5 following close behind, which follows pretty accurately to any type of personality based quiz I've taken in the past. This was pretty interesting to read, and I thought there were some good tips on what you can do to take care of yourself that fits with your type. Not everything fit me 100%, but that's because everyone is slightly different, so not everything will work the same for everyone. ...more
Rather.be.reading1
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Enneangrams are something I always want to learn more about so I was excited to read this one. Type 8 here ya'll! Every single thing they said is a Type 8 explains me! There was not much helpful information on self care for Type 8, but we are tough! ...more
Tracy
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
This book is full of personalized information for each enneagram type. It has so much more than self-care tips. I found it really helpful and see myself using this as a reference for years to come. It's also really pretty, is a perfect small size, and has a really sturdy cover. I also learned how to care for others in my life. Great little book! ...more
Katherine
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Reasonable self care book based on your enneagram type. A lot of focus on being gentle with yourself and loving who you are, which is positive, but not necessarily specifically actionable. As with any book based on personality types, only a small section is applicable to me. I did appreciate that each type had a few ways to care for the Type X person in your life.
Kayla Hollatz
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I mostly read through the types of my close friends and myself (as a 4w3) but as I suspected, this book is more of an introduction to the Enneagram. I wish it would have gone into more depth with wing types and how to better communicate with each type. This book focused more on self-care tips for each type, so if you are brand new to this tool, the book may be helpful for you.
Ellen Alston
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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Keri Murcray
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this addition to my enneagram book collection. Such good ideas for self care based on each type and I also loved the suggestions for loving each type better. Lots of highlights and lots to reflect on. This is a great book - highly recommended!!
Carrie
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: i really only read my own type section and skimmed the rest. The enneagram is so fascinating and this was a good, easy to digest look at how to be the best version of your type.

ARC from NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.
Nick Salenga
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book of this welcoming & illustrated guide to your Enneagram type will not only help you recenter yourself & reconnect with your loved ones but also set you on path to feeling happier & healthier in mind, body, & spirit.
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