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The first easy—and fun—guide to the Enneagram, the fascinating and revealing method of understanding personality types, for the beginner, the expert, and everyone in between. This witty and informative guide demystifies the ancient Enneagram system with cartoons, exercises, and personality tests that reveal our motivations and desires and show how to put that knowledge to

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Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published (first published March 11th 1994)
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Macayla Fryc
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The Enneagram is NOT A PERSONALITY TEST. I repeat. It is NOT A PERSONALITY TEST.

So here's the thing. The enneagram is deeply spiritual. And not just Christian spiritual. It can go wayyyy deep in personal development, strengths, weaknesses, how connect to who you are at your core and understand why others are motivated to be the people they are.

The thing with pop culture getting its hands on the Enneagram is that it strips the Enneagram to child's play and dumbs it down to "parlor tricks." And
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Amanda
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, a guide for the rest of us! I have always been intrigued by the enneagram as I have many friends who use it to help them understand themselves and others. Having learned the MBTI first, the enneagram was always confusing to me. I think this book is great for people who want a straight forward approach to learning about the 9 types. I especially liked that there is a whole chapter that correlates how the MBTI cognitive functions and types relate to the 9 types here.
Danni Green
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: being-alive
This is a cute, simple, well-laid-out book. I feel like it helped me understand the enneagram better, even though I'm still not 100% clear about where I fit into it personally. It offers some perspectives that I haven't encountered before, such as a list of things each type would "never" do. The illustrations add a clever dimension to the presentation of this information. ...more
Erin Henry
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very interesting! Super easy and quick to read but still gives you a great overview of the enneagram and helps place you on it. Also gives you tips for areas you may struggle in based on your type. Made more sense to me than the Myers-Briggs ever has. I want to read a more detailed book on the enneagram now.
Rachel A.  Dawson
This is the PERFECT starter book for all things Enneagram! Fun, easy (truly) to understand, full of illustrations and doodles, a breeze to read, helpful to have on hand, etc! Especially loved the insight on MBTI/Enneagram overlap— I find that stuff fascinating.
Yousif Al Zeera
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't ask me why but I just couldn't like this book. If you disagree, please let me know as I may missed something. ...more
Annie
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why feel bad about myself at 68?
Alexis Allen
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-20
Yet another FANTASTIC read!! I really really liked this enneagram book solely because it was so easy to read so much information. Every aspect of life for each type was included and portrayed in such a digestible way. The little pictures/comics appealed a ton to the visual learner in me, too. This book began each section with a mini-test for each type, and that was THE most helpful thing. I quizzed family members and friends on their types and found myself truly enjoying the art of the Enneagram ...more
Kindra
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being new to enneagrams, this book is a great place to start. It’s very easy and straightforward to follow. I read this in conjunction with The Road Back to You and found both very useful. Neither book gives you a quiz to type yourself, you just have to read “I am” statements and figure it out for yourself. I found that hard to do so I googled an enneagram quiz to take. That helped me tremendously and I could read the book with clarity after that. Enneagrams Made Easy is a short quick read so I ...more
Matt McAlear
Quick read. Lots of illustrations. Pretty basic book with not a ton of depth or science behind it. A good way to get another perspective and potential weaknesses/blind spots for yourself to improve though.
Kaytee Cobb
I thought this was an excellent, concise, readable treatment of the enneagram. the drawings add levity and sass to what could otherwise be a very dry subject.
Allyn Sutton
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very easy to read and self-assess with clear examples from many relationship roles.
Katrina Rigsbee
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is definitely for someone just starting to learn about enneagrams. Nice to have all the types in one book for a quick place to refer to.
Alicia Hutchinson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super quick and easy explanation of the enneagram. I love that the text is mostly in list form and small bites of info.
Susy Miller
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This could be called "Enneagram for Dummies." I love how this book breaks down all nine Enneagram types and simplifies them and the characteristics that go with them. Cartoons within also provide easy to understand examples of how each type thinks and reacts. This is a great reference book and one I'm sure I will turn to often as I continue to learn more about my Enneagram type. ...more
Panda Incognito
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This guide to the Enneagram addresses each type's attributes, qualities, fears, and areas of needed improvement by providing well-organized bullet point lists with some text extrapolation. The guide is so simplified that it's easy for a reader to identify with the descriptions of multiple types, but for those who already know their Ennegram type, this could be a useful supplementary tool, as it was for me. I especially appreciated the section in the back which explains and graphs the overlap bet ...more
Robyn
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It may seem counterintuitive that a book with so many cartoons could be on the money on personality types and communication pitfalls, but in fact, this book is wonderful. As a follower of the Enneagram for 2-3 years now, I have been to lots of classes and have enjoyed lots of appropriate books and discussion, and this book nails it every time. I recommend highly for self discovery and learning about others.
Roxanne Darling
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I keep trying to find a book on the enneagram that gives me a straightforward result. I tend to score identically across several (different) types and it ends up being a lot of words without specific usable insights.

In fairness, I have found the MBTI to be simpler and yet with more depth. So my feedback is part for the book and part for the enneagram tool itself. I do know others who find it very useful.
Lassie
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent primer to make the enneagram accessible and understandable.
Shannon
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book was so nice and short! It was a great resource to get a good idea of all the Enneagram types, how they relate, and tests for each personality!
Femke Swanton
I have read other books on the enneagram, but this book is just so much fun! At first, the enneagram might seem overwhelmingly complicated. However, this book gracefully and effortlessly guides its readers through the different types, explaining that no 2 people are exactly the same. The book also briefly brings in the Meyers-Briggs types and how they correlate with enneagram types.

The authors make a point of not starting to 'type' others, or at least to respectfully keep your guesses to yourse
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Sam
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are curious what people are talking about when they say they are a “9 wing 1” or “an unhealthy 6,” this a good concise guide for the personality system.

To be clear, I think the Enneagram is complete bunk as a personality theory. In general, I think personalities theories might help explain, or help us think about some part of our psych, even if none of them present anything resembling a complete picture of way people act the way that they do. I’m especially distrustful of a system that c
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Jana Botkin
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most fun and easiest book I've read on the Enneagram. Several of the numbers have different descriptions than I have learned in other books, which increases my understanding. For example, the Six is usually called "The Loyalist"; this book calls it "The Questioner".

Each number is broken down into helpful descriptions such as "How to Get Along With [my number]", "What's Hard About Being [my number], and a fun one called "Things [my number] Would Never Dream of Doing", along with Work
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Pam Cipkowski
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lighthearted book is a good one to start out with if you want to learn about the enneagram. Short checklists of characteristics are found before each type. The reader can go through the lists, and tally up how many of the characteristics apply to him or her to determine which type represents them. Other fun lists show what each type is best and worst at, how they deal with relationships, particular careers they are drawn towards, and things they would never dream of doing. Humorous little c ...more
Christine
A family member recently read an enneagram book for a book group which renewed my interest in the subject. I've always been indecisive about what number I am and one of the Amazon reviewers of this book said it helped him determine his number.

It's an easy to read introduction to the types. Each type has a checklist at the beginning so you can do a self-assessment as well as a discussion on the wings. Examples of what people say about people they know with that type follow. Fun illustrations are
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Josiah Sanchez
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enneagram
This book is an excellent place to start if you want to start learning about the enneagram. With short lists, fun comics, and easy reading, this book makes the enneagram accessible in a unique way that I hadn’t experienced in my other readings.

That said, I didn’t learn much from this book. In being so generic so as to reach a general audience that isn’t familiar with the enneagram, it lacked some of the deeper components of each number and I felt myself wishing for anecdotes and personal account
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Colette
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the enneagram made too easy. I am extremely disappointed with this book. It is so shallow that I am now more confused as to which type I identify with. Going into it I was pretty sure I was one of two types. As I read this book I seemed to identify with almost everything, as I do when I randomly choose a horoscope from the newspaper and see if it fits. I really like the enneagram and I’m very disappointed that this book did it such a disservice (at least for me). I guess I need something ...more
Amanda
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed this book for what it is -- a light, easy-to-read intro to the enneagram. This doesn't at all take the place of the more in-depth Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso, but it is written for someone who might not be a committed reader. If you are drawn to the concept, you will want to continue to research and read other books and articles, but it isn't a bad place to start. Even the short sections were often profound and helpful.

Some of the descriptions of the numbers seemed to skew toward o
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Haley
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully simplified explanation of the 9 Enneagram types. You answer the 20 question profile for each Type - what you score highest in, is likely (not always), your Type. When you further do an inventory of the descriptions and personality tendencies you have within each type, you can conclude which one is truly you. Additionally, there are “arrows”. When relaxed/secure you take on the positive qualities from the forward facing arrow of your Type. When stressed, you take on the negative quali ...more
Heidi
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fun book about the Enneagram - with lists, cartoons, and also thoughtful insights that make figuring out and then growing from your type both straightforward and even humorous. Also, the author depends less on stereotypes than many books. Those boring stereotypes can muddle finding your true type, since few people are true to stereotype. Admittedly, there are probably not just 9 types of people -- still, the Enneagram has helped me appreciate and more clearly see myself, my strengths an ...more
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