Understanding Your Enneagram
Have you ever considered what makes people ‘tick’? Have you struggled with communication challenges because the person you’re trying to talk to can’t seem to understand your unique point of view or perspective? Have you noticed that when stressed you seem to have a recurring pattern of feelings?
Welcome to the world of Enneagram.
In this podcast episode we have a chat with Michael White, a Sunshine Coast business owner, counsellor and Youth Worker about the tool of the Enneagram, a theory which describes nine different personalities, and it’s value in self discovery.
As a business owner we are all called upon to lead, learn and evolve to ensure we are able to innovate, nurture and adapt to support our clients, teams and organisations in an ever changing world.
“15 years ago, I met a lady who introduced me to the Enneagram and it had such a profound effect in my own personal life that I knew one day I would share it with other people” - Michael White
Michael was drawn into the Enneagram tool as it also includes a spiritual dynamic which not many people in the business realm were considering. It was previously a tool he was only using personally, to help develop a healthier relationship with himself and further discover and define his sense of purpose. Understanding it’s power and potential in the journey of personal evolution, Michael is now starting to share this tool with many others.
The Enneagram system is divided into 3 different groups; those driven by their emotions, those driven by their mind, and those driven by their body instincts. Within those 3 groups are variations of those types, as shown below.
Michael is an enneagram 4 and states that with a 4 comes the liability of intense dissatisfaction. “That's why they call us the tragic romantic or the tragic artists sometimes”. And the dissatisfaction, like everything else is a double-edged sword. If you create a piece of artwork for example, a 4 will look at it, think it could be better. You can use this dissatisfaction to propel you to do better, or get stuck in ‘not good enough’ thinking.
Understanding how the system works has enabled Michael to take a step back and say, “look, everything is just right the way it is”. It’s about accepting your limitations and having greater peace of mind. In this chat, Michael shares some notes about each of the personalities.
The Achiever #3
The Individualist #4
The Helper #2
The Loyalist #6
The Investigator #5
The Enthusiast #7
These personalities go on their gut instinct - if it feels right, let's do it!
The Peacemaker #9
The Reformer: #1
The Challenger #8
If we start to open up and access the three brains in a more coherent way, we can start to interact with the world with harmony, joy and peacefulness.
“Don't push yourself to believe that your version of reality is the truth. Open yourself up to the possibility that you could be mistaken.” - Michael White
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