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ennea - from Latin, meaning nine

gram - from Greek, meaning drawing or chart


The Enneagram is an ancient tool that goes back to 200 BCE, discovered in the 1970s in South America by Oscar Ichazo, and then noted psychologist Claudio Naranjo.  Most of their early students were Christian religious and Christian mental health professionals who understood that the Enneagram offered supreme wisdom for learning how to grow in their faith.  


  Used by Professionals who Inspire Growth
Eventually this Enneagram knowledge spread from the Christian community to the psychotherapeutic community in North America and worldwide.  All these professionals, psychotherapists, counselors, pastors, life coaches, business coaches, and human resources department staff, have learned that the Enneagram catapults their work.  It is truly a tool for anyone seeking to grow to greater spiritual and emotional maturity.
    Difference between Myers-Briggs (MBTI) and the Enneagram
The Myers-Briggs system is based on behavior, whereas the Enneagram is based on motivations for your behavior.
  Do I need to take a test to determine my Enneagram type?
No, you do not.  You can take a test.  With our without a test, it is imperative that you Self-Type.  One study showed 38% of Enneagram test results are inaccurate.  The more evolved you are, the more difficult it is for a test to determine your type.
  Enneagram Typing - Don't put me into a box!
When determining your Enneagram type, you may feel you don't want to be put into a box, or stereotyped.  This video explains how we are encouraged to step out of our type.


Other Personality Systems

Most other personality systems such as the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) are based on the research of the brilliant Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung (1875-1961). Myers-Briggs is an excellent system which has been used widely among the industries of health care, education, and social services. Now businesses of all types use this tool to help their employees communicate more effectively so as to bring about greater productivity in the workplace.

Since Myers-Briggs is based on behavior, it is typical that your particular personality type today may be different from what it was 10 years ago, or from what it may be 5-10 years from now. Our behavioral patterns change as we go through life.


System Based On Origins
Behavior Motivations Modern
< 100 years old
200 BCE
Sufis, N. Africa

Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
from Jungian psychology

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Your Enneagram Type Remains Constant

With the Enneagram, your type, or your core motivational energy, stays constant throughout your life.  What changes is how you choose to express that motivational energy. Typically a person will vacillate from unhealthy, average, and healthy expressions over the years.

Evolved Persons Manifest Other Type Energies

As you grow into a more evolved human being, it is appropriate and encouraged that you be comfortable with the energies of the other types. This is a sign of maturity. The Enneagram charts the movement of growth in these other areas.

  • Learn your roadmap for personal and spiritual growth based on your personality
  • Gain clarity in making the right life choices.
  • Create a stronger bond with your partner with less friction
  • Enhance workplace communication & productivity
  • An aid to conflict resolution
  • Teambuilding
  • Coaches and therapists — the Enneagram can catapult your ability to understand and guide your clients