(1996). Enneagram Studies and Applications: Evanston, IL. ISBN: 1-55552-070-7
Intended for a general audience, this thorough yet brief guide through the Enneagram system provides a clear common sense outline of each of the nine styles. The resourceful characteristics and ideals of each style are contrasted with their non-resourceful idealizations. For example the Good Person’s passion for excellence can become a maladaptive pursuit of perfectionism. The adaptive energy, or virtue, of each style is contrasted with its maladaptive energy, or vice. What each style avoids and how they avoid it through specific defense mechanisms are detailed. How the distortion of each style may have developed and what each style misses because of its distortions are described. And the intrapsychic and interpersonal shifts that occur under relaxed and stressful circumstances are spelled out.
The guide contains 30 exercises to help readers understand their own style by reflecting on their own experiences. Highly readable, it is a fine introduction and teaching aid for workshop presenters, business consultants, therapists, etc.
The Enneagram Spectrum of Personality Styles can be purchased from Amazon.com in paperback format.
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