With Jerry Wagner, Ph.D.
- 3 DAY ADVANCED WORKSHOP (May 17,18,19)
- PRE-CONFERENCE DAY (May 24)
- KEYNOTE ADDRESS (May 25)
- ADDITIONAL IEA CHINA PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP
3 DAY ADVANCED WORKSHOP (May 17,18,19)
The Enneagram Beyond Freud: Four Neo-Psychoanalysts: Jung, Horney, Adler, Sullivan
In this 3-day advanced workshop, Dr. Wagner will show connections between the Enneagram and the works of Carl Jung, Karen Horney, Alfred Adler, and Harry Stack Sullivan – theorists who extended Freud’s legacy. Among the topics included will be:
- Jung’s theory of polarities and the shadow elements of Enneagram styles;
- Horney’s theory of three trends and the idealized self-image and how this appears in Enneagram styles as we move towards, against, and away from others and how we become enslaved to the idols of our personality;
- Adler’s theory of birth order, early childhood memories, and the origin of our worldview;
- Sullivan’s interpersonal theory of anxiety (how we make others anxious) and his understanding of personality and the true self.
This workshop will include input, personal reflection, type-alike brainstorming, and large group feedback.
PRE-CONFERENCE DAY (May 24)
A 9-V Approach to the Enneagram
In this all-day workshop, Dr. Wagner will present a nine-dimensional approach to the Enneagram:
- Values: What motivates, excites, and enthuses each style?
- Visions: Worldviews of each style. What each style envisions as their purpose. Representative adaptive and maladaptive schemas of each style. What cognitive therapy has to offer.
- Vulnerabilities: Highly sensitive areas of each style, which may easily result in emotional reactivity
- Virtues: Love expressed in an undistorted way, emanating from healthy emotional schemas that reflect the “true self”
- Vices: Addictive reactions originating from the “false self,” and love expressed in a distorted manner
- Vectors: Connections and internal flow among the nine styles — what each style experiences under relaxed or stressful conditions
- Venues: The enVironmental conditions under which human beings grow up – nurture that grows or slows our nature. What behaviorism has to say.
- deVelopment: Interactions of nature and nurture throughout the life-cycle. What developmental psychology has to contribute.
- Vicissitudes: Chance encounters, unpredictable vagaries and variations that keep occurring during our lives, making all personality theories, including the Enneagram, always tentative.
This day will include input, personal reflection, type-alike brainstorming, and large group feedback.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS (May 25)
The Enneagram and cyclical/relational psychodynamics: Irony of ironies
One reason we develop our defensive strategies is to protect us from the hurts, embarrassments, diminishments, and sensitivities that we experienced sometime in our life. The irony of this approach is that it brings about the very thing we are trying to avoid. The solution prolongs the problem To keep our defensive drama going, we need to unconsciously solicit accomplices, fellow actors and actresses. Others get induced to unwittingly to play out our scenario, thereby ensuring the repetition of our dilemma.
This presentation will provide some guidance as to how this happens with all nine types followed by type-alike conversations to explore how this occurs in their lives and what might be some alternate adaptive strategies. Each group will then share their insights and action plans with the whole group.
ADDITIONAL IEA CHINA PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP (May 26)
HOW WE GET STUCK IN OUR STYLES: SCHEMA SURRENDER/MAINTENANCE, AVOIDANCE, AND COMPENSATION
Schemas are stable and enduring patterns of thinking that develop during childhood and are elaborated throughout our life. We view the world through our schemas, which are important beliefs about the world and ourselves. Since we accept these schemas without question, they become self-perpetuating and are very resistant to change. To the extent that our schemas represent reality fairly well, they are useful and self-serving. If our schemas distort reality, they end up being self-defeating.
Schemas strive to ensure their own survival through three processes of schema surrender/maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation.
We’ll see how our schemas maintain themselves through exaggerating information that confirm them or minimizing data that contradict them. We’ll discover how we cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally avoid triggering our maladaptive schemas to escape the negative emotions they stir up. And we’ll investigate how we compensate for these schemas by doing the opposite of what they suggest so we can evade triggering the pain they cause.
This workshop will look at how these processes operate in the nine Enneagram styles. It will involve input, personal reflection, type-alike sharing, and large group feedback.