Learning the Enneagram
So the Enneagram. I’m just now diving into it.
For those of you who don’t know what that is (Mom, I’m looking at you) it is the newest trend in personality type assessments. New trend though it may be, the Enneagram actually has ancient ties.
Back in the day I was obsessed with Myers-Briggs (probably an INFP).
I’m really bad a picking up on patterns. It took me a long time to even pick up on the fact that I’m bad at picking up patterns. So, personality tests provide so many tools for self-awareness and pattern-recognition.
Several Enneagram tests and about twenty-seven podcast episodes later, I’m beginning to think I am a 5 with a wing (or secondary) type of 4. Pretty sure Luke is a 9w1. My brother Jared is hands-down a 2.
I can’t learn enough about this stuff. And, if I truly am a 5, that is definitely par for the course.
Here are some resources I’ve found helpful.
The Road Back to You (Ian Cron): Recommendation by my friend Elizabeth who is also on Brook Hills Comm Team. Elizabeth says the book is helpful in finding your type and understanding all the others. She also notes that Ian Cron has a podcast, Typology. (He’ll be speaking at SALT Conference our team is attending in Nashville this fall!) Update: After finishing this book, I find it easier to understand and give grace to those around me. Highly recommended read. I’ve listened to several episodes of the podcast as well and found them insightful.
The Art of Growth (formerly Enneagram Panel Podcast): Each episode a panel of a certain type is interviewed by an Enneagram coach in front of a live audience. Topics often include dynamics in the church and how types view/relate to God. Season one was the most interesting to me.
Drop Cap Designs’ blog resources on the types: Kadie’s look at Fives struck me to the core. It feels like my insides are spilled out on that blog post. But she offered some really practical insight on coping and growth that I’m eager to practice.
Disclaimer: Especially for those books/podcasts touching on spiritual matters - please note that we don’t always agree with everyone’s theology listed here. Take them with a grain of salt and hold fast to the Word.