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Typing No-No Blog-part 2-01

Typing No-Nos and Yes-Yes | Part 2

Here is the 2nd set 4 No-Nos accompanied by the Yes-Yes for that area. When typing ourselves on the enneagram or when assisting others in identifying their type, I’ve learned some important guidelines that can be useful in doing this,

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Typing No-Nos and Yes-Yes | Part 1

When typing ourselves on the enneagram or when assisting others in identifying their type, I’ve developed some important guidelines over the years that can be useful in doing this. These are taken from both my own journey in teaching the

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Love in three centers | body, heart and mind | part 2

In the part 1 blog, the model of love in the 3 centers describes love from this perspective, but how do we use this understanding that each center plays a key role in conscious love? This blog, part 2, helps

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Love in three centers | body, heart and mind | part 1

What is love? It’s easy to say but hard to define. It means different things to different people. Perhaps the most common meaning is that love is a feeling in the heart. We care for another person; we feel something

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3 reasons why the 3 centers of intelligence matter

In the world known as the Enneagram, some people – new and old enneagrammers alike – dismiss, ignore or downplay the importance of the 3 Centers of Intelligence. I am concerned about this, so I decided to write about why

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Enneagram theory | is it useful; is it true?

In 2010, I wrote a series of blogs and invited several respected Enneagram teachers to write guest blogs, all on the topic of different theories that comprise the contemporary Enneagram, particularly the Enneagram of personality. My motivation for focusing on

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Enneagram Theory: Fixations (Habits of Mind) – Indolence

This 10th blog in the Enneagram Theory: Fixations (Habits of Mind) series focuses on Indolence, the fixation normally associated with Enneagram style Nine. In Nines (really in all of us), Indolence refers to the mental process of mentally diffusing our

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Enneagram Theory: Three Things I Wonder About Subtypes

Although I have become immersed in learning, knowing, and using the 27 Enneagram subtypes in my work and writing, there are more and more intriguing questions emerging for which I don’t have answers. Here they are, plus some musings about

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Enneagram Theory: Fixations (Habits of Mind) – Vengeance

This 9th blog in the series Enneagram the Fixations (Habits of Mind) focuses on Vengeance, the fixation normally associated with Enneagram style Eight. In Eights (really in all of us), Vengeance refers to the mental process of rebalancing wrongs through

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