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Enneagram Limericks by Tom Hattersley

There once was a One so right
About the trivial he would fight
Others he would judge
His opinions would not budge
When he neared all would take flight

There once a helper Type Two
Who thought of only you, you and you
Behind her help was pride
Self-care she would not abide
She wondered when her day off was due

There once was a Three indeed productive
With charms oh so seductive
He lived for success
He liked failure quite less
For him approval was superconductive

There once was a special Type Four
Who everyone else she found a bore
She feared rejection
So for protection
To those who got close she showed the door

There once was a quiet man Type Five
So emotionless he seemed barely alive
His energy he saved
Claims of aloofness he braved
While his mind did buzz like a hive

There once was a Six not feeling supported
Any decision she made would be aborted
Others she did not trust
Grounding she did lust
Her projections of others were distorted

There once was a Seven full of innovations
Life was fun, frolic and creations
Not taking time to think
Into trouble he would sink
“It could have been worse” were his explanations

There once was an Eight so bold
Who feared of being controlled
Others she would protect
Some wanted to ring her neck
“Be vulnerable” she could not be told

There once were Nines so serene
Away from all conflict they would lean
To get them to move
Hard it would prove
For them all points of view could be seen

Tom Hattersley JD is a lawyer, executive coach, HR professional, Enneagram teacher, partner in Pathway Guidance, a Cincinnati-based consulting firm, and senior member of the Enneagram in Business Network. In his spare time, of which he has very little, he writes limericks! pathwayguidance.com tom.hattersley@pathwayguidance.com

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of six best-selling Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs for professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit her website: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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