How could the Enneagram be helpful to me?
The Enneagram is a tool that can help you be more self-aware, grow to be a better person, and improve your relationships and communication with others.
Our brains use pattern recognition to make quick judgments as we go through life, especially when it comes to human interaction. Many people have found that using a well-studied personality model like the Enneagram is an incredibly beneficial tool for categorizing and relating to others, far more predictive and useful than gender, job role, physical appearance, or any other superficial framework for making fast decisions about how to interact with someone.
When applied to yourself, the Enneagram can help you see your common patterns of thinking and behavior, giving you more awareness and control over how you perceive and engage with the world. It gives you a set of warning signs that show you when you’re slipping into a less healthy version of yourself. It shows you what you’re capable of when you’re at your best self. It helps you see your blind spots and address them. It’s often said that the Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box; it shows you the box you’re already in.
When applied to others, the Enneagram helps you understand that other people rarely think, act, and process the same way that you do. They may need to hear criticism phrased in a different way, have concerns you’d never imagine, focus on issues that matter little to you, and much more. The Enneagram is a window into a more compassionate and comprehensive understanding of other people. It gives you a framework to form stronger, deeper relationships and communicate more effectively.