About the Enneagram

To put it simply, the Enneagram is an ancient system for developing one’s character consisting of nine inter-connected personality types. Its name comes from Greek: ennea meaning nine, and gramma meaning something that’s drawn or written down. Its original source has been contested, but some scholars and historians believe it can be traced back to ancient Judaism, Sufism, and the Christian Desert Fathers.

The Enneagram is also different to other personality typing systems in that it is not designed to ‘box us in’ and shoehorn us into static archetypes, but rather, to reveal to us what boxes we have unconsciously already put ourselves in, and what we need to do in order to break out of that box. It should also be noted that one can resonate with several different types in different amounts. Often, we have a primary motivation, followed by a secondary one (known as a ‘wing’).

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