Understanding self
using the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for personal and collective transformation. Stemming from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world. Each Enneagram type represents a deeper inner motivation or worldview and our predilection to a particular type helps us notice our most comfortable way of thinking, feeling and acting.

Determining our “type” through the Enneagram is not done so that we consider ourselves trapped in that style, rather the intention is to help us see the lenses through which we experience the world. With this awareness, we can notice how our way of seeing things and our automatic point of view or reactions can become rigid and how we get stuck in automatic habits, so being able to choose a more resourceful way of looking at a particular situation opens our thinking and our range of responses.

By discovering these unconscious patterns, we can lead more fulfilling lives, enjoy healthier relationships, and connect to our true essence.

I believe that each person has a unique, essential self that cannot be categorized but having insight into our most predictable patterns and the others that could be available to us helps us choose the best course of action and expands our thinking and communication.

Where appropriate, Jenny uses the IEQ Intelligent Questionnaire, which aids in discovering your most likely Enneagram profile, Centre of Expression, 27 Instinctual Subtypes, Levels of Integration and the 6 dimensions of Stress and Strain within an individual or team.

Jenny’s credentials:

Enneagram training, 2011: Ginger Lapid Bogda,
More information: theenneagraminbusiness.com

Enneagram testing certification, 2013 Integrative Enneagram Solutions
More information: www.integrative.co.za

Useful Books:

The Wisdom of the Enneagram - Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
What type of a leader are you? – Ginger Lapid-Bogda