Monday, July 10, 2017

Wild Goose Handout.

Identifying Your Enneagram Type.

There are several tests out there for identifying your Type.  The best one I know is at:  It costs $12.  There is a free sample version at:

A shorter, quicker test may be found in The Wisdom of the Enneagram.  We can administer this for you, but it is not always conclusive.

If you do a search for “enneagram tests” several other free ones will come up, but I can’t vouch for any of them.



The best book on the Enneagram is:

The Wisdom of the Enneagram 
by Don Riso and Russ Hudson

Other recommended books:

Enneagram Transformations by Don Riso

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway 
by Joseph Benton Howell

Self to Lose, Self to Find by Marilyn Vancil

The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram by Sandra Maitri

The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues by Sandra Maitri

Facets of Unity: The Enneagram of Holy Ideas by A. H. Almaas

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert

An Overview of the Enneagram Types:

Gut: 8, 9, 1: Anger  “This isn’t what I signed up for!”
Heart: 2, 3, 4: Shame  “I am not enough!”
Head: 5, 6, 7: Fear  “If I mess up I’m dead!”

For the Gut/Instinctive Center, the Types are:

Type 8 (The Challenger) fear harm expresses anger              Lust
They preemptively grab what they want when they want it.
Type 9 (The Peacemaker) fear conflict  denies anger             Sloth
Their attitude of “anger?  What anger?” paralyzes them into inactivity.
Type 1 (The Reformer) fear being bad represses anger   Resentment
The energy required to hold their anger in makes them resentful.

For the Heart/Feeling Center, the Types are:

Type 2 (The Helper) fear inadequacy represses shame             Pride
Hoping to earn love, they stifle their own inadequacies and pretend to be generous.
Type 3 (The Achiever) fear worthlessness    denies shame           Deceit
They convince themselves they have everything they need, and set out to convince others.
Type 4 (The Individualist) fear being nobody   expresses shame                 Envy
Desiring the attention of others, they flaunt their special neediness to attract attention.

For the Head/Thinking Center, the Types are:

Type 5 (The Investigator)  fear incompetence      expresses fear                 Avarice
They collect and hoard to build a protective wall against circumstance.
Type 6 (The Loyalist) fear being unsupported   represses fear         Anxiety
Feeling vulnerable, they attach to something reliable.
Type 7 (The Enthusiast) fear deprivation denies fear       Gluttony
Pretending they have no fear, they consume experience with abandon.

The Holy Ideas.

Type 9 Love The Source
Type 8 Truth truth is goodness
Type 1 Perfection everything is already perfect
Type 3 Hope all will be well
Type 2 Will/Freedom choose life!
Type 4 Origin it is all made very good
Type 6 Faith  it doesn’t depend on you
Type 5 Omniscience everything belongs 

Type 7 Work you participate in goodness

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