As follow-up to my post Self-esteem and self-handicapping I like to add some thoughts about the positive counterpart of self-handicapping. It’s about self-knowledge.
One of the most impressive systems that tries to explain personality traits and helping to find self-knowledge – I even don’t know if I can call it system – is the Enneagram of Personality or just simply called Enneagram.
It understands the human psyche as typology of 9 interconnected personality types.
The following book explains the Enneagram as a universal symbol of human purpose and possibility. The Enneagram is according to this book an excellent tool for doing the hardest part of consciousness work: realizing, owning, and accepting your strengths and weaknesses.
Did I find your interest? I think it’s absolutely worth to look at it.
The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge
- Author: Beatrice Chestnut
- Publisher: She Writes Press (July 31, 2013)
- Paperback, also available as ebook
- 494 pages
The Enneagram―a universal symbol of human purpose and possibility―is an excellent tool for doing the hardest part of consciousness work: realizing, owning, and accepting your strengths and weaknesses. In this comprehensive handbook, Beatrice Chestnut, PhD, traces the development of the personality as it relates to the nine types of the Enneagram, the three different subtype forms each type can take, and the path each of us can take toward liberation. With her guidance, readers will learn to observe themselves, face their fears and disowned Shadow aspects, and work to manifest their highest potential.
First: if you are unfamiliar with the Enneagram, buy this book!! Strange symbols and language aside, the Enneagram is a great tool for self-discovery and understanding, and totally changed my life. It gives you words to solidify your hopes, motivations, and fears, and helps identify practical areas of growth based on you function differently than others. So worth it!!
Buy this book for greater self awareness and the ability to understand others. It’s powerful, potent, and very concrete.
An outstanding book that goes deep into the Enneagram! I was continually impressed as I read through the chapters. This isn’t a surface level enneagram book, this goes deeper than most into the challenges of each type, and most importantly, how to overcome those challenges. What I like most about the book is that it isn’t focused on the shortcomings of most of the types like a lot of the other enneagram resources I’ve found. Thankfully it honors the healthy qualities of the types and celebrates their contributions to the human race. Highly recommended!