The Enneagram User Guide series of books introduce a core focus for each Enneagram type. The core focus organizes and shapes the type's view of the world and the response to that view. It's out of this core focus that various personality patterns and characteristics arise.
Although Enneagram type is a primary influence upon personality it's only one of many. Other influences upon personality, besides Enneagram type, are often unique to each individual (e.g., life experiences and circumstances, aptitudes and abilities, interpersonal and cultural influences, etc.). Two people identifying with the same Enneagram type won't have the same personalities. Their personalities will be unique. What will be the same is the core focus shaping their personalities. In other words, Enneagram type doesn't so much describe how personality will look as it helps understand where personality is coming from. Understanding the core focus allows us to explore the assumptions and habits of attention operating underneath personality.
Each book in the Enneagram User Guide series below is written for a specific audience.
Audience: Those wanting a quick overview of the many pieces of the Enneagram types and how those pieces fit together.
Although the nine types themselves are central to the Enneagram types, there are also many variations within type and additional concepts and references as well. It may not be obvious to someone first learning about the types exactly what all these pieces are and how they fit together. This book takes a three-step approach to learning about the many elements of the Enneagram types.
- a brief introduction to each Enneagram type by way of the core focus
- an explanation of three ways that type varies (i.e., wings, instincts, and Tritype)
- a survey of the additional concepts and references often used with the Enneagram types
Audience: Those trying to understand the internal experience of each type and the ego mechanisms that perpetuate that experience.
The Enneagram personality types were originally used to find freedom from ego fixation but have since evolved into something different. This book revisits that original usage by exploring the inner experience of each type and describing the ego mechanisms of each type which limit our experience and potential. The book begins with a brief history of the types then breaks into two sections.
- The first section explores the internal experience of each type in terms of the core focus goal and means, the habit of attention, and how that influences personality.
- The second section describes Oscar Ichazo's enneagrams dealing with ego fixation then reinterprets them through the core focus to reveal the ego structure of each Enneagram type.
Personality Profiles: Core Characteristics of the Enneagram Types
Audience: Those looking for the key personality characteristics of each of the nine types and the core focus driving those characteristics.
The Enneagram types are often described in terms of personality characteristics and various other concepts associated with the types. The problem with these descriptions is that they only scratch the surface of what's really going on at a deeper level. Two people can look the same on the surface but have quite different motivations underneath. This book starts by explaining the roots of the types then profiles the core focus and characteristics of each type. Each type profile:
- states the core focus of the type by defining an underlying basic assumption and focus of attention
- interprets and describes the associated fixation and passion of the type through the core focus
- describes the nine characteristics most often associated with the type and how those characteristics arise from the core focus
This book is nearing completion and expected to be published late spring/early summer 2018.
Personality Variations: Beyond the Nine Personality Types of the Enneagram
Audience: Those exploring the many variations of and influences upon the basic nine types as created by such concepts as the wings, instincts, Tritype, and connecting points (a.k.a. stress/security points, directions of integration/disintegration).
This book is under development. Expected publication is late summer/early fall 2018.
Decoding the Enneagram: How to Use the Symbol with the Personality Types
Audience: Those wishing to use the Enneagram symbol to gain further insight into the types and concepts arising from the symbol (e.g., centers of intelligence, various triadic groupings, the inner lines, etc.).
This book is under development. Expected publication is late fall/early winter 2018/2019.