The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-discovery and transformation. Many people use it as a personality typing system (similar to Myers-Briggs). It’s that but so much more. Our family fell in love with the Enneagram a few years ago. It has given us both insight and language to move forward in our marriage, inner life, and professional lives. We’re thrilled to be bringing the Enneagram to Resonate.
How does it work?
The Enneagram contains 9 distinct types for relating to self, others and the world. Each type has a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that comes from a deeper inner motivation or worldview. The Enneagram process helps you identify your inner motivations, patterns, and habits AND gives you a path to becoming the healthiest and best version of you.
Enneagram at Resonate
At Resonate, we see the Enneagram as the best and most efficient tool for helping you move forward spiritually, relationally and professionally. That is why we encourage our folks to engage with it. But that is all it is, a tool. You have to put in the work of discovery and transformation for it to work. That’s where we come in. Our church is an Enneagram Church. We teach classes on it, use it form sermons and group materials, and incorporate it into our spiritual growth process.
This will take you to a great and free assessment site. They do require your email, but they’re legit and pretty helpful. If you’d prefer a more thorough (paid test click here)
What we love about the Enneagram?
- The Enneagram identifies 9 different types of normal. We’ve all had the experience of arguing with someone about something we agree on. That is because we all have different ways to understanding and processing reality. The Enneagram recognizes and honors this.
- The Enneagram knows when you’ve been good and bad. Not really. But the Enneagram does include what is called “integration/disintegration” or healthy and unhealthy ways your type behaves. Using the Enneagram we can identify the things you do when you’re stressed or exasperated. We can also see the behaviors that emerge when you’re in a good place.
- The Enneagram sets a course. We’d all love to change; to be the best versions of ourselves. The Enneagram teaches us how to do this, according to our type. What works for 9s doesn’t always work for 3s. In fact it might actually make things worse. The Enneagram can even help us understand what we’re looking for when we approach God and intimate relationships.
The Nine Types
1: The Reformer – the Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
2: The Helper – the Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
3: The Achiever – the Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
4: The Individualist – the Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
5: The Investigator – the Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
6: The Loyalist – The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
7: The Enthusiast – The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
8: The Challenger – The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
9: The Peacemaker – The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
Is the Enneagram Christian?
This is a common question and the answer is “kind of”. The most recent version of the Enneagram comes from the Christian tradition. In 1960s Catholic monks began teaching a systematized version of the Enneagram (similar to what we use today.) Before then, the Enneagram was passed down from teacher to student. Elements of the Enneagram have been found most major religions. The earliest accounts date to about 600AD to another Christian monk. Currently, the Enneagram is used in both faith-based and secular settings. Learn more about the history
What other resources do you recommend?
- The Enneagram Institute – this test is similar to the free test, but is more thorough and includes a lot more information. Prices start at $12
- iEQ9 – this is thorough assessment for anyone looking to dive head first into the Enneagram. Prices start at $60
- The Road Back to You – this is a great way to ease into the Enneagram. It works great on Audio too.
- The Sacred Enneagram – this book is gold for anyone serious about pursuing transformation through the Enneagram
- The Wisdom of the Enneagram – the goto reference book for the Enneagram