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Discriminating Two Sets of Enneagrams

Discriminating Two Sets of Enneagrams
By John Harper

Personality Enneagrams vs. Objective Enneagrams

Is your orientation to the enneagram ego-oriented or reality-oriented?

  • Ego orientation is focused around improving, making our experience better, using knowledge and understanding in a way that keeps the house secure on its foundation.
  • Reality orientation involves a lot of not-knowing, a suspension of goals and agenda, a curiosity in immediate experience and a willingness to experience fully and deeply the impact of what is arising.

Two categories of Enneagrams refer to inner experience: one pertaining to egoic experience (reflecting fundamental spiritual ignorance), such as the Enneagrams of Fixations and Passions, and the other pertaining to essential experience (reflecting spiritual enlightenment), such as the Enneagrams of the Virtues and the Holy Ideas. Not only are there inner connections within each Enneagram, but there are also very specific relationships between the various Enneagrams. - A. H. Almaaas, Facets of Unity

Hundreds of thousands of people are familiar with the enneagram of personality types.

The Enneagram of Personality, or simply the Enneagram (from the Greek words ἐννέα [ennéa, meaning "nine"] and γράμμα [grámma, meaning something "written" or "drawn"], is a model of the human psyche which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types.

The Enneagram of Personality has been widely promoted in both business management and spirituality contexts through seminars, conferences, books, magazines, and DVDs. In business contexts it is generally used as a typology to gain insights into workplace interpersonal-dynamics; in spirituality it is more commonly presented as a path to higher states of being, essence, and enlightenment. Both contexts say it can aid in self-awareness, self-understanding and self-development. - Wkipedia

While complex in the scope of psychological terrain and dynamics it covers,
it is simple and easy for “non-psychological” people to understand.


enneagram of personality types


The enneagram is a real eye-opener for people. While complex in the scope of psychological terrain and dynamics it covers, it is simple and easy for “non-psychological” people to understand. This is one of the reasons why so many have so many AHAs! When first learning about their ennea-type.

How to use the enneagram for self-improvement????... 

A search for “enneagram” on Amazon returned 20 pages of results. After scrolling through 50 book titles I gave up. This is the motherload if you want the enneagram to:

  • Solve relationship issues
  • Define the perfect diet for you
  • Tell you where to vacation
  • Give you insight on parenting
  • Hook you up with the right pet for spiritual growth
  • And on, and on

Searching on Google Books returned 10 pages of 100 listings per page.

My take away: one person out of every thousand on planet earth has written a book on the enneagram. (ya think?)

Here are author and enneagram expert, Russ Hudson, and another Diamond Approach student, Cat Carr, discussing part of their understanding of the ennegram.



I first heard about the enneagram several months after becoming a student in the Diamond Approach. I took Helen Palmer’s certification course. While knowledge of, and insight from the enneagram has served me well over the years, I soon became disenchanted with the predominantly ego-oriented and ego-supportive way it is used in the world. 

Personality is certainly within the set of psychological enneagrams. Character traits, emotional reactivity, mental habits, beliefs, preferences, positions and even thought patterns have tendrils into our personalities and psychological makeup and conditioning.

These insights are important and necessary. It’s not the knowledge that is the issue, it's our orientation around what to “do” with that knowledge that is critical for transformation

The Enneagram is a map or design to help you understand and attune yourself to reality. It is like a prism, separating out nine different objective perspectives on reality with their nine corresponding deluded perspectives. The nine delusions of the ennea-types are simply different ways of expressing the same distorted point of view about reality—that of the structured part of the soul, the ego. Although your particular fixation gives your whole experience a specific flavor, you cannot have one delusion and not have the others since they are all intertwined and are simply nine different ways of expressing the same thing. In the system of the Enneagram, the ego is symbolized as a nine-headed dragon, meaning that although each fixation is a specific delusion, each is part of the same creature. - A. H. Almaaas, Facets of Unity

Join enneagram teacher and author Sandra Maitri for a 3-hour enneagram webinar where she will discriminate the two sets of enneagrams in more detail.

A rare opportunity to learn from renowned enneagram teacher Sandra Maitri…

  • Get more discrimination on the two sets of enneagrams
    • Personality enneagams
    • Objective enneagrams
  • Use the enneagram to move beyond blind spots
  • Transform patterning into transparent virtue

sandrqa maitri enneagramSandra Maitri

Sandra Maitri is the only prominent teacher of the system of the enneagram to have learned it when it was originally taught by Claudio Naranjo, M.D., beginning in 1970. She is currently a supervising teacher of the Diamond Approach® to Inner Realization, leading groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the United Kingdom.  In her free time she paints and is working on a memoir and a third book on the enneagram.


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