Enneagram Class at UNLV Ed Outreach

Personal Development, Religion & Spirituality, UNLV | | May 9, 2007 at 09:23

The UNLV Educational Outreach Program class “The Spiritualunlv.JPG Wisdom of Personality: Explore the Enneagram” has been cancelled.

The Enneagram is basically a 9-pointed, geometric figure, the name derived from Greek ennea for nine and grammos for something written or drawn. The use of the Enneagram of Personality is a method of personality description and analysis in which people are divided into nine groups, each with their characteristic psychology. The work may have originated with the Sufis and was supposedly introduced to the West by G.I. Gurdjieff. The form by which it is known today seems to have originated with Bolivian enneagrama.JPGOscar Ichazo who established a Arica Shool in 1968. As an interesting aside, the Jesuits have been big proponents of the methodology and have used it extensively for better understanding ego fixation and how it expresses itself in the human psyche.

There are nine basic groups, with variations in personality classified as combinations of those nine numbers: for example, a One leaning to Nine. This would be a One personality with heavy Nine influences. This is a very simplistic explanation of a highly-evolved and complicated intellectual system that has great potential, according to some, for spiritual enlightenment. It definitely is a useful tool in understanding what makes people tick and what makes them act or react to social stimuli. Understanding that can alleviate many problems in miscommunication and assist in better functioning social units.

Unlike astrology or numerology or other “ologies” that attempt to classify people, the Enneagram is not based on time of birth, but on the ego’s response, as developed to distinct stimuli and events in childhood. There are direct correlations between Jungian prototyping such as the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) combinations of E/I, S/N, T/F, J/P (Extroversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuitiion, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perceiving. Many are familiar with MBTI from employment testing and/or testing at career guidance centers at high schools and colleges. For more on MBTI go to myersbrigg.org.

The 9 basic prototypes are:
One: Reformer, Critic, Perfectionist
Two: Helper, Giver, Caretaker
Three: Achiever, Performer, Succeeder
Four: (Tragic) Romantic, Individualist, Artist
Five: Observer, Thinker, Investigator
Six: Loyalist, Devil’s Advocate, Defender
Seven: Enthusiast, Adventurer, Sensationalist, Epicure
Eight: Leader, Protector, Challenger, Boss
Nine: Mediator, Peacemaker, Preservationist


If you’d like to take a simple personality test to see which enneagram type you are, go to 9types.com. Here are some websites if you would like more information on Enneagram of Personality:
enneagraminstitute.com, enneagram.net, ennea.com