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Title: The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
Author: Don Richard Riso
Publisher: Published June 15th 1999 by Bantam
ISBN: 9780553378207
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The first definitive guide to using the wisdom of the enneagram for spiritual and psychological growth The ancient symbol of the Enneagram has become one of today's most popular systems for self-understanding, based on nine distinct personality types. Now, two of the world's foremost Enneagram authorities introduce a powerful new way to use the Enneagram as a tool for perso The first definitive guide to using the wisdom of the enneagram for spiritual and psychological growth The ancient symbol of the Enneagram has become one of today's most popular systems for self-understanding, based on nine distinct personality types. Now, two of the world's foremost Enneagram authorities introduce a powerful new way to use the Enneagram as a tool for personal transformation and development. Whatever your spiritual background, the Enneagram shows how you can overcome your inner barriers, realize your unique gifts and strengths, and discover your deepest direction in life. The Wisdom of the Enneagram includes: Two highly accurate questionnaires for determining your type Vivid individual profiles focused on maximizing each type's potential and minimizing predictable pitfalls Spiritual Jump Starts, Wake-Up Calls, and Red Flags for each type Dozens of individualized exercises and practical strategies for letting go of troublesome habits, improving relationships, and increasing inner freedom Revealing insights into the deepest motivations, fears, and desires of each type Highly accessible, yet filled with sophisticated concepts and techniques found nowhere else, The Wisdom of the Enneagram is a strikingly new fusion of psychology and spirituality. It offers an exciting vision of human possibility and a clear map of the nine paths to our highest self-expression.

30 review for The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    The enneagram is a highly logical, accurate personality profiling system widely used by psychologists and intelligence agencies worldwide. The theory is that there are nine basic personality types, and everyone fits into one basic category, but you can have strong aspects, or "wings" of the other categories as well. you are the only one who can truly "type" yourself, and it is a tool for self-understanding and relationship building more than figuring out other people, but it stands true that the The enneagram is a highly logical, accurate personality profiling system widely used by psychologists and intelligence agencies worldwide. The theory is that there are nine basic personality types, and everyone fits into one basic category, but you can have strong aspects, or "wings" of the other categories as well. you are the only one who can truly "type" yourself, and it is a tool for self-understanding and relationship building more than figuring out other people, but it stands true that the better you understand yourself the better you relate to others in any sense. I first read this several years ago at a workshop at my summer camp (abby signed us all up for it, she's such a "1"! the loveliest "1" i ever met!) and have since taken several other workshops and discussion groups revolving around the enneagram. very useful stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Best personality theory ever, refreshingly devoid of new age bullcrap. This is for critical thinkers who understand that everyone is a work in progress. Provides an intimate and forgiving look at yourself - and everyone you'll ever meet.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel DuBois

    I've lost track of the number of times I've recommended this book. The biggest selling point for me is that it helps you understand why you and your loved ones behave in the bizarre, annoying ways you do! The book divides personality types into 9 broad categories, ranging from types like "The Helper" who is the stereotypical caregiver who gives away all of their energy for others to "The Reformer" who believes passionately in doing things responsibly and by the rules. You take a short quiz and th I've lost track of the number of times I've recommended this book. The biggest selling point for me is that it helps you understand why you and your loved ones behave in the bizarre, annoying ways you do! The book divides personality types into 9 broad categories, ranging from types like "The Helper" who is the stereotypical caregiver who gives away all of their energy for others to "The Reformer" who believes passionately in doing things responsibly and by the rules. You take a short quiz and through exploring the types can discover which sounds -- often astonishly -- just like you. Every other sentence had me saying "That is SO me." It's been an invaluable tool in my marriage and friendships as well as my own personal growth, giving concrete suggestions and tools for how to understand and manage my own behaviours and those of others around me. If all newlyweds were given a Marriage Welcome Pack, I'd make sure this book was part of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Stabb

    Old Favorite. Along with Helen Palmer, Riso and Hudson are two of the most influential authors and teachers on Enneatype. Many people say that this is their favorite book on personality types due to the extensive detail and insightful observations regarding the inner workings and origins of type. Riso and Hudson are best known for their depiction of "healthy", "average" and "unhealthy", versions of each personality type.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Metoka

    I took the Enneagram as an assignment in school and felt the results to be unlike me. And then, as another assignment, I was asked to read this book that delves into the significance of the Enneagram, the personality, and the 9 different personality types. I felt as if someone had stepped into my history and wrote down, experience by experience, the story of my life. It is intriguing and it sold me onto the usefulness of the Enneagram as an assessment tool.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I love the Ennegram for its truth and flexibility of typing. It doesn't force a person into a label that is static. The idea is of growth, not identity. This book has a lot of detail not found in other Ennegram materials, like the internet sites. However, the main problem I had was the self-focus and the belief that an individual alone, him/herself, without other intervention could achieve the awareness necessary to change. It said we're in a trance and even questioned how someone in a trance ca I love the Ennegram for its truth and flexibility of typing. It doesn't force a person into a label that is static. The idea is of growth, not identity. This book has a lot of detail not found in other Ennegram materials, like the internet sites. However, the main problem I had was the self-focus and the belief that an individual alone, him/herself, without other intervention could achieve the awareness necessary to change. It said we're in a trance and even questioned how someone in a trance can wake from it him/herself. But there was no answer to that self-imposed question. It makes a lot more sense to expand the truth of the Ennegram to say that there is a self who takes on a Type with its pitfalls and desires, and yet there is a separate being that reveals that to us what we really are and empowers the individual to grow and change into the best version of that Type. With a view not of our own divinity but an Other that is the universal divinity, the double-speak of this book is put to rest. It seems that the authors were bending over backward to make everything internal and of the self, when seeing the world and self + a divine Other fit the Ennegram's message so much more naturally.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    The Wisdom of the Enneagram is comprehensive, easy to read and informative. While I liked The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, this book is a must-read companion to that one. Riso and Hudson know and understand each type so well and present every type without prejudice and with compassion. I especially enjoyed their descriptions of how each type deals with everyday acts like walking into a room full of people. My only complaint? This is not a book I can read one time and glean all there is to The Wisdom of the Enneagram is comprehensive, easy to read and informative. While I liked The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, this book is a must-read companion to that one. Riso and Hudson know and understand each type so well and present every type without prejudice and with compassion. I especially enjoyed their descriptions of how each type deals with everyday acts like walking into a room full of people. My only complaint? This is not a book I can read one time and glean all there is to glean from it. It will need reading and re-reading for me to absorb the wisdom within its pages. That doesn't mean you shouldn't read it - it just means you may want to read it more than once.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in introspection. It helps to pinpoint what your "issues" might be, why you may have them, and how it affects your daily life. Becoming aware of them is the first step towards improving yourself and your life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    S. Barberá

    Completa obra en la que Richard Riso y Russ Hudson explican la compleja teoría del eneagrama. Los autores describen en profundidad la constitución de cada uno de los nueve eneagramas. Estos nueve tipos se dividen a su vez en una triada del instinto, del sentimiento y del pensamiento. A su vez, existen variantes instintivas de autoconservación, social y sexual. Otro elemento que perfila el eneagrama es la estructura de niveles, entendida como el proceso de evolución dividido en tres franjas princ Completa obra en la que Richard Riso y Russ Hudson explican la compleja teoría del eneagrama. Los autores describen en profundidad la constitución de cada uno de los nueve eneagramas. Estos nueve tipos se dividen a su vez en una triada del instinto, del sentimiento y del pensamiento. A su vez, existen variantes instintivas de autoconservación, social y sexual. Otro elemento que perfila el eneagrama es la estructura de niveles, entendida como el proceso de evolución dividido en tres franjas principales: sana, media e insana. Además de las clasificaciones mencionadas, cada eneagrama tiene dos alas (dos eneagramas colindantes) lo que puede variar considerablemente el perfil en función del ala que domina. Otro aspecto a considerar es el hecho de que cada eneagrama se centra y se descentra hacia otro eneagrama. Lo que vuelve a dar como resultado personalidades completamente diferentes pese a pertenecer al mismo eneatipo. Bien, mencionados todos estos aspectos, es evidente que la clasificación del eneagrama no resulta tan sencilla como elegir meramente un número. Las combinaciones acaban llevándonos a perfilar múltiples tipos de personalidad. La cuestión es ser capaz de identificar el eneagrama que nos define para poder empezar a realizar el trabajo de integración. Algunas pistas que pueden orientarnos es entender cuál es nuestra herida de infancia o, por ejemplo, el modo en que reaccionamos al estrés. En el proceso de liberación aprenderemos a estar más conscientes de nuestra presencia, lo que nos permitirá dejar de reaccionar mecánicamente a las situaciones de la vida. Descubriremos que no somos nuestra personalidad, nuestro ego o esa imagen que hemos creado de nosotros (o que han creado los demás), y nos permitiremos experimentarnos como realmente somos. Un proceso que puede llevarnos a la liberación, no sólo individual sino colectiva. Sin duda un libro muy recomendable para aquellas personas interesadas por las cuestiones del crecimiento personal.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    VERY insightful! It is one of the most down to earth books on personality that I've come across. The basic premise is that we're all beings of light and that our personalities can aid us or hinder us. If you find out the tendencies expressed in your personality you then have power to choose whether you keep them or if you need to get rid of them. Shedding bad personality traits allows us to get to our core being of light. Great book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    When it comes to personality typing, this book is to the Enneagram what Please Understand Me II is to Myers-Briggs. Basically, if you ever wanted to learn more about the Enneagram, then it is THE book to read on the subject. It definitely taught me a lot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Henrik

    A comprehensive book on the enneagram system. Whether you believe in it or not (I myself have my reservations on some things) it is still a thought provoking book on a very interesting topic. Stays with you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This one was specially recommended by the presenters of the recent workshop I attended. Detailed, imaginative and thorough.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karis

    A great introduction to the 9 enneagram types, including suggestions on how to grow within your personality type.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was reading Richard Rohr's book The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, only because it's a Richard Rohr book and not because it's about the enneagram, about which I knew nothing. The enneagram distinguishes nine different personality types, and while reading Rohr's book I "typed" myself as a Five. Then, however, I went online to the Enneagram Institute, and did a quick sampler test, and found I was equally two different types, neither of which was Five. (I can no longer access my test results I was reading Richard Rohr's book The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, only because it's a Richard Rohr book and not because it's about the enneagram, about which I knew nothing. The enneagram distinguishes nine different personality types, and while reading Rohr's book I "typed" myself as a Five. Then, however, I went online to the Enneagram Institute, and did a quick sampler test, and found I was equally two different types, neither of which was Five. (I can no longer access my test results, probably because when I did the test it was free and now it's not.) All this is a roundabout way of explaining why I then read The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types, hoping to get a definitive answer as to which type I am. The "Quick Enneagram Sorting Test" in chapter 1 indicated I am a Four. But then when I did a few of the tests at the beginning of each chapter, I was closer to a Six than a Four. What they all agreed on (I even remember this from the online test I took a few months ago) is that I'm definitely not an Eight. What this book has confirmed for me is that any kind of type testing is not for me! They never seem to work. Lots of great quotations in the book, however. If there's a "type" that loves quotations, then that's my type.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I picked up this book because my spiritual director recommended it. Over the years people had mentioned the Enneagram, & I had read about it & taken online tests, but had never fully identified with my apparent type (4). Sister Mel told me this book could help me sort out the subtleties of the various types & understand the system (& myself) better. And it IS helping. I am indeed a 4, but I don't have the tendency toward emotional extremes that is often characteristic of this type I picked up this book because my spiritual director recommended it. Over the years people had mentioned the Enneagram, & I had read about it & taken online tests, but had never fully identified with my apparent type (4). Sister Mel told me this book could help me sort out the subtleties of the various types & understand the system (& myself) better. And it IS helping. I am indeed a 4, but I don't have the tendency toward emotional extremes that is often characteristic of this type--that's what confused me & put me off. Riso & Hudson help me understand the deep hungers that are given expression in the various types, & I definitely resonate with those related to #4--but also #3, a strong wing for me. I rate it 4 instead of 5 because I quibble with the theology of the book, which the authors say is universal. (Brian exhorting the crowd of would-be followers in Life of Brian: "You're all different." Lone voice popping up: "I'm not!") But some expressions of it I can endorse heartily. I'll probably leave this on my "currently reading" list for quite a while, as it's the kind of book to dip into rather than reading it straight through. Rich & thought-provoking. It makes me want to be more profoundly myself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    [For more direct thoughts on the Enneagram itself, refer to the comments for "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram."] Our authors approach the Enneagram in an crucial way: a focus is performed on the important distinction between the essential self and the character armor (psychoanalytic term that Becker uses by way of Rank in 'Denial of Death') or character traits that the ego self takes on due to its basic scripting and unique fears. It is the latter which is mapped out thro [For more direct thoughts on the Enneagram itself, refer to the comments for "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram."] Our authors approach the Enneagram in an crucial way: a focus is performed on the important distinction between the essential self and the character armor (psychoanalytic term that Becker uses by way of Rank in 'Denial of Death') or character traits that the ego self takes on due to its basic scripting and unique fears. It is the latter which is mapped out through the Enneagram. That is, the Enneagram, according to the authors, is not so much about coming to an understanding of who we are but rather of how we learn to operate and function - coming to an understanding of what drives us - and then learning to overcoming that character armor in such a way that our essential self is not masked by or confused with our egos. This is a huge and in my opinion necessary understanding of what it means to 'be a type' according to the Enneagram. This understanding then shapes the second part of the book that deals with the particulars of each of the nine types, and includes psychological erudition as an integral part of ones understanding of our 'types' vis-a-vis unique needs and motives.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pranada Comtois

    This book is co-authored and each one comes in with anecdotal pieces throughout the book, which lends an interesting flavor--almost as if you're sitting in on a conversation in some parts. The book opens with clear description of the enneagram's development: the symbol and the personality types. The history alone is fascinating reading, and a strong argument for lending some credibility to the system itself. There's a questionnaire to help you determine your Enneagram type; descriptions about the This book is co-authored and each one comes in with anecdotal pieces throughout the book, which lends an interesting flavor--almost as if you're sitting in on a conversation in some parts. The book opens with clear description of the enneagram's development: the symbol and the personality types. The history alone is fascinating reading, and a strong argument for lending some credibility to the system itself. There's a questionnaire to help you determine your Enneagram type; descriptions about the basic fear and basic desires of each type, the unconscious childhood message of each, lost childhood messages, cultivating awareness, the core identification of the types, how the triads work, what the integrating and disintegrating models are and how to understand them. Then there is a full chapter on each personality type. I found this helpful in understanding people I have a hard time "getting" and learning to how relate to them. I don't use the enneagram consistently, but turn to it when I'm stumped about something regarding myself or someone in my family for insights.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Generally, my philosophy is that books on "personality types are a dime a dozen". I don't know how many times I've taken quizzes whether it be myers-briggs, or that one that assigns you a color....they all remind of horoscopes...kind of there but not really. I feel differently about this book. It takes a different approach from multiple perspectives and pares the results down to nine types which are scarily accurate. The best part about this book that I think is different than others is the ackn Generally, my philosophy is that books on "personality types are a dime a dozen". I don't know how many times I've taken quizzes whether it be myers-briggs, or that one that assigns you a color....they all remind of horoscopes...kind of there but not really. I feel differently about this book. It takes a different approach from multiple perspectives and pares the results down to nine types which are scarily accurate. The best part about this book that I think is different than others is the acknowledgment that even if you are a "1" (which I am) there are different stages in your personal growth...and you move up and down that scale over life. Good stuff.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

    I'm going to be doing some teaching on the enneagram this summer, leading our staff through it and helping them discern their number. Thus, I wanted to read some more on it. This is a helpful book. If you're new to the Enneagram I wouldn't recommend it as there are shorter and easier to read books. I mean, it is layed out like a workbook (8x11 printing as opposed to smaller, normal book size). This large layout is not conducive to reading, but it is what you expect from a textbook. I didn't read I'm going to be doing some teaching on the enneagram this summer, leading our staff through it and helping them discern their number. Thus, I wanted to read some more on it. This is a helpful book. If you're new to the Enneagram I wouldn't recommend it as there are shorter and easier to read books. I mean, it is layed out like a workbook (8x11 printing as opposed to smaller, normal book size). This large layout is not conducive to reading, but it is what you expect from a textbook. I didn't read everything on every number. But if you know, or want to know, the Enneagram and help others know it, this is a good tool.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Talbot Hook

    Really powerful, and an even better introduction to the concept of the Enneagram than the famous Personality Types book by the same authors. These two books really need to be read together, however, for a more full and nuanced reading of the Enneagram. This book taps into the deep inherent spirituality of the Enneagram, discussing the formation of the personality in light of the wounds of childhood, and dedicates many chapters to the confrontation and transcendence of the Human Essence over the Really powerful, and an even better introduction to the concept of the Enneagram than the famous Personality Types book by the same authors. These two books really need to be read together, however, for a more full and nuanced reading of the Enneagram. This book taps into the deep inherent spirituality of the Enneagram, discussing the formation of the personality in light of the wounds of childhood, and dedicates many chapters to the confrontation and transcendence of the Human Essence over the personality (both ego and superego). A terrifyingly (purposefully-chosen word, mind you) enlightening book, both humbling and uplifting.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    Dense with information, Riso and Hudson lay out their approach to the Enneagram, especially focusing on each type's biggest fears, desires, and motivations. This is considered by many to be the foremost resource when it comes to the Enneagram. Because there is so much information, I would encourage you to proceed with caution when first learning about the 9 types so as not to become overwhelmed. Once you know your type, dive on in!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven Fouse

    If you are looking for a system to understand your personality and grow beyond it psychologically and spiritually, you are looking for the Enneagram. If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to the Enneagram and how to make the most of what you learn, you are looking for this book. Be kind to yourself with what you find through this material, and enjoy the journey.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    if you are interested in discovering a more in-depth take on different personality types, this is a great read. i found it fascinating & eye opening...people are hard to understand when they're different than you - gave great insight in how they might think or see the world. great resource for healthy relationship work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    I am constantly reading this book. The Enneagram is a personality profile (for lack of a better term) similar to the Meyers--Briggs. Whenever I make a new friend I read up on them. And I am continually finding new bits about myself.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Willa

    The classic on the Enneagram, which I believe is a brilliant personality system that is overrated as a spiritual path. In any case, Riso and Hudson give a clear overview.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was life-changing for me and I don't think it was an accident that it came into my life at this exact time...I'll tell you my number, but only if you tell me yours. ;)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Folmus

    Excelente libro sobre el eneagrama. Ejemplos claros, explicaciones sencillas y herramientas para todo el que quiera iniciar el dificil proceso de quitarse la máscara del eneatipo.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brit Blankenship

    The most helpful of the three enneagram books that I've read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tess Mertens-Johnson

    I read this book for my yoga book club. I do enjoy reading about personality types, and I was looking forward to it. I am 57 years old. When I took the test in the beginning to find out my personality type (I am a six). I thought, that cant’ be right? But the more I read, the more I saw in my age and my situation of life, it was dead on. In my younger years I was much more confident (cocky?) and knew what I wanted. After going through a terrible employment situation about two years ago, I found my c I read this book for my yoga book club. I do enjoy reading about personality types, and I was looking forward to it. I am 57 years old. When I took the test in the beginning to find out my personality type (I am a six). I thought, that cant’ be right? But the more I read, the more I saw in my age and my situation of life, it was dead on. In my younger years I was much more confident (cocky?) and knew what I wanted. After going through a terrible employment situation about two years ago, I found my confidence is lacking, and this came though in the test. I am leery of everything and not a driven as I used to be. I found great tips as to how to pull myself out of this funk and strive to be more confident and increase my self worth. I did the test for my husband as I “thought” he would answer them, and realized if this was a revelation for me, he should take the test. We have been married for almost 33 years, and I would bet his answers today would be different than 25 years ago. I also enjoyed the interaction for the groups. How you could be a six but have eight components. Great book for anyone who loved psychology.

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