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What is the Enneagram?

Enneagram

The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and gram (what is written or drawn). It refers to the nine different styles, identified as the numbers one to nine. Each number represents a worldview and archetype that resonates with the way in which people think, feel and act and how they stand in relation to the world, others and themselves.
The Enneagram is a useful guide on the journey towards self development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of team dynamics. It should be applied from an Open Systems perspective. It is therefore not aimed at “boxing”, limiting or categorising people. Individuals are more complex, unique and distinct than their style reflects.

The Enneagram as an assessment tool can add considerable depth to the coaching journey, and to the awareness the client is able to access about their natural inclinations and leanings. I like to use it as a dynamic coaching tool for personal growth, and prefer not to think of it as a “one-off” personality-profiling tool, which I think is much too limiting.

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Experiential Learning Styles

 
David Kolb published his learning styles model in 1984 from which he developed his learning style inventory. Kolb’s experiential learning theory works on two levels: a four stage cycle of learning and four separate learning styles. In Kolb’s theory, the impetus for the development of new concepts is provided by new experiences.
“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience”

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Breathing Exercises

The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and gram (what is written or drawn). It refers to the nine different styles, identified as the numbers one to nine. Each number represents a worldview and archetype that resonates with the way in which people think, feel and act and how they stand in relation to the world, others and themselves.

The Enneagram is a useful guide on the journey towards self development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of team dynamics. It should be applied from an Open Systems perspective. It is therefore not aimed at “boxing”, limiting or categorising people. Individuals are more complex, unique and distinct than their style reflects.

The Enneagram has cross-cultural validity and has been applied successfully across the world. As a typology, its validity has been established through a multitude of research projects. It has been correlated with the MBTI, Belbin Team Roles, Catell’s 16PF and the OPQ.

While a person’s style remains stable through life, the characteristics of their style may either soften or become more pronounced as they grow and develop.

The Enneagram is an archetypal map. It is powerful, practical and rich in the content and insight it offers. As a resonant model, individuals will at times be more or less attuned to the behaviours and characteristics associated with their main type.

(Reference: www.integrative.co.za)

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