The Enneagram System of nine dynamic personality patterns and three sub-instincts is one of the most powerful and elegant tools available for self-awareness and mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. It thus provides a path of personal and emotional development and growth, which allows for the emergence of greater compassion, kindness, and gentleness.
Typing does not put one in a box; rather, it explains the box from which we view the world. The growth comes in recognizing and redirecting the conditioned and habituated mind, or the everyday ego, as you begin transcending the illusion of separation from your truest self. This involves recognizing where your focus of attention lies, your coping strategies, and experience of development. In expanding freedom and flexibility to respond to the world as it is, our divine spark can shine forth, leading to a life more full of grace, empowerment, and vitality.
While I don’t believe the Enneagram is the answer to everything, it helps with many issues, including the human ego holding sway, engaging in shadow work, the ability to handle emotions, and to conduct oneself from a more mature stance.