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Enneagram! A perfect tool to discover human personalities
(part 1)
What is their deepest motivation, why are they behaving in their own specific way, what are their unconscious needs and fears... these are just some of the questions which you can answer through ENNEAGRAM.
Enneagram is known as a personality typology model which was first introduced by George Gurdjieff (1866-1949) and later on significantly developed by his students and followers – Oscar Ichazo, Claudio Naranjo, Helen Palmer, Don Riso, Russ Hudson and others. Its earlier origin is connected with Sufi traditions. Enneagram describes 9 interconnected personality types and describes the deepest motivation, psychological needs and behavioral patterns of each type.

But Enneagram is much more than just another personality typology. It is a guide to personal awareness and consciousness. It is a very useful tool to understand those who are important for your and most important, Enneagram draws a pathway for your personal development. Enneagram explains how people see the world differently, how they can successfully interact and communicate with each other bringing happiness and harmony to the relationships and inner world of a person.

There are many tests to discover your own enneatype but if you want to really find out and understand your personality structure, the tests may be the most non-effective way. It is important to understand the overall system, to understand character of each enneatype and to understand yourself. And if you do all these steps, you will get consciousness and a huge chance for your personal development and improvement of your life and relationships. Many people say that when you really discover your true enneatype is similar to coming back to home after long wandering.

Below I will introduce the 9 enneatypes briefly not for the purpose to give an understanding of each type (because it requires months and years) but to awaken your interest toward this magical model.

1. The Reformer. Another name is the Perfectionist. They always strive to improve themselves and the world around. The core principal is to be right and to act in a right way. That is why 1s usually have a strong inner critic and would rather obey to inner critic's direction than do what they want to do. The average 1 is very self-critical and also demands high standards from others. At their best, 1s are fair, disciplined, wise and noble personalities. At worst, 1s become very critical, rigid in their thinking and trapped by their own principles.

2. The Helper. They always focus on giving love and taking care to others. Being generous and helpful to others, makes 2s feel they are important and their life has a true meaning. Being the type most focused on human relationship, 2s easily help and support other people but it is very difficult to them to accept their own needs and ask for something from other people. This sometimes brings to conflict and makes the Helper to feel unhappy in their most important relationships. At their best, 2s are very loving, caring and kind personalities. At worst, they become manipulative and controlling towards people they love.

3. The Achiever. Another name is the Motivator. 3s are always busy with the next achievement. It is important for them to be admired and they really put enormous efforts to look great while doing any job. 3s create an impression of successful people and they work hard to keep this image. But usually they are so busy with their achievements that they lose the understanding of what they really want for themselves. Neglecting their real needs and emotions, eventually they no longer realize them. At their best, 3s are energetic, competent and hardworking, role models who inspire others. At worst, 3s are so much fearing failure, that they become exploitative towards others and willing to do «whatever it takes» to preserve the illusion of their success.

To be continued...

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