What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram (any-a-gram) is a powerful personality system that helps individuals to understand themselves better and bring insight into their professional and personal interactions. By learning and using the Enneagram system, they gain an appreciation of the fundamental motivation behind behaviour, both their own and the behaviour of those close to them.

With understanding comes the power to work through difficult and even apparently impossible situations. The result is improved and healthier relationships in all areas of life; at work, within the family and in their most personal relationship.
Divided into nine basic personality types, the Enneagram describes the unique ways that people think, feel and act to make sense of their world. It’s a system that offers a guide to:

  • Overcoming challenges
  • Understanding and realizing unique gifts and strengths
  • Discovering our deepest purpose in life
  • Understanding what motivates others

Intro to the Enneagram

BRAND NEW!! A free 15 minute introductory video to the Enneagram

This video introduces the Enneagram Personality System. A brief background, what it can teach us about interpersonal communication and how to find out more.

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What Makes the Enneagram System Different?

Unlike many of the other personality typographies, the Enneagram does not focus on behaviour but instead on what motivates an individual from the inside out. Different people may exhibit very similar behaviour patterns however it is the motivation behind the behaviour that is the key to understanding.

While its origins date back to 2500 BC, over the last 30 years the Enneagram has been brought into the main stream by psychiatrists, business leaders and teachers. Today it is taught in universities, private schools and studied by businesses all over the world. Top Fortune 500 companies consult experts in the field.

The name, Enneagram, comes from the Greek word for nine “ ennea “ and “grammos” for diagram. The nine-pointed diagram below represents the Enneagram symbol.

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Basic Description of the Nine Personality Types

  1. REFORMER: Principled, purposeful, self-controlled & perfectionistic. I feel my best when I have accomplished a project or task and it meets my standards.
  2. HELPER: Generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing & possessive.  I feel my best when I am helping others and being acknowledged and appreciated for my support.
  3. ACHIEVER: Adaptable, excelling, driven and image-conscious.  I feel my best when accomplishing goals and being acknowledged for my accomplishments
  4. CONNOISSEUR: Expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed & temperamental.  I feel my best when others appreciate my creativity and uniqueness and make me feel special.
  5. INVESTIGATOR: Perceptive, innovative, secretive & isolated.  I feel my best when I am privately researching or working on something that I am highly interested in.
  6. LOYALIST: Engaging, responsible, anxious & suspicious. I feel my best when I am in a group where I feel appreciated and secure or when I’m proving I can stand on my own.
  7. ENTHUSIAST: Spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive & scattered.  I feel my best when I am doing something that gives me a lot of stimulation and enjoyment.
  8. CHALLENGER: Self-confident, decisive, willful & confrontational.  I feel my best when I am meeting challenges; being courageous and feeling I am in control.
  9. PEACEMAKER: Receptive, reassuring, agreeable & complacent.  I feel my best when everything is going smoothly and there are no problems.

Copyright: 2001. The Enneagram Institute

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Make 2020 the Year for Outstanding Relationships

bigstock-Crowd-People-Circle-Collage-4926789Understanding ourselves is the first step in creating outstanding relationships.

  • We may know the people in our lives that push our buttons – but do we understand WHY?
  • We may learn that we keep attracting the same types of circumstances into our lives – but do we understand WHY?
  • We may know that we are different from others – but do we understand WHY?
  • Finally – we may know some of our gifts and strengths but are we confident enough to fully express them?

Join Karen Armstrong in one of the following events to learn about the wisdom of the Enneagram, a powerful personality system that unlocks the key to the questions above and much more. It is used worldwide to ease the challenges that show up in communicating with others. An invaluable tool for business and personal relationships.


What’s My Enneagram Type

BRAND NEW!! A 30 minute introductory look at the 9 Enneagram Types.

Now we are ready to get a snapshot of the 9 Enneagram Types; the underlying motivation, desires and fears behind the types responses to the world around them.

Cost: $10 + HST

Want more?  One on One or custom group sessions are always an option. Great for office teams or families. Please contact me to learn more.


Exploring Enneagram Types in Depth

A fun packed full day of witnessing individuals who know their type come out and share from their perspective.

Next Date: Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Location: Sharon Temple Historic Museum Site – outdoor location under large tent. Please dress appropriately.

Special Note About Lunch: Participants are asked to bring their own picnic lunch due to current restrictions on food serving. Coffee/tea and prepackaged snacks will be available.

Cost: $50.00 – $150.00 plus HST

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