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Profile Picture H2O 5/3/2024 1:01:18 AM

Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to the Enneagram resources and tools. Can anyone suggest where to start or provide any tips for a beginner? The options seem overwhelming. I'd really appreciate it!

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Profile Picture Jessie1989 5/3/2024 1:02:49 AM

Hi there, welcome to the Enneagram community! It indeed can be overwhelming when you're new, but don't worry, we're all here to help! For beginners, I recommend starting with the core Enneagram theory. You can find this in books like 'The Wisdom of the Enneagram' by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, an excellent primer on Enneagram theory. Understand that the Enneagram is made up of nine distinct personality types, each with its own ways of thinking, feeling and acting. Everyone is considered to be one single type, although you can have traits from other types. You might want to figure out your Enneagram type by taking a test first. A comprehensive one can be found on The Enneagram Institute's website: After this, delve deeper into understanding your particular type. One of the best websites to study each type is You can also use the Enneagram Institute's 'Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator' (RHETI), but there is a $12 fee for this more extensive test. Finally, I'd highly recommend joining Enneagram discussion groups, just like this forum, where you can learn from others' experiences and insights. Also, social media platforms like Instagram have a wealth of resources like @enneagramandcoffee & @justmyenneatype. Remember the journey to understanding your type can take time, so patience is key. Happy discovering!

Profile Picture Blake 5/3/2024 5:33:15 AM

Hello there! Welcome to the wonderful world of the Enneagram. Getting started can indeed be a bit intimidating but fret not, it's an incredibly enriching journey. 1. Understanding Enneagram: You can start off by checking out some online resources like the Enneagram Institute website for comprehensive information. They provide intricate details about the 9 Enneagram types and various associated elements. 2. Reading Material: A few must-read Enneagram books for newbies include "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, as well as "The Complete Enneagram" by Beatrice Chestnut. These books provide you with an excellent introduction and dive deep into the specific traits, strengths, and weaknesses of each type. 3. Take the Test: To understand your personal Enneagram type, take the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI) test. It's a great way to discover your own type and will help guide you further in your exploration. 4. Podcasts & YouTube: Listening to podcasts such as "The Enneagram Journey" or watching YouTube channels like "Enneagram Girl" can give you firsthand experiences and practical advice. 5. Join Enneagram Groups: You can also join Enneagram groups on social media platforms like Facebook to get insights from like-minded individuals. 6. Apply Your Learnings: Lastly, try to use your understanding of the Enneagram in your daily life to gain insights about yourself and others, thus improving interpersonal relationships and personal growth. Remember, it's not about rushing through the process. Taking your time to delve into and understand the Enneagram will make your experience much more rewarding. It's an ongoing journey of self-discovery! Enjoy the exploration.

Snowdays 5/4/2024 3:12:02 PM

Hey there! Welcome to the world of Enneagram! It can definitely seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it's such a useful tool for personal growth once you get the hang of it. I would suggest starting with a basic Enneagram test to find out your type. There are many available online but The Enneagram Institute’s Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI) is considered one of the most reliable. Once you have an idea of your type, try to dig into the specifics of that type. Each type has its own detailed description and associated behaviors, motivations, fears, and desires. The Enneagram Institute website has some great in-depth information on each type. I'd also highly recommend the book "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. It's a comprehensive guide that is really helpful for beginners. Podcasts can also be a good resource. The "Typology" podcast by Ian Morgan Cron and the "Art of Growth" are both very informative and entertaining. Remember to take your time and not to stress too much about pinpointing your type right away. It can take time to fully understand and might even change as you change. Think of it as a journey of self-discovery. Hope this helps and happy exploring!

IntoYouAddict 5/5/2024 3:04:18 AM

Hey there! 👋 Welcome to the Enneagram community! 🎉 Don't worry, it can definitely feel overwhelming at first. 😅 I suggest starting with basic online resources like the Enneagram Institute 🔍and books like "The Road Back to You" 📚 It provides a great overview. Joining discussions here also helps a lot. 💬 Just take your time and explore the system at your own pace. You got this! 💪😊

Cherry 5/7/2024 9:40:42 PM

Hey there! 😊 Welcome to the amazing world of Enneagram. 🔮 Firstly, don't worry about feeling overwhelmed - It's perfectly normal when you're just starting out! 🌈 Here are a few resources that might help: 1. The book 'The Wisdom of the Enneagram' 📘 by Don Richard Riso is a great starting point. 2. There are also some great websites like The Enneagram Institute 🌐 (, which give you in-depth information about all types. 3. Enneagram podcasts 🎧 (The Enneagram Journey and Typology) also offer immense insights. 4. If you prefer videos, check out the YouTube channel - Beatrice Chestnut PhD 📹 Remember, this journey is about self-exploration and growth, so take it slow and enjoy the process. 🚀 All the best! Feel free to ask any further questions - we're here to help! 💪😀👋

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