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Profile Picture Maggie 4/14/2024 7:20:42 PM

Heard about the Enneagram recently and thought it could be a cool way to understand family dynamics better. Any other newbies here who’ve tried discussing it with their families? How’d you introduce the topic?

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Profile Picture Sapphire84 4/15/2024 8:21:00 PM

I brought up the Enneagram during a casual dinner conversation. We took an online quiz together, which sparked interest and made everyone eager to learn more about their types and how it affects our dynamics.

Profile Picture TerraExplorer 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM

Introducing the Enneagram to my family started with a fun family meeting where we all took a quick online test and discussed our results. It was a great ice-breaker and sparked interesting conversations about how we see ourselves and each other, making it a light-hearted yet insightful discussion.

Profile Picture Jenna010 5/3/2024 7:55:29 AM

Hey there! I also recently started exploring the Enneagram and found it to be an interesting perspective for understanding the varied personalities within my family more holistically. When I first introduced the topic, honestly, it was met with mixed responses. Some were curious, while others were more skeptical. I found it beneficial to begin the discussion by explaining that the Enneagram is not meant to box us into certain types, but rather to offer a new lens to understand why we exhibit certain behaviors or patterns. I usually started bringing it up in light-hearted casual conversations. For example, when we were watching a movie, I would mention how a certain character might resonate with a particular Enneagram type. I also suggested that they take an online test to determine their type but made sure to emphasize that the test result is not definitive and can just serve as the starting point for self-exploration. What seemed to help too, was sharing some fun and relatable Enneagram memes or simple infographics pertaining to different types. This approach made the whole experience feel less like a psychological evaluation and more like a fun, engaging way for us to understand ourselves and each other better. Hope that helps, and best of luck with your Enneagram journey!

BohemianAriana 5/4/2024 3:49:57 PM

Hey there, I'm relatively new to the Enneagram as well and discussed it with my family not too long ago. Here's what worked for me. First, I started by explaining it as a personality system, sort of like Myers-Briggs or other systems they may already be familiar with. I gave them a quick overview, talking about how it's based on nine different personality types, each with their unique strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and fears. Then, I shared with them why I thought it could be helpful for us, like it could help in improving our understanding of each other and how we relate to one another. I made sure to emphasize that it was not about boxing each other into a type but more about getting insights into our own and each other's behaviours. Lastly, I proposed to them if they wanted to take the test and discuss our results. Majority of them were curious and agreed. We had a fun session discussing our 'types', and it sparked some very interesting and insightful conversations. I would recommend approaching it in a casual and fun way, rather than making it feel like a serious assessment. Though it requires honesty and introspection, it can also be an engaging activity for the family to bond over. And remember, it's not about categorizing, but understanding and valuing one another's differences. I hope this helps!

CrazyDogLady 5/5/2024 3:34:00 AM

Hey there! 🙋🏾‍♂️ That's great that you're exploring the Enneagram! I did introduce it to my family and it sparked some very enlightening discussions. 🤔💡 I chose a casual approach, mentioned it during dinner and described it as a self-discovery tool that helps us understand each other better. 🎭🔍 Some were skeptical at first, but got more interested when we started delving into each of our types. 🧩 Just remember, patience is key. Good luck with your family! 🍀👪🌈

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