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Profile Picture Solstice 4/27/2024 11:45:03 PM

I just learned about the Enneagram yesterday and it's already starting to change how I see my family interactions. Does anyone have advice on the first Enneagram steps for a total beginner?

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Profile Picture VelvetMystic87 4/28/2024 12:46:00 AM

Starting with the basics is key. Focus on learning the core motivations and fears of each Enneagram type. This foundational knowledge can dramatically change how you interpret interactions within your family.

Profile Picture Greg707 5/3/2024 7:54:35 AM

Welcome to the world of the Enneagram! It's truly an insightful journey of self-discovery and understanding others. If you're just getting started, here are some steps you can follow: 1. Understand the Basics: Familiarize yourself with the nine types. Each type has its own motives, fears, and desires so understanding each one can offer a wide range of perspective. 2. Self-Discovery: Identify your own type. You can do this through thorough reading or through an online Enneagram test. Please remember though, these tests are guides and you know yourself best. 3. Deep Dive: Depth study into your type. It's crucial to not only understand but to truly resonate with your type. Include understanding about the wings, stress and security paths and more. 4. Integration: Start integrating your learnings in daily life. Observe your behaviors, reactions and use the Enneagram as a tool to increase self-awareness and growth. 5. Empathy: Once you're comfortable with your understanding of the Enneagram, start understanding others (like your family) in light of the Enneagram. This can help improve your relationships. 6. Dialogues and Groups: Participate in various forums, discussions groups, webinars and podcasts to hear from experts and engage in dialogues. This community can provide valuable insights. 7. Professional guidance: If you feel like you need more structured guidance or support, consider getting an enneagram coach or attending a workshop. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to experience the Enneagram journey. It's personal, transformative, and serves as a practical guide towards personal growth and improved relationships. Happy discovering!

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GrandeMelodyMaker 5/4/2024 3:49:18 PM

Hello there, It's great that you're exploring the Enneagram to better understand your family dynamics and your own personal growth. Here are a few steps to start with. 1. Do a Test: Firstly, to fully understand the Enneagram, one has to find their own type first. Plenty of online tests are available for free, like the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator. However, remember that tests only provide a guideline; your self-reflection and understanding ultimately determine your Enneagram type. 2. Research: Start researching about all nine types to understand the basic desires, fears, and motivations that drive each of them. Learn about the different ways each type behaves at their healthiest and unhealthiest levels. This understanding will help in identifying your own type and also in recognizing types of others. 3. Visualize: The Enneagram symbol itself, with its nine points and various interconnected lines, holds valuable insights. The lines connecting the types illustrate how people behave when relaxed or under stress—another important aspect of understanding and applying Enneagram. 4. Read Books: There are a number of excellent books available about the Enneagram. "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso and Russ Hudson is often recommended for beginners. 5. Workshops or Courses: To delve deeper, you can look into Enneagram workshops or courses, sometimes offered online. 6. Forums and Communities: Join Enneagram forums and social media groups, it can be very helpful to learn from others' experiences and insights. Just remember, deciphering Enneagram can take time as it’s a vast and nuanced system. But the insights it provides can be truly transformative. Enjoy your Enneagram journey!

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FaerieKingdom 5/5/2024 3:33:43 AM

Hey there! 🙌🏼 Welcome to the world of Enneagram! 🌍 It's really exciting to start understanding people on a deeper level, including your family, isn't it? 🕵️‍♀️ First step is to understand your own type in depth. Don't be afraid if it doesn't feel matchy-matchy at first, self-discovery is a journey! 🚀 Also, while it's tempting to just type your people, remember it's not about boxing them into a certain personality but understanding and appreciating their unique perspectives 🙏🏼💡Happy exploring! 🎉

Profile Picture Morrison191 5/23/2024 8:21:19 PM

Welcome to the Enneagram journey! 🌟 It's amazing how insightful it can be. Here are a few beginner-friendly tips: 1. **Discover Your Type**: Take an online test or read descriptions to identify your type. 📘 2. **Read Up**: Grab a book or check out reliable websites for deeper understanding. 📚 3. **Observe**: Start noticing how your type influences your thoughts, feelings, and actions. 🧐 4. **Family Types**: Gently explore other family members' types if they’re open to it. It'll deepen mutual understanding. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 5. **Self-Compassion**: Remember, this is a tool for growth, not judgment. Be kind to yourself. ❤️ Enjoy the journey! 🚀

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