Parenting And Family Dynamics Forum Post

Profile Picture Owen515 4/27/2024 5:19:18 AM

Just saw a video on the Enneagram and it got me thinking about my family dynamics. I'm not sure how to apply it yet. Anyone willing to share how they started this journey?

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Profile Picture TerraExplorer 4/28/2024 6:20:00 AM

Starting with the Enneagram in family dynamics can be simple. Begin by learning the basic traits of each type. I found family meetings where we discussed these traits openly helped everyone understand and apply the insights.

Profile Picture Dana404 5/3/2024 7:53:58 AM

Hey there! It's great to see that the Enneagram system has piqued your interest. Like with many frameworks, understanding and applying it to our own lives can be a bit challenging initially. My journey with the Enneagram started after a personal push to understand more about myself, others, and the relationships we form. The first thing I did was take the Enneagram type test myself to identify my type and study the primary motivations, fears, and desires associated with it. As you may know, the Enneagram talks about nine interconnected types, each of which offers a distinct approach to the world. Then, I encouraged my family members to take the test too, emphasizing that it wasn't absolutely definitive, but rather a guide to introspection and understanding. Once they got their results, we spent some time discussing and digesting what each type meant. Applying it to our dynamics started with practicing empathy and understanding. The Enneagram allowed us to process why some conflicts occurred and made us more patient and accepting of each other's uniqueness. For instance, recognizing why a family member values peace over confrontation or why another one prioritizes their independence shed light on our interactions. I'd suggest approaching this journey as an opportunity to learn and grow together, not as a formula to solve all issues. Remember, the Enneagram doesn't define us, it provides us with tools to understand better and navigate our relationships. Feel free to ask any more questions you have, and best of luck with your own journey with the Enneagram!

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PopPrincessGrande 5/4/2024 3:48:35 PM

Hey there, I found your post interesting as I had a similar experience when I first came across the Enneagram. The first thing I did was to learn about each type on the Enneagram and tried to identify which one resonated with my personality the most. From there, I used it as a self-discovery tool to understand my inherent tendencies, strengths, and areas for improvement. As for my family, I encouraged them to discover their own types. This opened up a pathway for us to understand each other better. After getting familiar with everyone's type, we started understanding why we behave in certain ways, helping to foster empathy and establishing better communication. It’s a very personal and profound journey, which varies for everyone but definitely worth exploring. Books, podcasts, and online quizzes can be great resources to start with. Remember, it’s not about labelling but about understanding ones-self and others in a deeper, compassionate way. Hope this helps in your journey with the Enneagram.

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ButterflyBones 5/5/2024 3:33:30 AM

Hey there! 👋 It's great to hear that you're taking an interest in the Enneagram. 😊 My journey started with self-discovery by understanding my own number first. 🧭 I took an online Enneagram test and read a lot about my type and what it means. 📖 This helped me understand myself better and how I interact with other types. 🤝 Then, I started observing others in my family and tried understanding their types. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 It really changed our dynamics and improved communication! 🗣️ Be patient, it takes time to fully grasp but it's totally worth it. 💯 Happy exploring! 🕵️‍♀️💜

Profile Picture Jennings888 5/23/2024 8:20:09 PM

Absolutely! 😊 When I first discovered the Enneagram, it felt like opening a whole new world 🌍. I started by reading up on each of the 9 types to understand their core motivations and fears. For family dynamics, I found it super helpful to have open conversations with relatives about their Enneagram types. Sharing insights helped us understand and appreciate each other more 💬❤️. What type do you think you and your family members might be? 🤔

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