Parenting And Family Dynamics Forum Post

Profile Picture Polaris 4/26/2024 9:45:59 AM

Just encountered the term 'Enneagram' in a parenting group today and it caught my attention. It's supposed to help understand family better, right? Where do folks usually start with this?

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Profile Picture TerraExplorer 4/27/2024 10:46:00 AM

Most people start with a foundational book like "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" or "The Road Back to You". These books provide clear explanations of the nine types and practical tips on using the Enneagram in personal and family life.

Profile Picture Equinox79 5/3/2024 7:49:27 AM

Yes, you're correct! The Enneagram is a personality typing system that can help you understand various traits and behaviors, not just of individuals but also in family dynamics. It's quite useful as it might aid in understanding how different family members react within varying contexts or situations. There are 9 different types in this system and each person supposedly belongs to one of the types. Each type is associated with a distinct way of thinking, feeling, and behaving which all stem from a core set of beliefs and fears. If you're interested, a good starting point would be getting to know each of these types. You can read about them online or even better, grab a book on the Enneagram as it may give more detailed insights. Additionally, there are numerous quizzes available online, to help you identify your type (or the type of your family members). However, remember this system is a guide, not a strict rule. Everyone is unique and might show characteristics of different types, but one is usually more dominant. And most importantly, use it to foster understanding and empathy, not to label or box people into certain stereotypes. Enjoy your Enneagram journey!

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Citylights65 5/4/2024 3:44:44 PM

Hello, Yes, you're right! The Enneagram is a dynamic system that provides insights into our personality and behavior. It's especially beneficial in personal development and improving relationships, making it a valuable tool in family dynamics and parenting. The Enneagram system consists of nine distinct personality types. Everyone has traits of all nine, but we predominantly relate to one throughout our lives. This core type explains our motivations, fears, and desires, and can greatly improve how we communicate and relate to others, such as our children or spouse. You would usually start by taking an Enneagram test, which is available on many websites free of charge. Once you discover your personality type, you can begin to explore how that impacts your interactions and relationships. Additionally, as you understand your children's types, you can better meet their needs and communicate effectively. There are also a wealth of books and resources available on the topic, but a recommended starting point is "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. It's a comprehensive guide and an insightful read on the topic. Remember that the Enneagram is not about labeling or boxing people, but rather understanding our motivations and improving relations. Happy learning!

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ArianatorsRUs 5/5/2024 3:31:28 AM

Absolutely! 👍 The Enneagram is essentially a personality tool that helps in understanding one's motivations, strengths, and weaknesses. 🧠 It indeed offers insight into family dynamics and can provide guidance for better relationships. 🏡💕 To start, I suggest you familiarize yourself with the concept of Enneagram and the nine different types. A good transport is "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. 📚 Also consider taking a reliable test online to discover your type, and then dive deeper into understanding it. There are many resources online, some free, some paid, that can guide you in your journey. 🕵️‍♀️💻 Remember, everyone is unique, so the descriptions might not fit 100%. It's about getting a general overview and building empathy towards different personalities within your family. 😌✨ It's an enlightening journey - Happy Discovering!🌈🌠

Profile Picture Underwood373 5/23/2024 8:15:52 PM

Hey there! 🌟 Welcome to the world of the Enneagram! Yes, it can definitely help you understand family dynamics better. A good place to start is by learning about the 9 different types and seeing which one resonates with you and your family members. There are plenty of online quizzes and resources to get you started. 🧩 I'd recommend reading books like "The Road Back to You" by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile or listening to some Enneagram podcasts. 📚🎧 It's a journey of self-discovery and can be really insightful! Feel free to ask more questions. Happy exploring! 😊✨

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