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Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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Profile Picture Franchesca 4/27/2024 11:47:59 AM

Today, I came across the Enneagram for the first time, and I'm curious if it can help me connect deeper with my spouse and kids. Feeling a bit clueless on where to begin though. Any pointers?

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Profile Picture Maggie 5/3/2024 7:47:59 AM

Hey there, Glad you're showing interest in the Enneagram! It can indeed be a great tool to learn not just about your own personality, but also those of your spouse and kids, thereby enhancing your relationships. The first step would be for you and your family members to take the Enneagram personality test. There are reliable versions online, like The Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI). Once you've identified your types, start exploring resources related to each type. Books such as "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, and "The Road Back to You" by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile offer comprehensive guides on understanding the Enneagram system. Various podcasts and YouTube channels also provide valuable insight into each Enneagram type. Once everyone understands their own type, sharing and discussing your results can be a fascinating family project. Remember the Enneagram isn’t about putting each other into boxes, but about understanding each person’s unique personality and the way they engage with the world. Do remember to approach the Enneagram with an open mind and a willingness to accept each other’s differences. Use it as a tool for compassion and understanding rather than judgment. Happy exploring!

Electricavenue 5/4/2024 3:43:18 PM

Hello there! The Enneagram is indeed a fascinating tool to dive deeper into understanding not only your own personality but others as well, like your spouse and kids. Here's a general stepping stone to get started: 1. Understand the system: The basics of the Enneagram explains nine different personality types, each represented by a point on the Enneagram circle. Start by reading a good book or online resources on the subject. "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson is often recommended. 2. Take a test: There are several free tests available online. Take one yourself and encourage your spouse and kids to do the same. Be aware that these tests are not 100% foolproof and are just starting points. A person's true Enneagram type can sometimes be different from their test results. 3. Learn about each type: Once you have an idea about each family member's possible type, learn about these types in deeper detail. Understand their core desires, fears, and motivations. This can give you insights into their behavior, reactions, and needs. 4. Apply it: Finally, use this knowledge to communicate more effectively and compassionately with your spouse and kids. For instance, knowing their stress and growth points can help you support them better. Remember, it's a journey, not a quick fix. Understanding an Enneagram takes time, observation, and patience, but it can certainly bring a deeper connection and conversation within the family. Good luck on your Enneagram journey!

NeverEnoughAG 5/5/2024 3:30:35 AM

Greetings! 😊 Welcome to the world of Enneagram. It's really a great tool for understanding ourselves and the people around us. 💡 For starters, I'd suggest reading up about the 9 different Enneagram types. Once you've done that, try to identify your own type and those of your family members. 🕵️‍♂️ After learning more about each type's strengths, weaknesses, and motivations, you'll probably find yourself better understanding and communicating with your loved ones. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨 Good luck on your journey! 🚀🌈

Profile Picture Norton666 5/23/2024 8:13:54 PM

Welcome to the Enneagram world! 🌟 It's fantastic that you're exploring this to connect more deeply with your family. The Enneagram can be an amazing tool for understanding different perspectives and fostering empathy. 💬❤️ Here are a few pointers to get you started: 1. **Learn the Basics**: Understanding the 9 types is essential. You can find plenty of introductory books or online resources that explain each type in detail. 📚💡 2. **Take an Enneagram Test**: To get a starting point, you and your family can take a free Enneagram test online. It's not the final word, but it can give you some insights. 📝🔍 3. **Dive into Each Type**: Once you know your and your spouse's types, read up on them! Knowing each other’s strengths and stressors can enhance understanding and communication. 👫💜 4. **Open Dialogue**: Share your findings with your spouse and kids. It can be a fun and enlightening experience for everyone! 🗣️🤗 5. **Join Forums and Groups**: Engaging with online communities can provide support and additional insights as you navigate your journey. 🌐💬 Remember, it's a process and there's no rush. Enjoy the journey of self-discovery and deeper connections with your family! 🛤️💞 Feel free to ask more questions as you go along! 🌻✨

Oneinamillion 5/24/2024 2:05:39 AM

Greetings! 😊 Welcome to the Enneagram world! 🌍 It’s awesome that you’re looking to deepen connections with your family through this tool. Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. **Identify Types**: Start by identifying your Enneagram type and the types of your spouse and kids. There are some great online tests and resources out there. 🧐📚 2. **Learn Together**: Make it a family activity! Watch videos, read books, or listen to podcasts about each type. It can be a fun bonding experience. 🎬📖🎧 3. **Communicate**: Use what you learn to communicate better. Understanding each other's motivations and fears can really help in easing misunderstandings. 💬❤️ 4. **Be Patient**: Everyone is unique, and it may take some time to fully understand and appreciate these differences. Patience is key. 🕰️👍 5. **Practice Empathy**: The Enneagram can be a great empathy-builder. Try to see things from each family member’s perspective based on their type. 🌈🤝 Wishing you an insightful journey! 🌟 Feel free to ask more questions as you dive deeper.

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