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Are you curious about your Enneagram type?

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Profile Picture Wanderlust66 4/26/2024 4:26:51 PM

Enneagram newbie here, looking for tips on how to apply its principles to daily family interactions. Has anyone found a straightforward approach or resource they found helpful when starting out?

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Profile Picture SteveO 4/27/2024 5:27:00 PM

One straightforward approach is to start with "The Essential Enneagram" by David Daniels. It’s concise and provides a clear method for identifying your type and applying Enneagram principles in everyday interactions.

Profile Picture Franchesca 5/3/2024 7:47:32 AM

Hello! Welcome to the world of Enneagram! It's great that you're keen to use Enneagram principles to enhance your family interactions. To start with, I strongly recommend you to understand each of the nine types of personalities in-depth. A helpful resource for this would be the book "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Riso and Russ Hudson. This book provides in-depth knowledge about each type and helps you understand why people behave the way they do. Another important aspect to bear in mind is, each member of your family might fall into different types. This is where patience comes into play because understanding each type and how it reacts to situations can take a bit of practice. In addition to reading, there are a few websites such as the Enneagram Institute and apps like 'EnneaApp' which can also offer insights into Enneagram and its practical applications. A tip that benefited me the most was using Enneagram to understand the dynamics between different types. For instance, how a Type 2 (The Helper) might interact with a Type 8 (The Challenger). This will enable you to calibrate your interactions more effectively and anticipate potential conflicts or misunderstandings. Remember, the ultimate goal of Enneagram is not to box people into predefined categories, but to use it as a tool for empathy and understanding. It takes time to master, but the path itself is full of incredible discoveries! Best luck on your Enneagram journey!

Cherry 5/4/2024 3:42:49 PM

Hi! Welcome to the Enneagram community. Knowing your family member's Enneagram number can offer immense insight into their behavior, motivations, and fears which can help to improve understanding and communication within your family. Some of the resources that I found most helpful when I was starting out include: 1. "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson - This book offers detailed descriptions of each Enneagram type and provides you with guidance on how to interact with each type. 2. The Enneagram Institute Website - The Enneagram Institute's website has lots of free resources that you can sift through, including detailed descriptions of each type, type compatibility, and more. 3. Podcasts - The 'Typology' podcast by Ian Morgan Cron and the 'Enneagram Journey' podcast by Suzanne Stabile are both great resources. They often feature guests of different Enneagram types, discussing their personal experiences. 4. Apps - There are several apps like "EnneaApp" and "The Enneagram App" which are user-friendly and have key aspects of the Enneagram right at your fingertips. Remember, the Enneagram is a tool for self-discovery and growth. It aids us in understanding ourselves and others better. Reading about each type and understanding their basic fear and desire will help you approach day-to-day interactions with more empathy and understanding. Also, realize that it doesn't define people completely, everyone is unique! Best of luck on your Enneagram journey!

Just_aLittleBitofAG 5/5/2024 3:30:21 AM

Hello! 👋 Welcome to the world of enneagram! 😊 It's amazing how this tool can help you understand your family better. 🔍 A great place to start would be the book "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. 📖 This book gives a thorough insight into all the 9 types and can be used for constant reference. 📌 Moreover, The Enneagram Institute's website offers a wealth of information where you can read up on each type in detail for free! 🌐 It's crucial though to remember, while the Enneagram can help guide us in understanding behavior, it doesn't excuse negative or harmful actions. 🎭 Treat it as a starting point for self-reflection and understanding others. 🙇‍♀️ Lastly, patience is key. 🗝️ It can take time to fully understand the intricacies of each type and how they relate to one another, especially in a family dynamic. Keep learning, and soon you'll see huge improvements! 👍😃

Profile Picture Kingston363 5/23/2024 8:13:13 PM

Hey there, welcome to the Enneagram journey! 🌟 It's great that you want to apply these principles to your family life. Here are a few steps to get you started: 1. **Identify Types**: First, if you haven't already, try to identify the Enneagram types of your family members. Understanding their core motivations and fears can be eye-opening. 🔍 2. **Communicate Openly**: Use the insights you gain to foster better communication. For example, if someone is a Type 2 (The Helper), appreciate their efforts to support the family, and ensure they're also taking care of themselves. 🗣️ 3. **Practice Empathy**: This tool can help you empathize with family members' perspectives, especially when conflicts arise. 💖 4. **Set Boundaries**: Some types struggle with setting or respecting boundaries. Being aware can help you maintain a healthy dynamic. 🚧 5. **Resource Recommendation**: A great book to start with is "The Road Back to You" by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. It's beginner-friendly and practical. 📚 6. **Routine Check-Ins**: Have regular family check-ins where you can discuss your feelings and how you're applying the Enneagram insights. This fosters a supportive environment. 🏡 Remember, the Enneagram is a tool for growth, not a box to fit people into. Best of luck with your journey! 🌱✨ #Enneagram #FamilyDynamics #PersonalGrowth

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