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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159257694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576944
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I've written 3 books, The Idiot's Guide to the Enneagram, Enneagram Beyond the Basics and Herb's Tips for Living. I love teaching and writing about the Enneagram, the best tool I've discovered to understand people, including yourself! All my books include lots of real life stories, Herb's tips on enjoying life more and the latest in Enneagram information. 
Enneagram Beyond the Basics has information about subtype stacking, sequence of type parts of you beyond your core type, misidentifications with other types, groupings of clusters of similar trait types, Enneagram at the Movies, Enneagram songs, Enneagram relationship combinations, growth and development of each type and much more. 

About the Author

Herb Pearce, M.Ed., Master of Education in Counseling, is an expert and certified teacher in the Enneagram. He has taught 2000 Enneagram workshops in the last 23 years, and has worked with companies and organizations using the enneagram for team building and communication training, as well as counseling hundreds of individuals, couples and families using this system. He is the author of The Idiot's Guide to the Enneagram, Enneagram Beyond the Basics and Herb's Tips for Living: Wise Tips for Daily Living.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram is the best introduction I've seen to the Enneagram personality system.
John G. O'leary
The book is an enjoyable read, not only for its honesty, but for its informal, breezy style and wealth of sidebars, illustrations and short, snappy paragraphs.
Alan Silverman
If your life involves interacting with people, it's a great assistant in paving the way to understanding what personalities you are dealing with.
Robert Egby

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Alan Silverman on December 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Herb Pearce and Karen Brees have written a readable, entertaining and thought-provoking book on personal growth without either dumbing down the material or losing the reader in jargon and technicalities. Herb Pearce, who has many years experience leading workshops and giving personal counseling sessions based on Enneagram principles, has filled his book with useful facts and tips about the nine personality types and how they interact with others.

Unlike many such books, this one avoids feel-good platitudes and gratuitous pats on the back; it concentrates instead on educating and informing. Pearce forthrightly presents the weaknesses as well as the strengths of each type (an example: "You [the 6 type] might be looking for a parent figure to count on, and it's too late for that!...you are your own parent now and you have a better shot at it, being grown up!").

The book is an enjoyable read, not only for its honesty, but for its informal, breezy style and wealth of sidebars, illustrations and short, snappy paragraphs. Pearce's experience shows in his detailed knowledge of types and sub-types and in describing the harmonies and tensions that are inevitable when certain types come together. (An example: "3-6 couple--3's foot is on the gas, careening toward action, and the 6 is cautious. 3 is image-oriented and 6 is matter of fact, often disdaining image. It takes some real understanding and appreciation of differences to make this combo work.")

A whole chapter is devoted to helping the reader identify his or her own type and those of friends and acquaintances. It includes checklists and questionnaires and addresses issues such as parenting, the work environment and the capacity for creativity and accomplishment and how one's Enneagram type influences these things.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John G. O'leary on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram is the best introduction I've seen to the Enneagram personality system. As a management consultant who uses the Enneagram for team development in organizations, I am always looking for appropriate literature to direct my clients to - books or articles which will present the Enneagram to beginners in a straightforward way. Specifically I'm looking for a clear presentation of the system, free of psychological and spiritual jargon and without a heavy emphasis on the negative qualities of each type. Unfortunately much of the Enneagram literature doesn't suit my purposes. The psychological or spiritual language found in many books or websites can scare off clients at first and a focus on the negatives of each type can be a turn-off in a business environment. Though Herb Pearce has an extensive psychotherapeutic background he understands his audience for this book and keeps it simple and uncomplicated. Also, although he doesn't step over the negative side of each type (as mentioned in a previous review), he doesn't lead with - or focus excessively on - those characteristics. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to a valuable system of personality differences.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David T. Britt on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I must admit that I didn't expect much from this book, probably because of the title. But I've used it alongside Helen Palmer's "The Enneagram in Love and Work" and Richard Rohr's "The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective," and it adds to the others. Like all books in this format, it's succinct, which is a virtue in itself, but it's not simplistic. It's definitely worth the price and has actually enhanced my understanding in ways that the other books didn't. I'm glad I got it, and I ordered a copy for my son also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bhavani Brown on March 21, 2008
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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram" is a notable rundown on the Enneagram personality system. Herb Pearce and Karen Brees do an outstanding job enlightening the reader on the subject of the Enneagram and clearly explaining the nine types; noting that one number isn't better than any other number when balanced. Balancing and paying special attention to your negative aspects while accentuating your positive traits are spelled out nicely in this book.

The questionnaire at the end of the book can help you determine what `outta the' nine Enneagram types you are!. I personally have found that more than ever this typology has helped me become a more compassionate person. A pertinent quote I enjoyed: "You are all nine types at various times".

I would recommend this book to the beginner as well as those who are more knowledgeable regarding the Enneagram system.. In the personal growth section I liked the advice given for a number 4 (since I have a couple of #4 friends) "Just because you think it, doesn't mean that it's true".

All in all "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram" was attention-grabbing, insightful and fun to read. Using this book (in my opinion as a #9) can offer significant opportunities assisting in self discovery and wisely guiding you in all your relationships.

I'd like to ad that Herb Pearce is a leading expert in the Enneagram and his workshops are enlightening and fun-filled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonia L. Mattison on October 14, 2008
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Enjoyed ready this book. I have read many enneagram books, that get very involved and deep into the enneagram. I was looking for something that could explain the enneagram to someone who had never heard about it. This book described the types in simple easy to use conversational language. It gets down to the basics and was extremely helpful in sorting your type. Enjoyed reading it cover to cover. It also offered great tips for growth for each of the types and also included coaching the enneagram types.
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