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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Rev Upd edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061713163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061713163
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Daniels, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School, and is a leading developer of the Enneagram.



Virginia Price, Ph.D., (1942-2005) was a psychologist with a private practice in Palo Alto. She wrote Type A Behavior Pattern, a book widely regarded as a landmark in its field.

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The DVD presents nine narrators that personify one of the nine personality types.
C. J. Singh
Probably the best book out there to give a brief introduction to the Enneagram, and to help people type themselves for the very first time.
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David Daniels makes this information interesting and accessible and his book whetted my appetite to delve deeper into the Enneagram.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Michael George on January 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are many facets to the enneagram, which is one of its attractions. I had been studying the enneagram intermittently over a period of about one year, and have learned to appreciate it as a result of having given personality typing some thought over the years, especially the Myers-Briggs typing system. An important point to bear in mind in the typing process for the enneagram is that there is an overall unity represented by the nine points that transcends one's special survival strategy (as seen through the enneagram scheme). Thus, finding one's reference point in this scheme does not put one in a box, but challenges one to develop a broader conception of what it means to be human. This book is very well organized for helping one narrow down possibilities for one's type, based on a scheme of cycling through the types a number of times, presenting different pictures each time, starting with a test that is simple to take. The fact that there was considerable experience in interviewing people involved in the background of the authors, and that there was some statistical analysis that was carried forward is also interesting. This latter facet is particularly poignant in that one's type involves connections to four other types: two wings, a stress point and a security point, and it is of interest to consider how well this theoretical complexity actually shows up under controled conditions. Another aspect that is focused on is the overlap with possible "look-alike" types based on the language that we use to describe people. This book is, of course, no substitute for actually interviewing people of specific types, and in that sense, as well as not being well-organized to discuss the unifying aspects of the enneagram, it is not reflecting the true depth of this system.Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Vera M. Hummel on July 26, 2010
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The changes in this book make it worth the investment. In particular, sections about myths of each type and adjectives that describe the types are helpful. While this book is useful, it should be a beginning point in the understanding of Enneagram, a very powerful spiritual and psychological tool. I'd prefer it if the authors used different language than "test" for determining one's type, since there are no right or wrong answers except as the user calls them right for the individual.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Thomas on February 19, 2010
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The new Essential Enneagram is now the book I immediately hand to my students, clients and anyone interested in learning more about the Enneagram. This little gem of a book serves two populations: folks who are new to the Enneagram and want a concise, accessible introduction; and folks already well-versed in the nine types who are looking for practical applications and deeper personal growth. I appreciate the addition of The Myths About Type, in which the authors lift the nine types out of the realm of stereotype and correct mis-perceptions. All of the new additions of this revised and updated Essential Enneagram capture the positive aspects of the nine types and remind us that all nine are necessary and vital to humanity's wholeness. This book is an invaluable resource, and I recommend keeping two on your bookshelves: one to keep, and one to lend!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kamal Abu Shamsieh on July 12, 2009
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I was introduced to the Enneagram during a retreat of Stanford's Chaplains. It's a must for all. I have learnt great details about my own personality and growth. I thought I knew a lot about myself and was confident to label myself as a (3). Soon after, I realized that I was an Epicure and not a Performer. Still I hold traits of both, I think. I strongly recommend this book for your own use and (try it with your spouse for fun).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Singh on March 11, 2014
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Positive-Psychology Paths to Happiness: The Enneagram Way

Initially known as "The Stanford Enneagram Discovery Inventory and Guide," THE ESSENTIAL ENNEAGRAM, first edition, was published in 2000, the second in 2009. The jacket blurb claims it as "The First and Only Scientifically Determined Enneagram Personality Test and Guide." Appendix B summarizes the "Validity of the Essential Enneagram Test." I hastened to read it.

On page 116: "The overall Kappa for the entire test was 0.5254, p<0.0001, considered a significant degree of concordance." Yes. Rereading sections of the two textbooks of my Stanford graduate course "Research Methods in Psychology," I found the statistical analysis convincing.

THE ESSENTIAL ENNEAGRAM comes with an optional 2-hour DVD that features the author, David Daniels MD, Stanford Psychiatrist, and Courtney Behm, Harvard MBA, management consultant. More. The DVD presents nine narrators that personify one of the nine personality types. Watching it made studying the book even more engaging.

The Enneagram is a nine-pointed diagram that indicates nine types of personalities, each numbered 1 to 9. Only nine? Hang on, with the subtypes included there are many more. Your personality Type emerges from your genetic heritage and your early childhood coping responses. Each Type has its strengths and weaknesses. The Enneagram shows you the behavior changes you need to make to overcome the weaknesses of your type.

You discover your Type by taking the Essential Enneagram Test (pages 5-7). The Test comprises reading nine brief paragraphs and choosing the three that come closest to describing you. [I'm Type Four.
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