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The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
About the Author
Richard Rohr lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA, where he is co-founder of the Center for Contemplation and Action. His other bestsellers include Everything Belongs and The Enneagram (the latter with sales of over 250,000 worldwide).
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Dating back to the Desert Fathers, it helps reveal the "true" self over against the "false", or "shadow", self. Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinder 2.0 are helpful, but this is NECESSARY.
Richard Rohr writes, "[...] the Enneagram shows us, among other things, the dark side of our gifts. [...] people are are destroyed by their gifts and talents. We are destroyed by our gifts because we identify too closely with what we can do well. Once we were told that we were destroyed by our sins. That's true, but the issue is more subtle."
That rang true with me at a deep level...
He went on, "We cling too much to what comes our way naturally." We spend the first thirty years of life developing an impression, a self-image that we fixate on. And by the time you're forty, this cultivated image is so ingrained that we "are literally prepared to go through hell just so we don't have to give it up. It determines most of what we do or don't do, say or don't say, what we occupy ourselves with and what we don't. We're all affected by it."
Then he poses the ultimate existential question:
"The question is: Do I have the freedom to be anything other than this role and this image."
And the answer is Yes, you do, which Rohr spells out in the book. So do yourself, your spouse and family, your community... do us all a favor and READ the book.
For my money, I would choose the Riso/Hudson book -- it is well laid out, easy to read, and brought me to tears when I read how clearly and completely it described my type.
If you are interested in getting a good basic introduction to the Enneagram, I would recommend Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson.