- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: PLI Media (August 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983199515
- ISBN-13: 978-0983199519
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Enneagram for Teens: Discover Your Personality Type and Celebrate Your True Self Paperback – August 21, 2014
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First, the accounts are largely stereotypes, such as saying that fours tend to be goths (as someone that spent over a decade in the goth scene, I can honestly say that is _not_ true) or that Fives like math and computers. Any type can be a goth. Any type can like computers. While the values of, say, the goth subculture may be quite fourish, she repeatedly points to that as typical teenage four behavior, a recipe for mistyping. Similarly, one of her quotes for type Four involves someone saying they were depressed and put on Prozac. That's clinical depression, not type Four. Any depressed teenager that reads this is going to mistype as Four. On a related note, an example given of paranoia in type Six is someone that became paranoid while addicted to cocaine. Paranoia in association with cocaine is the by-product of the change in brain chemistry when abusing cocaine, regardless of what enneagram type you are.
Another problem is that most of the testimonials are given by people who are several decades away from being a teenager. She has a few people recalling the 1940s and 1950s and many more that, by the references, I place somewhere around the 1960s and 1970s. Not only does this present factual problems (psychology research repeatedly shows that our memories are very unreliable) but the cultural changes since then have been so dramatic as to make this wholly unrelatable for most teenagers. I'm 43 and I thought the examples were dated so how is my 14 year old niece going to react?
Finally, the quality of the actual book is lacking. The first thing I noticed was that it looks like it was either self-published or produced by a _very_ small press. The colors are faded, the cover and paper quality is lacking and most of the cartoons have appeared in previous publications. This gives it a less professional look. Not that I'm against self-publishing or small presses, but if it's the first thing I notice, that does point to a bit of a problem. It's relevant to issues of content, I think, because if she'd held out for a larger publisher, they may have caught those issues of content as well.
Sadly - still looking for a positive enneagram resource that targets teens. This is not it.
minefield of adolescence allows teenagers to find their own path by asking the right questions of themselves. It is a heartfelt and profound guide that is not condescending or pedantic. I recommend this book for any teenager who does not want to stop asking "why?" or "how come...". Mood shifts, paranoia, elation, self loathing, bullying, confusion, romance and all the aspects of a hormonal fecund young mind are dealt with clearly and methodically. Elizabeth Wagele has channeled her true teen self to provide this template for peace of mind and confidence in this crucial and often helpless time in Life.