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The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others In Your Life Paperback – April 12, 1991
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In this difficult but rewarding book, psychologist Palmer explicates a complex system of personality typology derived from an ancient Sufi tradition and later used by the occult teacher Gurdjieff. This system, the Enneagram of personality types, is further clarified by comments from students and psychiatric patients. Students of self-realization techniques should find the book intriguing, although it is evident that to make progress in self-understanding, assistance from a teacher such as the author would be necessary. For large self-help collections.Jeanne S. Bagby, Tucson P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Provides help in understanding the good qualities of a more evolved life. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Palmer’s historical and clinical accounting is solid and her reasoning insightful. The Enneagram system can help us understand people as they see themselves. (Training and Development Journal)
Explores the mysteries of personality and points the way to the cultivation of extraordinary abilities. (Yoga Journal)
A book for both the psychologically sophisticated and for ordinary people as well. (New Realities Magazine)
[Palmer’s] focus on the practical import of this unique personality system gives her book special power, the power to transform. (American Humanistic Psychology Review)
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Palmer presents the Enneagram as a systematic map of 9 different personality types that can help people understand and develop their own intuitive styles. An important lesson conveyed is that no single model of psychological health fits every individual. Rather, every type has its own challenges and opportunities. With self-awareness, a person can transform weaknesses and preoccupations into constructive ways of understanding situations.
In her attempt to be systematic, Palmer is often repetitive. She sometimes presents advanced information before she gives the basics. Don't skip the intro, but do read with your own questions in mind.