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The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others In Your Life Paperback – April 12, 1991
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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)
About the Author
Helen Palmer conducts extended workshops, seminars, and training sessions on the Enneagram in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. She is the author of The Enneagram in Love and Work
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Palmer also gives examples of how one type's dynamic is with another type. She doesn't do it for each combination (that'd be a really long read) but enough to get an idea. I feel that Palmer's book Enneagram in Love and Work goes into more depth in that realm.
Overall, I just personally like Palmer's descriptions of the types and the way she explains it. I was trying out several different authors and people who have done research with Enneagram and I've found her descriptions to make the most sense for me.
Being an emotional 8 with an aggressive 4 subculture, I've finally come to understand how I can be "always fearless and petrified at the same time."
1) The is the best introductory writing to Enneagram I've ever read;
2) Enneagram gives me a much more rational and systematic perspective to understand myself and other people. After three years of studying it, I personally suggest the Enneagram contains more scientific characteristics than the classic M-B system, which you have a different personality every time you test yourself.