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The Modern Enneagram: Discover Who You Are and Who You Can Be Paperback – February 28, 2017
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"A thought-provoking primer on the Enneagram and its meaning and uses. The Modern Enneagram will be immediately practical and exceptionally helpful to readers young and old."
—Tom Condon, internationally recognized Enneagram trainer and author
"The Modern Enneagram offers a fresh look at this ancient system. Clear, concise, thoughtful and illuminating, this book provides insight into the theory of the Enneagram and also offers excellent examples for application in life, love and work. It is a necessary addition to any Enneagram library."
—Deborah Ooten, PhD., CEO/Owner Conscious Living Center, Conscious Dynamics, LLC
"In The Modern Enneagram, Melanie Bell and Kacie Berghoef have provided a concise, clear, and accurate introduction to the Enneagram. They cover a wide range of knowledge, and include personal examples and illustrations that make learning the Enneagram an easier and enjoyable process. If you are looking to learn more about this system of understanding ourselves and others, start here."
—Russ Hudson, Co-author of The Wisdom of the Enneagram
About the Author
KACIE BERGHOEF is an Enneagram Institute Authorized Teacher, workshop leader, and researcher. She is particularly dedicated to finding new applications of the Enneagram, from developing practical applications to teaching communication skills to tech-industry professionals and managers. Kacie is a graduate of the social work program at University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the Don Riso memorial scholarship. A two-time recipient of an Enneagram Institute scholarship, Kacie is accredited by the International Enneagram Association (IEA).
MELANIE BELL is an Enneagram Institute Authorized Teacher and accredited by the IEA. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick and Concordia University, she leads workshops and courses on the Enneagram, aligned to the Riso-Hudson method. Melanie has twice received a scholarship from the Enneagram Institute, and currently teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
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Top Customer Reviews
I didn't used to have a good answer. There are a couple that I refer students to, but not enthusiastically. Now I can finally send people to The Modern Enneagram.
This book provides what's been missing on this topic: a SIMPLE and clear entry point. No, it's not as deep or detailed as The Wisdom of the Enneagram, for instance (another of my favorites), but we don't need more of what already exists in the literature. We need a better open doorway to help the mildly curious build a foundation of knowledge quickly, rather than overwhelming them with a huge tome.
Attention spans are growing shorter with our youth. I'm so glad this book exists to give people enough information to start putting the Enneagram into use in their lives so they can stoke a growing curiosity and follow it further into this great wisdom.
Thank you, Kacie and Melanie. Fantastic gift you've given to Enneagram lovers, current and future.
The Enneagram is far more than a list of "You might be type X if..." and this book reflects that.
What I love about this book:
1. It's ultra-concise. Having read my share of Enneagram books, taken multiple trainings and workshops, and having taught a little, I'm frankly in awe of Bergoeff and Bell's ability to distill important elements of Enneagram theory into short segments accessible to beginners. No words wasted.
2. It's organized around topics rather than types. In my opinion, this invites a more holistic view of the Enneagram and makes it less likely that a reader merely zeros in on ONE chapter "my type" while ignoring everything apart from a type description. By intermingling elements of the types' descriptions with the variety of applications for this knowledge, I believe the authors encourage practical use of the information.
3. Julia. I'm one who usually just skims over examples and case studies, but I like the Julia element because it helps give a sense of how type interacts with our individuality. Reading a type description in isolation can sometimes create the illusion that the types are "cookie cutters" simplifying away our individual complexities. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the Julia examples, in my view, help illustrate that every person, of every type, is a real human being with their own history and uniqueness. The examples also help give a sense of how we can work with knowledge of our own and others' types.
4. Resources. Throughout the book and at the end, the authors point the reader to additional resources. The clear intention is that this book is a doorway in, not a be-all and end-all. (The authors actually state this.) Although this means the book will also become quickly dated or have to be frequently revised, I believe it is an invaluable element of the book's function as a "welcome center" into Enneagram territory.
I realize that a review this glowing might have readers wondering, so let me be clear: I paid full price for my copy from Amazon and have received nothing of any kind in consideration for the review or its content. The book far exceeded my expectations and I recommend it without reservation.
And don't let us forget the DSM-V axis 2 pathological groups of "personality disorders".
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but failed to be converted to its theories.
For comparison, I'd suggest reading the old classic, Linda Goodman s Sun Signs , a recent personality disorders textbook or even the convoluted groupings found in the DSM-5 of the APA . Oh and I gave it three stars cuz it seemed repetitive and inconsistent to me....
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