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The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types Paperback – Illustrated, June 15, 1999
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--Ken Wilber, author of The Marriage of Sense and Soul
"I highly recommend this book, not only to anyone on the path of personal transformation, but to anyone who wants to understand the complex inner world of others, whether a spouse, family member co-worker or friend. The questionnaires were fun and illuminating. I received some very helpful information about myself, felt challenged to grow and experienced a deepening of compassion. Perhaps the most profound contribution of The Wisdom of the Enneagram is reflected in the word "Wisdom." The authors clearly communicate the complexity of human nature, the spiritual yearning resonant in all of us, and the ascending levels of our possibility. But they do not leave us there. They offer a clear path for personal and spiritual evolution."
--Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want
"Don Riso and Russ Hudson thoughtfully engage the richness and depth of the Enneagram, and conjure with its power as a tool of transformation. The Wisdom of the Enneagram is filled with its own wisdom and depth. You'll find yourself returning to it over and over again and discovering new treasures."
--Tony Schwartz, author of What Really Matters
"The Wisdom of the Enneagram is not only a clear and comprehensive description and discussion of this ancient personality typology, but also a major and original contribution to its use and further development. Don Riso and Russ Hudson have designed simple practical guidelines and tests that make it possible to determine one's own personality type and use this knowledge for healing and psychospiritual transformation."
--Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of The Adventure of Self-Discovery
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The Enneagram of personality is a great tool to help you better understand yourself and others. It's also great to understand where you're at and what it looks like or what it takes for you to "transcend" and really be in your element, so to speak, being a healthy, confident, effective and helpful person in the world. Helps you reach your potential!
The book is written in such a way you can absorb it at whatever level suits where you are at. For people seeking a spiritual pathway, there is plenty to get your teeth into. But if, like me, you are more anchored in pragmatism, there is also a great quantity of useful and thought-provoking material. What I particularly liked was how the concepts embraced all Religious and philosophical systems. It was not confronting; the less attractive aspects of the personality types were balanced with the attractive. to either formal codes of belief or personal ones. Gentle humour helped dispel any points that could betaken as personal criticism. I especially appreciated the reference to arranging the spice shelf alphabetically. (Oops, mea culpa!)
I can see I shall be dipping in and out of this book for many many years to come. I shall get new insights and old reminders about how my personality type deals with Life and how I can utilise those traits to maximise my experience to positive advantage.
I recommend this book to anyone who feels the need to add some insight into their lives. Riso and Hudson offer interesting, thoughtful and useful ways to navigate personal transformation. My only complaint is that the book cover of the paperback copy is very flimsy and gets curly and worn very easily.
From Wikipedia - "The Enneagram of Personality has been widely promoted in both business management and spiritual contexts through seminars, conferences, books, magazines, and DVDs.In business contexts it is generally used as a typology to gain insights into workplace dynamics; in spirituality, it is more commonly presented as a path to higher states of being, essence, and enlightenment. It has been described as a method for self-understanding and self-development."
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If you are interested in spiritual psychology, awakening and living a conscious life whilst understanding your own (and loved ones) deepest motivations, gifts and woundings - and their access points to their true potential - then this is essential reading.
I can't praise it highly enough. There are many other authors who've written about the enneagram but these are masters who have dedicated their life to it and it is a profound and rich read that you will want to refer back to ongoingly.
There are questionaires at each chapter so you can dive deeper into understanding how much of each enneatype you are living - just incase the online tests reveal you have 3 or so strong types - so it makes it easy to see how much influence each one has on your life.
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