The Enneagram is an archetypal typology that offers in-depth insight to individuals. Consisting of 3 centres of intelligence, 9 main Enneagram types, 18 wing subtypes and 3 instincts, it offers a map to personal development from an open systems perspective. It therefore does not box people, but rather opens a pathway to self-discovery and greater personal awareness. The Integrative Enneagram test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

The Enneagram

What is the Enneagram?

The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and gram (what is written or drawn). It refers to the nine different Enneagram styles, identified as the numbers 1-9.

Each number represents a worldview and archetype that resonates with the way in which people think, feel and act and how they stand in relation to the world, others and themselves.

The Enneagram is a useful guide on the journey towards self development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of team dynamics. It should be applied from an Open Systems perspective. It is therefore not aimed at “boxing”, limiting or categorising people. Individuals are more complex, unique and distinct than their Enneagram style reflects.

The Enneagram has cross-cultural validity and has been applied successfully across the world. As a typology, its validity has been established through a multitude of research projects. It has been correlated with the MBTI, Belbin Team Roles, Catell’s 16PF and the OPQ.

While a person’s Enneagram style remains stable through life, the characteristics of their style may either soften or become more pronounced as they grow and develop.

The Enneagram is an archetypal map. It is powerful, practical and rich in the content and insight it offers. As a resonant model, individuals will at times be more or less attuned to the behaviours and characteristics associated with their main type.

The history of the Enneagram is uncertain. It is thought to have originated in Asia and the Middle East several hundred years ago. It has however since been modernised and applied. In modern times, the Enneagram development can be traced back to the work of Gurdjieff, Ichazo and Naranjo. It is currently being applied and adapted in a multitude of different context and ways to extend its practical value for individuals, teams and businesses.

The Enneagram is a typology that is in the public domain of knowledge. Integrative Solutions would like to acknowledge the contributions of all the Enneagram authors and practitioners that have contributed to the cumulative understanding of the typology. These Enneagram practitioners, authors, philosophers and scholars continue to inspire our application of the Enneagram. The Integrative Enneagram Questionnaire draws on the collective body of knowledge of the field. As the developers of the Integrative Enneagram Questionnaire we would however like to acknowledge the following Enneagram experts and practitioners for their contribution to the development and application of the model as we understand it today:

  • George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
  • Oscar Ichazo
  • Claudio Naranjo
  • Don Riso and Russ Hudson
  • Helen Palmer
  • David Daniels
  • Ginger Lapid-Bogda
  • Jerry Wagner
  • Mark Bodnarczuk
  • Maitri Sandra

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