Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of the most vivid and intriguing characters in literature, and his complexity provides an acid test of any personality typology. This presentation uses extensive film clips to illustrate the transformation that takes place in this Social subtype Six tragic hero. We see how Hamlet’s development over the course of the story traces shifts from his home point to his stress and security points, thus completing a type-driven “arc” of psychological process. We also see how the playwright’s use of supporting characters of different Enneagram types enhances the presentation of his central character. Since Shakespeare could not have been familiar with the Enneagram as we know it, the exactness of his characters'”fit” with their Enneagram styles also serves as a validation of the system.

Judith Searle’s Enneagram workshops have attracted entertainment industry professionals, psychologists, business people, health care professionals, lawyers, teachers and parents. She is the author of five books including The Literary Enneagram: Characters from the Inside Out. She is a former Board Member of the IEA and former Chair of the Southern California chapter of the IEA.

Judith Searle


2006 IEA Global Conference

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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