We have presented our original work at both the IEA (2007) and the NCIEA. As the first Enneagram teachers to apply biological evolution to explain the origins of personality, we have developed an exciting approach to understanding and applying the Enneagram to diverse aspects of experience. Our work has grown out of clinical experience in psychiatric psychotherapy, personal experience with meditative practices and spiritual teachings, and our backgrounds as physician-scientists.
Utilizing PowerPoint graphics, interactive lecture and experiential exercises, we present a biologically based model of the Enneagram as it embodies the nine evolved adaptive strategies people use in order to get their needs met.
We examine the nine Evolved Social Strategies and how they limit our perceptions of reality.We then teach three major categories of therapeutic intervention, giving experiential exercises for each. These interventions help each of us to become more effective within a particular strategy, thus achieving greater personal and interpersonal well-being.
Ultimately, each of us can become more and more flexible in our capacity to manifest any one of the nine Strategies under the appropriate circumstances.
Dr. Lynda Malavanya attended medical school at U.C.S.F. and the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center, where she served as chief resident and later as attending psychiatrist and clinical faculty. She has studied and applied the Enneagram in her private practice for a number of years.
Dr. Janet Spraggins attended Tulane Medical School and did her internship and residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. She has been an adjunct clinical assistant professor for the past 10 years. She has studied and applied the Enneagram in her private practice for a number of years.
2008 IEA Global Conference
Atlanta, Georgia, USA