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Understanding the Development of Personality Type: Integrating Object Relations Theory and the Enneagram System

October 1, 2008   2008 IEA Enneagram Journal   

The Enneagram system describes the nine different sets of patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that get in the way of the creative and free-flowing expression of a person’s real, creative self. These nine archetypes fit together with existing threefold theories of psychological development. The integration of the Enneagram system of personality and three three-phase developmental object relations theories can aid in helping adults understand the ways they responded to early psychic pain and how once vital defenses later become invisible, fixed, and rigid, limiting one’s ability to grow to one’s full potential. Understanding this integration can support and accelerate personal growth work, therapeutic interventions, and spiritual transformation…

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