Do the nine Enneagram types exist in animals? And if so, how do the nine types appear within specific animal species that have similar social structure to humans, such as herd and pack animals? What do we already know about personality traits in animals and how would knowledge of an animal’s Enneagram type affect our ability to work with them more effectively? This presentation will explore the possibility of identifying Enneagram type in animal species that have a known social structure where the Enneagram patterns are most likely to exist as a means of social/species survival. Specific examples will be given for dogs, horses, and elephants.

This presentation will be given in three parts:

Part I: Current research and understanding of personality type in specific animal species. A brief background will be given for dogs, horses, and elephants.

Part II: Understanding differences in identifying type in animals compared with humans.

A specific focus on overcoming the challenges and common misunderstandings of behavior observation in animals.

Part III: Identifying the nine Enneagram patterns of behavior in dogs, horses, and elephants. Specific examples of the nine types will be provided with key behaviors that distinctly express each type and subtype.

Mary Sue Mistler has been a long time Enneagram enthusiast who has integrated the Enneagram into her intuitive coaching practice. She helps clients navigate major life transitions by helping them understand the strengths and challenges of their Enneagram type. She and her husband live on a horse farm in central Florida.

Mary Mistler


2010 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco, California, USA

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