In Hollywood it is the exception, rather than the rule, when movie characters are explicitly written and performed true-to-type – Enneagram type, that is. It is even less common to see film characters who faithfully represent and embody clear and distinct Type and Instinct (Subtype) combinations.

The importance of the Instinctual Variants “stack” and its impact on personality and behavior is one of the most compelling subjects of contemporary Enneagram research and development. This year I am exploring how the Dominant Instincts / Subtypes can show up convincingly in well-drawn movie characters.

Using entertaining film clips from movies old and new, we’ll look at different Enneagram type characters who clearly exhibit the focus, energy, and traits of their Dominant Self-preservation, Sexual / Attraction, and Social / Adaptive Instincts. This is a fun and entertaining way to deepen your appreciation and develop your recognition of the Instinctual Variants — and see them in action on the big screen!

Gayle Scott is a 25-year veteran of the Hollywood movie and television industry. In the mid ’90’s she pioneered the practice of teaching and using the Enneagram as a professional tool for character development in acting and scriptwriting.

Gayle is a certified senior teacher and faculty member of the RisoHudson Enneagram Institute, and the Director of the Enneagram Institute of Colorado. She consults and leads workshops and trainings throughout the US and around the world. Gayle served on the IEA Global Board of Directors 2005-2010.


Gayle Scott


2011 IEA Global Conference

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA