Although the Enneagram is often taught by focusing on types as personality fixations, scientific research in the emerging field of positive psychology points out the advantages of emphasizing human potential (rather than human deficiency). In this talk, I will present the pioneering research done by positive psychology innovators–e.g., Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmiyalhi, and C. Robert Cloninger–and the many applications for this research in Enneagram work. I will particularly focus on how positive psychology conceives of a positive approach: as facilitating eudaimonia, the kind of deep inner well-being that transforms not only the individual but the environment around her. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to participate firsthand in exercises that have been shown to facilitate this deep inner sense of well-being. They will also receive handouts summarizing key points of positive psychology research and how it can be applied in Enneagram work.

Susan Rhodes


2014 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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