Why has the mainstream of contemporary psychological science and mental health practice not embraced the Enneagram? In a recent Enneagram Journal essay we explored the Enneagram’s credibility gap in those communities, and suggested steps the Enneagram community should take to bridge that gap, based on lessons learned in bridging similar gaps between mainstream science and alternative medicine. This session seeks to engage the IEA membership in a dialogue on these topics. It is grounded in three fundamental notions. First, both science and the Enneagram share the same fundamental goal of seeing and understanding the world as it actually is. Second, both science and the Enneagram offer worldviews and tools which, while underpinned by different paradigms, help reduce distortions inherent in the psychological and neurobiological construction of the human mind. Finally, proactive efforts to bridge the gaps resulting from these different paradigms are both essential to the success of the mission of the IEA (create a world in which the Enneagram is widely understood and constructively used), and a natural for the Enneagram community. The session will feature a provocative panel discussion, and engagement of the audience using world caf method in clarifying concerns and challenges, and defining next steps. The session will feature a provocative discussion with guest panelist Eric Meyer, and engagement of the audience using world caf method in clarifying concerns and challenges, and defining next steps.
2014 IEA Global Conference
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA