The Enneagram system is a powerful tool that can aid us in achieving real psychological transformation. However, a big problem connected to the Enneagram is that some people believe they are using the system for psychological growth when they are really only using it in a superficial way, as a method for diagnosis, description, or even as an unconscious defense against doing genuine inner work. This happens when we don’t see our blind spots or we aren’t applying it in the most effective ways.

But how do you know if you are applying it in a real way or not? This session will highlight the 9 key ways you can tell if you are really using the Enneagram to create actual psychological change in yourself (or not). In addition to describing these 9 signs of authentic Enneagram consciousness work (that apply to all of us), we will look at how specific challenges show up for people of different types and subtypes, we will experiment experientially with three of these to test ourselves in small groups, and we will explore the things we can do to hold ourselves to account and engage in real, effective Enneagram-inspired psychological development.

Beatrice Chestnut


2018 IEA Global Conference

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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