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March 24 by The Running Son

The Enneagram from a Systems Perspective

by Susan Rhodes
copyright by Susan Rhodes, rev. July. 2006
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Many people who work with the enneagram see it as a system for describing nine basic personality types. Each of the nine points around the edge of the circle is said to represent a constellation of personality traits whose origin lies in a core motivation that’s unique for each of the nine types.
Personality describes the workings of the psyche at the level of the human ego. At the ego-personality level, conscious awareness is powerfully influenced by the limitations of the physical body, because the body is capable of assimilating a very limited quantity of information at one time. As a result, we need a mechanism for filtering out unwanted information, so that the cognitive-perceptual system doesn’t become overloaded.
The general nature of the cognitive-perceptual apparatus that performs this filtering is familiar to cognitive psychologists. What is not known, however, is how this filtering process is affected by individual differences. We know that different people tend to see the same event in different ways, but we haven’t known why.
The enneagram can help account for those differences because of its focus on basic motivation. It’s likely that what we notice depends very much on our motivation, that it’s our motivation that informs the filtering mechanism.
Working with the enneagram, it’s possible to predict not just the general workings of perception, but to predict differences in perception—in how people see the world—based on personality type. This has many practical applications. It can help managers understand the group dynamics of project teams, counselors to understand the motives of clients, and ordinary people to get along better with friends and family members.
However, the enneagram is more than just a tool for personality assessment. It has much broader applications—applications so broad (and deep) that it’s hard to express them in words. George Gurdjieff spoke of the enneagram as a symbol that reveals “the law of the unity of the many.”
As paraphrased in Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous, Gurdjieff took the position that that all knowledge can be described by the enneagram—that the symbol itself conveys this knowledge to anyone who has the ability to grasp what is there…
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