The Enneagram is an ancient personality type profile, and over the last two years Ian Morgan Cron’s new book, The Road Back To You, has helped several hundred thousands of people discover what their number means.
Ian talks to Carey about how the Enneagram can help grow your self-awareness and how to reduce conflict at work and at home by understanding how different personality types work. They also discuss the Enneagram as a spiritual growth tool.
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3 Insights from Ian
1. Your greatest weakness can easily become your greatest strength, and vice versa
Your Enneagram type determines your default lens through which you view the world. How it manifests in your day to day actions can make or break you. If you can become self-aware of your type’s bias, you can begin to use them for good.
What’s best about you is what’s worst about you, and what’s worst about you is what’s best about you. It all depends on which side of the coin you want to play.
2. Forming your type: We are all 9 types, but one is primary
When it comes to identifying your type it’s not what you do that matters, it’s why you do it. What is going on inside of you is who you really are.
Each type is a reflection of God’s character. We all have some of each number in us. There are both biological and environmental factors that lead to our primary type. Usually, we start this in childhood as a response to our world.
3. Should some numbers not work with (or marry) other specific numbers?
When it comes to working together the health of your number, not the actual number, determines whether you can work together or not. Health and self-awareness are key when it comes to working with other numbers.
This goes the same in marriage. Any number can be married to any other number if they are healthy. If someone is unhealthy in their number, they will struggle to live alongside anyone, even people with the same numbers.
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