The Enneagram is a model of personality which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types. The exact history of the model is unknown. However, it is known that contemporary Enneagram theories arise from the work of Oscar Ichazo in the 1950?s and Claudio Naranjo in the 1970?s.
The Enneagram refers to nine different types of personality styles that describe patterns in how we conceptualize the world, manage our emotions, how we respond to both stressful and supportive situations and how we can self-develop.
The basis of the Enneagram is a nine-pointed geometric symbol. On the outer circle are nine points, which represent the nine personalities types. This outer circle represents the wholeness and unity of human life, and the shapes the connect it represent how it is divided.
Each of the nine core types have ?wings?, which are the types on either side of them. These wings represent the related personality styles which we can transition into. Many of us will find that we relate strongly with the description of one or both of our wings, in addition to the primary type. This can help us to understand ourselves better and aid self-reflection and growth.
Like all personality assessments, the Enneagram has both strengths and weaknesses. Some small scientific studies have found support for the Enneagram model and its application. However, the model does lack scientific exploration; yet, this has been put down to a biases in the field.
However, what has been noted time and time again, is that the Enneagram model is an excellent tool for self-reflection, self-exploration and self-development, making it an excellent personal, spiritual and business tool.