How Can the Enneagram Prevent Mistakes?

Self-awareness helps us change the patterns we are stuck in.


Ian Cron—best-selling author, psychotherapist and Enneagram teacher—explains what the Enneagram is and how it can help you be a better leader.

“Have you ever had this feeling like, why do I continue to do things I don't wanna do and even despite my best efforts I keep doing them?” asks Ian. “The Enneagram solves a lot of those problems.”

Watch the video to learn more about the Enneagram.

Have you ever had this feeling like, why do I continue to do things I don't wanna do and even despite my best efforts I keep doing them? Enneagram solves a lot of those problems. Enneagram is an ancient personality system of personality or typology, right? It teaches that there are nine basic personality types in the world. One of which we naturally gravitate toward and adopt in child, as a way to feel safe in the world, right? To express ourselves into the world.

It also teaches that for all nine types, there is an unconscious or underlying motivation that powerfully influences the way that each of those types acts, thinks and feels, in the world. You contain all nine types. So, if what you look at, to determine your type, are just characteristics and traits, you will become confused and never figure it out because you're just gonna be looking at traits and you have traits of all of them. But there's one in which you're dominant, OK?

The way to find out your type, isn't through traits, it's through looking at those unconscious motivations. The one that you identify with most and when I say most, I mean 70 percent, I mean if you meet 70 percent of the criteria for that type, I'd say like, "Hmm, pay attention. That's probably you." That's where you just click into, when you're in default mode. You begin to see, like oh, there were drives and forces that I was unaware of behind them, that knowing them now, when they activate, I can go, there it goes, I don't have to follow that anymore, I can do something different now and you do. That's the power of self-awareness, you know?

Anyhow, the Enneagram is quite a complicated system but the beauty of it is, is you can know a little bit about it and move the needle. You don't have to become an expert. You can actually just read a book on it and your life will be improved by it and it's a deep wormhole if you wanna go all the way down and you'll just get more and more out of it. I honestly would tell you that no single instrument or work that I've ever done has been more exciting. What I love about it, it's genuinely effective.

It's not by the way, the Rosetta Stone, it's not like somebody found this in a cave, you know in Syria with Harrison Ford. It's just one tool among many to get to know yourself but it's useful.
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Ian Cron

Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher, Episcopal priest, and the host of the popular podcast, Typology. His books include the novel Chasing Francis, the spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA,...

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