The Happy Introvert

The Happy Introvert helps introverts who may think something is wrong with thems, when really introversion is perfectly natural and necessary.

The Story of a Trans Father

Ms Faludi found her father’s sex-change "had only added a barricade, another false front to hide behind." She is startled to find Stefánie embracing a "florid femininity"

“Finding the Birthday Cake” Teaches Children the Enneagram

Could I write and illustrate an accessible book that would teach little ones the Enneagram? Yes I could.

The Anatomy of an MBTI Personality

We can’t go through a single day without using all 8 preferences of the MBTI: extraversion, introversion, intuition, sensing, feeling, thinking, perceiving, and judging.

How to Develop Leadership Using the Enneagram

The Enneagram can help you become a successful leader by teaching you to perceive your strengths, feel more confident using them, and identify those skills you could improve.

The Anatomy of a Personality

In the Enneagram system of personality, one of the nine types is our main one. We also have a special connection to four other types: our two wings and two arrows.

Is Your Teen Fun-loving, Busy, and Fond of Excitement?

A teen wrote, “The worst thing for a Seven is being bored.”

How to Get Along with the Enneagram 6-Questioner Type

6-Questioners do not take kindly to people who try to manipulate or flatter them.

Parenting or Teaching the Curious Observer Child

The 5-Observers didn’t toot their own horns at all, but when they felt listened to and comfortable they revealed fascinating inner lives.

What Is Author William Faulkner’s Personality Type?

Faulkner’s brother, John, called him a tender man with a shell around him to protect his feelings.

In the Workplace, Who Most Expresses Style and Beauty?

Romantics (type 4 in the Enneagram personality system) maintain a strong heart connection. Their rich internal life helps them share others’ emotional experiences.

Are You an Enneagram Type 3-Achiever?

This blog includes parts of the chapter on 3-Achievers from "The Enneagram Made Easy".

How to Get Along with an Introvert

Invite introverts to join in, but don’t push them.

Are You a Helper?

Helper types will probably try to focus on your problems rather than their own.

Helmut Schmidt Was an Enneagram Type 8

“He was handsome, witty and supremely self-possessed. In public he was a magnetic speaker and a pugnacious debater.”

Do Today’s Teens Lack Character?

Teens who study the Enneagram learn to observe behavior and put themselves in others’ shoes, which builds kindness, caring, and character.

The Story of a Fierce 8-Asserter Facing Death

As an Asserter, Lester had difficulty giving up his power and sense of control. He insisted that I see him as a powerful man.

What Type Craves Time Alone & Time to Respond at Work?

Chuck doesn’t think about money or recognition. He just enjoys doing what he does well.

What Type Craves Independence & Stimulation at Work?

Most 5-Observers have little patience for small talk and resist getting trapped in a boring situation.

A Kinder, Gentler World Starting with Football?

Seahawks coach Carroll “embraces diversity, encourages free expression, promotes self-discovery and remains positive.”

When Teen Depression Leads to Suicide

“The only thing we should all fear is depression, a natural killer that we can effectively treat.” —Richard A. Friedman

Want to Have Fewer Morbid Thoughts?

Gregory Bratman and colleagues found volunteers were happier after walking briefly through a lush portion of their campus than volunteers who strolled an equal amount of time near heavy traffic.

Nine Kinds of Responsibility

We don’t all express our ability to be responsible in the same way.

Happiness and Your Enneagram Type

Jan Conlon, a One, says happiness to her means "seeing the perfection in absolutely everything. Finding the humor and gifts of growth in mistakes.”

Do You Ever Pretend You’re Somebody Else?

I decided I couldn’t live in a world without Robby. The only thing to do was to take his place. I’d have to become Robby. No, not “become Robby.” I’d be Robby.

Dealing With Trauma

Controlling what we remember could lead to programming trauma victims to eliminate painful memories and strengthening the ability to retain certain types of information.

The Enneagram: Teens Speak for Themselves, Part 2

Nine-Peace Seeker (avoiding conflict): “I looked different on the outside from how I felt inside. I felt different from what was around me. There didn’t seem to be a place for me in my family so I numbed myself—"

The Enneagram: Teens Speak for Themselves I

A taste of interviews of teens and former teens, types 1-4. See types 5-9 in my next blog June 16.

“American Psycho” and the Dark Side of 3’s

"The film reflects our own narcissism, and the shallow American culture it was spawned from, with piercing effectiveness.”

Does Having Empty Time Tend to Increase Your Creativity?

“You have to sit around so much doing nothing,” Gertrude Stein wrote on developing creative genius. F. Scott Fitzgerald thought boredom was necessary for writing: “You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.”

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