The Autism Spectrum and Dr. Wing

“‘Between the two poles was a large population of people struggling with undiagnosed forms of the disorder at the core of autism." Dr. Wing describes that disorder as "a lack of ability to understand and use the rules governing social behavior."

Restorative Justice or Punitive Justice?

“Speaking in a loud, firm voice, she looked out at her audience and told the prisoners that calling them monsters was a disservice to everyone: ‘Holding you in your humanity—it’s how we hold each other accountable.’”

President Obama, Enneagram Type 9, Part 2

When writing about inner city education, Obama unknowingly stood up for the inclusive principles of the Enneagram: “Just think about what a real education for these children would involve. It would start by giving a child an understanding of himself, his world, his culture, his community.”

President Obama: Enneagram Type 9, Part 1

If there’s one thing that is consistent with Obama throughout his life, it’s his desire to see all sides of issues. This and his desire to be fair, especially, indicate that he is primarily a 9-Peace Seeker.

The Need to Be Alone

“It’s in solitude that much of the sharpest thinking is done and many of the best ideas are hatched. We know this intuitively and from experience, yet solitude is often cast as an archaic luxury and indulgent oddity, inferior to a spirited discussion and certainly to a leadership conference.”

Society’s Drive to Punish vs. Personal Sanity

In an article called “Punitive Damage,” in the NY Times Book Review section (5-18-14), David Cole reports on Inferno – An Anatomy of American Punishment by Robert A. Ferguson: “Ferguson surmises that people have a drive to punish, that we are generally unable to understand the pain and suffering of others, and that America’s traditions support an especially virulent ‘logic

Is Your Workplace Noisy?

In “Where Sounds Have No Barrier” (NY Times 3-2-14), Phyllis Korkki discusses three kinds of office set-ups: open, enclosed, and those with glass enclosures. I was surprised to hear that open offices are hard on us because they are so quiet. She says office equipment has become so quiet, other sounds now stand out more and distract us.

Are You an Enneagram Type 4, the Romantic?

Not only do 4-Romantics often have gifts of expression, such as being musical, artistic, and/or good with words, they often feel the need to express themselves. This partially explains 4-Romantic artistic geniuses such as Beethoven, Billy Holiday, Edvard Munch, and Charles Baudelaire.

Faces and Communicating Emotions

When research subjects were asked to judge the feeling being communicated, the emotion associated with the body nearly always trumped the one associated with the face.

Why Are Women Aggressive Toward Other Women?

Pressure on women is frequently blamed on the ultrathin female role models featured in magazines and on television, but researchers say it’s mainly the result of competition with their peers, not media images.

Are Social Media Making Us Stupid?

“It turns out multitaskers are terrible at every aspect of multitasking. They’re terrible at ignoring irrelevant information; they’re terrible at keeping information in their head nicely and neatly organized; and they’re terrible at switching from one task to another…”

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is Helpful for Many Disorders

Instead of focusing on dysfunctional neurotransmitters, which Prozac and other drugs target, scientists are finding dysfunctions in a network of interconnected brain regions that process rewarding or aversive responses to emotional stimuli.

Do You Suffer From Severe Anxiety?

Stossel, likely a 6-Questioner in the Enneagram system, tried dozens of drugs and alcohol. Then his therapist thought writing a book might help him get to the bottom of it.

Valentines for Personality Types

Here are ideas for what each of the nine Enneagram personality types might enjoy most for Valentine's Day. The history of the day is included.

Does Flawed English Annoy You?

Sloppy use of language, including redundancy, leads to sloppy logic in other aspects of life. Though I’m not a 1-Perfectionist in the Enneagram system (I’m a 5-Observer), I sometimes feel like one when it comes to correct English.

Compliments, Insults, and Other Challenges

When a woman says something deprecating about her body, her friends are likely to lie and say she looks fine to them, and then to say something bad about their own bodies in order to maintain the friendship as equals.

Enneagram Types in the Suspenseful Movie “Separate Lies”

The two main characters in "Separate Lies" are clear Enneagram types—the 1-Perfectionist, James, and the 2-Helper, Anne. James is busy striving at his office and going over details meticulously, and assumes his marriage is a happy one. Meanwhile, though, Anne feels he diminishes her, that she will never be the wife he wants her to be.

The Introverted Art Lover

Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand, an exuberant, partly Jewish Nazi-era art dealer, at times worked for the Third Reich and was also friends with artists disliked by the Nazis.

Why Studying Music Is a Good Thing Part II

“These high achievers say music has sharpened: collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view—and most important, to take pleasure in

Why Studying Music Is a Good Thing Part I

Many visionaries apply music’s lessons of focus and discipline into new ways of thinking and communicating—the power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously—even problem solving.

Psychology’s Bad Rap

Journalist Gaudiano pointed out that even though psychotherapies work better than drugs for depression and anxiety, “primary care physicians, insurers, policy makers, the public and even many therapists are unaware of the high level of research support that psychotherapy has.”

Talk About It: Healing PTSD

Experiences like temporal lobe epilepsy, as well as abuse, and violence, including horrors soldiers experience on the battlefield, can produce Post Traumatic Stress Disorder... Talking about these experiences neutralized them.

How to Achieve Success at Work, Part II

Enneagram 3-Achievers focus on striving for success. If you want to be a successful manager or to succeed in another way, a good way to do it is to copy Achievers you know or you’ve heard about, like Paul Venables

How to Achieve Success at Work, Part I

“My advertising-specific advice is ask for the headaches. Find something your boss is doing that he hates doing—it's difficult, painful, time-consuming—and say, ‘I'll take that,’ and make it great. Too many people ask for the choice assignments. Do the dishes really well and you'll be a valuable person."

How to Achieve Social Know-how

2-Helpers are valuable for helping others value themselves and for finding and acknowledging the goodness in people. If you want to improve your social skills, you can copy some of the personality traits of famous people who are Two’s or of Two’s you know.

Pessimism and Enneagram Type 6 - The Questioner

Tim Spector studied a group of identical twins to find out why some people are more positive about life than others. He identified some genes that are switched on in one twin and not in the other, and concluded that about half the personality differences between us are due to genetic factors.

Nostalgia—a Valuable Tool for Life

These who engage regularly in nostalgia were more likely than a control group to say they felt loved and “life is worth living.” It also helps us cope with death.

The Strangeness of Psychomotor Epilepsy

I watched the happy, fulfilled customers sitting at the other tables in the restaurant. How could they appear so perfectly adjusted and calm while an atom bomb was exploding in my head?

Death Cafés—Talk About an Important Subject

When people talk about death in these forums, death seems less frightening. With less fear of death, people can hopefully focus on living their lives more fully.

Perfectionism Has Great Rewards

Nobody would ever mistake me for a Perfectionist. The role of Nic played by Annette Bening in the movie "The Kids Are All Right" is a One-Perfectionist in the Enneagram though.