What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a complex diagram made up of three geometric shapes: a circle, a triangle, and an irregular six pointed star. Where the star and the triangle intersect the circle are points numbered one to nine.

While the three geometric shapes represent the three universal laws of principle held true by the Jewish, Islamic and Christian mystic traditions, the nine points represent the nine passions (or vices) of the human condition. The patterns of behaviours associated with the passions are what psychologists have identified as personality types.

The Passions, Virtues and Personality Type

Personality type needs to be distinguished from human character as vice needs to be distinguished from virtue. While human character is the conscious response of an individual to the practice of virtue, personality type is the unconscious habitual response driven by the passions (or vices).

A person with character is a person who is centred upon the practice of virtue in their daily life, while personality type is the practice of the passions in daily life.

The Nine Passions

The Nine Virtues

1. Wrath/Resentment

Tolerance

2. Pride

Humility

3. Deceit

Sincerity

4. Melancholy/Jealousy

Gratitude

5. Greed

Non-attachment

6. Panic

Courage

7. Conceit

Patience

8. Lust

Temperance

9. Indifference

Discernment

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