Earlier this week I posted about our leader self or Self
This Self is our dominant personality self. We each have many personality characteristics and to varying degrees embody all of them. However, we can find that each of us has a set of characteristics that define our main personality.
When we can establish a clear picture of our dominant personality characteristics and how our personality type generally tends to interact
- we can more easily establish practises that are best for our type.
- We can catch ourselves in the act when we know how our general tendencies manifest
- that is when we’re under stress and
- how we move forward in our personal growth.
There are many personality typing models that can be helpful. One of the best and most comprehensive is the Enneagram. Much research and practise has taken place using the Enneagram. In employing this model one can facilitate one’s work in personal development. Many psychologists, mentors, life coaches and spiritual teachers are now making great use of this tool.
Russ Hudson and Don Riso are researchers, scholars, teachers and leaders in working with the Enneagram. Their book The Wisdom of the Enneagram is an excellent place to start in identifying one’s personality type.
You can do the quick questionnaires to get an idea of which of the nine types your’s might be. However it is easy to mis-identify oneself. I recommend reading about each type to have the clearest picture.
Have some fun with this!
Although the Enneagram is a very effective tool for the study of Personality and for aiding in the development, growth and evolution of Self keep in mind that it is just that – a tool. It will not do the work for you nor is it a way to practise and gain inner wisdom. It is a guide only and of course “Don’t believe anything”. Don’t Believe Anything Check it out for yourself.