Still the definitive introduction to the Enneagram, this revised and updated edition covers all the key information on this curiously accurate system of knowledge about human personality.
From its historical roots to how to use it in everyday life, the book encompasses all of the key aspects and principles of the subject. It explains the nine personality types, how they interrelate and how to recognise and understand your own and others' basic types. It also explores how the model can provide a lifelong guide that will encourage personal and spiritual growth, helping you to work with your personality's strengths and weaknesses to realise your true potential.
The perfect introduction to a timeless topic, this book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the Enneagram, whether for personal application or general interest.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Preface to Revised Edition. Introduction: Why The Enneagram? 1. How the Enneagram Works. 2. Type One: The Perfectionist. 3. Type Two: The Giver. 4. Type Three: The Performer. 5. Type Four: The Romantic. 6. Type Five: The Observer. 7. Type Six: The Questioner. 8. Type Seven: The Optimist. 9. Type Eight: The Protector. 10. Type Nine: The Mediator. 11. Seeing Below the Surface: Types Which Look Alike. 12. Communication Tips: Using the Enneagram to Create Understanding. 13. Conclusion: What Do I Do Next? Further Reading/Useful Contacts.
“Still the only introduction you'll ever need and the best around. We've given copies to most of our clients, and we'll certainly let them know the revised version should be added to their shelves.”
–Peter Neall, Neall Scott Partnership
“Karen Webb's comprehensive but highly readable introductory work brings the Enneagram to life. Making excellent use of the self-observations of self-aware people, Webb leads readers straight into the wonders of this amazing system for understanding human personality. It is particularly useful for those who want to better understand their relationships with others. This book is a great introduction to those who are approaching the Enneagram as relative beginners.”
–Terry Saracino, MA, MBA, President of Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition
“Whatever its origins, the Enneagram has become an invaluable tool, in many walks of life, for growing emotional intelligence, enhancing self-awareness and social competence, and personal development. Karen Webb draws on a life time of study and practice to provide a comprehensive guide both for those who are new to the Enneagram and those who wish to go on exploring its value for understanding themselves and the many relationships which shape their lives. As only the true expert can, she brings to a complex subject the gift of clarity without in any way being simplistic. In accessible language she analyses and describes the nine different personality types in a way which is engaging and illuminating in equal measure.”
—Rt Revd Dr Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter
“Principles of the Enneagram by Karen A Webb is one of the most comprehensive and well written books on the Enneagram. The language is simple, lucid and well expressed, and the book will satisfy all kinds of readers, from those who want a deeper understanding of the whole system to those who are interested in the related topics. The result of more than two decades' work, this book is timely, practical and constructive, and will help readers acquire a greater understanding of themselves and how they interact with others.”
— Dr Satishchandra Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology & Counselling, University of Mumbai, India
"An invaluable guide to a remarkable source of wisdom - comprehensive but straightforward and easy to comprehend with a relevance that is enriched by many years of teaching the Enneagram."
—Sir Mark Tully OBE, journalist, broadcaster and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme Something Understood
Karen A Webb has been teaching the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition for over 20 years. She graduated from the Enneagram Professional Training Program in 1992 and now runs Enneagram Studies UK, providing open and tailored Enneagram workshops and consultations. Karen is a passionate, lifelong student of spirituality, comparative religion and psychology and lives in Malvern, UK.
Edited by Andrew Green and Alex Westcombe
With Ved Varma
Illustrated by Narca Schor
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