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What experts are saying about the Enneagram:

The Enneagram

“Learning personality development through the eyes of David Daniels and Helen Palmer is being given the gift of deep insight into how temperament and attachment intertwine – both personally helpful and professionally useful in understanding our many layers of perception, emotion and habits of mind. Thank you for providing such exciting new vistas.”
Daniel Siegel, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, world-renowned expert in Attachment Theory, and co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out (Enneagram Worldwide Studies in the Narrative Tradition, 2009)
“There is another high profile system today [in addition to the MBTI]. The origin of the nine-sided diagram on which it is based is mysterious…. The first to apply the Enneagram to the human personality was the Bolivian Oscar Ischazo, founder of Arica training, a pioneering method of human development that first flourished in the 1960s…. The nine types are just the beginning with the Enneagram; the heart of the system is the way the various types relate to each other, connected as they are on the nine-sided diagram.”
Utne Reader (Jon Spayde, May-June, 2004)

“Now, after lurking on the fringes of mysticism and pop psychology for more than 20 years, the Enneagram is turning mainstream and respectable. Last year the Stanford University School of Business course called “Personality, Self-Awareness and Leadership” focused on the Enneagram for the first time; the class proved so popular that it will be expanded from 40 to 50 students next winter. The CIA now uses the Enneagram to help agents understand the behavior of individual world leaders. The U.S. Postal Service recently turned to the Enneagram to help employees resolve conflicts. Clergy from the Vatican signed up for an Enneagram seminar last year. And last month the First international Enneagram Conference, with 1,400 participants who came to Palo Alto, Calif., from as far away as Japan, was cosponsored by Stanford Medical School’s department of psychiatry.”
Newsweek (Jean Seligmann, Sept.12, 1998)

“A hot new management idea has just arrived on the scene. Introduced to the West around 1940 by Russian mystic G.I Gurdjieff., the Enneagram is a personality typing system that groups people into 9 categories. Executives from companies such as Motorola and Marriott have attended workshops devoted to the Enneagram system, and it ís part of the continuing education program at Silicon Graphics. The CIA has even held Enneagram briefings on the behavior of world leaders.”
Working Woman (Nancy K. Austin, Nov. 1995)

“You’ve never heard of Enneagrams? This system of personality analysis, once faddish pop psychology, is becoming a personnel tool for corporate America.”
Business Week (Julie Tilsner, Oct. 2, 1995)

“What sets the Enneagram apart is that it contains such detailed, useful information about what drives us to behave as we do. It’s valuable not just for those seeking to understand themselves but also as a source of insights into one’s friends and family, colleagues, and even enemies.”
Esquire (Tony Schwartz, March, 1995)

“The apparent universality of the Enneagram is a big part of its attraction. People use it to improve themselves and their relationships. Many psychologists and marriage counselors swear by it. Members of the clergy and business managers use it to understand their congregations and subordinates. It is even accepted by academics.”
Contra Costa Times

“As a guide to human character, behavior and motivation, it has no equal. More practical than typologies derived from conventional psychology, the Enneagram provides a clear and easily recognizable map of nine distinct personality patterns. For most people, it simply rings true.”
Yoga Journal (D. Patrick Miller, January-February 1993)