No, the enneagram is not a specific philosophy. Often the enneagram is taken as if it were part of a specific knowledge, when in fact this body of knowledge uses an enneagram for its ends and interests. This confusion happens mainly when one knows the application of an enneagram as if it were the enneagram itself. Today we can find hundreds of enneagram applications in the most diverse areas. As shown by this variety, the International Enneagram Association - IEA (www.internationalenneagram.org) has as one of its objectives to disseminate the various applications of the enneagram.), tem como um de seus objetivos divulgar as diversas aplicações do eneagrama.
At Instituto Eneagrama (Enneagram Institute), we use enneagrams (9-point symbols) as maps, encouraging participants in our courses to conduct an investigation of how the elements described are present in their lives, and in which situations they are beneficial or harmful.
The main goal is to increase awareness of
ourselves and the differences between people, learning to respect ourselves and
Every organization that wants to deal with the human being needs to have a clear therapeutic orientation. When it comes to enneagram, we find different institutions with different guidelines.
At Instituto Eneagrama, the therapeutic basis is the body psychotherapy of Reichian orientation (Wilhelm Reich, 1897-1957), mainly in the context of the personality developmental stages, muscular armor of the character and character of defenses.
This therapeutic basis allows us to use the enneagram of the 9 Emotional Addictions (anger, pride, vanity, envy, greediness, fear, gluttony, lust and indolence), offering a direct relation of these emotions with the muscular organization. When we talk about fear, for example, we do not just attach to the suspicious behavior, but to the typical tensions that are related to this emotion, such as high diaphragm, shortness of breath, anxiety and tension in the ocular segment. We create the context of how we organize ourselves to support all parallel functions related to fear, and describe typical contents that manifest in the consciousness sustained by that emotion.
This orientation allows us to recognize
identical behaviors sustained by different emotions, or even opposing behaviors
sustained by the same emotion. We stop questioning what the person does and
what they say, how they do it and how they say it, offering the participants an
objective observation tool, not necessarily interpretive.
There is no better behavioral pattern than another. What we offer through our courses is the broadening of the recognition of how we organize our own pattern, and where dysfunctions are not healthy and do not contribute to our quality of life.
Increasing awareness of ourselves and the
people around us allows us to look for new ways of expressing ourselves,
responding more to our actual desires and less to desires related to the
Throughout the work with the enneagram, we emphasize the fact that we are not a Behavioral Pattern, but rather adopt one. That the map we use guides us to understand the way people around us organize themselves in their lives, and learn to respect that (see Ethics of the Enneagram).
At work in companies, with people from the same team, we constantly point out the need to learn how to deal with the other, not to change the other, but understanding that what is poison to one can be antidote to another, understanding what are the differences that allow us to broaden our awareness and even find new ways to solve old problems.
Unfortunately, there are people who make
inappropriate use of the tool, and when we know them, we realize that they were
in the habit of labeling people before they knew the enneagram.
We all adopt behavioral patterns, from everyday things, such as the way we dry out after a shower, the way we greet a person who is presented to us, how we brush our teeth, etc., to even more complex matters, such as how we judge others, what is right for us, how we perceive reality, etc.
When, in the Enneagram, we say that someone has a Behavioral Pattern or Type, we are referring to the set of actions, thoughts and feelings attached to a predominant emotion. This group is very personal, dynamic and, in this sense, also singular. Even so, our reference is the emotion that sustains this set, called Emotional Addiction.
Using the Enneagram of Emotional Addictions
allows us to recognize how each of the 9 emotions is present in our lives and,
consequently, which is the most present and predominant one. When this work is
guided, as in Instituto Eneagrama, the participant recognizes that, while
acting differently to each situation and discovering things inside themselves
from each of the 9 patterns, there is a very unconscious and constant basic
motivation. They recognize that each phase is involved with a set of emotions
and with a predominant one and that, throughout life, we seek the same thing in
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