This week on Real Talk with Rachael I’m talking with Enneagram expert Ian Morgan Cron about the mental health aspect of the Enneagram. Ian is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher, and host of the popular podcast, Typology. His national bestseller, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, is used around the world as people seek to better understand who they are. He and his wife, Anne, have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
We’re talking about:
- The origins of the Enneagram and what attracted Ian to it
- The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box, it helps you understand the box you’re already in and how to get out of it.
- You shouldn’t start assessing your child’s Enneagram number until late adolescence or when they become interested in learning about it for themselves.
- Everyone has two wings, but one wing is more dominant.
- Your Enneagram number doesn’t change, but you can operate as other numbers in different situations.
- Your self-awareness affects your mental health and ability to succeed.
- The Enneagram brings awareness to the unconscious motivation that has been tripping you up, giving you the freedom to make different choices.
- “Information is not transformation.”
- Don’t box yourself into your number and don’t use it as an excuse for poor behavior.
- “You have a personality, but you are not your personality. Your identity is in Christ.”
Don’t forget to take the IEQ9 test and check out Ian’s new course True You: a Deeper Exploration of Your Enneagram Type!
Enneagram types and their unconscious motivations:
Type 1: Improvers – ethical, meticulous, detail-oriented; unconscious motivation – to perfect themselves, others, and the world.
Type 2: Helpers – warm, caring, giving; unconscious motivation – to be needed and avoid acknowledging that they have personal needs.
Type 3: Performers – success-oriented, image-conscious, wired for productivity; unconscious motivation – success, to appear successful, and to avoid failure at all costs.
Type 4: Romantics – creative, sensitive, moody; unconscious motivation – to be special and unique to compensate for some perceived missing piece in their makeup.
Type 5: Investigator – analytical, emotionally detached, private; unconscious motivation – to gain knowledge, conserve energy, and avoid relying on others.
Type 6: Loyalists – committed, practical, worst-case scenario thinkers; unconscious motivation – fear and the need for security, safety, and support.
Type 7: Enthusiasts – fun, spontaneous, adventurous; unconscious motivation – to be happy and have fun in order to avoid emotional and psychological pain.
Type 8: Challengers – commanding, intense, confrontational; unconscious motivation – to assert strength and power over the environment and others to mask vulnerability.
Type 9: Peacemakers – pleasant, laid back, accommodating; unconscious motivation – to keep the peace to merge with the preferences of others in order to avoid conflict at all costs
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