Although the word Enneagram sounds exotic, it actually refers to a practical psychological system that describes nine basic personality styles and nine very different ways of viewing the world.
This system shows how each of us has a central way to make sense of reality, a personality strategy that informs everything we do. When we overuse our personality strategy, we see the world through a filter that narrows our perceptions.
You will recognize yourself and your friends with a clarity that astounds you, but your initial reaction can be a shock. You will come to realize that your most cherished assumptions about the world are relative — there are eight other worldviews and each has equal meaning for that personality style.
After the shock comes the good news: You have an array of talents, abilities, and resources that are characteristic of your style, and even the limitations of your style mark an obvious path to growth and self-development.