Mistake #1: Deciding Others’ Types for Them
The Enneagram is such a powerful tool, that it can be powerful even when it is used “badly.” As singer-songwriter Ani Difranco says, “Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right.” And while I assume that anyone who is interested in using the Enneagram for personal development would not intentionally use the Enneagram as a weapon, there are still certainly ways we can use this amazing map that are more or less supportive of our own and others “unfoldment.”
Since the Enneagram can be so potentially personally and spiritually liberating, it troubles me when we use the Enneagram to help box ourselves and others in more tightly.
This is the first of four video posts on Mistakes to Avoid Using the Enneagram. I offer these not so much as “no-nos,” but as enrichment for our awareness of the spirit in which we use this potent wisdom.
I hope it is useful to you, and I welcome your comments and experiences on my site.