The Origins of Enneagram “Types”

Apr 6, 2024
1 Day
The Origins of Enneagram “Types”

The Origins of Enneagram “Types”

Apr 6, 2024


Are you curious where the nine Enneagram types come from and why they develop? Join us to explore the origins and operation of “type” from a scientific perspective.

  • In this workshop, Jack Killen and Renée Rosario will explore the origins of Enneagram Types from the perspective of the Patterns of Developmental Pathways (PDP) framework,* and how this understanding can be powerful in loosening the grip our type can have on our relationship with others, the world, and ourselves.

  • This innovative and scientifically grounded interpretation of traditional Enneagram teaching suggests that the roots of the nine personality patterns lie in a set of essential adaptations we all must learn, beginning in our earliest development. When well-integrated, they provide a dynamic range of options for adapting to life in a human body in an uncertain world.

  • Agency adaptations (roots of 8, 9, 1) deal with the need to mobilize the biological body and its unique sense of self to ensure their many needs are met
  • Bonding adaptations (roots of 2, 3, 4) deal with our primal mandate to maintain mutually supportive connections with others
  • Certainty adaptations (roots of 5, 6, 7) deal with the human mind’s ever-present efforts to predict what will happen next, given all that has happened before

  • The class will include presentations, breakout groups, and inner practices to bring these concepts to life. Together we will:
  • – Gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic and primal motivational energies and biological processes that organize attention and energy into the patterns that characterize each of the nine Enneagram types
  • – Explore how particular strategies can become important and valuable features of our unique personality, and how they can sometimes limit our ability to see the world clearly and respond most adaptively to what life brings
  • – Consider how the PDP framework helps identify practices that strengthen our capacity to be more present and receptive and utilize other strategies that offer more useful and compassionate ways of being in the moment

  • *The PDP framework is the product of a 20-year collaboration involving David Daniels, Daniel Siegel, Denise Daniels, Laura Baker, and Jack Killen.

  • No prerequisites. Students with all levels of Enneagram knowledge are encouraged to join.

  • Schedule & location
  • Live online: Apr 6, 2024, 8 AM – 2:30 PM Pacific (check your local time)
  • Presentation portions will be recorded and sent to all registrants

  • Transfers/Cancellations
  • Final day to register: Apr 4, 2024
  • Final day to transfer: Mar 15, 2024
  • Final day to cancel and receive a partial refund: Mar 1, 2024
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