In Greek, ennea means nine, and gram is something written or drawn.
The Enneagram is a nine-pointed geometric figure.
Nine Enneagram Types
Click on the numbers for pictorial representations of movement and drawings for each of the nine Enneagram types.
The Enneagram typology system mapped onto this nine pointed figure describes personality as:
nine different lenses or "fixations" through which we experience the world; and
nine different psychological structures, complete with their own motivations, survival strategies and specific mental patterns which filter everything we do.
According to this system, each of us is predominantly influenced by one of the nine styles, while at the same time we each contain some characteristics of the other eight styles.
The study of the Enneagram is very effective for understanding our most fundamental fears, motivations, strengths and weaknesses. This makes the Enneagram a powerful tool for personal transformation. In fact, many psychologists, counselors and business leaders are using the Enneagram professionally and very effectively in their fields. As a typology system, the Enneagram is superb in its elegance, effectiveness and astonishing depth. Contrary to other systems which tend to box a person into a static group, the Enneagram explains each personality not only from the perspective of psychological structure, motivation and probable behavior, but provides the context in which each personality operates with dynamic fluidity, just as we experience in real life.