What’s Your Number? – Best Enneagram Books and Podcasts to Discover Yourself

In early 2018, I had my first encounter with the enneagram when reading Ian Cron’s book, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery.  I had been hearing different things about the enneagram, but when I saw the pentagram-looking chart used, I shied away. It sounded too “new age” and mystical, which didn’t appeal to me as a Christian.

Learning about the different personality types has always intrigued me. When I was a senior in my Christian high school (back in the 80s), our staff counselor had us read one of Tim LaHaye’s books: Why You Act the Way You Do. We had a “small group” that met once a week, discussing each chapter.

Tim LaHaye is one of the pioneers in the theory of temperament blends. By blending four types: Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Melancholy, and Choleric, you can improve yourself by identifying your own personality strengths and weaknesses. Knowing your temperament helps you discover the specific gifts God has given you and guide you in future relationships and work environments.

A more current assessment of LaHaye’s four personalities is the popular Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself by Florence Littauer. Her other books extend the conversation to parents, couples, and the workplace. I read Personality Plus about ten years ago, and it created interest once again. Not much has changed since high school! 


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I was introduced to other personality evaluations through the years, such as the DISC Assessment and the Myers Briggs 16 Personalities. These are also good guides, breaking down personality types into more detail to describe specifically who you are and why you do things the way you do. Many organizations still use these assessments to promote self-awareness and better teamwork.


Reading Ian Cron’s book got me hooked on the enneagram. It is simply another means of assessment, like the DISC and Myers Briggs, helping us discover who we are and why we do what we do. 

After more reading and listening to podcasts, I identified my enneagram number as a 9 (Peacekeeper), with an 8 wing (Advisor).  If you are already into the enneagram, you know where I’m coming from. If not, why not try one of these free enneagram tests to get an idea of what type you may be:

The Enneagram Test at Crystal Knows
Enneagram Type Assessment at Your Enneagram Coach

 

Want to know more about the enneagram? Here are my favorite resources to begin your research. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t recognize your enneagram number right away. Sometimes it takes time, but once you discover your number, everything seems to fall into place. Concentrate on learning your number first, and "wings" later. 


My blog posts about being an Enneagram 9: 

Websites:

Truity.com  What is the Enneagram of Personality?
Integrative9.com – What is the Enneagram?

 

Books:

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery  - Ian Cron (with Suzanne Stabile)
The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships – Suzanne Stabile
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective Richard Rohr

 

Podcasts:

Typology with Ian Cron
(available on Apple, Spotify, Podbean, Stitcher)


The Enneagram Journey with Suzanne Stabile
(available on Apple, Spotify & iHeart)


Your Enneagram Coach with Beth & Jeff McCord
(available on Apple, Google, Stitcher & Spotify)


Enneagram & Coffee with Sarahjane Case
(available on Apple, Spotify & iHeart)

 
Do you know your enneagram number? Share it with us in the comments along with any other podcasts and books you can recommend on the enneagram! 



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5 comments:

  1. I really don't know that much about this but iy looks interesting. I may take one of the quizzes to see where I fit. THanks for sharing!

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  2. I just took the test, I'm a Enneagram type 2, the supportive advisor. That fits me well!

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  3. I'm a type 9, too! And I took my first Enneagram test in the 80s, I think, but didn't get it right until recently. I love personality tests, too, but sometimes I get all the way to the end and I feel left out of it, LOL. That is somewhat true with the temperament test because I am a complex blend.

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  4. I am also a nine! The Road Back to You was a great intro into the Enneagram for me.

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  5. I know little about this.Will read the resources you shared.

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