Welcome to Dave's Enneagram

Dave's Enneagram provides a rich introduction to the Enneagram through Dave's Enneagram Guide and the links to resources provided by various teacher interpretations of the system. However, the primary purpose of Dave's Enneagram is to find examples of type and instinct through songs, type interviews, famous people, movie characters, and other resources. I've found that learning and applying the Enneagram may start with descriptions of the types, instincts, and concepts of the system, but to truly understand it requires exploring the experience that these concepts are pointing to. In other words, bringing the types to life.

Below are random posts from each section of this site. Click on any section header below or menu link up top to display that full section.


Blog Posts

To Type Or Not To Type?

Some authors and teachers of the Enneagram types frown upon typing other people, feeling it not only misses the point of using the Enneagram (i.e., to understand oneself better in order to grow psychologically or spiritually, both personally and in relation to others) but can also be misused by forcing unsolicited opinions and interpretations upon others (i.e., assuming you know others better than they know themselves by telling them what their type is instead of letting them come to their own determination). While there is reason to be concerned when typing others (e.g., beware of anyone who says they're absolutely sure of your type especially when it contradicts your own determination), typing other people and their work offers not only a way to gain some insight into them personally but also offers examples of type as it plays out in real life (which brings a much deeper and more nuanced understanding than can be found in books or reading alone).

Dave's Guide to the Enneagram

Dave's Guide to the Enneagram offers an overview of the Enneagram personality type system.

You can read through just the Brief Overview sections of each page for a quick introduction to the system.

For a more in-depth exploration, read the Detailed Overview sections, click on links under Additional Resources , and watch the Videos if available for that page. Related Books may also be listed at the bottom of the page for a topic.

Click here to find a specific concept within the guide.

Enneatype interpretations from various teachers

Explore the different interpretations of the Enneagram by various teachers.

Interviews with people of a given Enneatype

Experience the Enneatypes by listening to individuals describe their particular type.

Songs related to Enneatype and instinct

Experience the Enneatypes by listening to song lyrics that offer insight into type and instinct.

Most songs have two videos listed. Play the 1st video to hear the song and see the lyrics on-screen. Play the 2nd video to see the song performed live or in the context of a music video, movie, play, etc.

Type 4 longing for that better place they just can't seem to find or get to.

Enneatype: 4

How well does this song match Enneatype: 4?

Movie characters related to Enneatype and instinct

Experience the Enneatypes by watching clips of movie characters that offer insight into type and instinct.

TV characters related to Enneatype and instinct

Experience the Enneatypes by watching clips of TV characters that offer insight into type and instinct.
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