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

Three Approaches to Psychotherapy

In the 1960's a film titled Three Approaches to Psychotherapy was made (it was also referred to as The Gloria Films). It demonstrated three therapy sessions by three different therapists using three different psychotherapy approaches with the same woman (Gloria). What's interesting about it is that each therapy exemplifies a particular Enneagram type, both the approach used and the therapist applying it.

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.

The social instinct can see people not participating in the group or community as being isolated and lonely and can have trouble understanding that people without a strong social instinct are often perfectly happy doing their own thing either by themselves or with a significant other. Contrast this song with Perfectly Lonely.

Instinct: SO
How well does this song match Instinct: SO ?

Movie characters related to Enneatype and instinct

Experience the Enneatypes by watching clips of movie characters that offer insight into type and instinct.
Enneatype: 6

TV characters related to Enneatype and instinct

Experience the Enneatypes by watching clips of TV characters that offer insight into type and instinct.
The 1st video contains clips from the show. The 2nd video is Danny DeVito describing the Louie character he played.
Enneatype: 8


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