Nine Enneagram Numbers are divided into
three energy centers, or centers of intelligence.
Each of the three centers speak
to general patterns of behaving (action), feeling (emotions) and
You can hear the audio
recordings of the nine types and their inner monologues by clicking
first on one of the three flowers, which represent one of the three
centers of intelligence, and then clicking on the number you want to
hear about, within that center.
The Body Center,
includes types 8, 9, and 1.
It's called the body center
because these types typically respond first from their gut, a place
of intuitive knowing. The focus of attention is on control,
empowerment and autonomy. Each of the three types in the body center
respond to control differently and with slightly different
motivations. An underlying feeling for these types is anger.
The Heart Center, includes types 2, 3, and 4.
It's called the heart center because these types typically respond
from their heart first, and feelings are what drive them first.
Their focus of attention is on image and worth. Each of the
three types in the heart center respond to realizing their value
with different strategies and slightly different motivations.
Underlying feelings for these types is shame and unworthiness.
The Head Center, includes types 5, 6, and 7.
It's called the head center because these types typically respond
from their head first, and are driven to act or not act by their
thoughts most. Their focus of attention is around security and
safety. Each of the three types in the head center approach
their sense of security with different tactics and slightly
different motivations. The dominant underlying feeling is fear.
Optimally, we want to be
living our lives in a balanced way from all three centers. It helps
us to be aware of which of the centers we overuse, and which we
underuse. It may be valuable to us to practice using a center
that we are not predisposed to use. Though the Body Center types may
not be conscious they are preoccupied with control, they behave that
way, nonetheless. The Body Center is about action or non action. The
heart center types may or may not be conscious that they are
operating most often from feeling or not feeling, but they are. And
the head center types may or may not be aware that they are living
their lives from thinking/head world most of the time.
The Enneagram is a dynamic
system and we are not stuck in any one energy. We move around the
circle and utilize the gifts of many of the types. Ultimately we are
most whole when we use all of the points of view. In the diagram
above, you can see arrows. These arrows show us access points, as
each type can operate within their "triad". Some teachers of the
Enneagram refer to these triad points as either
stress/disintegrations points or security/integration points. We can
also have easy access to our wings, or next door neighbors. So a 2's
wings are 1 and 3. An 8's wings are 7 and 9. So when you listen to
the inner monologues I invite you listen to all of them and take
note of which seem the most resonant and whether the most familiar
fall into one of your triads or wings.
In the diagram below we can
see the wholeness of the world and see that without any one of the
types our world would be sorely missing a part of its wholeness.
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