The Enneagram system and life coaching

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The Enneagram system and life coaching

As a life coach who is passionate about personal transformation and development, I try to gain as much information on what makes people “tick” and why people are the way they are as possible.

The more one can learn about different personalities and how to coach them, the better life coach one makes, is my belief.

There are various personality tests available, but I recently came across a very interesting option, which I believe can make a huge difference in how a life coach approaches different people.

A trainee – life coach who signed up with me for a few mentoring sessions, has introduced me to the Enneagram concept, which has me very excited.

The Enneagram is a system that studies the differences between people. It classifies human beings into nine personality types. These nine types are organized around a nine-point diagram. We all have the traits of the nine types, but in different proportions, and one type is usually dominant. This dominant type is our Enneagram personality style. Individuals in each of the nine types possess a unique set of psychological mechanisms and characteristics that unconsciously influences how they view the world, how they think, how they feel, and ultimately how they behave. The competitive behavior of Threes is derived from a set of beliefs pushing the Three to attain success and recognition at all costs. The cautious behavior of Sixes is derived from a set of beliefs that shapes their thinking, feeling, and acting in a world they perceive as dangerous. And so on: as a product of the filters of its type, each type arrives at a different subjective version of reality. Identifying these mechanisms, becoming aware of them, is thus fundamental if we want to produce change.

A basic goal in every coaching process is to help the coachee to proactively take charge of his or her own life. Since each of the nine types has a unique set of mechanisms that shape their choices, we must help them uncover those mechanisms if they want to proactively pursue their dreams. In the words of R.D.Laing:
“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
Therefore, in order to begin to produce a lasting change in our lives, we must distinguish what is currently shaping our judging and our decisions. We must uncover our Enneagram type’s .”

I aim to incorporate this system in my coaching practice, so that I can help people more effectively to uncover and dispose of any limiting beliefs that stand in the way of reaching their goals, utmost potential and fulfilling their unique purpose that ultimately will help them to live a balanced life.

if this has resonated with you and made you excited about life coaching, please contact me today for a free 15 minute phone call assessment session on 082 968 9605 or leave me a message on the contact page of my website and I will get back to you asap.


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