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The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types Paperback – Jun 15 1999

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (June 15 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553378201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553378207
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recommended by two highly credible authorities, consciousness explorer Ken Wilber and spiritual-growth guru Harville Hendrix, this compendium of Enneagram information was assembled by the cofounders of the Enneagram Institute as an introduction to the subject. Designed with a plenitude of charts, boxes, and quotes (by noted illuminaries such as A.H. Almaas, Maya Angelou, and G.I. Gurjieff), this exceptionally easy-to-use, manual-size paperback teaches the reader how to figure out which of the nine types she is, identifies red flags to self-illusion, and provides practical suggestions for spiritual growth. Advice on how to observe your type's fixations and let go of the need to act out automatic and dysfunctional behavioral responses are down-to-earth and attainable. A distinctly accessible approach to cultivating daily happiness through understanding the complexity of fixations that weave together human personality types. --Randall Cohan

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"The Wisdom of the Enneagram is a very important book. By combining the horizontal types of the Enneagram with a system of vertical levels of awareness, Riso and Hudson have produced one of the first truly integrated models of the human psyche. In addition to the importance of this pioneering work itself, it goes to point up the utter inadequacy of anything less than a full-spectrum model of human growth and development. Highly recommended."
--Ken Wilber, author of The Marriage of Sense and Soul

"I highly recommend this book, not only to anyone on the path of personal transformation, but to anyone who wants to understand the complex inner world of others, whether a spouse, family member co-worker or friend. The questionnaires were fun and illuminating. I received some very helpful information about myself, felt challenged to grow and experienced a deepening of compassion. Perhaps the most profound contribution of The Wisdom of the Enneagram is reflected in the word "Wisdom." The authors clearly communicate the complexity of human nature, the spiritual yearning resonant in all of us, and the ascending levels of our possibility. But they do not leave us there. They offer a clear path for personal and spiritual evolution."
--Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want

"Don Riso and Russ Hudson thoughtfully engage the richness and depth of the Enneagram, and conjure with its power as a tool of transformation. The Wisdom of the Enneagram is filled with its own wisdom and depth. You'll find yourself returning to it over and over again and discovering new treasures."
--Tony Schwartz, author of What Really Matters

"The Wisdom of the Enneagram is not only a clear and comprehensive description and discussion of this ancient personality typology, but also a major and original contribution to its use and further development. Don Riso and Russ Hudson have designed simple practical guidelines and tests that make it possible to determine one's own personality type and use this knowledge for healing and psychospiritual transformation."
--Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of The Adventure of Self-Discovery

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Any successful pilgramage requires that the traveler have knowledge of both the destination and of the path to be traveled in order to arrive at the destination. As a clinical psychotherapist, I have come to realize that this is especially true of the pilgramage to becoming fully alive! There are some incredibly helpful resources in religion, philosophy and psychology that give us insight into what being fully alive looks like. They detail the essense of this way of being and do it in such a way that something deep within us stirs with recognition. This stir of recognition moves us to know that there is "MORE" to us than we are. Unfortunately, these resources most often leave us frustrated in the learch between recognition and actualization. They help us recognize the "what", but give little insight into "how" to get there. Other resources point us in our search to "The Destination." Unfortunately, they fundamentally operate from the perceptual framework that believes we do not need an apriori recognition/validation of the destination. If we just "do it this way" and "take these steps down this path", then we will recognize the destination when we get there. Both resources are important, but incomplete.
The "Wisdom of the Enneagram" provides both. The pilgram who reads and uses this "complete atlas" of the soul will find their recognition stirring within and their path unfolding before them. If caring for the Soul, yours and that of others,is for you, the path you travel, then The Wisdom of the Enneagram IS "the" essential! It clearly and concisely details the landscape of the Soul. Theoretically sophisticated and practically useable, it equipts the reader to DO the work, which sets us free to truly BE.
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I have purchased many books on the Enneagram and found this to be the most thorough and thought provoking. Since my original purchase, I have purchased several more.
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This wonderful book is useful as an introduction to readers who are discovering the Enneagram for the first time while also being full of deep insights and helpful exercises for people who want to use the Enneagram to live more fully. As psychologist I recommend it to many of my clients and I use it as a textbook for seminars. The authors clearly have lived with this material and write about it with great wisdom. I have been a student of the Enneagram for many years, and this is the book I always return to.
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I am the biggest arm chair shrink in the world. This was my first book and I always go back to it for reference. Forget the "annegram" reviews. This is a book about personality types. This book clearly shows the nine personality types and explains them from healthy to unhealthy behavior. I cannot stress enough the importance of this book. If you are ever going to understand yourself and others you must know the pyschological basis of personalities. You will be writing down all of your friends and family names on the pages where they correspond. By doing so, you will be able to deal with difficult people and in an awe inspiring moment, be able to identify yourself and why you are the way you are. It is an amazing book and Riso is one of my all time favorite authors.
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Those of us who have been following Riso's (and Hudson's) writings with gratitude and anticipation will celebrate their latest contribution to our growing understanding of the Enneagram. Each successive book, enriched with fresh insights, has explored this complex system of personality typing from a new angle. What's new about The Wisdom of the Enneagram?
Correctly identifying one's personality type is often difficult because the same traits can stem from very different, largely unconscious, inner dynamics. Both theorizing Fives and practical Ones, for example, can appear detached and logical. Based on matching two choices drawn from each of 2 sets of 3 descriptions, the new QUEST tool (pp. 13-18) is both simpler and more effective than their detailed RHETI questionnaire. The first group actually distinguishes Horney's assertive, withdrawn and compliant styles; whereas the second (or Harmonic) group corresponds to the authors' positive outlook, reactive and competency categories (pp.60-68). (It would be worth the effort to polish the wording of these 6 descriptions further to make them as accurate, neutral and balanced as possible.) You can then confirm your initial diagnosis by jumping to your specific Type Attitude Sorter (TAS) which rates your responses to 15 attitudes characteristic of your suspected type.
By distinguishing 9 (= 3 grades of healthy, average and unhealthy) levels in each type, Riso's 'vertical' analysis explained how an empathetic, people-pleasing Two, for example, could disintegrate into its seeming opposite, namely a domineering, self-centered Eight. This classification made it difficult to account for the curious ways in which healthy and unhealthy traits from different levels often combine to create contradictions characteristic of each type.
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Done in something of the format that made The Artist's Way such a popular success, Don Riso and Russ Hudson have made a fine, though busy, addition to their body of work. For me, nothing will ever replace their extraordinary accomplishments in Personality Types, Revised Edition; it will remain the "highly recommended" systemtatic bible and centerpiece for anyone truly studying and applying the enneagram in depth as its horizontal and vertical revelations unfold in an increasingly integral world. I found the omission of an index disappointing, but have nothing but gratitude and respect for anything Riso and Hudson add to the enneagram literature with their incomparable precision and vision. I don't know if I'd call this the "complete guide" to either psychological and spiritual growth or the nine basic types, but -- bravo, nonetheless.
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