The Enneagram of Personality Drives
Understanding People – The 9 Personality Drives
EMPOWERING WISDOM THROUGH THE ENNEAGRAM OF PERSONALITY
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, and GROUP COUNSELING
Ken Jenkins (510) 530-0484
I never cease to be amazed at the eloquence and clarity with which you explain the Enneagram. I always find your comments enlightening and I gain understanding about the workings of this simple yet complex system.
– Steve McKenzie
Ken’s Enneagram teachings are a treasure filled waterfall of pearls of wisdom and jewels of insight.
The Enneagram (the word means a diagram with nine points) is an ancient, yet state-of-the-art system of understanding our personality drives and motivations. It reveals nine drives that are often hidden, which illuminate an amazing amount of human behavior.
The Enneagram is a kind of map, offering guidance on our path of growth and evolution. It can show us where we get stuck as well as the direction of our liberation.
We can use this wisdom to improve our relationships with our loved ones, our associates, and ourselves. Healing is a part of this increased understanding and compassion.
At its core, the Enneagram reveals nine motivating drives. These drives, first experienced as nine distinct survival strategies, develop into nine different points of view, nine coping strategies for dealing with our lives.
Each of us has all nine drives, but not in equal proportion. For each of us, one is most important, most primal.
One of the two adjacent drives on the circle to the primary drive is a secondary part of our personal motivations, often called the “wing”.
These drives are archetypal, powerful, primitive, and wonderful. They are a power, a force of energy that propels and compels us forward through life. From these drives, other personality characteristics arise. By understanding these drives, we can better know why our various strengths and weaknesses occur. We can then use this knowledge to make more empowered choices.
Our drives reveal aspects of both our dark shadow and our bright potential, our lowest and highest sides. By learning about and harnessing these drives with their integrations and disintegrations (the arrows), we can create more success, happiness, and love in our lives and move forward more elegantly on our spiritual path home.
THE NINE DRIVES *
1 – To be right, reform, do it right, not make mistakes, follow rules, strive for ideals, change wrongs, make the world a better place.
2 – To love, be loved, care for, nurture, serve, give, be needed.
3 – To achieve, succeed, accomplish, perform, win praise for accomplishments, be appealing, please everyone.
4 – To be special, unique; to create (something special, unique, of oneself); to be noticed for special talents; to inspire; longing – want to have but afraid to have.
5 – To think, to know (how it all works and why), to understand people and reality in order to gain a sense of safety, deal with fear through knowledge.
6 – To find safety and security by figuring out all the possible thing that could go wrong or right, find haven, retreat, overcome fears, be safe through vigilance.
7 – To have fun, find awe, wonder; to dream, be happy, stay high; to avoid pain through many activities, projects, plans, ideas, friends.
8 – To be self reliant, lead, take charge by making own rules, decide the game, direct, call the shots; to avoid dependency and weakness by being self-reliant.
9 – To find and maintain peace, harmony, balance, quiet, gentleness; to avoid conflict by numbing own wants, desires, needs, and feelings.