Introduction to the Enneagram

If we observe ourselves truthfully and non-judgmentally, seeing the mechanisms of our personality in action, we can wake up, and our lives can be a miraculous unfolding of beauty and joy. Don Richard Riso

A centuries-old psychological system with roots in sacred tradition, the Enneagram can be an invaluable guide in your journey toward self-understanding and self-development. This short blog series has been developed using numerous resources, but if you’re just starting with the Enneagram, we suggest you pick up a copy of this book:


In The Essential Enneagram, Stanford University Medical School clinical professor of psychiatry David Daniels and counseling psychologist Virginia Price offer the only scientifically developed Enneagram test based upon extensive research combined with a self-discovery and personal-development guide.

Why the Enneagram?

Over the years, I’ve benefited from a variety of personality tests. Myers-Briggs, Strength-Finders, and others are just a few tests I’ve taken over the years. All have resulted in some good information and have helped me along the way both personally and as I worked alongside others. But it wasn’t until I was exposed to the Enneagram (in 2013) when I really saw the amazing power of self-awareness and how beneficial this tool can be when used in group settings.

Through the help of this personality tool, I’ve become much more aware of the uniqueness of my personality type (The Helper – Enneagram #2). And as I’ve worked with the information I’ve gleaned, it’s helped me to a clearer awareness of the good/the bad/and the ugly of my personality, helping me (and others around me) to encourage me to move from practicing the worst traits of the Enneagram #2 to what some Enneagram teachers call the redemptive, or mature characteristics of The Helper.

For that, I’m thankful! (And so are my wife, my kids, and my co-workers!)

For me, the Enneagram has been a real game-changer. It’s my hope this ancient personality tool will be as helpful to you (and your circle of influence) as well!

martyb-heyyou  Marty Boller

Below, you will find a complete list of all the posts in this blog series. We suggest that you bookmark this home page for ease of use. Enjoy!

Identifying & Embracing Who We Are-Part 1.

Identifying & Embracing Who We Are-Part 2.

The Truth (About Myself) Can Set Me Free.

The Enneagram: Understanding Myself 101.

The Challenger: Enneagram #8.

The Peacemaker. Enneagram #9.

The Reformer. Enneagram #1.

The Helper: Enneagram #2.

The Achiever: Enneagram #3.

The Individualist: Enneagram #4.

The Investigator. Enneagram #5.

The Loyalist. Enneagram #6.

The Enthusiast. Enneagram #7.

A Response to the Enneagram: What’s Next?

Below you’ll find four charts that offer an Enneagram overview, with additional resources as you continue your pursuit of self-awareness. Keep going!

Chart #1: Getting Started

Chart #2: The Triune Mind

Chart #3: Nine Unique Personalities

Chart #4: Putting It All Together

Want a more in-depth group experience in the Enneagram?

Invite Marty & Sandy Boller to conduct one of our Intro to the Enneagram workshops or retreats in your city. Here, we will go deeper into the practical applications of the Enneagram, using teaching material that is specifically geared toward team building and improving relationships in work settings. Drop us an email, expressing your interest and we’ll chat more about the details.