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Instincts and Subtypes, South Africa
Mar 8 - 9

2 days

The Enneagram is a powerful system for learning about ourselves and the people in our lives.  It describes the point of view and the motivation of nine personality types and provides important strategies for our personal growth and relationships.  The study of the instinctual subtypes provides further insights about how we can apply the Enneagram for self awareness in daily life.

The Enneagram describes three centres of energy and intelligence that shape the structure and behaviours of our personality type.  The intellectual centre holds our point of view, habit of attention and mental fixation. The emotional centre is home to our feelings, our empathy, and the “passion” of our type.

The body centre contains three major instincts:

* Self preservation instinct – guiding our relationships with home, food, security, family and warmth in personal relationship.

* One-to-one instinct – fuelling our personal vitality, sexuality, intimate relationships, and our experience of spiritual union.

* Social instinct – forming our friendships, our participation in groups and community, and our social identity.

Every person has all three instincts, but one of them becomes more central in our daily lives and relationships – this primary instinct determines our Enneagram subtype.  There are 27 subtypes, three variations of each personality type.  These 27 profiles hold the key to understanding our path in life and our role in the community:  How do we spend our time and energy in daily life?  What are our important projects?  How do we participate in home, neighbourhood, politics or religious activities?  What do we need to feel secure?  What is the role of instinct and emotion?  In our relationships with friends, colleagues and intimate partners, subtype differences (or similarities) can be as important as personality type!

In this workshop we will explore the issues for all 27 subtypes, including:

  • Making informed choices about our personal priorities and major projects.
  • How subtypes affect our relationships at home and at work.
  • How to balance work, home, and intimacy.
  • Managing the emotional habits of our type.
  • How to live with authenticity while adapting to a rapidly changing culture.

The Narrative Tradition panel method helps us to apprciate each person’s story and build community.  The format will include nine type panels as well as presentations, guided inner practices, and small-group discussion.  Beginners to the Enneagram are welcome.  If you don’t know your subtype, you will likely discover it during the workshop.

Every person has three instincts (self-preservation, one-to-one and social), but one of these tends to be more central in our daily lives and relationships. This primary instinct determines our Enneagram subtype.

The three instinctual drives include:

  • Self preservation, which guides our relationships with home, food, security, family and warmth in personal relationship
  • One-to-one, which fuels our personal vitality, sexuality, intimate relationships, and our experience of spiritual union
  • Social, which forms our friendships, our participation in groups and community, and our social identity

These energies combine with the nine personality types to create 27 variations. At the intersection of archetype and biology, the study of subtypes holds the key to understanding our path in life and our role in the human community. How do we spend our time and energy in daily life? Who are the people who are most important to us? How are we invested in home, neighborhood, politics or religious activities? How do we express ourselves physically and emotionally? Many people have found that subtype differences can be more crucial than personality type issues in our relationships.

Through panels, presentations and small groups, we will explore the 27 instinctual subtypes, including:

  • Making informed choices about our personal priorities and major projects
  • How subtypes affect our relationships at home and at work
  • How to balance work, home and intimacy
  • Managing the emotional habit of our type
  • How to live with authenticity while adapting to a rapidly changing culture

If you don’t know your subtype, you will likely discover it during this core program. The format includes presentation and discussion, small groups, subtype panels in the Narrative Tradition, and somatic exercises.

Contact: Enneagram SA