Personality Predicaments Solved with Enneagram


Understanding Yourself Brings Personal Freedom
A Highly Important Resource I Use as a Life Coach

Ages ago at a family reunion my cousin,  Katherine, tried to get me interested in the study of personalities. I thought if was fun but didn’t take it seriously. Fast forward twenty years and I was trained in the study of personalities by the Florence Littauer and her daughter, Marita. I spoke to groups, childcare workers, and single adults, virtually anyone who would listen to how personalities affect our lives. Fast-forward another twelve years to November 2011 when I took my first Enneagram workshop from Sister Lois Dideon at the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston.  I also bought books and listened to Suzann Stabile’s CD’s. Later I took the Enneagram II workshop. I remain convinced that we are all completely unique, but there are similarities among us into which groups we do fall. Some of us fall hard, others gently.

You can make your life simpler by learning your personality type and that of your children. Parents must accept that their children are not all alike and will not react to life’s experiences in the same way they did. Our world today has changed drastically and our children have serious peer pressures and are exposed to so much more simply in the media than we were. A wise parent will need all the tools available to raise a child into a healthy adult in our present culture. There are several personality typing methods. The Enneagram is definitely the most spiritual and provides more in the way of what makes us tick.

The Enneagram teaches you why you do what you do, your motivation. You learn about the shadow lands or the ‘dark side’ of each of the nine types. Though it came from the East and was intended to be taught as an oral tradition, Americans have managed to produce numerous books on the subject. (see list below)

With the Enneagram you learn what to watch for when you are stressed and the direction you should take when you are relaxed and ‘in the flow.’ If you learn your child’s number you can head-off problems before they begin. You will know what motivates them. They will also benefit from the knowledge in school and with their friends.

As Sister Lois Dideon teaches, “If we can accept ourselves as we are, we have peace.” She says the Enneagram is a spiritual path of growth. The first step on the path is “The Awakening.” The rest of your life is “The Work.” This ‘work’ is called by George Gurdjieff, “The knowledge of our being.” You learn about your vices and virtues. We all have both. What yours are depends on your number or personality type.

Dr. Bennett explains the Enneagram as an energy system and energy moves us towards growth. This is how we discover the patterns in the flow of energy in ourselves and others, by learning our God-given personalities.

There are many approaches to learning about our true selves. It is one path to spiritual growth and development that I think is highly valuable for all parents. It’s worth the effort to learn.

“One knows truly when one understands what one knows, when one feels what one has understood, and when one has put into practice what one has understood and felt.”       – Ouspensky

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Personality Principles – Kathryne Robbins

An Enneagram Guide  by Eilis Bergin & Eddie Fitzgerald

The Big Book of Personality Tests  by Salvatore V. Didato, Ph.D.

The Enneagram  by Helen Palmer

Enneagram and Parenting by Elizabeth Wagele

Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home  by Sandra Maitri

Enneagram Transformations by Don Richard Riso

Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

Personality Plus for Parents by Florence Littauer

Personaltiy Puzzle  by Florence & Marita Littauer

The Spiritual Dimensions of the Enneagram:  Nine Faces of the Soul  by Sandra Maitri

Wired That Way by Marita Littauer

The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso

Your Spiritual Personality by Marita Littauer

Gail headshotI am a Certified Professional Coach and I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My Website.


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  5. Hello! I am an Enneagram enthusiast myself, and I was wondering if you had ever heard of the Tritype theory as it relates to Enneagram theory?

    It is a wonderful theory developed by Katherine and David Fauvre of Enneagram Explorations, and briefly, it states that we use one core type of out each center to navigate the world. Of course our dominant type always leads the way, but finding out your type in the other two centers can be very enlightening and transformative.

    If you’re interested in learning more about Tritype, taking a test to determine your Tritype, or even if you think you might like to get personal coaching with Katherine, I would encourage you to head on over to and take a look!

    1. I am interested in knowing about Tritype. I’ve not heard of it before. I’ll look into it.
      Thanks, Aaron.

  6. Here are a few books on spiritual direction and enneagram that you might like (or want to share with your readers):

    “Self-Realization and The Enneagram” (CD) or “The Enneagram of Liberation: From Fixation to Freedom” both by Eli Jaxon-Bear
    “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” and “Discovering The Enneagram: An Ancient Tool a New Spiritual Journey” both by Richard Rohr
    also related
    “The Diamond Approach: A Path of Inner Discovery” by A. H. Almaas

    1. Thanks for this information. Falling Upward is one of my favorite books.

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