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about the Enneagram

The word “Enneagram” stems from two Greek words, “ennea,” which means “nine” and “gram,” which refers to “a drawing, figure, or shape.” The Enneagram is a nine-pointed figure inscribed in a circle. We can view it as a relief map that represents our inner landscape. It guides us, as we delve below the surface and explore a rich system of information about human behavior and our deepest motivations.

As a system, the Enneagram conveys knowledge about nine distinct but interrelated personality styles. Each style sees and experiences the world through a different lens and moves through the world with different gifts, challenges, and opportunities for achieving growth and wholeness.


Looking for more information about the Enneagram? Here are some websites and books you may find helpful.
Please note, Enneagram Minnesota does not endorse any single resource, but we offer this information as beginning points for exploration.


Introductory Books

  • The Essential Enneagram:  The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide by David Daniels and Virginia Price
  • The Enneagram Made Easy:  Discover the 9 Types of People by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele

Other Books

  • The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
  • The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge by Bea Chestnut
  • Nine Lenses on the World: The Enneagram Perspective by Jerome Wagner, Ph.D.
  • Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to Everything that Matters Through the Enneagram by Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Ed.D.
  • Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide to Personality Types by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
  • The Enneagram Guide to Waking Up: Find Your Path, Face Your Shadow, Discover Your True Self by Beatrice Chestnut & Uranio Paes
  • The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home by Sandra Maitri
  • Keys to the Enneagram by A. H. Almaas
  • The Enneagram, Relationships, and Intimacy: Understanding One Another Leads to Loving Better and Living More Fully by David Daniels and Suzanne Dion
  • Know Justice Know Peace: A Transformative Journey of Social Justice, Anti-Racism, and Healing through the Power of the Enneagram by Dr Deborah Threadgill Egerton

Business and Coaching Application

  • The Enneagram in Love and Work:  Understanding Your Intimate and Business Relationships by Helen Palmer
  • Awareness to Action: The Enneagram, Emotional Intelligence, and Change by Robert Tallon and Mario Sikora
  • Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach:  Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results by Ginger Lapid-Bogda
  • Deep Coaching: Using the Enneagram as a Catalyst for Profound Change by Roxanne Howe-Murphy


  • Enneagram 2.0 – Beatrice Chestnut & Uranio Paes
  • Enneagram of Essence – Chelsea Forbrook
  • Heart of the Enneagram – Sandra Smith and Christopher Copeland
  • The Enneagram Journey – Suzanne Stabile
  • Do It For the Gram – Milton Stewart


local enneagram practitioners

Want to work with someone who specializes in the Enneagram? Here are some people you may want to meet.
Please note, Enneagram Minnesota does not endorse any single person, but we offer this list as a point for exploration.


Karen Carlsen – specializes in grief and loss

Lyndsey Fraser – Couples, Relationship & Sex Therapist ​​

Lisa Harrell – holistic & spiritual approach

Kathy Heuser – specializes in trauma

Rachel Larson – EMDR/somatic work, trauma, couples, individuals

Jeannine Myrvik - life transitions, stress, and spirituality


Beth Beaty
Karen Carlsen
Chelsea Forbrook
Debbi Horton
Sarah McMahill
Anne Muree 
Patty Nelson 
Stephanie Ross
Stephanie Spencer
Kate Jackson
Liora Elias
Scott McRae
Jeannine Myrvik 

Other Resources and Trainings

There are so many ways to learn about Enneagram. Here are some other options.


International Enneagram Association – hosts events from many different teachers around the world
Journeying With the Enneagram – with Chelsea Forbrook
9 Prisons One Key Training – Enneagram Prison Project
Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy 
Russ Hudson 
The Narrative Enneagram – trainings and certifications
Maine Enneagram Center for Transformation and Well-Being – for Addiction Specialists, Therapists and Counselors with Michael Naylor
Integrative Enneagram Solutions

IEA Resources

Our parent organization, the International Enneagram Association (IEA), offers resources including:

Annual IEA Global Conference

Global Conferences – “Foundations for the Future, Celebrating 25 Years of the IEA ” is the next global conference. It will be held in Oakland, CA on July 26-28, 2019. Learn more at IEA conferences and events.


The IEA has an Accreditation program for individual Enneagram teachers, Enneagram Training Programs, and Enneagram Schools. IEA Accreditation serves as a mark of excellence for Enneagram teachers, professionals, and training programs. Learn more about IEA accreditation.

IEA Nine Points

An online gathering place for the global Enneagram community to share ideas and articles. Visit IEA Nine Points.


“Beyond Your Number” Enneagram journals
Enneaplaque – a Meditation Tool
Enneagram Songs by Sleeping At Last

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