What experience have you had with the Enneagram in the past, either in your professional or personal work?

Unit 5 Discussion
Discussion Topic: Individual Differences and Psychological Types
In the Cranton text, a discussion around psychological type theory leads to a conversation around individual differences and the role that plays in the transformative learning experience.
Psychological types come from the combination of attitudes (introversion and extroversion) and the four functions (thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuition). While the text digs deeper into these attitudes and functions, many popular inventories lead to a deeper sense of self-awareness.
One of those inventories is the Enneagram. The Enneagram gives us ideas about who we are, based on our life story up until now and the insight on moving forward. There are nine Enneagram types:
Type 1, The REFORMER: The rational, idealistic type: principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic
Type 2, The HELPER: The caring, interpersonal type: demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive
Type 3, THE ACHIEVER: The success-oriented, pragmatic type: adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious
Type 4, The INDIVIDUALIST: The sensitive, withdrawn type: expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental
Type 5, The INVESTIGATOR: The intense, cerebral type: perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated
Type 6, The LOYALIST: The committed, security-oriented type: engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious
Type 7, The ENTHUSIAST: The busy, fun-loving type: spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered
Type 8, The CHALLENGER: The powerful, dominating type: self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational
Type 9, The PEACEMAKER: The easygoing, self-effacing type: receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent
While our Enneagram type does not define us wholly, it does give insight into why we behave a certain way or even how to interact with others.
Spend a few minutes to determine your Enneagram type by taking this online quiz. Your results will be displayed as a pie chart at the end. You can purchase the full report at the end, but it is not required or necessary. In addition, you can use other Enneagram type quizzes to determine your Enneagram number if you would like.
You can learn more about Enneagram types through the Enneagram Institute.
For this discussion, answer the following questions:
What experience have you had with the Enneagram in the past, either in your professional or personal work? How does age play a role in our growth with the Enneagram type in mind?
What is your Enneagram type? How do you see (or not see) yourself fitting with those specific Enneagram type characteristics?
How does understanding your Enneagram type affect self-awareness and a transformative learning experience?
How could you utilize this information in a team or educational setting?
In your interaction with peers, choose another person with a different type than your own. Then, respond by discussing how the two different types might interact based on information from the Enneagram Institute.
Points and Rubric
This discussion is worth 30 points. Refer to your discussion rubric for specific grading criteria. The deadline for your initial post and additional responses is Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. ET; however, you must participate over multiple days throughout the unit to earn full credit.
Remember that your goal for discussion is threefold:
To participate actively over multiple days throughout the unit.
To contribute in a way that adds to the discussion and moves it forward in an original fashion.
To use the course content to inform your posts and responses.
Keep in mind that when you post, you should always reference items you cite — be sure to use APA format for this. Also, be sure to refer back to the rubric as often as you need to during the week. The class is all about sharing knowledge, so use discussions as a way of creating a community resource for yourself and your colleagues.
This discussion addresses the following unit learning outcomes:
Analyze the impact individual differences have on transformative learning experiences.
Discuss the role different psychological type profiles have in transformative learning.
It also addresses the following Course Outcomes:
ED770-2: Analyze the learning environments and opportunities available to learners of different ages.
ED770-3: Examine educational programs that target transforming individual capabilities, beliefs, perceptions, and expectations.

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