At first glance, the Enneagram is a nine pointed personality typing system. It describes nine points of view. Each point of view is an inner structure of reality that gets projected out onto the world giving a somewhat distorted picture of reality. Each view describes a particular way in which life is viewed, a particular lens through which each type is seeing the world. Or a habitual pattern of thought.
When we discover the particular lens or the pattern of thought that is influencing how we see others and the world, we can begin in that awareness to short-circuit the pattern -- or at least be more conscious of, and less reactive to, life and those we are relating to. This can enable us to see life or reality as it actually is. Deeper still, this awareness can aid in seeing who we really are beyond the personality. It can not only have a more compassionate view of ourselves but also of others.
This teaching promotes inclusiveness and recognition of our shared reality rather than the differences in point of view.
Having trained under Helen Palmer and Dr David Daniels, I am a certified Teacher of Enneagram In The Narrative Tradition.