Sunday, June 15, 2014
Indie Book Review: Know Yourself: The Concise Enneagram Guide By Dragan Matijevic
This book by Dragan Matijevic is simply amazing. I sampled this on a whim and saw how Dragan broke down a few of the base 9 Enneagram personalities. What got me was when I saw mine as clear as day in that sample. I always thought that I broke the mold, that there was no one or at the very least not many others remotely similar to me but this book broke me down and listed all my inner problems as if it knew me. It also listed my strengths and ways that I can "defeat" my shadow or negative/destructive traits and become more whole as a person. I'm a type 3 all the way, with a lot of tendencies of type 5. I bought the book and read type 8 and showed this type to my friend. I told him that I thought this was him and asked what he thought. He read it and agreed with me then promptly bought the book.
I'm now thoroughly interested in this subject and have taken to trying to classify my friends, family, and coworkers. I'm going to do it with characters I've created too to see if they fit the guidelines. This is honestly, as the author says, a great way to really understand the core of people and their motivations. I'm not sure what to do with this info but it feels like I understand others a bit better.
There is more available on the subject of Enneagrams online and in libraries. It's a really complex subject with mathematical formulas, probabilities, and statistics. The author breaks the issue down here to it's most basic and humanistic version. This will give you an understanding of the nine personality types, so far as it relates to personal relationships and personal development. Now I want to really delve into this subject. Kudos to his book for piquing my interest.