Over the past several years, the popularity of the Enneagram personality typing system has skyrocketed. While I think it’s great that people are talking about something that I believe can be a valuable tool for personal growth – it can leave many folks wondering where exactly to get started when it comes to the Enneagram.
While the most logical reaction to encountering a new personality system would be to take some kind of test online, it’s not what I recommend when it comes to the Enneagram. Although I took a test initially, I did not understand the description of my type at all, and it wasn’t until I took a much deeper dive that I really got a sense of what was going on. Since the whole point of the Enneagram is to dissect one’s own motivations in life, it’s much better to find your type yourself, through research.
And research is where these Enneagram resources will be your best friend…
(Be sure to click on each image for a link that will take you directly to that resource)
- The Liturgists, episode 37: The Enneagram
Listing to this was what helped me discern what my own Enneagram type was, and is by far the best general introduction to the system that I’ve encountered. It’ll take a chunk of your day, but I promise it’s worth it.
- # MILLENNEAGRAM
While a lot of Enneagram teaching can be a bit evangelical, this podcast came along to provide an alternative. Host (and author of her own Enneagram book) Hannah Paasch is bringing a fresh, slightly more edgy approach to the Enneagram and it’s what all of us young and young at heart needed. As Hannah says, “let’s dig ourselves out of our goddamn ditches together”.
Hosted by Enneagram expert Ian Morgan Cron, Typology is a great way to explore all of the nine types, while hearing from people on their own experiences. You’re sure to recognize some of the many guests on this podcast, and relate to their struggles and victories.
- The Sleeping at Last Podcast
Not only has this band produced an album of songs for each Enneagram number, but they also have a podcast in which these nine types and the creation of their individual songs are explored in detail. And yes, I definitely cried when the type Nine song was released last month.
- Millenneagram (Again)
This new release from the host of the Millenneagram podcast is my favorite book on the Enneagram. Hannah approaches the topic with a very conversational tone that makes you feel very comfortable before calling you out. If you’re comfortable with a bit of swearing and copious pop culture references, this is the book for you.
- The Sacred Enneagram by Chris Heuertz
This book is both a great introduction to the Enneagram, and guide to using the context of the Enneagram to understand your own spirituality. While most spiritual resources concerning the Enneagram are fairly conservative, I’ve found this book to be a lot more accessible and open-ended.
- Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery by Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson
This is definitely one of the more dense Enneagram resources, and I use it primarily for reference. It’s got a bit more information than I can comfortably absorb in a traditional read through, but I’ve really found a lot of value in What Riso and Hudson have to say.
- The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile
While I have not personally read this book, many people I know have found it to be a great Enneagram introduction. Ian and Suzanne also hosted a podcast by the same name that is still available, and which I very much enjoyed.
And that’s my list! Are there any other Enneagram resources that you’d recommend? Drop me a comment 👇🏼
I hope that you’re able to find as much value in the Enneagram as I have. If you’d like to hear more about my own journey as a type Nine, check out my blog post To The Nines. And stay tuned – this is definitely not the last you’ll hear from me on this topic.