The Enneagram Personality Profile Unlock the Mind A Cognitive Science Tool

The Enneagram Personality Profile a Powerful Cognitive Science Tool

The Enneagram is a system that reveals the mechanisms of the mind. It helps us to understand our personality and our instincts. Don’t you want to know how your mind works?

The Enneagram Personality Profile is deep enough to meet clinicians’ demands. It is also written in plain language, making it a practical tool available to everyone.

The Pinnacle Cognitive Science Tool

This system proves that our Ego is not our enemy but a necessary tool. The Ego connects our consciousness to our bodies, so we cannot eliminate it. We need to learn how to use it correctly. The Enneagram shows us how to move beyond the default settings. It gives us the power to change thought patterns and values.

Basic Definitions

This cognitive science tool divides the mind’s components to make them easier to understand.


What is Ego? The Ego is the home of personality and instinct; it’s that sense of I, which is the default setting of awareness. It is a necessary tool that connects consciousness to our bodies. The Ego is the tool hiding the real you. It hides the read Observer until we are present. When we are present, the real can show up, and then the Ego becomes a subordinate tool for us to use, and that’s where it should be.

What is Personality?

Our personality is a group of traits we exhibit through mannerisms, demeanor, thinking, and speaking patterns. It is the home of behaviors and values. The Enneagram Personality Profile identifies nine separate types.


What is instinct?

Our instincts are the three behavioral modes of the primitive mind, which operate at the subconscious level. These modes are sexual, social, and self-preservation. They control what we like and dislike. These instinctual variants are also reflected in our personality.

The Observer

What is the Observer? The Observer is the real you. It’s the awareness of experiencing your life. When you talk to yourself, it’s the awareness that listens. It experiences your dreams when you sleep. Some traditions refer to the concept of the Observer as the Soul or Spirit.

The Enneagram Personality Profile Symbols

The name comes from the Greek word “nine.” These nine points on the circle represent a personality type. The Enneagram symbol has three main parts: the outer circle, an inner triangle, and a nine-sided hexagonal periodic figure, the lines between which show how our personalities connect.

The Enneagram Methodology

Questionnaires are the heart of this cognitive science tool. These tools identify the default settings of your personality and instinctual traits, but testing is only the beginning of this rich system. There are many levels of knowledge, and this system can take you as deeply as any other system of psychology. Testing is only one facet of this process, but it is a very important part of the method.

Type misidentification is not uncommon. It can happen for several reasons. When you take the test, answer the questions from a historical perspective. Don’t take the test when you are going through a crisis. Our Ego pushes us to skew our responses to get the answer we want, so we need to watch out for that.

All these affect the accuracy of the profile. So, please do not take the test once and assume you have identified yourself accurately. It’s best to test, wait at least two days, and take it again. When your profile shows the same top three in the same order, you have an accurate profile. If they don’t match, wait a few days and take it again. When you have three different stacks, wait a week or two and ensure you are not under any unusual stress. This will give you a way to validate the results of your profile. Then, read about the primary personality type to see if it resonates and sounds like you.

History of the Enneagram

The Enneagram’s origins can be traced back to Eastern mysticism (1). At that time, science and mysticism were the same. There are many similarities between the Enneagram and modern psychology. That’s because modern psychology was born out of the ancient ideas of the Enneagram.
The ideas and structures of the Enneagram are found in the psychology systems of Freud and Jung. The Enneagram’s psychic structures, inner critic, and nine consciousness processes are the foundation of Jungian psychology (2).

Oscar Ichazo (3) is where the modern version emerges. He began using the Enneagram in his Arica Institute in 1956. He claims to have developed his concepts independently. Also, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (4) published Fourth Way Work in 1957.

Gurdjieff is a major part of the development of the Enneagram; his system mirrors the nine-element structure and many of the same concepts about psychic structures. He alludes to the discovery of the Enneagram symbol at the Sufi Sarmouni monastery in Afghanistan in the 1920s. However, he does not elaborate on their knowledge or its use as a psychometric system.

Others may have used Gurdjieff’s writings to develop the system further. Claudio Naranjo (5) and John Lilly studied with Oscar Ichazo in Bolivia in the late 1960s. Most people give Naranjo credit for bringing the system to the West in the 1970s. The system continues to grow. The Tri-type is another evolution in understanding personality.

Enneagram Learning Methods and Sources

The Enneagram is much more than a way to identify your personality type. It opens the door for deeper investigation. This system reveals the mechanisms of the subconscious mind, which enable us to move beyond the boundaries of the Ego. The Enneagram is a doorway to the virtues of the spirit. These are the superior aspects of our hearts. They are the legacy of our ancestors, locked within our DNA.


The system is straightforward and well-structured, so you can learn a lot at your own pace and take the time to absorb the data through self-study. Inner work is hard work, and an Enneagram is a powerful tool for the terrain of the mind.

Workshops and Seminars

Workshops are an excellent way to accelerate your understanding. You learn from the speaker and fellow participants. The best teachers use small and large group exercises in their lectures. These activities increase the level of learning and enjoyment.

The exercises you’ll find at these seminars are not unique to the Enneagram, but they fit well and complement it.   You will see activities like the repeating question exercise, and moving mudras for each personality type, and small group sharing.

Through these kinds of exercises, you learn about yourself. You explore the inner critic and self-talk, so you’ll also see your biases and prejudices. Similarly, many teachers also use panel-type discussions. Here, you divide people into groups by personality or instinctual type, and they talk about various experiences based on the filter of these mechanisms.

Main Takeaways

It doesn’t take long to find some valuable insights, and those just starting the process will find the following takeaways from this system.

The first big takeaway is learning that we are not our personalities. Our personality is just a tool of the Ego. We are not our Ego. We are the Observer. The real You is who you talk to inside your head. It is the person who experiences your life.

Once we digest that we are not our Ego, we can learn to move beyond it. We discover how to reprogram our inner critic and cultural narrative self-talk scripts and so change the trajectory of our lives.

Another takeaway is seeing how much our instincts affect our personality. It is often easier to see instinct shapes behavior than our personality type.

Last is how presence and mindfulness can help us regain control of our awareness from the Ego. Even a one-minute break can make all the difference. But it also underscores the importance of meditating. We recommend using Japa or its more commercially available form, Transcendental Meditation (TM). They are both the same technique.

Enhancing Critical Thinking

There are other tools for exploring consciousness. The Enneagram helps show us how the Ego works. It’s like looking under the hood of a car. You get to see all the moving parts. Thus, it gives us a new perspective on the mechanisms of the mind.

Using this process and other core analytical tools will improve your ability to think more clearly. Two other tools help enhance critical thinking, logical reasoning, and comparative analysis. Together they ensure you can determine the facts from the fiction.

Seeing The Mechanisms of the Mind

When we reveal our mind’s programming, our thought patterns and values become visible. If we can see them, we can change them. This perspective enhances our critical thinking ability. We use the Enneagram Personality Profile and Instinctual variant tests early in our group meetings.

Identifying the Cultural Narrative

Enhancing our ability to think illuminates the programming we get from our cultural narrative, which overrides the hard-wiring of our Ego. It’s powerful stuff. The cultural narrative can supersede the programming of personality and instinct. So, it’s powerful; it can make people behave in ways they would not think of doing.

That’s why it’s imperative to question the cultural narrative. We do this by learning to question our own beliefs and values. This process can help us see beyond the barriers that keep this programming hidden. On the positive side, if we can see the programming, we can change it.

Changing your cultural narrative’s programming isn’t easy, but you can do it. Once you’ve identified the negative values, biases, and prejudices, it becomes a choice. Do you want to get rid of the garbage? Healthy people do.

Exposing the Cultural Narrative

So, as we work with the Enneagram of Personality, we learn how this system exposes programming on two levels. It reveals the programming mechanisms of the Ego. Once we can see the programming, we begin to understand the cultural narrative’s impact.   Some people have more negative programming than others.

However, the cultural narrative is a different story. No matter where you live, you must learn to question cultural folklore. Learning to develop a skeptical mindset is healthy. It places you closer to those who are freethinkers and skeptics.

The Cultural Narrative Disguised as Truth

Our cultural narrative is just a story. This story is what culture wants us to accept. Here’s how it works. If we live in the jungle, we must know if a harmful predator is nearby. In a tropical rainforest, other animals become quiet when danger is near. If we didn’t learn this sign, we might get eaten by a leopard.

Many religions use cultural programming to install thoughts and values that are harmful. Our natural inclination as social beings is to look for others’ welfare. If we spot a tiger hiding in the bushes, we shout so everyone knows. But, in some cases, religion tells us we can eat outsiders. If you aren’t a part of the tribe, you are an enemy of the tribe.   We may intentionally feed outsiders to the tiger because this is what our religion programs us to do. Religion disguises itself as the narrative of truth when it harbors bias and prejudice for the most part.

Exposing Programming for More Clarity

When we see the Ego and the cultural programming, we increase awareness. Greater awareness gives us more choices to make a positive impact. For instance, what you learn from understanding how your personality works also helps you understand others. Similarly, it shows us the fundamental drivers that influence our culture. When we can see them, then we can avoid them.

Discerning facts from fiction makes you less likely to accept spurious or unfounded propositions. This skill is helpful, especially in the spirituality arena, which is full of people making bogus claims. However, they work because people buy false arguments. And it’s the Enneagram that exposes these fictions within our programming.

On the other hand, being pro-facts doesn’t mean you should be anti-religious. Many ancient researchers of the psyche use religious terms to describe their processes. They passed along their research in stories. Sometimes, these stories became myths, and mythology became a religion.

Three religions dominate almost half of the world’s population: the Abrahamic religions (6), Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These religions aren’t new. They are the rebranding of earlier traditions from the Mediterranean region, specifically the Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. These paradigms contain religious, ethnic, racial, and gender bias and prejudice.

Concerns about using the Enneagram

Those who have concerns about using this process tend to distrust all forms of psychology and science. Those who believe it is evil are misinformed and do so from illogical bias and prejudice.

This system has undergone many years of scientific testing. It is as valid a method of the psyche as any form of psychology. Those who have concerns about it do not understand it, or perhaps they fear what it can reveal. The Enneagram is a solid cognitive science tool, and many mental health clinicians use it.


Below is a visual graph showing one way to describe the psyche. The Observer is at the center.

Our instincts are drivers of our fundamental values. These are the gut feelings that tell us what is right and evil. Most people are surprised to learn how much instinct colors their thinking and value judgments.

Personality provides the default settings of our demeanor, colors, values, and emotions. It is a specific set of traits and a framework for thinking.

When our thinking is healthy, we reflect humanity’s positive values in our actions. This outward effect is generally protective, nurturing, and overall non-judgmental. We are social beings, even if we are introverted.

The outer layer contains the programming from the cultural folklore. Here is where we get the propaganda from Eck. This kind of programming overrides our natural tendencies of instinct and personality. All of this stuff contains harmful bias and prejudice. It’s easy to spot because it justifies greed, discrimination, and violence.



One of our favorite resources is Russ Hudson, co-creator of The Enneagram Institute (7) with the late Don Riso. Russ knows this system well. He is a good seminar instructor. Check out their site for workshops near you. We also recommend any of the instructors certified to teach by their institute.

In Conclusion

To summarize, the Enneagram personality profile is a systematic cognitive science tool that shows how our mind works. It illuminates the mechanisms of the mind so that we can understand and regain proper control of our personality and instincts. It does this by illuminating thinking processes, symbols, and typologies that influence our thinking and values. It is a powerful tool for learning about the mind. If you are curious about how your mind works, then this is the tool you need.


(1) The Kabbalah: Wikipedia 
(2) Jungian Psychology: Therapy Types 
(3) Oscar Ichazo: Wikipedia 
(4) George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Fourth Way Work: 
(5) Claudio Naranjo: Wikipedia 
(5) John Lilly: Wikipedia 
(6) Abrahamic Religions: Wikipedia 
(7) The Enneagram