Systems Thinking and Personality Types LO22582

Winfried Dressler (
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 15:37:49 +0200

Replying to LO22547 --

>Anyway, my friend is a strong beliver of Eneagram, he said this is a very
>in-depth tool to explore our true self, and it even beyonds the
>psychology. Can anyone tell me more about Eneagram?


I came to the conclusion that it is as difficult to get meaning out of the
Eneagram as it is to get music out of a violin.

>Since Eneagram is now quite a hit topic in Hong Kong, some of my friends
>who know me talk to me that I am Number 5, which my friend who teach
>coaching told me, No.5 might be some of the most obvious traits, but
>might not be my number!

The violin is not about getting all the music into the four strings, but
to get all the music out of those four strings. A violin is not an end but
a source of music.

You see, saying "I (or you) am Number 5" is like trying to get all the
personality into the Eneagram. But the Eneagram is not the end of meaning
but a source.

>I am really curious about how to merge this personality stuffs into
>Personal Mastery.

A master of violin learns to master his personality through mastering the
violin. It is the opposite of a quick fix. Today you can buy for nearly
anything Courses in 30 Days. Not so for a violin. Like "this personality
stuffs" it requires lifelong learning to grow in mastership. This is why
Senge chose the word "disciplin". I cannot put all the knowledge into my
brain. My brain is not the end of knowledge but a source.

Joey, if you have followed At de Langes contributions dealing with one to
many and many to one relations, you may have noticed, that I have tried
nothing else: To hold high the value of one to many relation against many
to one reduction. The Eneagram is good for both, depending on whether you
apply constructive of destructive creativity.

Liebe Gruesse,



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