The enneagram is a system that ordinary people, not psychologists, can use to understand personality types.

It covers on how to spot the types, differentiate the wing look-alike and how to communicate with each type. It provides concise thumbnail sketches of each of the 9 enneagram psychological types. The type descriptions are followed by 2 especially useful sections: ways to distinguish between "lookalikes" across the 9 types on communication, both from the perspective of being a listener and a speaker, belonging to each type.

Webbs style follows the "oral tradition" of the enneagram; which also means that there is no "quiz" to determine your type; instead, you would need to read about each type and make your determination based on the descriptions. This book tells you what it takes 3 to 4 books to cover. It is written in a very concise manner with almost no repetition.

The book concludes with a short opinion on "what to do next," along with a (somewhat UK-centric) resource directory.

About the Author

Karen Webb is an experienced enneagram teacher, councellor and workshop leader.


Why the enneagram?
How the enneagram works
Type 1: The perfectionist
Type 2: The giver
Type 3: The performer
Type 4: The romantic
Type 5: The observer
Type 6: The questioner
Type 7: The epicure
Type 8: The boss
Type 9: The mediator
Seeing below the surface: type which look alike.
Communication: using the enneagra to create understanding.
Conclusion: What do I do now?


Paperback: 173 pages
Publisher: Thorsons (1996)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
Photos black & white colour: none
Diagrams: many
Tables: none
Index: none
References for more info: many
Quality: 2nd hand (80%)
Underline: few
Notes in margins: few
Corners folded: none
Binding backbone: intact

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