How It’s Different from the Conventional Enneagram

The Structural Enneagram is a fundamental rethinking of the Enneagram model of personality. The conventional Enneagram is a system of nine personality types as pictured on a graph called an enneagram, or nine-part figure. As an adaptation of that well-known personality-typing system, the Structural Enneagram introduces several new features, among them:

  • Detailed specification of the underlying structures of personality.
  • More-accurate, two-number structures as opposed to the old single-number types.

These and other modifications of the Enneagram model add exponentially to its explanatory value and usefulness.

The Enneagram

Even at the surface level of delineation and description of types, the Structural Enneagram’s innovations are quite extensive. For example, while the conventional Enneagram describes nine personality types with the option of assigning a wing—the type on either side of the dominant type—the Structural Enneagram makes wings an essential factor in personality typing.

The principle features of the Structural Enneagram are as follows:

  • 6 perspectives that form the building blocks of personality
  • 9 personality structures corresponding to pairs of adjacent numbered points
  • 18 type-plus-wing personalities



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