At the root of personality is Perspective. The word perspective has multiple meanings: it is worldview; point of view; perceptual position; and mental posture relative to yourself, others, and the environment. In the Structural Enneagram, Perspective is contingent upon many factors, among them, physiological capabilities and constraints, psychological drives, accidents of personal history, cultural contributions, and (largely unconscious) linguistic structures. The six points on the enneagram hexad—the six-pointed star shape—mark the Perspectives modeled by the Structural Enneagram. The typical patterns of underuse and overuse of these six Perspectives add up to nine personality structures and eighteen personality types. (The points on the triangle are explained in my paper, which can be purchased by clicking on the PayPal icon in the right-hand column.)
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