Item description for The Enneagram: An Expanded and Improved View by B Lumpkin Joseph...
We are about to take a journey into the world of the Enneagram. Those with prior knowledge of the Enneagram will instantly notice the fresh approach taken in the pages to come. With a new vantage point comes new information and application. We will examine basic concepts of psychology with a focus on those ideas of Carl Jung, whose teachings greatly influenced the founders of the enneagram of today. We will also learn to identify personality types in order to quickly classify basic traits, strengths, and weaknesses. We will look at the hopes, fears, and motives of the personality types as revealed in Enneagram.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 25, 2007
Publisher Fifth Estate
ISBN 1933580348 ISBN13 9781933580340
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Enneagram: An Expanded and Improved View?
Over-rated and senseless Mar 11, 2008
I was very much excited about reading this book. It very much disappointed, however. It doesn't at all stick to the standard interpretation of the enneagram. I was through with it in less than two hours, having skimmed through as much as I could take. It went straight to the recycle bin. I do not recommend this book. H.
Expanded - Yes. Improved - Maybe so. Jul 30, 2007
As a person who is a "traditional" enneagram student, I had a hard time shallowing this book. It throws away the idea of finite paths for growth or decline. It challenges the concept of only certain wings going with certain main types. It imposes other number on types. 5 and 7 are reversed and other types are split along boundries of action and motive. The result is a book that is not typical enneagram. At first I thought of tossing the book, but then I began to apply the knowledge and gues what... It works. The book tries to make nice with those like me who want to stick with what there have been exposed to, so it gives instructions on how to apply the information back to the traditional 9 types. I found the book to be informative and a fresh approach to a discipline that may have grow as much as it could in its old skin.
For the boldness it took to present a new view, I will give the book a 4.
Interesting and Odd - but good May 2, 2007
First - If you are stuck on accepting only the standard info on the Enneagram, best to pass on this book. It is out of the norm. The 9 types of the Enneagram is actually presented as 12 types but there are three types that are directly connected as expansions of the standard 9 types. This will beg the question as to when the system is no longer called "Enneagram" since the word means 9 signs or types. Since there are still 9 basic types with 3 other types linked to or expanding them this book stradles the line of divergence.
The book is not religious but it does draw on Bible sources as part of the expanded base of knowledge. Parallels are drawn from the 12 tribes of Judah in the Torah / Old Testament. Each tribe exemplifies a type. Tribes founders or major descendants functioned in ways expected from a type. This seems congruent not only to the possible history of the Enneagram as produced in that area of the world, but also to its transmission along lines of priesthood. If one looks closely it is not hard to see information that has been passed down from sources of Jung, Pythagoras, Sufis, and the Torah. All of it is tied togther very well.
Much new information about possible childhood and environmental influences are suggested as to the reason each type may develop. The book ends with some basic counseling principles.
I ordered this book as did a friend of mine. He received a slightly different book containing a few typos or spelling errors. I have to assume these have been recently corrected. The revision now out is cleaner.
In all, I think this is a good purchase for anyone seeking new or fresh insights into the Enneagram. To see and apply the information one should be prepared to step out of the box and look at the Enneagram as an evolving system and not as a hard and fast, and stagnated rule.
New View and New Info Apr 20, 2007
This is not the same old enneagram blah blah. I thought most of the basic info had been published. I had not been able to find much new out there. This book blew me away in several ways. First, it explains the possible bases of knowledge drawn from to create the enneagram. This means the author looks at Greek, Hebrew, and Middle-Eastern sources. Examples of each type are shown in the Torah or Old Testament. The book then takes the nine basic types and breaks some into subtypes to help clarify and explain how some types are difficult to classify. Information on how certain childhood and environmental stresses could result in the development of types is covered. Each type is examined in various positions such as parent, worker, boss, friend...
In short, purests may have trouble with the untraditional appoach but I have never seen so much new and insightful info in a single source.