How the Enneagram Broke Me Wide Open: AME 130



I love listening to podcasts and over the past few years, mentions of the Enneagram personality test has popped up over and over again. Last Fall, I decided to explore it further and happened upon a podcast interviewing Ian Cron.

I was intrigued.

The podcast shared how valuable knowing your team’s personality profile and how it can help the team as they interact with each other.

Being the team enthusiast that I am, I sent all of Team Sparkle a link to take the Enneagram Test with the expectations that we would share our results at our Team Retreat.

We did and it was really fun BUT…as I explored the Enneagram a bit more, through Ian Cron’s book The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, I felt a sense of awakening that I never experienced before.

And that’s why I decided to make The Road Back to You, the Deep Space Sparkle’s book pick for Spring 2019.

I can’t wait for you to listen to how this book impacted how I think about myself and the work I do to understand myself better but also how it has helped improve how I interact with my team and my loved ones.

So What Exactly is the Enneagram?

It’s basically a personality test on how people are wired, both positively and negatively. Results are surprisingly accurate. The Enneagram isn’t just a personality inventory like Myers-Briggs. It’s a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth that has many layers.

The Enneagram is based on 9 personality types, but it’s more than just the numbers. It is structured to determine not only your basic personality type (we are all born with a dominant type) but also factors in how as children we adapt to this personality type. There are many nuances to the Enneagram, like how healthy you are in your dominant personality trait or number and how your Wing factors in.

Here are the 9 types:
1  The Perfectionist is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and a perfectionist.
2 The Helper is generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing, and possessive.
3 The Performer  is adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious
4 The Romantic is expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
5 The Investigator is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
6 The Loyalist is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
7 The Enthusiast is spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered.
8 The Challenger is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
9 The Peacemaker is receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned.

Here are a few basic assumptions of the Enneagram:

1. People do not change from one basic personality type to another.

2. The descriptions of the personality types are universal and apply equally to males and females, since no type is inherently masculine or feminine.

3. Not everything in the description of your basic type will apply to you all the time because you fluctuate constantly among the healthy, average, and unhealthy traits that make up your personality type.

4. The Enneagram uses numbers to designate each of the types because numbers are value neutral— they imply the whole range of attitudes and behaviors of each type without specifying anything either positive or negative.

5. The numerical ranking of the types is not significant. A larger number is no better than a smaller number; it is not better to be a Nine than a Two because nine is a bigger number.

6. No type is inherently better or worse than any other.

The last is the most important factor to understand and overcome…when I tested using the Rheti, I initially didn’t like my number….


– What is the Enneagram and how it can serve you personally and professionally

– What the nine personality types are

– How my Enneagram number shaped how I perceived myself in a new way

– Why taking the test not only helps you, but helps you see see others in a different light




Learn about The Enneagram Institute and purchase the test HERE

The Myers & Briggs Foundation

StoryBrand Podcast with Donald Miller

Learn more about Ian Cron and listen to his podcast Ian Cron Typology

Art Made Easy 129: The Creative Habit: Our First Book Club Pick!

The Enneagram Books

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels

The Enneagram Made Easy by Elizabeth Wagele

You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram

Patty Palmer At Home Instagram

Join the Sparklers Club waitlist HERE


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  • Christine Salinas

    I love that you found this book and explored the Enneagram so intently. Our church hosted a couple that actually coach using the enneagram and most of our 1,000+ member church knows their style number. It has helped our family understand each other better and led us to being more keenly aware when we are reaching into an non-resourceful area of a number (unhealthy). We also got a spiritual formation booklet that helped five even further into what this looks like in our hearts. Good stuff. Really glad to find your site for help with teaching a group of kiddos for our homeschool co-op.

    • Patty

      This is such an impactful book. Glad you are familiar with it. I’m really just diving in but I love what the enneagram tells us about ourselves.

  • Jean M Thompson-Bay

    I love that you did a podcast on the Enneagram. Our church (Universalist Unitarian) recommended we read the book by Helen Palmer, but also occasionally hosts workshops (on Enneagram). I was asked to be on a panel as a “7.” I still haven’t figured out my wings yet. My husband did the test too & spoke on the panel as a “3.” When we have the kids home from college at Thanksgiving, we are taking your advice & spending the $20 and having them take the online tests. After having read our own numeric types, we were both in shock, like, “How can this book know deep inside my soul?!” lol

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