NLP and the Enneagram
by Rex Steven Sikes
take on it is essentially this - in a nutshell.
Enneagram, or any other personality system, Meyers Briggs etc.
is a set of generalizations. And if we understand the fundamental
generalizations in NLP, (e.g. Eye Accessing Cues, Representational
Systems, Meta Programs, Satir Categories etc. as well as a whole
others noted by NLP, as well as those not noted by NLP) then we
understand the usefulness of such systems. People use generalizations
streamline - they are big chunks of info which apply to many people,
they are useful. Learning to sort by generalizations and also
the specific individual detail is most desirable. Because we use
doesn't mean we forsake the other. Some of the more notable best
books and tape programs 'getting along with difficult people'
stereotype or generalize people into groups. The 'tank', just
did with the 'blamer' or 'leveler' etc. It is useful to recognize
generalizations when dealing with others (a form of calibration)
for a moment adhere to the generalization as if it is actually
as if the person is permanently or immutably the label given them.
like a nominalization - has many different aspects, colors, shades,
nuances, interpretations, meanings - but we don't stop using them.
hopefully understand how to use them. We don't have to denominalize
every nominalization (that would be silly and fruitless - in fact
impossible) so we use them and understand that there is a lot
variance to any given term.
personality systems contain some truthfulness when applied to
groups or masses of people. And yes individuals comprise those masses,
hence it is important to keep an open mind, be ready to be surprised
often by the individual, and move beyond just the generalization.
things can be useful when we are ready to investigate them and accept
them for what they are. Limited models, only reflecting what may
possible. Still it can help us with NLP if we still remember to
calibrate, be open and accepting and don't get locked into any system,
including NLP. None of them are gospel or unerring. And all of them
some kernels of truth and elements which are helpful to the
oneself by a number, or be a rep system, or by a meta program
or a belief or value, in fact defining oneself by any label or
nominalization is limiting - yet it is done all the time. Any
sets boundaries around a label, much is deleted. However, if we
recognize this fact, and are open to accepting that more is there,
that we are in fact not are names, or labels or scores on personality
tests, nor are others, Meta Programs, or Satir Categories etc.etc.
we can use all things, and hopefully we can use them wisely, and
respect for others and ourselves.
others as far as I am concerned is one of the greatest means
of having rapport and understanding. True acceptance without desiring
that another person or self is different, but accepting them at
value. And all of us generalize about others (see I just did in
sentence, as well as many others) and since we do we should learn
use big chunks and generalizations with respect and wisdom rather
labeling the very same process another person uses as 'bs'.
we need to do as practitioners is elevate our thinking about things
to begin to look at the very patterns we are using when we look
patterns. When we look at NLP or other systems of classification.
need to look at and assess the tools and approaches, and begin
them, beyond what they are purported to be. We need to be able
meta to NLP itself and determine when and how one uses what in
and wise manner. That takes open honest critical thinking skills.
takes being abel to shift levels, and gain more than one perspective
(essentially more than our own perspective).
these things are very dynamic. And being able to sort by
generalization, speeds up calibration immensely. Being able to
go to the
heart of behavior presupposition and well as spoken presupposition,
speeds up the processes immensely. When one can begin to see that
things occur simultaneously, and move above that, then one has
understand, albeit still limited understanding, but a greater
understanding of how things operate together (in another person's
than piecemeal picking apart of rep systems and strategies.
it is a matter of being able to chunk up, down and sideways. It
matter of being able to begin to see the connections in another
history to their present state, to discover what generalizations
work and what presuppositions. And guess what - sometimes starting
big (and seemingly meaningless pieces like) personality stereotypes
get us there a thousand times faster than all the meta modeling
world. However, if one truly begins to fathom the applications
meta model than one finds it more than just an information gathering
tool, but as well a means of communicating more effectively, pacing,
entering another person's map, leading, inducing and much much
Same with rep systems, beliefs, values and meta programs.
my gosh modeling becomes all the more a breeze!
my two cents.
well and enjoy!