A needed book
Aspects of you came about to fill a void in the Enneagram literature. In the Enneagram world, there is a lot of talk about centres — the three (or more) hubs of separate intelligence available to us.
Usually, we mostly hear of them as homes to three Enneagram types each: as the centre triads, rather than simply centres of intelligence. Similarly, we hear about the instinctual drives, or “subtypes” — usually described as variants of the Enneagram types, which account for differences among individuals of the same type.
“Cicci Lyckow Bäckman has been a dedicated student of the Enneagram for many years, but in this beautiful and accessible book, she steps into teaching the true heart and soul of the Enneagram work. There are many places now where we can read descriptions of the nine types, but Cicci goes beyond this by inviting us into the core teachings for developing ourselves through our Enneagram type. The aptly named Aspects of You reveals to us the inner drives and mechanics behind each of the nine types through an exploration of the Centers of Intelligence. She describes the sense and function of the Centers but also offers advice on how to better express them and balance our lives through them. You can tell from her friendly and steady guidance that Cicci has really lived these teachings, and so she conveys them with a freshness and intimacy rare in writings on this subject. I am truly grateful to see her bringing this marvelous book into the Enneagram conversation, and highly recommend it to anyone seeking to engage in real inner work.”
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Or maybe, if you don’t know about the Enneagram, you haven’t heard of either of these 😊 Either way, insights about and explorations into the centres and instincts offer great value when inner growth is our goal. (That is — these things offer great value in many arenas, including improved work connections, performance, relationships, and overall joy and freedom. The book is, however, written from the perspective of in-depth inner growth and self-knowledge.)
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I look forward to having it in Spanish
A really good book! It gave me light about things I didn’t have clear about the instincts, and I think many people will learn a lot from it.
Most comprehensive book I’ve read on the Centres and Instincts to date
It has really given me further depth on understanding the instincts and centres. It has become my go to text on the matter. I really recommend getting it and it may even help clarify any questions around your own instinct etc and centre versus type confusions.
Such a great bridge to bring all these teachings together
I am really enjoying your book. It really is what is missing in the enneagram literature, a pragmatic understanding of the functioning of the different centers. I am listening to Russ’s new “book” and just finished Bea and Uranio’s course on the subtypes, your book is such a great bridge to bring all these teachings together and to give it some grounding. Very much appreciated by this gut type.
When faced with, and intrigued by, a new concept —
the Enneagram, a feature within the Enneagram or something different entirely — a good question to ask is what this new concept offers. Is it another set of categories, another way for the ego to define itself (or worse, blame its habits on)? Or does it offer tools for actual growth? Then check if this is, indeed, what you are looking for.