Format: pdf and mp3
Book: 177 pages, incl experiential exercises
Guided mp3: 42 minutes
From the Enneagram perspective
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.
The book fills a void in the Enneagram literature, where there is a lot of talk about centres — the three (or more) types of intelligence available to us as humans. But 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, while descriptions of the instinctual drives as such are harder to come by.
Still, if you’ve never heard of the Enneagram or the personality types that it describes, that’s no problem. In this book, we explore both the centres and the instincts as they are and for what they are, separate from type.