From the booklet:
“In the Enneagram world, there are an almost indefinite number of type descriptions to be had. Some of them are shallow or downright misleading; others are carefully worded, rich, and insightful portrays of each type, or variations of that type. When Don Riso mapped out the developmental levels of the psyche — independent of type as well as with clear descriptions of what happens at each level for each type — in a way that was, in our modern take on these vices and fixations, the first glimmering of hope. The Enneagram of Personality that we were studying and recognising ourselves in offered not just categories and boxes, but also the possibility of growth.
This possibility, however, is far less talked about than type definitions and various symmetries within the model. How to utilise it, still less. And don’t get me wrong, of course the theory and type information matters, too. Without truly understanding the types and the dynamics of the model, it’s useless. But it is just as useless for its original intended purpose — growth and self-awareness — if we stay with the information, on the surface, in the definitions and discussions of what goes where, and don’t ever set foot behind the veil that our own psychological structure constitutes.
This booklet is an offering in that direction. It contains a brief overview of the levels themselves (their origins and stages), and then goes on to explore how we can grow in self-awareness and presence and effectually “climb” these levels. I hope you find it useful.”
Cicci Lyckow Bäckman has been facilitating experiential growth courses since 2004 and studied the Enneagram for more than 20 years.