ew weeks ago I received a copy o HerbPearce’s new book,
“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Power of the Enneagram.”
I wroteto congratulate Herb or publishing his book, butalso to draw his attention to two signiicant problemsI noticed on the cover.He used all nine o our copyrighted type names, without attribution to us (Riso and Hudson) eitheron the cover or even on the copyright page. As visi-tors to our website know, we allow our type namesto be used reely, as long as they are given properattribution.The second thing that jumped out rom the cover was that hal the title o his book
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to “The Power of the Enneagram,”
happensalso to be the title o our audio set,
The Power of the Enneagram
, published by Nightingale Conant. Thisaudio set is still in print and is available rom ouroice as individual CDs per type. While there may not be anything legally that prevents using someoneelse’s book title, it does seem to be a questionablepractice. Goodwill would require to ind a title thatavoids conusing readers.I communicated this several weeks ago to Herband the publishers, and we are working together toresolve these issues.This letter is to remind the readers o the EMand the Enneagram community in general that it islegally and ethically important to do the right thingregarding copyright issues. Taking copyright issueslightly does not relect well on the Enneagram, orthe Enneagram community. It should be a commonpractice to give the appropriate attribution whenusing other’s material.Mistakes can happen in the rush and chaos o thepublishing business, but it should go without sayingthat Herb and his editor need to rectiy these mistakesin a meaningul way. I am using this opportunity alsoas a “heads up” to the Enneagram community andas a plea to be mindul and respectul o our sources when we write or teach about the Enneagram.
Don Riso The Enneagram Institute Stone Ridge, NY
ully agree with you that we should redirect aconsiderable part o our ocus away rom ourxations and toward our strengths. The new eldo positive psychology (e.g., see Jonathan Haidt,
“The Happiness Hypothesis”
and Martin Seligman,
“Authen- tic Happiness”)
urges just such an approach i we areto achieve more ullling and satisying lives. Clearly the enneagram can be o great help here in identiy-ing our strengths.I wish you success in this new direction.
Sincerely,Dr. Jim Seger Julian, CA
erry Christmas and a happy New Year or whatever you are celebrat-ing, i you are celebrating—and i not, why not? Well, another year down the hatch and what a year this was—the energies and orcesseem to have been lining up or a major shit in ourthinking about the enneagram.The last year has seen the introduction o many new ideas, as well as reinterpretations o existingideas, belies, and philosophies. As a result, therehave been opportunities or growth and develop-ment—growth that is organic, i.e., rooted in a world-view that is luid and able to adjust to thechanging currents o lie. In this way, we sink our roots deep into the earth while at the sametime reaching upwards towards the sky. In themiddle ground is the meeting place o these twoextremes—the place we live and share our lives withothers. This middle ground is where the cycle o lie is most visibly maniest, where we see the ourseasons progress, each o which has something tooer.Spring gets the cycle going with seed energy bursting. Summer eeds and matures the plant. Autumn brings ruition and the seed. Winter breaksdown the ground or the next cycle. As nature’s sys-tems are in a constant lux o checks and balances,so is ours. As an enneagram community, we also go throughcycles. In the early years, we experienced the excite-ment o learning about a new system or sel-under-standing.During this springtime, we experienced theeagerness o discovering something new—some-thing to help us grow in a whole new way. Duringthe summertime phase, our understanding deep-ened and matured. We ormed organizations, train-ing programs, and launched journals like the EMto both explore the enneagram more deeply and toimpart the teachings to a wider public. As summer moved into all, many o us mighthave experienced a sense o “ullness” about ourunderstanding o the system. Maybe we didn’tknow everything there was to know about theenneagram, but we knew as much as we couldpractically utilize. We began to realize that theinormation on the weaknesses o each type, whileinitially useul, could have a somewhat depressingeect over time. The initial elation about the sys-tem seemed to give way to a sort o “lieboat” men-tality, where the chie comort o knowing our type was that we’re all in the same boat. We’re all stuck with some kind o sin or ixation, so we might as well be resigned to our ate. I suppose this was the winter phase o our growth as a community—theplace we reached ater we couldn’t igure out whereelse to go.Then, during all o last year, a growing numbero new shoots started coming up—ull o positive juice and resh with promise. And in this issue,the last one o 2007, we have a number o articlesthat relect new and ruitul ways o envisioning theenneagram.
“Quantum Enneagram” tackles a di-icult subject in a simple and clear way. Essentially,the idea is that at the root o matter it’s impossibleto tell wave rom particle and at the root o ourtype we run into a similar impossibility. This makesour Enneagram type hard or impossible to deine,box in or to isolate as an “entity” independent o itsenvironment. As a result, we have to look at howthe two interact, not just at the type itsel. How wedevelop the discernment to do this is a question orurther investigation.
has a “3-V View” o Values,Visions & Vulnerabilities as the building blocks o personality in general and enneagram type in partic-ular. He says that each o these qualities are divinely inspired and undamentally wholesome. Atthe same time, in spite o our good intentions,our values are prone to distortion due to thepresence o type-related vulnerabilities. So hemakes a stab at talking about the healthy corethat we started out with prior to the develop-ment o distortion. He also talks about the distor-tion o the core as a starting point or uncoveringour healthy original state.
oers us a glimpse into the lie o Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer” o the televisedseries o the same name on the
channel. Susan became ascinated with Millan ater watching his TV show. As a cheerleader or theidea that type can be an asset instead o a liability,Susan’s always on the lookout or positive role mod-els o each type. And in Cesar Millan, she thoughtshe had her man: a healthy, balanced Type 8. Inthe irst o a two-part article, she introduces us tothe instinctual world o the dog whisperer, bothto prove her point that types really can be healthy and to give us non-Eights some hints about howto (saely) get in touch with the hidden Leader ineach o us.“The Conversation #26” has
mus-ing about the virtue o looking into a connectionbetween quantum physics or any other scien-tiic line drawn with the Enneagram. In her view it would dampen the spontaneous aspects.My opinion is that it would only do so i sci-ence is used to pin down types (to put them in abox)—which is not my understanding o what BillDyke is trying to do.
can see bothour points o view and agrees that a good dose o caution is needed to avoid stumbling into areas where Liz’s warning signs are posted.Picking up on an earlier line o inquiry,
continues the quest or more certainty abouthis type. Among enneagrammers
noticesthat many o us get so ascinated by the sins andixations o our type that we come to believe that
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