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page 2 the dog whisperer 
Susan Rhodes
page 4 the conversation #26
the crew
page 10co-creation of self 
Leonard Carr
page 11dynamic E—threes
Tom Condon
page 14
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December 2007
Issue 143
The QuantumEnneagramA 3-V View:
ValuesVisions & Vulnerabilities
 W 
hen I was rst introducedto the Enneagram, we gotonly the bad stu -- thedistortions, xations, compulsions,exaggerations, vices, bad breath, etc. When I, in turn, presented the En-neagram styles this way, people wouldask: “Isn’t there anything good aboutany o these types?” Apparently there wasn’t.So I started to wonder: “Well, what is good about these styles?”Is there something at the core o each style that maybe got distortedby its exaggerated expression? I al- ways liked the ancient Greek notiono sin or ault as
hamartia 
, missingthe mark. I you aim at a target, butyour arrow or gun barrel is bent, you’ll miss the target.Sin or disorder is being “bent.” Bent doesn’t describe the rst state o anything.It implies there was a previous condition. And bent contains possibilities o a uturecondition: being restored to the original state, remaining the same, or becomingmore bent to the point o breaking.Evil isn’t a separate entity. It’s the corruption o an original good which is sus-ceptible to a possible redemption. Sin and disorder are theological and psychologi-cal labels, respectively, or this corruption.On the psychological disorder side, Andras Angyal (1965), a neo-psychoana-lytic therapist, had this to say about neurosis:The essentially personal healthy eatures exist not beside but within the neuro-sis; each neurotic maniestation is a distorted expression o an individually shapedhealthy trend. The distortion must be clearly seen and acknowledged, but thehealthy core must be ound within the distortion itsel. (p.228) When the neurosis is discovered to be an exaggerated version o health, thepatient eels less shame and more hopeul.So what got distorted in the Enneagram styles? What’s the healthy core thatended up misshapen? To know who you really 
T
he bad news is, this article con-tains a serious discussion o quantum physics. The goodnews is, it doesn’t contain any mathemat-ical ormulas or anything to memorize.The best news is, it may causeyou to look at the enneagram (andhuman “personality” in general) in avery dierent way.
Putting Physics in Perspective
First, a supericial look at the his-tory o “physics.”Physics has been deined as “Thescience that deals with matter, ener-gy, motion and orce.” To me, thatsays “everything physical.” Pretty comprehensive.The irst physicist was probably the shaman, trying to make sense o the totality o the natural world. When humans turned rom hunter-gatherer to armer, thebright ones realized that seeds planted in the spring grew better than seeds plantedin the all, and “lay” people began using “physics.”The great architects, builders, sailors, inventors and warriors o antiquity wereall using sophisticated physics. The industrial revolution that shaped our modern world was a revolution o physics, and the trend continues today.Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discovered or developed most o what we wouldhave reerred to a hundred years ago as “modern physics.” It was based on theconcept o the universe as a magniicent machine, with interacting physical matterand energy orces which obeyed speciic natural laws. I we just understood thelaws, we could understand and predict and potentially control the worlds aroundus. Today we call it “Newtonian Physics,” because two hundred years later a totally new entity has emerged:
quantum physics.
Quantum Physics Emerges
Quantum physics deals almost exclusively with the sub-atomic world: thematter, orces, energies and motions that make
 
december 007
enneagram monthly
 A 
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 signiicant 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’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 ouroice 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 conusing 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 relect 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 rectiy these mistakesin a meaningul way. I am using this opportunity alsoas a “heads up” to the Enneagram community andas a plea to be mindul and respectul o our sources when we write or teach about the Enneagram.
Don Riso The Enneagram Institute Stone Ridge, NY 
I
ully agree with you that we should redirect aconsiderable part o our ocus away rom ourxations 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 ullling and satisying lives. Clearly the enneagram can be o great help here in identiy-ing our strengths.I wish you success in this new direction.
Sincerely,Dr. Jim Seger  Julian, CA 
M
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 shit in ourthinking about the enneagram.The last year has seen the introduction o many new ideas, as well as reinterpretations o existingideas, belies, 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 lie. 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 lie is most visibly maniest, where we see the ourseasons progress, each o which has something tooer.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 theinormation on the weaknesses o each type, whileinitially useul, could have a somewhat depressingeect over time. The initial elation about the sys-tem seemed to give way to a sort o “lieboat” men-tality, where the chie comort 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 ater 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 relect new and ruitul ways o envisioning theenneagram.
Bill Dyke’s
“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 deine,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 orurther investigation.
 Jerry Wagner
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.
Susan Rhodes
oers us a glimpse into the lie o Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer” o the televisedseries o the same name on the
National Geographic 
 channel. Susan became ascinated with Millan ater 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 (saely) get in touch with the hidden Leader ineach o us.“The Conversation #26” has
Liz Wagele
mus-ing about the virtue o looking into a connectionbetween quantum physics or any other scien-tiic 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.
Susan Rhodes
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,
Kirby Olson
continues the quest or more certainty abouthis type. Among enneagrammers
Leonard Carr
noticesthat many o us get so ascinated by the sins andixations o our type that we come to believe that
From the Editor
Letters
 
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Volume 13, Number 11, Issue 143
The Quantum Enneagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Dyke 1 A 3-V View:
Values, Visions & Vulnerabilities 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Wagner 1Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Listening to The Dog Whisperer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Rhodes 4The Conversation #26 . . . Liz Wagele, Jack Labanauskas, Susan Rhodes, Kirby Olson 10The Enneagram
and Co-Creation o Sel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
Leonard Carr 11The Dynamic Enneagram:
Fine Distinctions 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Condon 14The Enneagram and Plato’s
Phaedrus 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Lorne 16Teachers Listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Subscription forms and ad rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
 we don’t have the power to do anything about them. We want to use the enneagram to change our lives,but we don’t act in a way that’s likely to actually move us in that direction—in his words, we don’tact, we just keeping “reading the manual.”In Part 2 o “TheEnneagram and Co-Creation o Sel,” he con-tinues to talk about thisidea that we sleep in thebed that we’ve made orourselves. Every actiontaken was chosen by usand it had consequences.Given a long history o habitually acting in one way or another, we con-struct our own version o automatic responses thatthen seem to rule over us.Recognizing that we havearrived at our currentdestination due to thechoices we’ve reely madeis our irst step towardsreedom.
Tom Condon’s
con-tinuing piece, “TheDynamic Enneagram:Fine Distinctions,” pres-ents us with insights onthe subtypes o each pointo view. This month, theocus is on type Three.Last, but deinitely notleast,
Dave Lorne
shares with us some ascinatingmaterial he erreted outrom ancient Greek history that may very well betalking about nine enneagram styles. This little pearlcomes rom Plato, and is ound in the “Phaedrus”dialogue with Socrates. As Dave also notes, Greek philosopher Plotinus wrote The
Enneads 
, whichpoints to some sort o awareness o the enneagram(or something like it) by the Greeks.This also brings to mind Michael Goldberg’s work linking Homer’s
Odyssey 
to the enneagram.
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