This overview gives light-hearted coverage of the essential components of the Enneagram of Personality Types. Complete with cartoons!
For each of the nine Enneagram types, Chestnut offers an expanded view on the three subtypes (instinctual biases or goals): self-preservation, social interaction, and sexual (one-on-one) bonding. The widely held premise is that though all three instincts operate in all of us, usually one will be dominant in an individual. This idea consequently contributes to the explanation for different "flavors" of an Enneagram type.
One of the foremost instructors of the Enneagram utilizes narratives gleaned from panel discussions to not only present an overview but to focus on type-based patterns of attention and intuition.
Palmer gives another fairly comprehensive overview with a focus on how types come together in love and work.
Two internationally-recognized scholars and writers offer a comprehensive coverage of the Enneagram, including an expansive discussion of its origins and history.
The authors offer another overview of the Enneagram along with an emphasis on awareness, presence, and the Spiritual Journey.
The authors offer another overview of the Enneagram along with misidentifications, Levels of Development summaries, imbalances of the centers, psychological categories (DSM), each type's "missing piece", and recommendations.
The authors suggest that the inherent qualities and acquired traits of the Enneagram personalities can be used to determine "good fit" work solutions.
Wyman offers abbreviated explanations of both the MBTI and the Enneagram (one chapter each) and an interesting perspective on how both are integral in understanding self. Discounting any emphasis on wings, subtypes, or degree or level of mental health or spiritual state, Wyman presents her own theory on why individuals operating out of the same Enneagram number can appear to be so different: differing Core Selves as profiled by the MBTI assessment. She proposes that internal tension and conflict results from incompatible qualities of one's Myers-Briggs type and Enneagram type. As a psychotherapist working almost entirely with women, she believes the only way to resolve the tension and conflict is through Inner-Child Healing (which she discusses at greater length). Wyman presents many tragic case studies, but manages to remain witty as well as pointed in her overall writing style.