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The Narrative Tradition is an extraordinary teaching method that promotes an open exploration of each personality type, offering a unique and personally transformative experience of the Enneagram.

By listening to representatives of each Enneagram type share their personal stories and reveal their particular inner worlds and realities, you can discover how to recognize different type patterns from direct experience.

In our view, there is no better way to explore, learn and teach than through this interactive method of panel interviews. Through a sophisticated inquiry method, the Narrative Tradition demonstrates the types, their struggles, dilemmas, strengths and paths of development. The types continuously teach us about themselves at ever deepening levels of awareness, and we learn from exploring with them.

Ultimately, the Enneagram is an “inside job” of determining your type and coming to know and understand your own focus of attention, core beliefs, coping strategies and path of development. The primary value of the Enneagram does not come from identifying your type based on external behaviors, but from a deeper understanding of how behavioral patterns relate to your focus of attention, motivation and personal experience.

The panel interviews bring the Enneagram alive through meaningful conversation and insights. Our programs in the Narrative Tradition are set within a rich context of self-observation practices, practical exercises for each type, directed meditations, movement exercises, and facilitated interactions between the types.