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Where from here?
on 15 February 2009
Simon Parke writes a witty and amusing weekly column in the Mail on Saturday magazine about his experience working in a supermarket. Prior to that he was an Anglican priest for twenty years.
The Enneagram is a psychological and spiritual quest to find your identity in one of nine basic character types. Simon Parke, writing as if the Enneagram symbol itself is speaking, explains how the concept developed over the ages, apparently the 9 pointed symbol itself can be traced back to Pythagoras; and the ideas relate to teachings of Buddha, Socrates, and Plato, as well as Christianity - which he does not perceive as a conflict.
After identifying which of the nine types you believe you are, each of these is then entered into in greater depth. Unfortunately like many other self-help psychological books this is bigger on dissecting than putting together again, and the resulting advice can best be summed up by a return to Buddha: "the primary cause of our suffering is not our experience, but our response to it." We are advised to "respond, not react;" and "promote the pause."
This was an interesting book; with some briefly touched-on insights such as Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human need - yet I feel it ended just where it should have begun. Almost the last words are "you have everything you need to proceed" - but I did not feel this to be the case.