Review of Relevant Literature

Numerous experts invest much time and effort in furthering their knowledge on the Enneagram and its practices. Among them is the well-known Helen Palmer. Palmer is a teacher of intuition and psychology, as well as a published author, and a founding director of the International Enneagram Association (Allgaier). Renowned Christian author Richard Rohr stated, “Helen Palmer teaches the Enneagram with an in-depth and clinical clarity that can only help and strengthen those who are seeking to use it for spiritual direction, Christian guidance, or even the classic “reading of souls” (Helen). Her repertoire includes five best-selling books in the human consciousness sector. However, Palmer does much more than just write books. In fact, she tours around the world to train people toward more self-awareness. This past fall of 2014, my mother and I actually had the fortune to participate in one of Palmer’s many conferences in a near-by Cincinnati location.

Another instrumental researcher key to the growth of the Enneagram is David Daniels, a clinical professor of psychoanalysis and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School (Allgaier). Doctor Daniels has been in private practice for the last forty years and continues to learn more about himself and his surroundings daily. Daniels states, “It is my hope that the Enneagram system will become part of definitive psychological and spiritual research, will reach out into the world to help resolve conflict and aid collaboration, and will help us all move forward on the path to wholeness both individually and collectively” (Daniels). Moreover, it is understandable that some of the top scholars in this field would be psychologists who devote their time to relationships, mental health education, and human development.


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