The Enneagram’s 3 Dominant Emotions as Barriers to Discernment

The Enneagram’s 3 Dominant Emotions as Barriers to Discernment

  • ANGER impedes the Gut Triad (Types 8,9,1)
  • SHAME impedes the Heart Triad (Types 2,3,4)
  • FEAR impedes the Head Triad (Types 5,6,7)

In unhealthy states of anger, cognition decreases, & anxiety increases.- In states of shame, confidence in oneself decreases, & anxiety increases.- In states of fear, our energy is depleted, & anxiety increases. See the pattern? While we all experience anger, shame, and fear, our Type tends to resort to one that’s ‘dominant.’ Our default responses to stress result in this dominant emotion significantly impeding our ability to make wise decisions. We keep running into them, and too often walk away limping and bruised. With awareness and intention, the enneagram helps us see how these barriers can become INVITATIONS. More on this in future posts. Stay tuned!

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