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All too often I hear from people who are unfamiliar with the Enneagram that the Enneagram puts people in a box. There is nothing further from the truth. The Enneagram gives you insight into who you truly are and how you react when you feel disconnected from your divine essence. As such, the Enneagram  does not label you, but rather, it frees you by giving you a choice in how to respond in a moment of stress or challenge. When we know who we are, we can choose what we do. Higher path? Lower path? Without understanding our higher emotion and lower emotional habit, often we mindlessly react to stimuli (and often regret it afterwards, feeling drained, embarrassed, or exposed). The Enneagram offers us the chance to respond to challenges consciously – not just reacting to stimuli, but responding through choice. This experience empowers us, and even energizes us, even in the most difficult of situations. 

Our higher emotion is also sometimes called the Virtue of our type. Our Virtue is what we bring to an experience when we have a full and open heart. Our lower emotional habit is sometimes called our Passion, or the lower emotional reaction we have when we have disconnected from our Virtue or higher emotion. 

Here is a chart of the higher emotions and lower emotional habits for each type: 


Body Types                       Higher Emotion                                   Lower Emotional Habit 

Type 9                               Right Action                                          Laziness, Sloth

Type 8                               Innocence                                             Excessive behavior, Lust

Type 1                               Serenity                                                Anger and resentment


Head Types                     Higher Emotion                                   Lower Emotional Habit 

Type 7                              Sobriety, acting without diversions         Gluttony and fear of limitations

Type 6                              Courage                                               Fear and doubt

Type 5                              Non-attachment                                    Avarice or greed


Heart Types                   Higher Emotion                                    Lower Emotional Habit 

Type 4                            Equanimity, knowing there is enough       Envy or Melancholy             

Type 3                            Honesty and Truthfulness                        Vanity and deceit

Type 2                            Humility                                                 Pride


Would you like to learn more about your Enneagram type and your higher emotion and your lower emotional habit? Reach out to me and we can set up an Enneagram Typing Interview to discover your Enneagram map. You may also schedule a complimentary discovery call if you have questions about how the Enneagram journey can help you live your fullest life. 

Maria Mandarino

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