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The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships (udgave 2018)

af Suzanne Stabile (Forfatter)

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Most of us have no idea how others see or process their experiences. And that can make relationships hard, whether with intimate partners, with friends, or in our professional lives. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others--and in ourselves. This book from Suzanne Stabile on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others' personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. No one is better equipped than the coauthor ofThe Road Back to You to share the Enneagram's wisdom on how relationships work--or don't. Why do Sixes seem so intimidated and put off by Eights, who only wish the Sixes would stop mulling things over and take action?Why do Fives seem so unavailable, even to their closest family and friends, while Twos seem to feel everybody else's feelings but their own and end up irritating people who don't want their help?How in the world can Fours be so open and loving to you one day and restrained and distant other times?… (mere)
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Titel:The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships
Forfattere:Suzanne Stabile (Forfatter)
Info:IVP Books (2018), 240 pages
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This is extremely helpful once you know your number and the common numbers of those you work/live with. The focus here is on how numbers relate with others and how they behave. I had lots of marginal comments for my number! ( )
  aevaughn | Jul 29, 2020 |
Not as earth shattering as The Road Back to You, but this was still an extremely helpful resource in understanding yourself and your relationships to others in light of your enneagram type. ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Summary: Using the tool of the Enneagram, this explores how each "number" interacts with the other numbers, how each number relates in stress, and security, and what is helpful for other "numbers" to understand about relating to a person with this number.

In The Road Back to You [https://www.ivpress.com/the-road-back-to-you], (review [https://bobonbooks.com/2017/01/05/review-the-road-back-to-you/]) Suzanne Stabile and her co-author Ian Cron give one of the most accessible explanations of the Enneagram that I have read. In this sequel, Suzanne Stabile builds on the insights of how each of the nine "numbers" on the Enneagram views and engages with the world uniquely and how this shapes the ways we build and maintain relationships with others, both those who share our "number" and those who differ (Enneagram types are summarized by the number for that type).

She begins by reviewing briefly the different numbers, the different Triads (Gut - 8, 9, 1; Heart - 2, 3, 4; Head - 5, 6, 7), the Wings (adjacent numbers to ours), and our Stress and Security numbers (those whose qualities we may draw on when we are under stress or feeling secure) and the three Stances (Aggressive - 3, 7, 8; Dependent - 1, 2, 6; and Withdrawing - 4, 5, 9). These are elaborated much more fully in The Road Back to You but also covered in the context of relationships in the following chapters.

Before discussing relationships for each number, Stabile offers very helpful advice for those concerned about the misuse of the Enneagram:

"First, please don't use your Enneagram number as an excuse for your behavior. Second, don't use what you've learned about the other numbers to make fun of, criticize, or stereotype, or in any way disrespect them. Ever. Third, it would be great if you would spend your energy observing and working on yourself as opposed to observing and working on others. And going forward, I hope you will share my desire that we all grow in our ability to accept, love, and walk beside one another on the path with loads of compassion and respect" (p. 13).

The next nine chapters are devoted to looking at each number beginning with Eights (the Gut Triad). Each chapter begins with a story of an interaction involving a person with the number being considered. This is followed by a description of the world of this number, how they respond in relationships under stress and security, and the path together with this number. A sidebar in each chapter considers relationships between this number and each of the other numbers, including those sharing the same number. The chapter concludes with two summaries, one focused on key things a person with this number need to remember that they can, and can't do in relationships and what they need to accept; and one focused on what others need to keep in mind in their relationships with a person with this number.

I found this book extremely helpful both for self-understanding, and understanding the ways I relate with others. In my case, I'm a five. I value competence that comes through knowing, independence, privacy, and guarding my energies. I listen and observe well, but I'm not always good at communicating my feelings. Instead, I will tell you what I think. I learned that I'm not always good at picking up innuendo or indirect communication (true). Being laid up for a couple of months at the end of 2016 told me how hard it is for me to let others care for me, and the truth that the best way to live is neither dependent nor independent, but interdependent. Stabile's title for my number really fit: "My Fences Have Gates."

One critique I would offer of this book is that it assumes that a person knows their Enneagram number and doesn't give much direction to the person who does not. There is a resource advertised at the end of the book on knowing your number but little guidance given about how one may go about discerning this. Stabile has been trained by Fr. Richard Rohr, whose approach is that one discerns one's number as one reads the different types and finds one that makes you uncomfortably squeamish, saying "how did you know that about me?" That one is probably yours.

I know there are some who are critical of the Enneagram. I won't try to defend this tool, except to say it has been useful for me and those I work with. Those who work with the Enneagram often like to say that the purpose of the Enneagram is not to put us in a box, but rather to help us understand the box we are in. Often, I'm tripped up by the things I don't understand about myself. As I grow in self-understanding this opens up new dimensions in relationships with both people and God, and frees me to more skillfully use my gifts and pursue the things I care about. Only Jesus fully knows me, and can form me to be the person he envisions, both fully who I am, and in his image. The Enneagram has been one way among many he has used in this process. Stabile's work is a great introduction to this way, this tool.

The Path Between Us Study Guide [https://www.ivpress.com/the-path-between-us-study-guide] is a companion guide for both individuals and groups who want to pursue this material further. The six studies are titled:

1. The Best Part of You Is the Worst Part of You
2. What We Want
3. What We Fear
4. What We Offer
5. Keeping Each Other Forgiven and Free
6. Ways to Help Ourselves and Others

There is a section for those facilitating group discussions with a plan for each session. I have not used this guide so I cannot evaluate it. It appears that it can be used independently of reading the book, though I'm sure the book content will enrich discussions and insights.

The author has also recorded eight short YouTube clips accessible via the publisher's website. I have to confess that the author photo gave me the impression of a stern school principal, an impression immediately dispelled in listening to her on the videos!

Stabile's book and accompanying guide are the best resources I've seen for extending the framework of the Enneagram to our relationships and giving practical insights for relationships between the different numbers. As she has written, we all probably have much room to "grow in our ability to accept, love, and walk beside one another on the path with loads of compassion and respect." In her work, we have a wise and gracious guide for the journey.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. ( )
  BobonBooks | Apr 15, 2018 |
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Most of us have no idea how others see or process their experiences. And that can make relationships hard, whether with intimate partners, with friends, or in our professional lives. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others--and in ourselves. This book from Suzanne Stabile on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others' personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. No one is better equipped than the coauthor ofThe Road Back to You to share the Enneagram's wisdom on how relationships work--or don't. Why do Sixes seem so intimidated and put off by Eights, who only wish the Sixes would stop mulling things over and take action?Why do Fives seem so unavailable, even to their closest family and friends, while Twos seem to feel everybody else's feelings but their own and end up irritating people who don't want their help?How in the world can Fours be so open and loving to you one day and restrained and distant other times?

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