Elizabeth Ravitz Wagele is the author and cartoonist of eight books: most recently “The Enneagram for Teens,” 2014. “The Enneagram of Death – Helpful Insights by the 9 Types of People on Grief, Fear, and Dying,” was published by the International Enneagram Association in 2012. She is co-author of “The Career Within You” in 2010 with Ingrid Stabb and “The Enneagram Made Easy” and “Are You My Type, Am I Yours?” with Renee Baron; and author of “The Enneagram of Parenting” all published by HarperCollins. She also wrote “Finding the Birthday Cake – Helping Children Raise Their Self-Esteem,” an Enneagram book for young children. Her book, “The Happy Introvert – a Wild and Crazy Guide to Celebrating Your True Self,” uses the MBTIR personality system.
Elizabeth is a contributor to “The Enneagram Monthly.” She has also written movie reviews, most notably “The Heart in Winter” (“Un Coeur en Hiver”), and a series of 9 vignettes with noted mystery writer Jaqueline Girdner on the Enneagram and the shadow (“Dial E for Murder”). Elizabeth took part in a panel at the First International Enneagram Conference in Palo Alto on how the Myers-Briggs personality system (MBTIR) relates to the Enneagram. Her performance of a sonata movement from her work, “The Beethoven Enneagram,” can be heard in the movie, “The Theory of the Leisure Class.”
After majoring in music composition at the University of California in Berkeley, Elizabeth performed and taught children and adults piano lessons for many years in Berkeley. Even though she is a 5-Observer Enneagram type, she enjoys playing requests, “Name That Tune,” and improvising at parties. She claims that this is easier for her than making small talk. She played in a jazz trio to help put her through college.
Elizabeth lives with her husband, Gus, in their Berkeley house where they raised their four children. She enjoys her garden in which she specializes in roses and plants that attract butterflies. She took up writing and cartooning when she teamed up with Renee Baron to write “The Enneagram Made Easy.” An adult piano student had asked her to recommend a beginning Enneagram book for an 18 year old niece. There wasn’t one – yet. In planning the book, Elizabeth thought her drawings would help explain the complex Enneagram system and humor would help make it down to earth and accessible. It has become a staple for teachers of the Enneagram.
“Are You My Type, Am I Yours?” includes every Enneagram type in relationship with every other type, Enneagram subtypes, research comparing the Enneagram to the MBTI (Myers-Briggs) types, and a section on types that look alike.
Elizabeth drew on her own childhood and her experience as the mother of two sons and two daughters as well as interviews and research in creating “The Enneagram of Parenting.” Her primary goals were to enable readers to experience the nine different worlds of children through drawings and cartoons and to help adults understand what various kinds of children need from them to thrive. She gives parents and teachers practical advice depending on the child’s behavior style. There’s a section on parents’ types, too, and information on how parents and teachers interact with children depending on their types. This book is required reading for teachers by many school principals and is used by students themselves for self-understanding and enjoyment.
Elizabeth performed her “Beethoven Enneagram” to a full house in Berkeley, California, at the International Enneagram Association Conference in Baltimore in 1997, and at the closing ceremony of the North American Enneagram Conference in Denver in 1998. She especially enjoyed the year developing this presentation since Beethoven’s highly spiritual music has one of the greatest ranges of feelings of all the composers. Elizabeth found examples in his piano sonatas that describe each type and examples she uses for helping the types grow. See the “Appearances” page on this web site for her other musical performances.
Elizabeth has given workshops and/or musical performances at almost all of the IEA conferences, including her 9 piano variations on a nursery song and 9 pianos variations on Chop Sticks. Her recent workshops and bookstore talks have been on her book, “The Enneagram of Death.”