Accessible, informative, and humorous, The Enneagram for Teens: Discover Your Personality Type and Celebrate Your True Self is now available.
“If you have teens in your life who are on a journey of self-discovery or could use guidance figuring out where they want to go with their lives, this book by best-selling author Elizabeth Wagele is a great resource.” – Pamela Lund
The Enneagram for Teens:
• teaches self-observation. Teens will find out who they are and what motivates them. They will develop a clearer sense of self.
• teaches teens their personality type through quizzes and a study of all 9 personality types. They will see all 9 types within themselves, yet relate most strongly to just one type.
• helps teens accept others. Students, teachers, families, and schoolrooms all profit from using the tools of the Enneagram for getting along.
• gives teens guidance for living more meaningful lives in the present. Thinking about their strengths and what they value will help them prepare for the future more effectively.
I wish I had had a book like this to anchor me when I was a teenager to tell me why people act the way they do. Finding the Enneagram (pronounced A’ny-a-gram) system of personalities, gave me a structure for understanding where I fit into the human puzzle.
Wise people throughout history have advised that to “know yourself” is key to a life well-lived. The Enneagram shows us how by revealing what motivates our own behavior and what sets us apart from others. We learn to respect the varied viewpoints of friends, classmates, teachers, and parents. We incorporate other types’ strengths into our own and celebrate our special way of looking at life. As teens become more certain of what they want out of life, they create meaningful goals for themselves. They become more motivated to learn, not only to satisfy society, parents, and teachers, but also in order to live fully as unique individuals.
Enneagram means a drawing with 9 points:
The types are:
1 The Perfectionist
2 The Helper
3 The Achiever
4 The Romantic (this type tends to be artistic or poetic)
5 The Observer
6 The Questioner
7 The Adventurer
8 The Asserter (or leader or boss)
9 The Peace Seeker
Quotes from teens in The Enneagram for Teens:
“I’m the judge of things done right and wrong. Everything I own has to be in the right spot or else I can’t stand to even stay there. Even the smallest things bug me, such as jagged edges or wrinkles in my bedspread.” – A 1-Perfectionist
“I make sure nobody touches my stuff. Whatever I am doing with my family I make it a competition, even eating at the table! I get bossy and I have to have it my way.” – An 8-Asserter
“I like to keep things as they are. I don’t like discomfort and don’t like making decisions. I can’t even make up my mind which kind of ice cream I want but I’m usually friendly.” – A 9-Peace Seeker
The Enneagram for Teens includes:
- a prefix with a short quiz for teens to start determining their type.
- 9 type-chapters: more in-depth quizzes, famous people, personal stories by teens and former teens on what it’s like to be their type, tips tailored to each type on achieving their goals and developing effective study habits, as well as what their greatest strengths are.
- encouragement to value and develop personal interests and innate strengths, with an eye to the future: “Your passions will feed your soul while your strengths can support you.”
- cartoons and funny sayings.
- Chapter 10 on Leadership.
- Appendix I—a drawing exercise.
- Appendix II—Internet resources for teen worries and problems.
See reviews on wagele.com and order the paperback or ebook. Forward this blog to families with teens and to educators. Contact me through my website wagele.com if you are a middle school, high school, religious education, or Enneagram teacher and want suggestions on how to use this book. The Enneagram for Teens can also be used in classes focusing on diversity; it shows students real differences are more meaningful than superficial ones, such as skin color or nationality.
See wagele.com to find out about and order my other books, too, including The Enneagram of Parenting, Finding the Birthday Cake (for teaching young children the Enneagram), The Career Within You (Ingrid Stabb, co-author), and The Enneagram Made Easy.