"Life is a symphony conducted
by head, heart and body."
The Enneamates Team
One's own self is well hidden from one's own
self: of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be unearthed."
Looking for your Enneagram Center is a key to finding your type.
Basically, people have three ways of experiencing the world: thinking,
feeling and sensing. These are the products of the three centers
of human intelligencethe Head Center,
the Heart Center and the Body
Center. Through these three centers of intelligence we gather,
evaluate and act on the information we get from our experiences2.
While we all make life decisions from these three centers of intelligence,
one center is more pronounced in each of us depending on THE center
in which our type is located.
The Enneagram is divided into thirds representing each
of these centersthree feeling types, three thinking types
and three body-based, instinctive sensing types. The three types
in each center primarily use that center in relating to the world,
even though we all need and use all three centers. Brain research
actually identifies these three centers in the brain. Instincts
are governed by the brain stem (Body
Center), emotions by the limbic portion of the brain (Heart
Center), and the mental functioning by the neo-cortex (Head
Center). Each center is driven by an emotion corresponding
to that center. Head Center types are driven by fear: Body types
are driven by anger, and Heart types are driven by grief, sadness
Each of the three types in any given center acts out the primary
emotion in a different way. In each center, one type externalizes,
one type internalizes, and one type has forgotten or completely
lost touch with the primary emotion.1