As humans, we know we are not perfect, we make mistakes. Neuroscience tells us that the brain cannot accept failure or accept mistakes. We defend and at times blame others, just like the biblical story of Adam. Facing a failure or wrong doing the brain responds with a basic emotion ‘fear’ and reactive behaviours to cover the sense of failure. This is called a cognitive bias[, justifications or defense mechanism. These reactive behaviours cloud our lenses and makes us see ourselves, others and the world in a distorted way, but, as we create them, they become familiar and are often comforting. Its like living in a comfortable box.
Using the Enneagram to understand ourselves and others, specifically when under pressure, can help make it a bit easier, to relate to our team leaders, colleagues, stakeholders, and even those in our personal life. To help make it a bit easier, I've put together this Enneagram.rc in a Snapshot table (inspired by Riso & Hudson) with a little bit of information about each type.