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From Disconnections to Connections: Expanding Our Worldviews and Relational Competencies Through the Enneagram Personality Typology
Thelma Duffey, Dana L. Comstock, and JoLynne Reynolds
One of the most perplexing issues facing many adults in contemporary society is the difficulty in sustaining loving relationships. Loving is a natural, human need, yet the ability to provide genuine love and to receive it is elusive for many. Creating an intimate relationship requires a desire for and commitment to psychological and relational growth by both members of a relationship. It also involves taking steps toward very real, deliberate action. We are better able to act in relationships when we are conscious of our motivations and essential worldviews and when we are able to understand the worldviews of those we love. Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT) and The Enneagram Personality Typology provide us with contexts from which to understand the motivations, desires, and basic fears that drive our action or inaction in relationships