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Helping Couples Reconnect: Developing Relational Competencies and Expanding Worldviews Using the Enneagram Personality Typology
Thelma Duffey and Shane Haberstroh
Relational-Cultural Theory is a progressive theory that provides counselors a framework to support relational development and connection among people (Comstock et al., 2008). RCT is especially appropriate when considering issues of diversity and multiculturalism because of its focus on power, privilege, and oppression. In this article, we will briefly discuss salient RCT tenets, describe a Relational Competencies model adapted to conceptualize relational skill development among couples, and illustrate how the Enneagram Personality Typology can be used within a relational context to help couples negotiate their relationships.