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Seeking to draw parallels between the one and the whole, this work is as much a study of individual character as a critique of society and its institutions. Viewed through the lens of the enneagram, a personality system that divides people into nine character types, this analysis aligns each of the ailments and difficulties of the individual characters with the broader "ills of the world." In addition to providing a discussion of the theological and psychological background of the enneagram, this work examines the interaction between the various ennea-types and theology's deadly sins. Each character type is presented in light of specific habits and behaviors that diminish a person's ability to give and receive unconditional love. The ensuing essay on the character of nations and cultures presents a commentary on the perennial flaws of modern society and the "defective operation" of social institutions and governments. Rather than proposing a political or revolutionary agenda as a solution, this text advocates a healing process that begins with individuals and associations of people as the ultimate means of effecting the habits of larger social spheres.

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Passions, pathologies, and neurotic motivations -- The circle of the nine basic characters -- The disturbances of love -- The ills of the world.
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ISBN-10:  089556159X (pbk.)
ISBN-13:  9780895561596 (pbk.)
Author:  Claudio Naranjo
Publisher:  Gateways Books & Tapes
Date Published:  April 2005
Format:  Original title: Eneagrama de la sociedad. Translated by Paul Barnes
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You won't like these nine Enneagram Types of villains. Claudio Naranjo lets all their passions, pathologies and neurotic motivations hang out. These secret soul pictures aren't pretty.      Still, imagine how fascinating fiction would become if every writer had access to psychologically correct evil from a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is considered one of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement.      Nine villains exposed with all their malicious …
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