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The Enneagram of Society: Healing the Soul to Heal the World

Learning about the Enneagram from the Mother of the Enneagram

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The Psychology of Nine Types of Bad Lovers

  • Aug 14, 2009
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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 mischief -making, nakes so you can see how  their all-encompassing self-denial enables them to hold their heads up in self-righteous rationalization, ciriticism, blame and judgment of others.

Naranjo says it best, The reason for the misery of the world lies in the misery of the soul. And these are black souls these nine have, deliciously destructive to others as well as themselves.

Wondering how these nine villains love? In Part III titled The Disturbances of Love, Naranjo also solves one of the most elusive mysteries of evil characters, the pathologies and neuroses that impede their giving and receiving love. Naranjo shows nine types of bad love, how these nine conquer, control and leave a wake of miserable heroes and heroines.

If you read or write fiction, even if you don't, you can discover nuances of character that show why people behave the way they do.

In these 185 pages, Claudio Naranjo even invites you to change yourself and the world with this knowledge.

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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.

Table of Contents:

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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