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There are numerous personality profiles available to help us in learning more about ourselves. One such profile is the Enneagram. The Enneagram has nine points. Each point is assigned a number and represents a particular personality type. Each personality type has its own tendency to sin. These tendencies to sin correspond to the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, anger and sloth, plus two others, deceit or lies and compulsive fear. Our sinful side is our wounded, false self or shadow side. When embracing our true self, we are living as God intends for us. The false self isn’t all bad, though. It is our blind side, our shadow, and as Carl Jung said, within our shadow is gold, the gold that comes from knowing ourselves as we are with our failings and weaknesses. We need to acknowledge and embrace our shadow side in order to love ourselves as we truly are.

While some consider the Enneagram new age and possibly even dangerous, it has roots in the desert fathers and mothers and as such I have found it to be helpful. To find the number that most closely aligns with your personality there are a number of websites that offer testing as well as numerous books on the subject.

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