Speculation on Parallels between the Psychological Enneagram and Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way

Note: the following is fairly speculative discussion on how Gurdjieff’s ideas could be related to the modern psychological enneagram. Most concepts referenced here can be found in ‘In Search of the Miraculous’.   Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way appears to have flowed through into much modern enneagram theory – including the ideas of ‘centres’ (and balancing of… Continue reading Speculation on Parallels between the Psychological Enneagram and Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way

Author Case Study – 3w2 – E.E. “Doc” Smith + David R. Palmer

Author Case Study – 3w2: E.E. “Doc” Smith, David R. Palmer (The following is somewhat of a general 3w2 analysis dealing with two separate authors). E.E. “Doc” Smith E.E. “Doc” Smith is an SF author probably best known for his “Lensmen” series of SF novels. A look at his wikipedia entry shows, in keeping with… Continue reading Author Case Study – 3w2 – E.E. “Doc” Smith + David R. Palmer

Author Case Study – Additional – Stanley G. Weinbaum [5w4]

Note: as noted below I worked from a printed version of the book (as pictured). However, an e-book version is available here which may be interesting for reference:  http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks14/1401911h.html   Stanley G. Weinbaum was a writer in the 1930s, who generated a couple of critically-claimed books but had only a small output, having died quite young… Continue reading Author Case Study – Additional – Stanley G. Weinbaum [5w4]

Author Case Study – Robert Heinlein [8w7]

Type: 8w7 Functions: Se/Ti/Fe/Ni [“ESTP”]; Dominant centres Instinctive/sexual, Intellectual Heinlein has been mentioned in another couple of case studies, but I am profiling him further for completeness as the existing 8w7 profile [Gurdjieff] is really intended more to add perspective on his Fourth Way teachings. This study is only a very limited review of Heinleins’ work,… Continue reading Author Case Study – Robert Heinlein [8w7]

Enneatype within Nicoll’s division of centres

Above: Maurice Nicoll’s diagram of the Emotional Centre, based on teachings by Ouspensky, from Nicoll’s Commentaries (book 1). Text reads: 1 – “mechanical expression of the emotions”; 2 – “all emotions relating to one’s own likes and dislikes. Personal emotions. 3 – “resultant of small desires, little daily ‘wills’.” II – Emotional part –  “religious… Continue reading Enneatype within Nicoll’s division of centres

Author Case Study – Scott Baker [1w2]

Introduction Scott Baker is another author interesting enough that I am breaking my principle of not discussing living authors. He is a World Fantasy Award winner who wrote a number of (under-appreciated) books in the fantasy, SF, and horror genres, as well as a number of short stories which likewise were quite highly critically acclaimed.… Continue reading Author Case Study – Scott Baker [1w2]