Fourth Way – Analysis of A. R. Orage [7w6]

  Introduction A.R. Orage was an English intellectual who was one of Gurdjieff’s more prominent pupils, having first met Ouspensky. Just happening to read a compilation of meeting notes taken of Orage by students, his ‘type’ was fairly apparent within the first hundred pages or so. For interest’s sake (given the enneagram’s early Fourth Way… Continue reading Fourth Way – Analysis of A. R. Orage [7w6]

Karen Horney’s theories – some Enneagram perspectives

Above: the diagram (speculative) shows a distribution of factors in personality as defined by Horney, allocated between points. At a higher level this is suggesting alienation from self is a core process, with idealized image and anxiety (=3,6: image, fear) as basic forces that enter at the ‘shock points’. 2,5,8 would be the ‘poster’ children… Continue reading Karen Horney’s theories – some Enneagram perspectives

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

Case Study – Gurdjieff [8w7]

Gurdjieff is fairly often described as an 8. Here I will consider the theory that he’s an 8w7. In person we can see that he’s quite active, at times combative, and there is a marked tendency toward ‘excess’ or ‘lust’, apparently having a number of affairs with students. He explains his position as not being… Continue reading Case Study – Gurdjieff [8w7]

Author Enneagram Case Study – John Brunner (5w4)

Type: 5w4 (self-preservation) MBTI: theoretically INTP based on functions; might have scored as INTJ Based on: Noticeable Five patterns, functions, possible holy idea ? Health: unhealthy (somewhere about 5th or 6th level). Introduction John Brunner is an English SF author who is one of the more interesting of a number of probable Five authors; he… Continue reading Author Enneagram Case Study – John Brunner (5w4)