Character Building: Enneagram

This won’t be a very long post, but I think it will be helpful for those of you who are also writers.

I don’t believe that people can be strictly categorized into one type or personality or another, however, I do think there are overriding tendencies we each have.

When it comes to character-building though, one of the easiest methods is to use personality types as a tool to help grid out who they will become.  If used properly, it helps us to plan out what drives our cast, how they see the world, what their dreams and passions are, and so on and so forth.

This weekend I began work on a table for my story bibles that listed my characters, their enneagram and Myers-Brigg personality types with a brief description of why I decided that was their personality type.

So, if you aren’t familiar with the enneagram it is a way of understanding personality and motivations with nine overall types.  I like it because it includes a bit more about motivations and less about dividing people just on their actions and how they process the world.

So, for your reading pleasure, here are a couple of links to sites with an overview of the enneagram’s understanding of personalities:

Enneagram Institute

Wikipedia: Enneagram of Personality

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