You may already be in the box.

We live in a world that is focused on labels.

Labels can be damaging. We can be persecuted by the assumptions people make surrounding that label. We can fear judgement and ridicule. Whether due to a damaging stigma or a dismissive connotation, labels can have lasting personal consequences.

Labels can also be, simply put, annoying. Most of us dislike the idea that we are predictable. A label can feel like we’re being told who we are and why we do what we do. Essentially, we feel like we’re being placed in a box. The Enneagram faces this criticism a lot. People feel that, by being labeled a specific number, they’re stuck with the characteristics of that number.

However, the enneagram can also be liberating. Knowing there’s a name for some part of us can help us understand ourselves better. A label can help us find our tribe, helping us feel that we belong to something bigger than ourselves. This too, can apply to The Enneagram. Ian Morgan Cron, a notable enneagram authority, has this to say: “The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box. It shows you the box you’re already in and how to get out of it.”

I particularly love this quote because it emphasizes the true value of understanding our personal wiring, which is not about changing who we are but about maximizing our strengths while reducing our weaknesses. It’s also about leveraging our wiring to better relate to those we love.

If you’re ready to embrace The Enneagram, be prepared to focus on the aspects of your enneagram number that truly represent you, especially how you process the world and what your desires and fears may be. Don’t become a slave to your enneagram number, but allow your number to be a springboard out of a box and into your full potential.

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