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This year’s topic is the Defence Mechanisms, which lock in our emotional fixations and habits of mind, separating us from others and from our true selves and our higher purpose.
We needed our defences when we were growing up – and we still need them from time to time, but usually not for very long. By now, however, they are automatic, long-lasting and over-used. They get us into trouble and cause us to over-react. The Enneagram offers us a route map to learn how to manage them, giving us the opportunity to become more flexible, to connect better with others and to achieve our full potential.
Once we know our type, we know what we need to work on and, although defences are not easily relaxed, a commitment to personal growth makes a huge difference.
For Type 5, who experiences the world as demanding and intrusive, the way to remain calm, rational and independent, is by isolating themselves from others, especially other peoples' messy emotions. Of course, as those with Type 5 patterns eventually come to realise, their withdrawal not only cuts them off from the world but, paradoxically, it invites intrusion.
Once again, as an experiment, I am providing the Zoom link and asking for a suggested donation of £5 (but you can give more) to my PayPal account: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=2VFD8XKK8X37E
The Zoom link for the session is:
Rosemary will facilitate the panel to explain how their defence works. This way we hear from the experts, explaining things from the inside, which is a great way for panellists to learn about themselves and for others to learn about the types.
If you recognise you have the pattern of Type 5 and would like to volunteer to share your experience of this type, please contact Rosemary. Confidentiality guidelines are set out at each session and nothing is recorded.
Schedule for 2021
Summer Break during July and August
Type 6, The Questioner, whose Defence Mechanism is Projection
Type 7, The Adventurer, whose Defence Mechanism is Rationalisation
Type 8, The Protector, whose Defence Mechanism is Denial
For further details and to sign up to the mailing list, contact Rosemary Cowan: [masked] or[masked]
Looking forward to seeing you whenever you can come,
Reconnect in person at EnneaFest 2021
NEW DATE: October 9-10, 2021, Birmingham, UK
Whilst the 2020 world of Zoom and virtual learning has been fantastic in many ways, that personal element has been missing. Enneagram Alive is passionate about bringing people back together in person once again. So, we have put together a special weekend programme of discussions, idea sharing and socialising with Enneagram professionals, students and anyone working with the Enneagram for their own personal and spiritual development. Visit
for details of this diverse and packed programme of stimulating events
and register your interest or to book your place.