Episode 9: Beatrice Chestnut, An Enneagram Two’s Journey Toward Finding Real Love

 


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Enneagram Twos are some of the most caring, kind, supportive, upbeat, and tenderhearted people on God’s good green earth. Three of my closest friends are Twos, and together they radiate enough love and generosity of spirit to heat a metroplex. In Enneagram-speak they’re called The Helpers.

On today’s episode, I’m joined by renowned Enneagram teacher, author, consultant, and Enneagram Two, Dr. Beatrice Chestnut Ph.D.  A student of the Enneagram system of personality since 1990, she is the author of my all-time favorite Enneagram book, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge.

Enneagram Twos are far more complicated than they appear at first glance. Who better to describe what it’s like to be a Helper than a Black-belt Enneagram expert and teacher. Beatrice was so good we decided to record two shows with her! Whether you’re a Two or not, this show contains so much insight into the Enneagram it will blow your mind!

Beatrice has taught at Northwestern University and was trained in group facilitation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She served as President of the International Enneagram Association from 2006-2007 and teaches workshops on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for leadership development and personal transformation.

Books and Resources for Enneagram Twos:

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life, Dr. Henry Cloud

How to Love (Mindful Essentials), Thich Nhat Hanh

We are praised for being helpful, but sometimes it might not be good for us to be helpful. Maybe we just want to be so we can make the connection that we need.
— Beatrice Chestnut

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