013: Shauna and Aaron Niequist on Nurturing Relationships with the Enneagram (Enneagram 4 and 7)



Recently I came across an intriguing article in the Huffington Post about a group of Harvard researchers who undertook a longitudinal study to answer the questions, “͞What are the secrets to a happy and purposeful life?” and “How do we grow and change, what do we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled?”

What do you think the researchers said was their most important finding? 

It was that love and relationships are really all that matters

A person could have a successful career, money and good health, but without supportive, loving relationships, they wouldn’t be happy. 

If it’s true that relationships are all that really matter in life, then how do we create ones that are healthy and life giving? And for the sake of our conversation, how can the Enneagram help support our us? 

To explore these questions, I asked my longtime friends Shauna and Aaron Niequist to join me on today’s show to talk about how they’ve used the Enneagram to support and nurture their relationship. 

For those of you who don’t know them, Shauna is the New York Times bestselling author of the book “͞Present Over Perfect,” and Aaron is a worship leader and the author of a new book to be released next August.  As you’ll soon discover these two people are veteran Enneagram students and incredibly funny to boot! 

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation. 

Suggested Reading

͞The Enneagram in Love and Work, by Helen Palmer 

͞The Everyday Enneagram, Lynette Sheppard

Friendship is an opportunity to act on God’s behalf in the lives of the people that we’re close to, reminding each other who God is.
— Shauna Niequist





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