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Temperament and
the Enneagram

How Our Somatic Reactions Tell Us Much About How We Are Wired…

Have you noticed that in addition to each of us manifesting a particular personality pattern (easily recognized once you study the Enneagram system, I might add), that we also manifest identifiable “physical,” somatic patterning as well, patterns that stay with us across a lifetime?

For example, we can see that one person may be quiet, more withdrawn per se, taking time to respond to situations while another person may be notably loud, quick to respond, and confrontative even? Some of us are more naturally outgoing, “extroverted,” whereas others can be more reserved, “introverted.” Some of us are quickly irritated, whereas others rarely get upset; some respond aggressively, whereas others respond more gently or not at all.

Did we “choose” how we responded to situations when we were little, on up? Or, did “something inside of us,” something about the way we are each wired, choose the response seemingly automatically, for us?

Mothers often say that they experienced their young children differently, even when carrying the child in utero.

Why is this?

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