Honoring David N. Daniels, M.D.

The Scientific Verification of the Enneagram for which David Worked So Tirelessly

Authors:  David Daniels, M.D., Terry Saracino, M.A., M.B.A., Meghan Fraley, Ph.D., Jennifer Christian, Psy.D., Seth Pardo, Ph.D.

Announcing the publication of an article that validates the Enneagram scientifically, that David passionately worked on for 13-years! Read our Latest Blog and the Official Article: >>  “Advancing Ego Development in Adulthood Through Study of the Enneagram System of Personality.” Read Terry Saracino’s Blog about this research project and how it came into being.

God Bless David Daniels and his passage; may he find himself in a state of beautiful, loving kindness, omniscience and peace, all of which are a mere reflection of what he worked so hard to bring to this world and to so many.

And to David’s Beloved Sweetie, Judy Curry Daniels, who joined David on June 19, 2019. May they rest — together and in love —  and in peace.

READ A SPECIAL TRIBUTE >> to Judy Daniels, via David’s most recently published e-newsletter.

DONATIONS: www.openspace.org/daniels
Donations in David’s memory may be made to Mid-Peninsula Open Space Trust, a space created in loving honor of David’s son, David C. Daniels.

On behalf of the Daniels Family, we want to express our deepest thanks to all of David’s friends and family in the Enneagram Community. It would mean the world to him to hear the kind words of support, affirming both his personal and global contributions. He gave a lot of love to the Enneagram and everyone associated with it, but he also received and rejoiced in the love and care that often came his way. You have all been a blessing.

One favorite quotes of our father’s often shared with us came from an ancient Buddhist source (with slight modifications):

Awareness without action
is not awareness at all.”

David was really big on active practice, daily practice. One of his most recent blog posts on his website still speaks to this topic. We know that he would want us all to keep up our own healthy practice and to share our love for the Enneagram with others. He truly believed in the Enneagram as a change-agent for each of us, and for the world. We feel honored by the outpouring of sympathy and love. And, in David’s honor, we trust he would want us to keep sharing our compassion for differences, excitement for change, and Enneagram wisdom with others.”

May peace be with you all.

With Love, J.D. and Denise (David’s children), and Karen Daniels (David’s Daughter-in-Law)

On behalf of David Daniels and his devotion to what he believed in so fervently — loving kindness, being fully present to self and other, and the practice of compassion, we welcome you to continue to visit his website, to continue to learn from his insightful teachings and his hopes for humanity through ongoing self-development and self-awareness practice, through studying the Enneagram system, and by having the willingness to study one’s self, lovingly and acceptingly.

David just completed, a day before his passing, a new blog on “Temperament and the Enneagram,” which was posted online December 2017; he had also been working on a book with Suzanne Dion, since 2010, focused on the application of the Enneagram  as a profound tool to enhance human relationships and emotional intimacy, a labor of love he’s been dedicated to for so many years and a project he just completed drafting about ten days before his passing. The book was finally published early 2019.

We will continue to share his Weekly Reflections for all of those currently subscribed and for those who will sign up in the future, as he would have loved knowing they would continue on beyond him, supporting our ongoing growth and development.

As someone having been honored with the great privilege of working and writing and teaching with David, and of designing this website for and with and alongside him, I am committed to continuing his voice and work in the world.

To my dearest friend, most profound teacher, mentor, and life-changing guide, I am in no way ready to let you go. But, I know that your beautiful soul will travel with each of us and with the collective, as you’ve left us with profound gifts and teachings, all of which are filled with your hopes for a better, more loving, and more compassionate world.

With Much Love and Gratitude,
Suzanne Dion


“It is my personal mission to share my many years of experience and learning in order to bring peace and compassion to the world.”

— David Daniels, M.D.

David used to always say that our brains are pattern machines. As he put it, “We have patterns for everything from relationships to worldviews. Our personality pattern stands out as one of our most fundamental patterns. When we are owned by our pattern we are hostages for better and worse. When we liberate ourselves from the confines, literally the prison, of our personality pattern, our lives and relationships can truly flourish anew.”

The purpose of this website is to remain available to bring fundamental, life-changing, and enlightening information based on the Enneagram system of personality patterns, which David believed is one of the most powerful tools available for self-awareness and mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  This incredible system is congruent with and even validated by our own fundamental neurobiology. All of the material offered here is based on David’s 50+ years of experience as a therapist and behavioral scientist and his nearly 30 years of practical experience using the Enneagram.

This website is a reflection of David’s many years of passion and work in the fields of human behavior, psychology, relationships, psychotherapy, personal development, organizational development, neurobiology, and psychiatry. (Read full biography) David’s hope, his dream, is that his site will continue to help others discover the wonders of this work, utilizing the Enneagram system, and will find it of great value, as he did.

The Umbrella Organization
The Non-Profit Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) now known as The Narrative Enneagram (TNE)

David’s website’s further purpose is to complement the efforts and contributions of The Narrative Enneagram (TNE), an organization that he co-founded and that which is available online at the URL:  www.enneagramworldwide.com.  TNE provides wonderful material, much of which David had contributed over the years. Since its inception in 1988, David had espoused the value of the Narrative Tradition where individuals speak about “their type” for themselves, often in “Enneagram type panels,” where each person shares their knowledge and experience of themselves, with an attending, studious audience.  To do this, TNE has been the forerunning developer of a deep process of inquiry, exploration, and is an open forum for the sharing of Enneagram types understanding.

We hope that you enjoy and continue to access this website for your own personal growth and learning.



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