The Enneagram Nine Functions of Integration

The Proposition

The mapping of Daniel J Siegel's "nine critical functions of your attuned middle prefrontal cortex" is presented here as postulation for discussion and inquiry. 

From the understanding and study of the nine Enneagram personality types that I have gained over the last 15 years, I see correlations and connections.
If this proposition has any validity then it would follow that integration of related aspects relating to each of the nine Enneagram types is essential also.

That we have all nine Enneagram types as part of our make up is well established and acknowledged by the main Enneagram schools. However, knowing that and integrating them into our being is not necessarily the same thing.

The question of how to integrate them is the stuff of a variety of Enneagram courses in what is widely refereed to as "The Work".

What has to be true for us to integrate all nine personality types?

There is not be a simple solution that fits all. It will depend on an individuals life experience as well as their habitual - basic personality type.

If the correlation between the nine critical functions of the middle prefrontal cortex and the nine types is valid, then the approaches suggested by Dan Siegel's case studies, as laid out in his book "Mindsight" have much to offer in this quest.

This approach to integration of the all nine types, is a work in progress, and over the next few months, I will expand on this proposition and flesh-out how I see each of these "nine critical functions of your attuned middle prefrontal cortex", correlates to the nine Enneagram Personality types. It will also be included in our forthcoming workshop.

Thank you

Grahame Morgan-Watson
Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teacher (Hons)

The midline areas of the top of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, enable nine functions to arise

Integration in the brain enables the various regions to be coordinated and balanced-to become regulated. In this way neural integration appears to be the basis of self-regulation, and integration in the brain can be shaped by integration in our relationships.” Daniel J Siegel