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ERIC Number: EJ837632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
Synthesizing the Enneagram through Music
Louden-Gerber, Gwen; Duffey, Thelma
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v3 n3 p319-329 Oct 2008
This article describes a creative intervention used in an independent study course which focused on Enneagram studies. In addition to extensive reading, writing, discussion, and reflection at weekly meetings, one assignment for the course involved the compilation of songs that depict the core motivations, fears, and desires for each type. Utilizing contemporary songs to describe Enneagram type presentation provides students with an opportunity to focus on each type's core traits and challenges. Undergoing the process of song selection and elimination in and of itself tests the student's overarching understanding of the Enneagram typology. Creating a final product (i.e., a recorded selection of songs for each type) helps provide an additional medium from which to integrate this heavily nuanced material. Ultimately, each song seeks to create a personal voice in which individual type begins to surface in a more intimate manner. In this article, the authors provide a brief introduction to the "Enneagram personality," in addition to ways in which music can be used to facilitate an understanding of personality type within counselor education. The authors also provide an example of possible songs that can reflect each type's essential challenges, and possibilities for transformation. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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