Using the Enneagram with Judith Searle


Judith Searle has had a successful double career as an actress and a writer. Her theatrical résumé includes credits on and off Broadway, in stock and regional theaters, feature films, primetime and daytime television, commercials, and voice-overs.

Her most recent book is a novel, Wives, Lovers (Ignudo Press, 2019), which is also available as an audio book from Audible Books. Her other books include Sex, Love and Your Personality: The Nine Faces of Intimacy by Mona Coates, Ph.D. and Judith Searle (Therapy Options Press, 2011), which is also available as an audio book from Audible Books. Additional books include The Literary Enneagram: Characters from the Inside Out (Metamorphous Press, 2001); Getting the Part: Thirty-three Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theater, Films, Commercials, and TV (currently available in a revised expanded edition); Lovelife, a novel published by NAL Books; and In the Teeth of Time: Poems 1971-2004 (Conflu:x Press, 2005).  Her articles on theater and the entertainment industry have appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and The Drama Review. Her television writing includes scripts for "General Hospital" and "Reading Newspapers," a 30-program series she created for public television.  She has conducted writing workshops at UCLA, the University of California Irvine and New School University in New York City.

A graduate of Wellesley College, she holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.

An acknowledged expert on the Enneagram, she has published many articles in Enneagram Monthly, the premier journal in the field, including "The Latitude and Longitude of Enneagram Fixations," "Sexuality, Gender Roles and the Enneagram," "The Four-Point-On Theory and a Six Organization in Distress," "Jottings from a One's Journal," "Three Culture Meets Six Culture: A Hollywood Story," "Riso/Hudson Part I Training," a review of the 1996 edition of Personality Types by Don Riso with Russ Hudson, "From Passion to Virtue with Claudio Naranjo," "The Gap at the Bottom of the Enneagram," "Literary Exemplars: Scarlett O'Hara as a Three," "Story Genres and Enneagram Types," and "A Poet Views Her Work Through the Lens of the Enneagram." Some of these are available in the "Articles" section on this site.

She is a former Board member of the International Enneagram Association and former Chair of IEA's Southern California Chapter. She was Co-Chair of the 2003 International Enneagram Conference, held in Santa Monica, California.

For the 2012 International Enneagram Conference in Long Beach, California)Judith moderated a panel on "Enneagram Perspectives on the 2012 American Poliitcal Scene. Panelists were Tom Condon, David Daniels, Russ Hudson and Ginger Lapid-Bogda. Audio excerpts from this program are available through a link on Judith's Home Page.

From 1998 to 2013, she made presentations to IEA Conferences on "Story Genres and Enneagram Types," "The Enneagram from the Inside: Literary Examples of the Nine Types," "Shakespeare and the Enneagram," "Enneatype Casting in Films," "Teaching and Learning the Enneagram through Films and Literature," "Sense and Sensibility: Jane Austen's Insight into the Power of Relationships for Personal Growth,""Enneagram Comedy Styles," "Shakespeare's King Lear: An Enneagram Perspective," and "Honoring Your Life Story: An Enneagram Exploration." In April 2013 she presented at the European IEA Conference in Paris a program on "Flaubert's Reckless, Dauntless Madame Bovary." At the IEA Global 2013 Conference in Denver she spoke about "Great Expectations: Charles Dickens's Insights into the Classuc Success Story." At the European IEA Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2018 she presented a program on "Enneagram Comedy Styles."

She has introduced the Enneagram to the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America (east & west), R.A.I. (the Italian State Radio and Television Network), Women in Film, Women in Theatre, the PILOTS Screenwriting Conference (sponsored by the European Union), the UC Irvine Creative Writing Conference, the International Women's Writing Guild Conference, and the Southern California Mediation Association Conference.