Using the Enneagram with Judith Searle



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THE LITERARY ENNEAGRAM, unique among books about the Enneagram, uses literary examples to show the inner dynamics of the nine Enneagram styles. Many of the characters discussed are from classic works by Shakespeare, Chaucer, Shaw, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy, Flaubert, Proust, and Goethe. The remainder are from such modern masters as J.D. Salinger, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, James Thurber, John O'Hara, P.D. James, Joseph Heller, James Joyce, Henry James, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Gordon, Cynthia Ozick, Erica Jong, Cathleen Schine, John Updike, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. The book offers a mix of male and female characters, with examples for each of the 9 Enneagram styles, each of the 18 wing types, and each of the 27 subtypes.

A sample chapter, "Two: The Lover," is in the Articles section of this site.


"This book is an invaluable tool both for the novelist and for any person who cares about literature in a serious way. Judith Searle opens our eyes.  She offers us a new way of seeing material that might have become invisible to us because of our old ways of thinking."
 —Carolyn See
 Author, The Handyman, Golden Days

"In this fascinating book, Judith Searle explores the essences of characters, giving us insights into ourselves and the people we know and create. I strongly recommend the book for writers and actors, as well as all who are intrigued with the complexity, diversity, and dimensionality of our humanity." 
—Dr. Linda Seger 
Author, Creating Unforgettable Characters

"The LITERARY ENNEAGRAM is a groundbreaking book that demonstrates the universality of the Enneagram. Rightly understood, the nine types are more than psychological styles, they are worldviews--and out of these emerge literature, theater, music--all of the arts--to hold up a mirror to human nature. This book is an important resource in a growing field. It will be valuable to anyone seeking a more profound understanding of literary characters." 
—Don Riso & Russ Hudson 
Authors, The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types

"Two-thirds of the way through this book, I realized that by understanding it I would know which actors would like which book or screenplay, and thus I would waste less time pursuing the ‘wrong’ people. In Hollywood you hear a lot about ‘character arc’ and odd claims like ‘character is story.’ With this book, you'll understand character basics, completely. It's really a crystal lens of understanding, and I'm grateful Judith wrote it."
—Skip Press
Author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting

"By seeing her characters through the lens of type, Judith skillfully reveals an unexpected inner coherence, an illuminating consistency that propels the human condition. Now we know a lot more about it." 
 —Helen Palmer
 Author and teacher
 The Enneagram and The Enneagram in Love and Work

"This book is the most comprehensive synthesis of Enneagram literature. An enjoyable read both for someone familiar with the Enneagram and for a newcomer, this book is lucid, exciting and poignant, and shows Judith Searle to be a leading thinker and articulate writer who knows how to bring theories to life through the vehicle of some of our favorite literary characters". 
—Andrea Isaacs
Co-Editor, Enneagram Monthly

"Both scholarly and compassionate, THE LITERARY ENNEAGRAM is enriched by
many examples from literature along with Searle's insightful commentary and analysis. This book makes a definitive contribution the Enneagram by applying it to the realm of literature. It is not necessary to agree with all of Judith's point of view and analyses to benefit from her work. This is one of the fortunate aspects of literature: there are many ways to experience authors' meanings."
—David Daniels, M.D.
Co-author of The Essential Enneagram