How to Unlock Your Potential Using the Enneagram with Chad and Shelley Prevost | POP 698

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Why is your Enneagram subtype an integral part of understanding who you are? What is your dominant instinct? How can you use all the components of the Enneagram to unlock your potential as a person and a professional?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Chad and Shelley Prevost about how to unlock your potential using the Enneagram.

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Meet Chad and Shelley Prevost

A photo of Chad and Shelley Prevost is captured. Chad and Shelley Prevost are accredited Enneagram Practitioners and the co-founders of the Big Self School. They are featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapy podcast.Chad and Shelley are accredited Enneagram practitioners. Chad has degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology (PhD, MA, MDiv). He’s also a workshop leader and entrepreneur, participating in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta, and Chattanooga.

Shelley is a licensed therapist, educational psychologist, angel investor, TEDx speaker, and leadership coach.

Together, in 2020, Chad and Shelley founded The Big Self School, whose mission is to help adults lead more fulfilled personal and professional lives.

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In This Podcast

  • Subtypes and instincts of the enneagram
  • Getting to know your enneagram type
  • Shelley and Chad’s advice to private practitioners

Subtypes and instincts of the enneagram

I think the subtypes are incredibly important. Shelley and I might even think that they’re arguably as important as knowing your overall type. (Chad Prevost)

There are three subtype instincts:

1: Sexual

2: Self-preservation

3: Social

Human beings have evolved from community-based patterns. These instincts are trying to help people thrive.

In essence, your subtype is your dominant type – the number between one and nine – mixed with your dominant instinct. Everyone has a dominant instinct, and it is as relevant as your dominant type.

If you don’t understand the instinct and how it shows up for you … [and how] it clouds and flavors your dominant type, then you don’t have the whole picture. (Shelley Prevost)

Getting to know your enneagram type

Getting to know your dominant Enneagram type and instinct is the first step because this is where “the magic happens”.

Once we know [someone’s] subtype there is a specific, laid-out growth path for 27 subtypes and that’s where the coaching and training [becomes important] … how do I grow in my personality? And that’s what the Enneagram is designed for. (Shelley Prevost)

Typing yourself is the starting point and not the endpoint because you can use the Enneagram to help yourself grow psychologically and emotionally.

Consider using the Enneagram in your organization to help your employees understand one another better, and enable the business to run more smoothly.

Shelley and Chad’s advice to private practitioners

Shelley: You are important to healing and improving the evolving consciousness of this world. The work that you do has a ripple effect and improves the lives of everyone around.

Chad: Do your work as an individual. It is okay not to have all the answers and to still be doing your own work while you are leading others.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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