The Enneagram Gut Triad with James P. Owens – Part 2 of 4 | FP 55

The Enneagram Gut Triad with James P. Owens - Part 2 of 4 | FP 55

Have you done the enneagram test? Are you part of type 8, 9, or 1 group? What are some insights that can help you manage staff with these numbers, or if you are part of these groups yourself?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with James P. Owens about the Enneagram gut triad.

Meet James P. Owens

James P Owens is a pastor, podcaster, and self-described Bible geek. He is a graduate of Denver Seminary and Duke Divinity School and the host of Hermeneutic of Resistance, a podcast about interpreting the Bible in ways that resist oppression and open doors for human liberation.

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In This Podcast

  • The enneagram triads
  • The gut triad

The enneagram triads

The enneagram consists of 9 basic types or dominant personalities, and within those 9 there are three triads:

1.The Gut Triad

Types 8, 9, and 1 are part of the gut triad. They live out of their gut, their internal bodily feelings. They are characterized by how they do, or do not, deal with anger.

2.The Heart triad

The second triad consists of types 2, 3, and 4. These types are characterized by how they do, or do not, deal with their feelings. Each of these types is seeking love.

3.The Head Triad

This consists of types 5, 6, and 7. These types live more in their heads and in their thoughts and they are characterized by how they do, or do not, deal with fear.

The Gut Triad

People part of the enneagram types 8, 9, and 1 feel their emotions within their gut and live out their emotions through their body. When they have strong emotional reactions, they will feel it somewhere in their body.

These types are perceived as having a certain kind of strength and it may come from this bodily gut energy. They have physical reactions to what is going on in their lives.

In the enneagram alongside the triads, there are also stances and they help to explain how each type works. They are assertive, aggressive, compliant, and withdrawn.

Type 8

  • The Challenger/Commander: They are the take-the-bull-by-the-horns kind of people. They do desire control and may, maybe unintentionally, steamroll over others to do things how they think they should be done. Type 8’s are of the aggressive stance and tend to move independently from, or even against, others.
  • A good way to work with a type 8 is to not tell them what to do but instead helping them create what they want that works with what you want. When you are managing an 8, do not be afraid to respond to them in a strong way – they tend to be confrontational, and when you respond back with strength, they respect that.

Type 9

  • The Peacemaker/Mediator: 9s are part of the gut triad in how they deal or do not deal, with their anger. Their basic desire is to have a kind of wholeness and have peace with themselves and the people around them.
  • The 9 stance is the withdrawn stance: they tend to move away from people and may come across as aloof. If you have a 9 on your staff in your private practice, they may not speak up for themselves in a big group discussion – encourage them to express their own thoughts because they struggle to express their own needs.

Type 1

  • The Perfectionist/Performer: Type 1 is part of the compliant stance; in this case it means they move towards or with other people. They seek out companionship and work in a team.
  • If you are a 1 and a private practice owner, the feeling of having things always go perfectly will put a strain on you in your practice. “Close enough is good enough” is good to keep in mind instead of perfectionism. There are some things you have to do right such as legal things and so forth, but realize that you can be lenient with people that work for you and lenient with the fact that they may do things differently than how you do them.
  • If you manage type 1’s, realize they have extremely high standards for themselves – they may be much harder on them already before you push on them for making a mistake. Encourage them to learn from their mistakes and that they will get a second chance to try again to relieve some of that pressure.

Take the free Enneagram Test here.

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Meet Whitney Owens

Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

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