An internet search on "The Enneagram" brings up over 3,000 books and websites, making it hard to discern which are dependable, valid, and trustworthy. Here, as an initial guide, we present some personal preferences. We make no claim to this being an exhaustive list and have no commercial interest in promoting these or any other resources mentioned on this site.
The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test & Self-Discovery Guide
David Daniels & Virginia Price (2009)
A slim paperback and one of the best places to start if you're keen to discover your type. Also contains very helpful development practices for each type.
The same material and approach is used in the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition: online test.
The Enneagram Made Easy - Discover the 9 Types
Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele (2007)
A fun, entertaining, illustrated and easy read. Great for newcomers to the Enneagram.
Available in French as well as English, this book is accessible, humorous and compassionate, an ideal introduction to the Enneagram. As well as written descriptions of each type, cartoons are also used to great effect.
Principles of The Enneagram
Karen Webb (2013)
A slim, concise, yet comprehensive volume. Karen’s profound insight combines with succinct explanation of all the core concepts. Her many years of Enneagram teaching experience and spiritual searching shine through.
A great resource and often first recommended to clients and colleagues in the UK
The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life
Helen Palmer (1988)
We recommend any and all of Helen Palmer’s books, as a founding and inspirational teacher in the Narrative Tradition.
You can return to them time and again to be struck by new insight and clarity.
The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge
Beatrice Chestnut (2013)
A clear, comprehensive and thoughtful work which in particular describes and expands on the roles of the 27 subtypes in Enneagram typology
Subtypes: The Key to the Enneagram
Eric Salmon (2016)
This specialist book on Enneagram Subtypes explains the three subdivisions of each of the nine Enneagram types. In this book the potentially complex subject is accessible to all and thus offers the reader increased awareness of what is driving everyday automatic behaviours and habits.
Business, Leadership & Organisations
Ginger Lapid-Bogda shows how to use the Enneagram personality typing system to reach your full potential as a leader and to pinpoint your core leadership style.
In many years of organisation consulting the quality of meetings (and conversation more generally) is a real litmus test for how well the organisation system and culture functions.
It's also a great place to start when keen to enable change.
Ginger had been a successful Organisation Development Consultant for 20+ years when she first discovered the Enneagram and became a passionate advocate.
Since then she has pioneered use of the Enneagram in organisational development, business, leadership, coaching and consulting work. See also Ginger's website The Enneagram in Business
A true reference book and a practical manual for coaches, counsellors and spiritual directors who want to use the enneagram in their practice with clients and teams.
This book provides an amazingly accurate descriptor of personality, to help people in the workplace create more effective relationships, so they can be more productive and happy at the office.
Spirituality and Self-Development
A H Almaas (2021)
More accessible than Facets of Unity this new book from AH Almaas helps the reader realise their deeper self, beneath the outer personality and fixations.
Facets of Unity: The Enneagram of Holy Ideas
A.H. Almaas (2002)
One of the foremost spiritual teachers of The Enneagram, AH Almaas endeavours
to awaken the seeker to their true nature and the higher spiritual realities of The Enneagram of Holy Ideas.
Suzanne Zuercher (1992)
Concise, readable, insightful.
A clinical psychologist with 40 years experience of working with infants, young children and their families it’s inspiring to hear Schafer say he’d never come across anything as useful as The Enneagram for understanding human nature in his work and personal life - and to credit it with enabling his happy marriage. Naturally of interest if you’re a Taoist, but still fascinating if you’re not. Particularly helpful: his distinction between the ‘structure’ and ‘content’ of type, the way in which type structure constricts the free-flow of life energy and his perspective on the triads.