Is The Enneagram A Map Or A Theory?

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Is The Enneagram A Map Or A Theory?

Post by Dave » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:23 pm

Some people describe the Enneagram types as a map. Others describe them as a theory. Some people seem to use the two words interchangeably. There's a distinction here that I think is worth noting.

A map helps you find your way around the terrain being described. A theory offers a premise or hypothesis for how something works. You use a map to explore what's being described. You use a theory to make sense of your observations. A map's usefulness comes from it's accuracy. A theory's usefulness comes from it's ability to predict. A map is corrected to become more accurate as it's explored. A theory is proven by finding more supporting evidence.

I've written about how I use it as a map in my blog post.

How do you use the Enneagram types? A map, a theory, or both?

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