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Learn how the Enneagram Harmony Groups help explain how each type relates to the world as well as learn what your type needs to embrace.
The enneagram is broken into groups of three. The most popular group is the Center of Intelligence (most commonly referred to as Triads)
There are many of these groupings and all are worth understanding. One such grouping is referred to as the Harmony Groups.
Enneagram Harmony Groups shows us how each of these three groups relate to the world.
The name Harmony Triad (Group) was originated by Dr. David Daniels at least as far as I can tell. The enneagram gets a little fuzzy on who is responsible for what because so many teachers are great at sharing all the enneagram information.
Note: Harmony Groups are different from the Harmonic Groups… confusing, I know.
The Harmony Groups are broken down into: the Idealist Group, the Pragmatist group, & the Relationist Group.
Knowing which group you are in can help you determine your enneagram type if you are still torn between a few types and it can help you understand how you relate to the world
Enneagram Harmony Groups
The Idealist Group consists of enneagram types 1, 4, & 7.
Each of these types have an idea of how the world around them should be (and they get frustrated when the world is not that way, which is why Riso & Hudson call this group the Frustration Triad).
Type 1s in the Idealist Group
1s want an ideal world based on their internal standards and they get frustrated when the world fails to meet that standard. Type 1s have lost an appreciation for the diversity in life.
Type 4s in the Idealist Group
4s want an ideal world which has nothing important or substantial missing and they get frustrated when the world does lack in areas. Type 4s have lost an appreciation of the wholeness of what actual is there.
Type 7s in the Idealist Group
7s want an ideal world free of suffering and pain and they get frustrated (and run to something new/positive) when the pain or suffering is there. Type 7s have lost an appreciation living in the wholeness of a moment.
Advice for the Idealist Group
Learn to let go of your frustration when the world doesn’t match your ideal and embrace the world for what it is.
The Relationist Group consists of enneagram types 2, 5, & 8.
Each of these types relate to the world through connection to others (and they try to keep rejection from happening by providing necessary functions, which is why Riso & Hudson call this group the Rejection Triad).
Type 2s in the Relationist Group
2s relate to the world by moving towards others and providing support and care. Type 2s have lost their way to manifesting altruistic love and being in the natural flow of giving & receiving.
Type 5s in the Relationist Group
5s relate to the world by moving away from others and providing reason and perspective. Type 5s have lost their way to manifesting higher wisdom and being in the natural flow of life energy.
Type 8s in the Relationist Group
8s relate to the world by asserting to others their strength and protections. Type 8s have lost their way to manifesting innocent perspective and natural assertive action without personal agenda.
Advice for the Relationist Group
Learn to let go of your fear of rejection and embrace the natural flow of love and energy.
The Pragmatist Group consists of enneagram types 3, 6, & 9.
Each of these types seek their own place the world (and they attach to what makes that work for them pragmatically which is why Riso & Hudson call this group the Attachment Triad).
Type 3s in the Pragmatist Group
3s seek a sustaining place and they attach to what keeps them recognized. Type 3s have lost knowing that ‘being’ can manifest in the day to day world.
Type 6s in the Pragmatist Group
6s seek a secure place and they attach to what keeps them stable. Type 6s have lost faith that knowing the quality of ‘being’ can manifest enough security in the day to day world.
Type 9s in the Pragmatist Group
9s seek a comfortable place and they attach to what keeps them conflict free. Type 9s have lost quality of true love of themselves which is equal to love that they give others.
Advice for The Pragmatist Group
Learn to let go of worldly attachments and allow in discomfort which will allow you to integrate into the higher qualities of the day to day world.
Other Enneagram Groups:
The Hornevian Groups
Centers of Intelligence
The Harmonic Groups