Scenes from Animal Life: Nine Pairs of Fables for the Enneagram Types
Copyrighted in German by Claudius Verlag Munich as Enneagramms Tierleben: 2 x 9 Fabeln. This is one of those books that cost twice as much to have sent as to buy. It is worth it on both counts! I have read the first four fables--on enneagram types 1 and 2--as well as the two fables on type 8. The stories are perhaps more finely worked, more layered, and more complex than fables usually are, but they are instructive. My favorite is the sad tale of the cat, a type 2, who has helped everybody in the household and farm and then feels forsaken and leaves when she finds another cat in the kitchen. Actually, the family was just taking care of someone else's cat for a week. There may be many of us who can learn the enneagram types better through stories than we can through long descriptions or lists of characteristics. In any case, I found that the stories have even more effect if one reads them first and then consults a standard description of the particular type represented there. This promises to be a helpful book. It also makes me want to consult more of the work of Manfred Kyber.
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