The Enneagram is a method for self-discovery and personal growth that has been gaining popularity in the past few years. The Enneagram accurately and clearly describes why you think, feel and behave in particular ways based upon your core fears and desires, and you can even take an online test to figure out which type you are. So, whether youâ€™re new to the enneagram or you live and breathe the 9 types, here are some audiobooks sure to feed your soul.
Type 1: The Reformer
The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
Want to be right, to strive higher and improve everything, to be consistent with their ideals, to justify themselves, to be beyond criticism so as not to be condemned by anyone.
In her memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped herâ€”from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the worldâ€™s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectationsâ€”and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Type 2: The Helper
The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
Want to be loved, to express their feelings for others, to be needed and appreciated, to get others to respond to them, to vindicate their claims about themselves.
From the beloved Today show co-host (and now author and narrator) Hoda Kotb comes an inspiring collection of 365 quotes and sayings that offer wisdom, courage, and hope. In addition, she shares about the people and experiences that have pushed her to challenge boundaries, embrace change, and explore relationships to their fullest. Written with her signature wit and warmth, this audiobook is the ideal companion to bring with you on-the-go to keep you motivated, recharged, and inspired each day.
Type 3: The Achiever
The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
Want to be affirmed, to distinguish themselves from others, to have attention, to be admired, and to impress others.
All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness–to be steady while the world spins around you. In his own voice, Holiday outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living in this insightful listen.
Type 4: The Individualist
The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
Want to express themselves and their individuality, to create and surround themselves with beauty, to maintain certain moods and feelings, to withdraw to protect their self-image, to take care of emotional needs before attending to anything else, to attract a “rescuer.”
Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, “Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” For Smith–inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing–the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life.
Type 5: The Investigator
The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
Want to possess knowledge, to understand the environment, to have everything figured out as a way of defending the self from threats from the environment.
Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a womanâ€”who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreationâ€™s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking, Paddle Your Own Canoe features a mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety that will not only tickle listeners pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.
Type 6: The Loyalist
The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
Want to have security, to feel supported by others, to have certitude and reassurance, to test the attitudes of others toward them, to fight against anxiety and insecurity.
From the host of the award-winning MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast, author Marie Forleo reads her indispensable audiobook for becoming the creative force of your own life. While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. It’s more than just a fun phrase to say. It’s a philosophy of relentless optimism. A mindset. A mantra. A conviction.
Type 7: The Enthusiast
The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
Want to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid and discharge pain.
From the comedian, actor, and former host of The Late Late Show comes an irreverent, lyrical memoir in his own voice. In Craigâ€™s candid and revealing memoir, listeners will get a look into the mind and recollections of the unique and twisted Scottish American as he discusses his deep love for his native Scotland, examines his profound psychic change brought on by fatherhood, and looks at aging and mortality with a perspective that he was incapable of as a younger man.
Type 8: The Challenger
The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
Want to be self-reliant, to prove their strength and resist weakness, to be important in their world, to dominate the environment, and to stay in control of their situation.
Chelsea Handler, a type 8 herself, meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss to figure out why people are afraid of her. Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Handlerâ€™s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.
Type 9: The Peacemaker
The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
Want to create harmony in their environment, to avoid conflicts and tension, to preserve things as they are, to resist whatever would upset or disturb them.
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Taraâ€™s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if sheâ€™d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. This multi-award-winning bestseller is now brought to you in audio and read by the incredible Julia Whelan, recipient of the Audie for Best Female Narrator in 2019.