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WELL 134 — Knowing Ourselves: Exploring the Enneagram

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 3 weeks
Date(s): Oct 22—Nov 5
Time: 9:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 24
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $400
Instructor(s): Carole Pertofsky
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
9:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Oct 22—Nov 5
3 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 24
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Carole Pertofsky
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
We often understand ourselves and our complex motivations quite well. Yet we are sometimes baffled by our own impulses, surprised at our defensive behaviors, and quite puzzled by the seemingly irrational behavior of others. Guided by the Enneagram framework of nine personality structures, we will discover these hidden patterns, paradoxes, and new possibilities. This introductory course is designed for those with little or no experience with the Enneagram. Through a blend of mini-lectures, experiential exercises, and group discussion, we will begin by identifying our Enneagram type and examine how personality expresses itself uniquely, asking questions that drive our well-being and fulfillment: What makes me come alive, to succeed and flourish? Why am I sometimes so reactive and judgmental? Can I become a more effective person by understanding what makes others tick? As our awareness evolves, we will dive deeper to explore Enneagram interconnecting points.

The depth of this insight offers powerful benefits, as we strengthen our capacity to effectively transform excessive stress into resilience, reduce unproductive conflict, and replace harsh judgment of self and others with rapport and empathy. By understanding our type-based patterns, we can cultivate much-needed personal and professional wisdom, clarity, and resilience during these very challenging times.

Students will be required to purchase and complete an online Enneagram assessment ($10).

Director, Emerita, Stanford Health Promotion/Wellness Services; Lecturer, Stanford School of Medicine

Carole Pertofsky specializes in positive psychology and well-being. She developed and taught Stanford’s first course on the psychology of happiness and continues to teach at Stanford and Silicon Valley companies on topics including resilience and its causes, happiness, mindfulness, self-compassion, courageous aging, and the Enneagram. She also facilitates seminars and retreats and is a life and transitions coach. Pertofsky received an MEd from UC Berkeley.