Head vs Heart and Our Gut Reactions, Paperback Book

Head vs Heart and Our Gut Reactions Paperback

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Michael Hampson's HEAD versus HEART rebuilds the enneagram on a single new foundation: the fundamental question of how we engage with the world around us.

To this task we each bring three basic resources - 'head' and 'heart' and our 'gut reactions'.

HEAD versus HEART is a study of the interaction of these three.

From the very beginning HEAD versus HEART explains as it describes - something which has never been done for the enneagram before.

It explains for the first time why the nine types emerge as they do - and why they interconnect according to the enneagram's distinctive irregular pattern of interconnecting lines.

The material is logical and rational throughout - with clear links to cognitive, behavioural and even neurological psychology.

All of this makes HEAD versus HEART the most accessible material ever produced on the enneagram - and the most important new work on the enneagram in thirty years.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 260 pages, 100line drawings
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thought & practice
  • ISBN: 9781903816929



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A very interesting book about the Enneagram from a Christian viewpoint. The author looks at how the Enneagram diagram develops from three 'zones' we all have - head, heart and 'gut'- and the strategies we use, leading to nine 'types'. <br/><br/>I've read many books on this topic, but have never previously come across one that explains how the nine Enneagram types develop, and what the relationships are between them. The author goes quite deeply into the security and stress points, and explains why certain relationships are likely to work better than others, although of course a great deal depends on the mental and emotional health level of each individual. <br/><br/>There are examples of Bibical characters who seem to show the characteristics of each of the nine types. There's also a fascinating insight into how the Lord's Prayer can be said, considering each Enneagram type in turn. <br/><br/>At the end is an appendix looking at how the Enneagram pattern fits into such diverse activities as farming, politics, and the church year. I found these sections a little difficult to swallow, I have to admit. But overall I found the book fascinating and will no doubt dip into it again in future.