The Path Between Us by Suzanne Stabile [Book Summary – Review]


How would you think people around you see the world? It very well may be anything but difficult to expect that others see feelings and occasions in the very same manner that you do. Yet, on the off chance that that is the situation, for what reason do contentions and contradictions emerge between us? 

In all actuality we as a whole have various characters. And keeping in mind that people are perplexing, this synopsis will demonstrate to you that understanding human conduct doesn’t need to be. As you’ll learn, there are nine unmistakable character types, each with their one of a kind method of identifying with others. 

These character types depend on the Enneagram – an antiquated model of the human mind. The Enneagram is regularly introduced as a geometric shape. Each point on the Enneagram compares with a number, which speaks to a character type. 

All in all, what’s your enchantment number? Peruse on to reveal the deepest wants and fears of every character, and figure out how to appreciate better associations with any of the nine kinds. You’ll likely leave away with progressive mindfulness – and you’ll discover which number you are! 


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Chapter 1 – Ones are continually going after flawlessness.


Have you at any point been so engrossed with what’s turning out badly that you’ve neglected to appreciate all the things that are working out in a good way? If you will in general spotlight on your slip-ups as opposed to commending your triumphs, at that point you’re presumably a One on the Enneagram. 

Life isn’t generally a good time for a One. Indeed, even amidst a happy encounter, a One can’t quit concentrating on the seemingly insignificant details that have turned out badly. For example, she could be getting a charge out of a family party when, unexpectedly, she understands that she neglected to bring her camera. 

Other character types may shrug their shoulders and proceed onward, yet Ones will spend the remainder of the gathering feeling mad about their slip-up. 

Ones are known as Perfectionists. While she tries to do things impeccably, she has a basic internal voice revealing to her nothing she does is ever sufficient. Subsequently, individuals with this character type regularly have low confidence. 

Where it counts, the One is a shaky individual attempting to be acceptable. In addition to the fact that she spots botches that others miss, however she likewise willingly volunteers to address these errors. 

At the point when she embraces an errand, she does it bit by bit, finishing each stage as effectively as possible. Ones consistently attempt their best, and they anticipate that others should do likewise. 



Be that as it may, even though Ones are diligent employees, they additionally will in general distance individuals. In addition to the fact that they need to be correct constantly, but on the other hand they’re inclined to outrage. This isn’t unexpected – all things considered, it’s quite disappointing to feel like you’re living in a hazardously blemished world that is brimming with botches. 

In case you’re a One, attempt to acknowledge that your accomplice probably won’t have indistinguishable exclusive requirements from you do. You ought to likewise recognize that their meaning of “great” will be not the same as yours. Also, comprehend that regardless of how diligently you attempt, you presumably won’t have the option to change their method of seeing the world. 

In case you’re involved with a One, search for approaches to give them that they’re sufficient. Recollect that Ones are regularly depleted from doing combating their basic inward voice, so attempt to be delicate with them. 

On the off chance that they’re continually censuring you, let them realize that you’re bound to change your conduct with acclaim for the things you get right! At long last, remind your One to take excursions and time off every so often. 


Chapter 2 – Twos should be required.


We as a whole know those sorts, bountiful individuals who live to help other people. At whatever point you’re in a difficult situation, you can rely on this individual to drop his arrangements and act the hero. In any case, what happens when helping other people turn into an impulsive need? If this sounds natural, at that point you’re presumably managing our next character type. 

Twos are otherwise called Helpers since they are so liberal with their time and consideration. At whatever point a Two is stood up to with a renewed individual, he naturally asks himself, “What do they need from me?” This is how Twos form connections. 

The test for a Two is that he needs to help and have a relationship with nearly everybody he meets. In any case, as a general rule, anyway decent he is, there will consistently be a few people who simply would prefer not to have a relationship with him. 

The creator, who recognizes herself as a Two, gave a talk to a horde of 200 individuals. While nearly everybody gestured along excitedly as she talked, one man had a sharp appearance all over. A short time later, the creator hurried up to him, asking him what wasn’t right and if there was anything she could do to support him. 



His answer? “No, I simply didn’t care for what you were stating, and I don’t care for you.” Unsurprisingly, she felt flattened after this trade. Even though she’d associated with nearly everybody in the crowd, she was unable to be fulfilled until she’d attempted to interface with the one individual who unmistakably didn’t care for her. This is a common Two conduct. 

In case you’re a Two, you’ll frequently wind up giving such a great amount to others that you need more vitality to take care of yourself. It very well may be tiring to be so useful! Recollect that correspondence is a key component of solid connections, so figure out how to take just as give. 

In case you’re involved with a Two, promise them that you love them for what their identity is, instead of what they accomplish for you. 

Twos are frequently dreadful in their connections because their confidence is associated with the amount they are required. On the off chance that it appears somebody no longer needs them, the Two will battle to envision what else they bring to the table. In light of this, let your Two realize that you may not generally need them – yet that you genuinely need them in your life. 


Chapter 3 – Threes are objective situated and put less accentuation on feelings.


The life of our next character type spins around a certain something: achievement. The Three need to accomplish all that she focuses on. What’s more, much more significantly, she needs you to see her triumphant. 

Otherwise called Performers, this character type likes to feel in charge. She’s discovered that doing is a method of controlling a circumstance. In this way, she’s constantly occupied with a movement – particularly action with a serious edge. 

With their profitable vitality and laser-like center, Threes rouse all of us to try to achieve the impossible, as well. With a Three close by, encouraging you forward, you’ll presumably accomplish things that you never imagined you could. 

Although she takes a stab at significance in each part of her life, the Three isn’t generally effective about feelings. She regularly battles to comprehend her sentiments, not to mention those of others. Some portion of the issue is that Threes are so occupied with doing, they frequently disregard being – they neglect to be right now or to be their bona fide selves. 

In case you’re a Three, put forth a coordinated attempt to take life a little slower. Attempt to burn through a greater amount of your effort on connections, as opposed to vocation objectives. These connections don’t need to bring about a specific result or objective – they simply must be agreeable. 



As a Three, savoring achievement falls into place without any issues for you. In any case, don’t compare it with your natural worth. Your feeling of self-esteem ought to be isolated from your accomplishments. At long last, recall that you can’t set objectives for your accomplice, anyway much you need them to share your drive for progress. The entirety of your objectives as a team should be made and settled upon together. 

In case you’re involved with a Three, don’t be amazed on the off chance that they battle to comprehend your sentiments. Rather than anticipating that they should peruse your feelings, be straightforward, and forthright with them about how you feel. 

Remember that the Three is slanted to concentrate on the future and what they will accomplish in that future. So don’t be astounded on the off chance that they’re uninterested in breaking down the past. 


Chapter 4 – Fours can’t profess to be something they’re most certainly not.


Our next number on the Enneagram is the Four. Out of each character type, he’s the hardest to comprehend. Otherwise called Romantics, Fours have an enthusiastic should be particularly and truly themselves. 

Life can be extreme as a Four. The Four regularly feels as though something is inadequate in his life, for reasons he doesn’t comprehend. If no one but he could fill this hole, he’d feel vastly improved. Regularly, this “thing” that Fours are missing is a feeling of having a place. 

Presently, the Four is somewhat not quite the same as every other person – you may even say he’s extraordinary. That makes it difficult for him to relate to others or feel associated with them. That is the reason Fours regularly communicate through craftsmanship and music, so they can locate a superior method of identifying with others. 

The Four will in general be a despairing character too. This shouldn’t imply that he’s consistently pitiful or discouraged, however, he positively wouldn’t fret a little catastrophe in his life. He feels his feelings strongly, and his dispositions can be unusual. This can bring about individuals instructing him to attempt to be progressively “typical” or that he’s simply “to an extreme.” 



In case you’re a Four, you need the world to know the genuine you – however you generally feel misjudged. This can be intense, yet attempt to invest wholeheartedly in being not the same as everyone around you. Not every person will make the most of your enthusiastic force, so you may just have cozy associations with a bunch of individuals. In any case, interestingly, these couple of connections will be profound and significant. 

In case you’re involved with a Four, don’t be hesitant to tell them how their touchiness influences you. That being stated, promise your accomplice that they’re despite everything adored and esteemed, regardless of whether not every person “gets” them. Ultimately, recall that it’s normal for Fours to feel a consistent feeling of yearning. You don’t need to fix this fretful requirement for them. Simply realize this is how these sentimental spirits are wired. 


Chapter 5 – Fives need to be independent.


On the off chance that you ended up in an individual emergency, what might be the main thing you’d do? In case you’re in any way similar to a great many people, you’d most likely get the telephone and call somebody you trust. In any case, on the off chance that you fit the profile of our next character type, at that point the idea of requesting help just causes you to feel a ton more regrettable. 

Otherwise called the Investigator, the Five character type is consistently watching out for additional assets – regardless of whether that is cash, time, or data. Be that as it may, the Five doesn’t need these things out of covetousness. Rather, she needs to have enough of everything so she never needs to depend on any other person. Contingent upon others causes the Five to feel powerless. 

None of us appreciate feeling excessively helpless, however, the Five nearly can’t shoulder it. 

Truth be told, she doesn’t generally like inclination by any stretch of the imagination. She very much wants thinking. To a Five, untidy and questionable feelings are an interruption to her painstakingly arranged life, which includes as meager immediacy as could reasonably be expected. This can make connections a test because others may undermine her exacting timetable. 

Fives might be dubious of connections, yet there’s one thing they do adore – information. 

In any questionable circumstance, her common reaction is to gather however much data as could be expected to decrease her helplessness. Be that as it may, this due steadiness requires a ton of vitality. To preserve her vitality, the Five is careful about the amount of herself she offers to others. 

In case you’re a Five, recall that sound connections require passionate speculation. You’ll have to burrow profound and muster the nerve to show your accomplice some warmth. You’ll likewise require the mental fortitude to show your emotions. 



In case you’re involved with a Five, recall that they won’t normally offer you their time and friendship, so don’t be hesitant to request it. If you need to examine something significant, give your accomplice some an opportunity to process the discussion – and don’t drive them into unconstrained decisions or choices. 

At last, attempt to be understanding on the off chance that they would prefer not to associate as much as you do. You may be a people person, yet your Five most likely has less vitality than you and may discover gatherings and hanging out depleting. 


Chapter 6 – Sixes are continually envisioning the direst outcome imaginable.


You just need to get a paper to realize that the world can be an unnerving spot. Be that as it may, what happens when your entire perspective is ruled by the dread of what may be sitting tight for you around the bend? If this feeling of fear feels natural, at that point you’re presumably a Six. 

Sixes are otherwise called Loyalists. What is important most to this character type is having a sense of security and security. 

Lamentably, the Six doesn’t frequently have a sense of security since he invests a great deal of his energy stressing over what’s to come. To a Six, life is compromising, and others may have mystery motivation. Sixes battle their concerns by continually getting ready for the direst outcome imaginable. 

Be that as it may, existence with a Six isn’t all fate and unhappiness, and there are a ton of upsides to this on the edge character type. 

His requirement for soundness makes the Six a dedicated and dependable companion, and he’s frequently the foundation of associations and companion gatherings. Also, Sixes are the best cooperative people of all the character types. He adores being a piece of a network since he detects security in larger groups, and he’ll make a solid effort to make that network a triumph. 

With regards to his connections, the Six can battle to excuse individuals for any bad behaviors – anyway little. It isn’t so much that he’s negligible; it’s simply that he’s continually attempting to limit dangers to his prosperity. So he recollects little complaints in the expectation of feeling less astounded and powerless if he gets injured once more. 



In case you’re a Six, attempt to discover the solidarity to forgive and never look back. It might be troublesome, yet attempt to put forth an attempt to confide in others – and to confide in your judgment. In case you’re a Six, you’ll feel more dread than some other character type, however that doesn’t mean you have to surrender to it. At times, you should face challenges to get what you genuinely need, regardless of whether it panics you. 

For those in a relationship with a Six, their steady stressing over the future can be debilitating. In any case, it can appear to be disparaging and merciless to just recurrent that there is no reason to worry. 

A superior procedure is to set aside the effort to tune in to their concerns and attempt your best to pay attention to them. On the off chance that your Six requests your feeling, attempt to concentrate on what could go directly later on, instead of what could go astray. 


Chapter 7 – Sevens need to be allowed to have fun.


We as a whole realize that life is limited and that we have a constrained measure of time to appreciate the entirety of the rushes and assortment that the world brings to the table. Yet, that doesn’t prevent the majority of us from doing likewise things, throughout every day. Numerous individuals discover this commonality ameliorating – however there’s one character type who searches out fervor. 

Sevens are otherwise called Enthusiasts. In a journey for constructive, invigorating encounters, this character type is continually searching for the following new thing. This implies Sevens loathe anything tedious or schedule. 

The Seven might want to imagine that she’s equipped for the full passionate range, however as a general rule, she carries on with her life inside a limited scope of glad sentiments. She’s an unceasing positive thinker and accepts that in case you’re loathing life, you’re treating it terribly. 

As you’ve likely speculated, the Seven is a heap of positive vitality. Her desire forever is irresistible, and she has a skill for lifting the spirits of everybody around her. Believe it or not, life wouldn’t be close as fun without this overflowing character around. 



In any case, there’s a drawback to this satisfaction. The world isn’t generally radiant; there will be a few days when it downpours. The Seven is trying to claim ignorance about this since she needs to maintain a strategic distance from torment and cynicism no matter what. In this way, she’ll let herself know – and anybody who’ll tune in – that everything’s okay, in any event, when it may not be. 

And keeping in mind that some character types are terrified of being deserted, the Seven is alarmed of feeling caught in her connections. This dread implies that she has a propensity for maintaining a strategic distance from responsibility. 

In case you’re a Seven, you’ll have to choose what your needs are. Your regular confidence may make you imagine that you can have everything simultaneously. Be that as it may, in all actuality, you can’t appreciate a personal and stable relationship while likewise being a free operator. 

In case you’re involved with a Seven, don’t constrain them into the schedules and consistency that others frequently find encouraging. Sevens need a level of immediacy in their lives, so attempt to be adaptable. 

Try not to be annoyed if your Seven wouldn’t like to invest the entirety of their energy with you, either. Some character types may look for a nearby bond with only a couple of individuals, however, the Seven should be out on the planet, doing their thing. 


Chapter 8 – Eights need to make major decisions, constantly.


A few people are characteristic conceived pioneers. They’re sure, obstinate, and loaded with vitality – anxious to get things going! Be that as it may, this craving to assume responsibility can slip into domineering or scaring conduct. On the off chance that these qualities sound like somebody you know, at that point you’re presumably managing an Eight. 

This character type is otherwise called the Boss, and it very well may be entirely frightening to end up on his awful side. 

Eights will in general view the world dressed clearly. In case you’re not with him, you’re against him. Furthermore, if you’re not his companion, at that point you’re his most exceedingly awful adversary. Rather than being cheerful, similar to a Seven, or frightful, similar to a Six, the Eight’s go-to feeling is an outrage. 

In any case, it is not necessarily the case that Eights are terrible. Behind his blunt outside, the Eight has a decent heart. 

First off, this is the most enthusiastic and vivacious of all the character types. If an Eight finds a reason he has confidence in, he’ll put his hard labor into battling for it. He’s liberal with his vitality, as well. When you show an Eight that you’re not kidding about accomplishing something, he’s glad to contribute and assist you with transforming your fantasies into a reality. 

Yet, for every one of his upsides, the Eight frequently battles in his connections. 



Although he may appear to be certain, the Eight has a profound situated dread of looking frail or compliant. This dread leads him to overcompensate by being tyrannical. Eights rapidly build up a notoriety for being forceful. That implies that everyone around him is probably going to become protective at whatever point he opens his mouth. 

In case you’re an Eight, recollect that predominance doesn’t liken to incredible authority – individuals need to need to follow your lead. To procure regard and dependability, attempt to bring some delicacy into your cooperation. At the point when you search for answers for issues, recall that quality and vigorous activity isn’t generally the appropriate response. 

In case you’re involved with an Eight, make an effort not to think about their resentment too literally. They may appear as though they’re attempting to threaten you with their candid conclusions and angry way, yet that is only their correspondence style. 

Where it counts, your Eight is as helpless as any other person, and they need care and love from the individuals throughout their life. Having said that, don’t be hesitant to go to bat for yourself – if you don’t, you chance being stomped on. 


Chapter 9 – Nines love to chill.


Life’s much simpler when individuals concur with one another. No hollering, no contentions – just harmony and quiet. Our last character type can’t help but concur. He’s so dedicated to coexisting with individuals that each choice he makes is intended for keeping the harmony. 

These agreeable spirits are known as Peacemakers, and they outrageously would prefer not to battle with you. 

First off, the Nine needs more vitality to battle – truth be told, he’s the least lively character type. He’s likewise too agreeable to even consider causing a complaint. His crucial to carry on with a quiet life, and he attempts to avoid whatever may upset his peacefulness. On the off chance that you invest energy with a Nine, you’ll presumably discover him undemanding and nonjudgmental. 

This may sound refreshingly straightforward, however, there are disadvantages to being so serene. 

Solid connections, as a rule, include some contention. Something else, how might contrasts get settled? But since the Nine can’t stand to contend, he suppresses any emotions that may prompt an encounter. Inevitably, he utilizes detached forceful conduct as a non-fierce approach to managing his annoyance. 



In case you’re a Nine, you’re never going to savor showdown, yet you can figure out how to transparently share your actual emotions – in any event, when it may put you at chances with someone else. 

Figuring out how to have these troublesome discussions is significant. If you never voice your wants and inclinations, you’re constraining others to think about how to fulfill you, which isn’t fulfilling for anybody. 

In case you’re involved with a Nine, recollect that they need a quiet domain to have a sense of security. So don’t make a contention except if you truly need to. Remember that a Nine will regularly tangle themselves up to make you cheerful and keep the harmony. Ensure you don’t exploit this characteristic in them. 

Rather, urge them to impart their feelings to you. What’s more, after they open up, let them realize you value their trustworthiness. From a more extensive perspective, you should likewise tell your Nine that they don’t need to lose their feeling of self for your relationship to work.


The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile Book Review


Coexisting with the individuals around you is perhaps the greatest test – just as its best prize. At the point when we’re ready to value the special perspectives of others we feel more sympathy, and our connections become more extravagant and progressively legit. This being stated, maybe the most significant relationship to comprehend is simply the one you have. 


Work on yourself first. 

Understanding the nine character types gives you more prominent knowledge into yourself as well as other people. Each number is impartial; there are no better or more awful characters – simply unique. The Enneagram is best when used to change your point of view and conduct, instead of that of others. All in all, which number best speaks to you?



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