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The traditional exposition of the enneagram begins with an explanation of the three centers of intelligence from which man operates and in general there are three types of men The three centers are the head center or intellectual center the heart center or the emotional center and the belly center or the physical center All three centers are active in each person and are necessary for survival However the mentally-based man operates primarily out of the head center the emotionally-based man operates primarily out of the heart center and the belly-based man operates out of the belly center You have all known intelligent thinkers who seem to be lost in their heads figuring out how the their world works creating scientific wonders or the typical nerdy computer programmer In this category we find the compulsive planners who like to experience everything in live but are impossible to pin down Try to get one of these types out on a hike or off on a ski weekend is like pulling teeth However some of us do enjoy the outdoors and getting out of our heads from time to time Similarly you have noticed hysterical emotional types remind us of how strong feelings can become the creative artist who can move us with the stroke of a brush and the sensitive listener who cares about all of our problems and everyone elses These people operate from their emotions but still have to retreat into their minds to balance their checkbooks follow recipes of discuss the merits of the latest political campaigns Finally we watch the belly-based athletes perform feats of strength and endurance on Monday Night Football or during the world series These guys could also be excellent performers but their focus of attention in their gut The nine points of the enneagram reflect the tendencies of these three basic types Thus there are three enneagram points for
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