Entries by Matt Emhoff

The Nine Types

Series: The Enneagram

The Enneagram is divided into nine distinct personality types. As you read the descriptions of each, you may discover that you feel deep resonance with one or many of the different types. In fact, all of us have a little bit of each one inside us.Notice which ones you most relate to.

Below are short summaries of the nine types adapted from Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation.  Each has a link to a reflection by Richard Rohr where you can learn more about each number.

What is the Enneagram?

Series: The Enneagram

For the next few months we will be taking a deep dive into the Enneagram; what it is, how it is helpful and what your type might be.  Whether you have never heard of the Enneagram or have been studying it for years, this will be a great place to deepen your understanding, pick up some tools and broaden your perspective.

Authority Over Your Journey

Series: Take Back Authority Over Your Life

When we allow our value to be diminished, we then diminish our impact on the world and others around us.  We forget the part we get to play in the larger story and our desires and heart go underground.  Our mission becomes just putting our head down and surviving through day.  It seems like we don’t have much control over our lives and no real impact.  This kind of thinking leads to despair and despair leads to apathy.  No wonder so many of us feel stuck!

Authority Over Emotions

Series: Take Back Authority Over Your Life

Every emotion is valid.  What we feel is the real experience we are in.  But, emotions are not always accurate or logical.  For example: The anger you feel towards your spouse for the hurtful thing they said to you is painful and real.  You feel this pain and instantly your amygdala, the fight or flight center of your brain, gets ready to attack or defend.  When you are reacting this way your prefrontal cortex, the critical thinking part of your brain, is shut off.  The emotion is valid, the pain is real, but you are unable to make the healthy choices that you want to if you are being led by that emotion alone.

Authority Over Thoughts

Series: Take Back Authority Over Your Life

The human brain is absolutely incredible.  It processes over 6,000 thoughts a day.  Problem solving, logic, drawing conclusions, creating images, building theories, asking questions and much more happening all day long.  It is like a computer hard drive spinning in the background whether we realize it or not.  While this is a wonderful thing, it can also be exhausting and overwhelming to have this onslaught of activity happening between our ears at all times.  We want to learn to lead our thoughts instead of them leading us.  There is a reason that Paul says, “Take every thought captive to Christ” in 2 Corinthians.  How do we do this?