I received notification in the past few weeks of some new followers to my blog. No doubt it was as a result of the big row between Eva and Tildeb a few weeks ago which spilled over to my blog as well as several other people’s blogs. One of those people following my blog was Eva (started on the 19th of April) but I see that she isn’t any longer. That is rather unfortunate but not entirely unpredictable. I went over to hers and read about her experience with Enneagrams and Richard Rohr. I tried to leave a response but it was immediately deleted. That’s a shame. It’s a shame because I wanted to relay some important information that I think she should know about Enneagrams and Richard Rohr. It’s a shame because rather than have her views challenged and told that perhaps what she’s reading might be unsubstantiated nonsense written by an unqualified and untrained individual, she’d rather wallow in ignorance. Hopefully, not all of her readers are as insecure as that.
She asked “Rohr and an online test? What’s not to love?” My response was as follows:
What’s not to love? Well, if you take it as entertainment value, I suppose it could be fun and interesting – like a horoscope (if you’re into that kind of thing. I’m not). But you shouldn’t take it seriously. Why am I saying that? To be mean? No. Because Enneagrams are considered pseudoscience and because Richard Rohr is not an clinical psychologist or anything of the sort. He has nothing more than a masters in theology and as such, has no qualifications whatsoever to be discussing the subject he’s discussing and writing the books he’s writing. If you want to learn about the very complicated study of Personality Psychology, which I don’t believe is an exact science to begin with, go the Wikipedia page and check it out, then follow the references, links and further suggested reading.
But by all means, if you want to take the easy route, take a 5 minute online test and diagnose your own personality. If you want something that is more substantive, do the reading I suggested and if you really want to know, maybe pay for some sessions with a psychologist who will be qualified to tell you what makes you tick.