The local media is all a twitter because a high school teacher said he had 9 Russian wives in his basement. Some of the students and some parents did not get the joke and he lost his job. How is this possible?
One theory (mine) is that our culture has become so used to identifying “true” with literal that we are ill-equipped to deal with humor. The far political right has so little grasp of humor they venture onto the Colbert Report–with predictable hilarious results.
Our Enneagram style is best studied with as much symbolic subtlety as possible. You can’t prove Rush Limbaugh or Chris Matthews is an Eights, but if you can’t see it, you don’t understand Eights.
You can’t scientifically (literally) establish that Obama is a Nine or Oprah is a Three, but you better be able to see it if you want to be a coach or counselor. When I certify Enneagram teachers, they must use Condon’s Video Guide and Judith Searles’ Literary Enneagram
Mary Basts’ poetry is also valuable on levels not dreamed about in literal study.