The Road Back to You: Looking at Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram
By Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile
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This weekly podcast, hosted by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, looks at life through the lens Enneagram, an ancient personality type system that describes how human beings are wired. Submit questions with #theroadback2u on twitter.
||CleanConnecting the Head and Heart: Knowing When to Observe or Help with Al (2) and Nita (5) Andrews - Episode 32||This is the series finale of The Road Back to You. On this episode, Ian and Suzanne speak with Al (Enneagram 2 - The Helper) and Nita (Enneagram 5 - The Investigator) Andrews. Al and Nita Andrews have more than 40 collective years counseling couples i||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gift of Thinking with Kenny Benge, Enneagram 5 (The Investigator) - Episode 31||On this week's episode of The Road Back to You, Ian and Suzanne speak with Kenny Benge who is a 5 on the Enneagram. Kenny is a Prior at Church of The Redeemer in Nashville, TN.||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing with Your Constant Critic with Ramsey Patton, Enneagram 1 (The Perfectionist) - Episode 30||One of the Enneagram numbers most requested by our listeners is the #1! And today we have a very special Enneagram One for you! Ian and Suzanne's guest is Ramsey Patton. She is a former lawyer, and now the Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries at Hig||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enneagram in Marriage with Andy Gullahorn, Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) and Jill Phillips, Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) - Episode 29||On this episode of The Road Back to You, Ian and Suzanne's guest are Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn. Jill is an Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) and Andy a 9 (The Peacemaker). Their insight into how the Enneagram has helped them in their marriage and their||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Announcement from The Road Back to You Team||Listen to a special announcement regarding the show moving forward!||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing Grounded in Life's Adventure with Lillian Daniel, Enneagram 7 (The Enthusiast) - Episode 28||Today Ian and Suzanne's guest on The Road Back To You is Lillian Daniel. A pastor, author and award-winning preacher, who happens to be an Enneagram 7. In her interview, she talks about the process of discovering her number, the upside, and downside||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnneagram In Leadership with Michael Hyatt, Enneagram 3 (The Performer) - Episode 27||Welcome to Season Two of The Road Back To You: Looking at life through the lense of the Enneagram. To start this season, we are honored to have Mr. Michael Hyatt as our guest. Michael is an author, speaker, businessman, and virtual mentor. His accomplis||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enneagram in Life, Work, and Marriage - A Conversation with Wade and Heather Hodges -Enneagram 3 (The Performer) and 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 26||If you're married, or in a long-term relationship, you have experienced the struggle of understanding your partner and trying to interpret their behavior. You've learned that relationship is a balancing act of making two lives function together, while a||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProcessing Pain through Optimism - Insight to the Enneagram 7 (The Enthusiast) with Mihee Kim-Kort - Episode 25||If you're an Enneagram 7, you probably thrive on the idea that variety is the spice of life and you draw energy from staying active. Also, there's a good chance people accuse you of being optimistic to a fault. Welcome to the world of today's guest, Mih||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enneagram and Therapy - A dialogue with Chris Gonzalez - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 24||Chris Gonzalez is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Lipscomb University. He is also a husband, father and an Enneagram 9. In his conversation with Ian, Suzanne on The Road Back To You||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning You Have A Voice: Insights from Sarah Bessey - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 23||Today's guest on The Road Back To You is Sarah Bessey (Enneagram 9): Blogger, Speaker, Wife, Mother of four, and Author of two books, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith and Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Wome||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing Judged Before You Are Known - A Conversation With Jo Saxton - Enneagram 8 - Episode 22||Our guest in Episode 22 is Jo Saxton (Enneagram8);Author, Speaker, Host of the popular podcast "Lead Stories," Chairman of the Board for a large non-profit, Lutheran Pastor, and as she so energetically puts it, “a Nigerian Londoner.” And if that isn||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding a Place of Honesty - A Conversation with Jim Danaher - Enneagram 3 - Episode 21||You would think that a Professor of Philosophy and author of five books would, for the most part, have life figured out. But what we learn from today's guest Jim Danaher (Enneagram 3) is that we all need to continue to do soul-work, to strengthen the mu||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnger, Vulnerability, and Spiritual Transformation: Insight from Patrick Chappell - Enneagram 8 - Episode 20||Enneagram 8's are known to be aggressive, champions of justice, and people who welcome opposition. Our guest Patrick Chappell is the only African American staff member in a large southern church, an Enneagram 8, and one of the best people we know to hel||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving In An Age of Profound Anxiety: A Conversation with Jeff Chu - Enneagram 6 - Episode 19||Our guest today on The Road Back To You is Jeff Chu (Enneagram 6), a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Travel+Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. He is the author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Chr||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReclaiming Hope: A Conversation with Michael Wear on Politics, the Enneagram, and how America moves forward - Episode 18||The election is over. How do you feel? For some, the response to what happened last week is pure elation, and others complete disgust. But for most, the feelings are likely surrounded by confusion, fear, apprehension, and uncertainty about the future. A||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“How Do You Manage The Unrest In Your Soul?” A Heart-To-Heart Encounter With Michael Cusick (Enneagram 2) - Episode 17||Do you feel like St. Paul, wondering why you continue to do the very things you don’t want to do? Do you desire something that seems unavailable to you … knowing you are safe; feeling like you are wanted; believing your needs will be taken care of?||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Are You On Social Media? A conversation with Austin Graff (Enneagram 2 or 6?) - Episode 16||Have you been listening to The Road Back To You podcast and still don't know your Enneagram number? Then you're not alone. Our guest this week is Austin Graff; Talent Acquisition and Branding Specialist for The Washington Post, and former social medi||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enneagram and the Creative Process: Part 2 with Cindy Morgan (Enneagram 4) and Andrew Greer (Enneagram 2) - Episode 15||Last week Ian and Suzanne interviewed Cindy Morgan and Andrew Greer, Enneagram 4 and 2 respectively, and how their personality traits impact their relationship with each other as touring musicians and songwriters. This week, in Part 2 of their intervi||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enneagram and the Creative Process: Insight from Cindy Morgan (Enneagram 4) and Andrew Greer (Enneagram 2) - Part 1 - Episode 14||Do you ever wonder how the Enneagram can help in your relationship with another person? Maybe you work with someone who is on the opposite side of the personality spectrum, and you have a hard time connecting or relating to them. Well, this week's podc||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing With Your Need to Perform: A conversation with Darren Whitehead - Enneagram 3 (The Performer) - Episode 13||Do other people see you as a winner? Are they compelled to follow you and are you excited to lead? Do you wake up with a plan for the day and a full schedule? Then there's a good chance you are a THREE. Then there is a good chance you may be an Enne||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Good Enough Is Never Good Enough: A conversation with Christopher and Amanda Philips - Enneagram 1 (The Perfectionist) - Episode 12||Over the past weeks on The Road Back To You podcast, we have discovered how the Enneagram can be a helpful tool in understanding ourselves and others. But what happens when a married couple is the same Enneagram number? Especially when that Number i||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding Your Need To Be Understood: An Interview with Don Chaffer - Enneagram 4 (The Romantic) - Episode 11||In our last program, we viewed politics and personality through the eyes of an Enneagram 4. In this interview, Ian and Suzanne continue their exploration of the Enneagram 4 through the thoughts and stories of Don Chaffer, one of the singer/songwriters||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitics and Personality - An Interview with Michael Wear - Enneagram 4 (The Romantic) - Episode 10||Are you as anxious about the upcoming election and the polarization that has gripped our nation as we are? Given the troubled political climate, we decided to take a hiatus from our series exploring each of the nine types to talk politics through th||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking Care of Yourself: An interview with Hunter Mobley - Enneagram 2 (The Helper) - Episode 9||Is setting boundaries in your life a problem? Are you more comfortable giving than receiving? Do you secure a place for everyone at the table but fail to save a seat for yourself? Then there's a good chance you're an Enneagram 2 (The Helper)! Join Ian||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Let Fear Control Your Life! An Interview with Sarah Thebarge - Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) - Episode 8||Have you ever felt like the wheels have fallen off the train of your life? How did you respond? Did you get angry, cower in a corner in the fetal position and suck your thumb, or did you get up and blaze a new trail? On this week's episode of The Road||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Your Place In the World: An Interview with Michael Gungor -Enneagram 5 (The Investigator) - Episode 7||Has anyone ever described you as an "information junkie" or as a loner? Do you believe "thoughts" are more reliable than "feelings?" Are you more comfortable observing rather than participating in life? If so, you might be an Enneagram 5 (The Investi||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSavor Everything: An Interview with Shauna Niequist - Enneagram 7 (The Enthusiast) - Episode 6||Do you insist on spontaneity? Are you an eternal optimist? Are you alway thinking and planning your next great adventure? If so, you might be an Enneagram 7 (a.k.a. The Enthusiast). Today Ian and Suzanne interview Shauna Niequist, bestselli||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning To Express Confidence About The Things You Believe: An interview with Science Mike - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 5||In Episode 5 Ian and Suzanne interview Mike McHargue, host of the popular podcast Ask Science Mike and co-host of the podcast The Liturgists. Tune in as Science Mike dissects and explains his life as an Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker). Before its over, yo||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing With Your Stuff: Continued Conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber - Enneagram 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 4||In Episode Four, Ian and Suzanne welcome pastor and bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber back to the show. Join this dangerous trio as they talk about: The Enneagram and recoveryDealing with "your stuff"The importance of practicing self-compassionHow th||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Power in Vulnerability: An Interview with Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber - Enneagram 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 3||In The Road Back To You, Episode #3, Ian and Suzanne interview pastor and New York Times bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber. Nadia talks about life as an Enneagram 8 (The Challenger), and explores the weight of responsibility that comes with having||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiscover the Enneagram - Episode 2||In this sophomore Enneagram episode of the podcast The Road Back To You, Ian Morgan Cron and SuzanneStabile continue their discussion with Luke Norsworthy, host of the popular podcast Newsworthy with Norsworthy. In this episode they continue to e||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiscover the Enneagram! - Episode 1||Luke Norsworthy (https://lukenorsworthy.com), host of the popular podcast Newsworthy with Norsworthy guest host with Suzanne and Ian to discuss the history of the Enneagram, how they were first exposed to it, begin teaching it and ultimately wrote the||7/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Room for Improvement
I agree with other reviewers who have said that this podcast could use some editing. I like each of the hosts; in particular, I have heard Suzanne Stabile on other podcasts and recordings and have enjoyed her teachings. However, this podcast is seriously lacking in direction, information, and diversity of "types". My biggest complaint is that the hosts have really failed to adequately summarize the enneagram istelf and, maybe more importantly, each enneagram type. Instead, each podcast is simply an interview of one of their friends, and they just jump right in with inside jokes and silliness, rather than giving the listener some context for what they are about to listen to. The interviews seem haphazard and meandering, and the audio quality is sometimes poor. They're not very even-handed in terms of which enneagram types they've interviewed -- I think they've interviewed three type 4s at this point, but have failed to inverview a single type 1 or type 3. I know that the two hosts know their stuff, but its hard to tell that from this podcast. I will probably read their book despite my experience with this podcast, but I don't think I will be listening to future episodes. They really do have some amazing potential here that I think they are failing to capitalize on. For people who are interested in really delving deep into the enneagram via a podcast, I heartily recommend trying out the "Wild Crazy Meaningful Ennneagram" podcast instead. Keep in mind though, that that one does not come from a Christian perspective, and so may not appeal to some listeners. However, it is succeeding at what this one fails to do, which is to engage and really inform the listener.
Good but needs a better foundation
The hosts on this podcasts are super nice people. And great teachers. But the podcast would do better if they were to flesh out each number instead of just referring to numbers and interviewing guests that line up with certain numbers before filling the listener in on what each number actually means.
podcast doesn't do the enneagram justice
The enneagram is an excellent tool, however this podcast did not hit their stride yet, perhaps season 2 will be better. If you want to know the enneagram deeper this podcast is NOT for you. It is a supplement. If you do not know the enneagram well enough (knowing what each number is and characteristics of those numbers) then this podcast is NOT for you. They do not refer to what each number is and do not dive deeper into the numbers. It is merely talking to guests about why knowing the enneagram was helpful to them... vague responses that typically look the same over the episodes. Also, Suzanne tends to interject her story and her experiences a lot in each episode, which takes away from the guest, and also takes up a lot of time in the episode. I think maybe the intent is for people to get interested in knowing more about their number and taking initiative to dig deeper on their own. Ian is great at asking wise questions to dive deeper into knowing a guest and their number more, however each episode just does not do justice to what we could potentially learn.
Either way it is not something I can recommend to other people or my clients.