Why Panel Interview
There is a very good article on “The Gifts of the Narrative Tradition” written by Terry Saracino on the power of Panel Interview: “The Narrative Tradition, based on interviewing and interacting, is a process and invites us into a relationship with our inner territory. We use the content of the Enneagram and make an experience of it. When we describe our patterns on panels using our capacity for self-observation, we began to see them differently. We get some distance from them. Underlying motivations become clearer. Something clicks. Our patterns begin to loosen. As we try to make ourselves clear to the audience, we gain more insight. Insight is an essential first step toward change. Working with the insights we glean on panels helps us make the necessary changes that grow our souls.”
The panel interview has been found to be a very effective approach for learning about a specific Enneagram type. This is because it’s very interesting and engaging when we learn directly from the real people about their type specific concerns and challenges.
We encourage people who know their Enneagram type to sit on a type specific panel to heighten their self-awareness, deepen their understanding and learning of their Enneagram type. The sharing process can be therapeutic for the panellist because it helps to deepen and expand insights of their unconscious habitual patterns into greater awareness.
Sitting on a panel is on voluntary basis. No one would be forced to sit on a particular panel without their consent.
In the beginning of the panel session, there will be a short teaching, about 5-10 minutes follow by a panel interview, about 40 to 50 minutes and Q&A with panellists, about 10-15 minutes, and ending with a facilitated breakout group discussion, about 30-40 minutes.
During the panel interview, panellists will be asked about the basic themes such as their focus of attention, behavioural patterns and emotional habits; their strengths and challenges in relationships, their path of growth and development, and how others can support them.
During the Q&A with panellists, it is good opportunity for the audience to ask panellist relevant questions about issues they have with someone of that type in their life. Sometimes, a new understanding or perspective can be gained simply through listening to the panellist’s sharing, people may suddenly realize that their loved ones’ seemingly annoying behaviours have nothing to do with them…
All information shared during the event are to be kept confidential. Participants are not allowed to share these information with anyone outside the event.
The interview will be moderated by Judy, a certified Narrative Tradition Teacher or other trained professional, so it is a very safe environment for people to share their true beliefs, feelings and behaviours, issues and challenges for learning purposes.