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The Instincts Dialogues: The Known, the Inquiries, and the Forward Visions, Part 1 and Part 2

With Russ Hudson & Beatrice Chestnut & Mario Sikora
Hosted by Jessica Dibb

This two-part special session will look at one of the most fascinating and confounding parts of the human experience — the inherent instinctual drive we all have to live life. These instincts are so primal that they're activated without our conscious cooperation for survival, wellbeing, procreation, reaching beyond the known, safety, belonging, and more. And it turns out that, to support and sustain an actualized life, we have to understand these drives — they're one of the hottest topics of the Enneagram field. Russ Hudson, president at the Enneagram Institute, Beatrice Chestnut, psychotherapist, coach, business consultant, and author, and Mario Sikora, executive coach and president at Awareness to Action International —each known for their deep inquiry into the instinctual pathways — as they explore together what they agree on, where they have different orientations, what they might learn from each other, and what they're all curious about. 

During this healing and inspiring session, you'll discovers:

  • Why there are differentiated names for the three instincts
  • How you can bring consciousness to the unconsciousness of the instincutal drives
  • What the Enneagram field needs to be exploring about the instinctual drives
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Russ Hudson

President of the Enneagram Institute


Russ Hudson is one of the principle scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He is the president of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc., and co-founder of the Enneagram Institute. He has co-authored several best-selling books including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types as well as a scientifically-validated test instrument, the Riso-Hudson Type Indicator (RHETI). He has been teaching professional trainings on these topics since 1991. He is also a founding director and former vice-president of the International Enneagram Association—a global organization advancing knowledge of the subject. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Beatrice Chestnut

psychotherapist, coach, business consultant, and author

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She has a PhD in communication studies and an MA in clinical psychology. A student of the Enneagram system since 1990, she is author of two books on the Enneagram, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge, and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st-Century Workplace. She served as president of the International Enneagram Association from 2006-2007. She teaches workshops on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for personal transformation.

Mario Sikora

Executive Coach and president of Awareness to Action International

Mario Sikora is an executive coach and consultant who helps his high-achieving clients navigate the intersection of performance and personality. Specifically, he helps his clients increase their self-awareness, their understanding of others, and their ability to transform those insights into execution. The Enneagram is a central tool in his work with his clients, along with the latest insights from evolutionary and cognitive psychology and time-tested insights from leadership theory. His work is based on almost 20 years of working leaders in organizations of all sizes across the globe. He trains other coaches and consultants in his unique Awareness to Action Approach to the Enneagram through certification programs and workshops. He can be reached through his website.

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