[quote=Joel Ruiz-Dana]I was watching EWTN one time and Mother Angelica was talking about the how she believed in the Four Temperaments. Another program shortly after, I saw her freaking out about the Enneagram, calling it a dangerous New Age device. How come the Four Temperaments are okay to go by, but the Enneagram is not?
Sure, the Four Temperaments go way back to the ancient Greeks, but aren’t they just as pagan and erroneous? After all, didn’t they believe that one having one Temperament over another was caused by the excess of a certain bodily fluid like black bile? (I was a physiology major in college, and never learned what black bile is)
From my limited research on this issue, I’ve noticed that anti-enneagram Catholics point to the occultic origins of the enneagram. I can’t verify whether its origins are really as occultic as argued (e.g., involving the invoking of demons by enneagram exponent Oscar Ichazo, I believe), but that’s the accusation I’ve heard. Whereas, the temperaments apparently originated from the use of human reason and simply observing how different people behave in different ways.
I know the enneagram is popular with some Jesuits.