If you missed this special event live, you may now purchase access to the video recording.  

Developmental Pathways – Science Meets the Enneagram with Drs. Dan Siegel, Denise Daniels, Laura Baker, and Jack Killen. This group came together with the late Dr. David Daniels over 18 years ago and began exploring the Enneagram using the concepts and language of contemporary science based on their various personal experiences and professional perspectives. They used the framework of interpersonal neurobiology to ground their explorations as it offered a rich interdisciplinary approach to understanding how the human mind develops and operates. (See the speakers biographies below for a summary of their background and expertise.)

The group has developed a hypothetical model called “Patterns of Developmental Pathways” that offers fresh and useful insights on inner work and the nine personality patterns.  It illuminates their fundamental emotional underpinnings and their dynamic relationships with each other both within and between the three centers of intelligence (body, heart, head).  This scientifically grounded perspective on the Enneagram has many potential contributions to make to the “mainstream” understanding of the human mind and personality as it grows and develops across the human lifespan.

In this workshop, our presenters described their ideas on the roles of the nine patterns in shaping motivations to satisfy three primal needs, how the patterns arise in the unique context of each person’s early life, and the mostly “silent” and self-reinforcing ways emotional energies and patterns of attention can turn a highly adaptive way of responding to life into a pattern of personality, and sometimes lead to that pattern becoming problematic.  They also explored how the model’s fresh perspectives can be helpful in the inner work of change, learning how to relax the grip the patterns have on our attention and perceptions, and opening us to greater awareness, capacities, clarity, stability and freedom.

Note, we recorded only the presentation portions of the event (excluding the breakout sessions).

Access to Video Recording: $99 IEA Members



DANIEL J. SIEGEL, MD received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and studied family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Dan is also Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on the development of mindsight in individuals, families, and communities. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He lives in Southern California with his family.

DENISE DANIELS, PhD is a developmental psychologist, education innovator, and entrepreneur. She has a deep personal interest in the human growth potential. As a developmentalist her area of study, writing, and application is the development of the self throughout the lifespan. During the last 30 years Denise has served as a director for large-scale education and health technology programs in Silicon Valley. She was part of the ground-floor team for, a “webmd” for child and adolescent development resources with seven million visitors per month. Currently, she leads legacy efforts for her late father’s pioneering work on the Enneagram at and is a member of the PDP Group founded in 2003.

LAURA A. BAKER, PhD has been a Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California since 1984. She directs the Southern California Twin Project at USC, an NIMH-funded longitudinal twin study of the gene-environment interplay in externalizing behavior problems from childhood to young adulthood. She teaches courses in Behavioral Genetics, Human Sexuality and the Science of Yoga and Meditation in Psychology and General Education at USC. Laura is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), and teaches yoga and meditation classes to faculty, staff, and students at USC. She has studied the Enneagram for the past 17 years with the Patterns of Developmental Pathways group and is in the process of becoming certified as an Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition.

JACK KILLEN, MD. Over the course of his 34-year career at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Jack held senior staff and leadership positions developing and overseeing multidisciplinary biomedical research programs on cancer and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, integrative medicine and health, and the ethics of clinical research. His personal life journey has included deep dives into 12-step work, psychotherapy, meditation, somatic practices, and the Enneagram. He certified as an Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition in 2004, when his interests in the intersections of science, contemplative spiritual practices, and the Enneagram also took root in the endlessly fascinating collaboration he and his colleagues call the Patterns of Developmental Pathways group. He and his husband live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.