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On Becoming More Open to Others in God: Asperger Syndrome and the Enneagram

Nutting, Geoffrey (2010) On Becoming More Open to Others in God: Asperger Syndrome and the Enneagram. Doctor of Ministry Studies thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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The theme of the thesis is the possibility of growth in `relatedness all round’. This is illustrated from the case history of one person – the author - who emerged from almost `monadic’ social isolation (in the pattern lately characterised in psychology as `Asperger Syndrome’) to become available to many, affectively, intellectually and
spiritually, as a Mental Health chaplain, researcher and educator. Decisive in this development were some experiences fostered, over more than a quarter of a century,
by the hospitality of a Contemplative religious community. Several autoethnographic narratives offer a variety of perspectives on this case history. The Enneagram is
commended, both as making fullest sense of this particular history, and as offering valuable insights for ministry into personality factors that may assist or limit mutual
open-ness between ourselves and others – whether as individuals or as communities. Paramount is the honouring of the divine Image.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Ministry Studies)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Enneagram, Asperger syndrome, Attachment, Relationship, Spirituality, Pathology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: Sentir: Graduate School for Spiritual Formation
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 02:55
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2012 22:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/527

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