The ennea–what? If you are like me, you may be a little slow on the uptake of the newest personality tests out there. So what makes this one so special? We all have heard of the big ones including Meyers-Briggs, DISC, or the Winslow Personality Profile, but what about the Enneagram? The Enneagram was initially developed in the 1960s by a guy named Oscar Ichazo. The Enneagram has just recently started to become popular among people because of its distinct change in perspective on how we look at personality. While past personality tests looked at how the world sees an individual (and what box they fit in), the enneagram looks at how the individual sees the world (and how we don’t always fit in boxes). SO why should we even care about personality tests anyway? Pro tip: Self-discovery is never a bad thing! The more we know about ourselves and how we interact with the world, the better chance we have at becoming better people or improving ourselves. How great is it to lay our heads on the pillow knowing we have taken steps to improve ourselves? Priceless!
Tell me more you say…
So you start out by taking the test. (Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI® version 2.5). Don’t just guess! We want it to be accurate. Now I do warn you, this test is not perfect mainly because we ourselves are not perfect. Sometimes when people take the test we do not have the best insight on our own thoughts, feelings, or behaviors and that can skew the results. But give it a shot and try to be as honest about yourself as you can. The test then gives you a number from 1-9 with a correlating name. Here is a quick breakdown according to their website of the 9 types: Type One is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic. Type Two is generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing, and possessive. Type Three is adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious. Type Four is expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental. Type Five is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated. Type Six is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious. Type Seven is spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered. Type Eight is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational. Type Nine is receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned. Next, find your ‘Wings’ or other types that also have a part in your unique personality. And then most importantly look at your levels of development and directions of integration (growth) and disintegration (stress). This is where you will find the most insight about yourself and ways to coach or challenge yourself.
Don’t take my word for it. Hop on over to the enneagraminstitute.com and find out some more for yourself!
“The Enneagram is one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others. At its core, the Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path to self-knowledge.” -The Enneagram Institute