Move over Myers-Briggs Personality Test; there’s a new kid in town – The Enneagram Test. I’ll have to admit that I am a little (ok, a lot) late on jumping on the enneagram train. I’ve heard my friends and other people often talking about what enneagram they are, what wing they might be and everything in between. With that being said, I wanted to see what the hype was truly about after all this time. Like Myers Briggs, the Enneagram test is meant to allow you more information on your personality and to build on what you already know. After I took a test just this week and discovered I was an Enneagram One, I have been reading nonstop.
Let me make it clear that I am no Enneagram expert by any means, but this is this blog will be a way as us to delve into what makes each type tick.
TYPE ONE IN BRIEF
Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. We, as type ones, can be morally heroic.
Fun Fact: “Ennea” means “nine” in Greek.
FAMOUS TYPE ONES
Martha Stewart / Ruth Bader Ginsburg / Michelle Obama / Nelson Mandela / Tina Fey / Mahatma Gandhi / Captain “Sully” Sullenberger
- Basic Fear: Being corrupt or evil, defective
- Basic Desire: To have integrity, to be balanced
- Enneagram One with a Nine-Wing: “The Idealist”
- Enneagram One with a Two-Wing: “The Advocate”
Key Motivations: Type ones want to be right, to strive higher and improve everything, to be consistent with their ideals, to justify themselves, to be beyond criticism so as not to be condemned by anyone.
9 ENNEAGRAM TYPES
I. THE REFORMER: The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
II: THE HELPER: The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
III. THE ACHIEVER: The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
IV. THE INDIVIDUALIST: The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
V. THE INVESTIGATOR: The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
VI. THE LOYALIST: The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
VII. THE ENTHUSIAST: The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
8. THE CHALLENGER: The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
9. THE PEACEMAKER: The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
Below, I’ve listed just a few options that you can to find out what Enneagram you are if you haven’t previously.
If you are interested in reading more in depth about the history of Enneagrams or are wanting to get that perfect gift for that special Enneagram lover in your life, I have linked some books and cute products that will help you with just that!
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If you haven taken the Enneagram test, what are you and what have you learned about yourself after taking it, if anything? If you haven’t, what is stopping you? Let’s chat in the comments!