Today I am going to be sharing with you a brief but basic guide to the Enneagram. If you’re not sure what the Enneagram is, it is a geometric model of the human psyche which features nine interconnected personality types. A simple online test will help identify which category you fall under. The purpose of the Enneagram is not to put you into a box, but rather to help highlight your strengths and limitations. Once you gain a deeper emotional understanding of how you operate, you can navigate interpersonal relationships with more clarity. Without further ado, let’s begin!
I would recommend clicking here to take a free online test. The team at Personality Path reached out to me and suggested using their website on this post. It’s a really great test with lots of excellent feedback.
The nine personality types are as follows:
1 – The Perfectionist – Ethical, Reliable Wise
2 – The Giver – Loving, Compassionate, Adaptable
3 – The Achiever – Optimistic, Industrious, Efficient
4 – The Individualist – Authentic, Warm, Creative
5 – The Investigator – Analytical, Sensitive, Objective
6 – The Skeptic – Loyal, Likable, Practical
7 – The Enthusiast – Confident, Charming, Spontaneous
8 – The Challenger – Inspiring, Resilient, Direct
9 – The Peacemaker – Patient, Pleasant, Caring
A really good piece of advice I read on the Internet said: ‘in order to learn your type, you should familiarise yourself with all nine.’
If you’re curious, I am Type 4 – The Individualist. Fours are self-aware, sensitive and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative and personal but can also be moody and self-conscious. They yearn to constantly express themselves and their individuality. Their biggest fear is being like everybody else. I am without a doubt, a Type 4. I strive to be different and spend a lot of my time coming up with new ways to express myself creatively. I am deeply sensitive, introverted and in my head a lot of the time. I don’t feel connected to any of the other types quite like this one.
Like the Myers Briggs test or the FIRO-B, use the Enneagram to learn more about yourself and others. It is just another layer to what makes you, you. On the other hand, you may not connect with your type at all and that’s just fine.
Lastly, I want to share this super fun Instagram page for Disney lovers out there.
Thank you for reading this short but hopefully informative post for Enneagram newbies. If you know your type, please let me know down below! Do you identify with it? What have you learned about yourself since taking the test?
Peace & Love xoxo