Enneagram

There are nine personality types on the Enneagram

The Enneagram is one of my favorite tools for personal growth.  You can learn a lot about yourself and others with it.

It can help illuminate your unconscious behavior patterns.  But its real power is in how it points to the way out of that behavior – how to transcend your defense mechanisms.

It defines nine different personality types in three different triads (mind, body & heart), of which you are one. Not only will finding your type help you understand yourself more deeply, it can also help you find your own biases and judgments that get in the way of you experiencing somebody else fully.

Here’s how to proceed:

Step 1: Learn more about it

Here’s a good place to learn more about the Enneagram:

Step 2: Try to figure out your primary type

There are a number of free online tests.  The ones I like most are on this page.  Start with the shorter ones, then – if there is no clear-cut type emerging, try the longer one.

Shorter tests:

  • Short Test – Answer 50 questions by clicking on a radio button in one of 5 locations.
  • Word Test – Respond to how 70 different words describe you.

Longer test:

  • Longer test – 131 questions.  Goes into more detail.  I would do this one if you don’ t get a clear-cut answer in the previous ones.  Also, this would be a good one to confirm the shorter tests.

Another really good site – I’ve found this site also has very good information.  If you are still unsure after taking the previous tests, this is another great place to try typing yourself. It also has good information about each of the types:

Step 3: Learn your subtype (aka “variant”)

There are three subtypes, including self preservation (aka “self prez”), 1:1/ sexual, and social.  These point to how you predominantly seek to interact with the world.  These three subtypes apply nomatter which primary Enneagram type you are.  So you could be a 1, 5, 7, etc., and be either a social, 1:1, or self prez type.  It’s great to find out, because it makes a significant difference in how your primary type “shows up”.

  • Variant Test – A total of 25 questions that can help you determine your subtype.  Also, the longer version of the test will help you determine your subtype.

Step 4: See if it’s true for you!

The next task is to learn more about the type, then witness how you are within your own life.  With this knowledge, you’ll be able to more clearly see the unconscious behaviors you’ve acquired for dealing with the world.

More Resources:

Books

The Wisdom of the Enneagram – This is the bible of all Enneagram books.  It covers virtually every aspect of it, including primary types, subtypes, and even goes into details on what each type looks like from healthy to unhealthy.

The Essential Enneagram – Short and concise, the equivalent of the “Cliff’s Notes” version for the Enneagram. Written by David Daniels.  He’s done more clinical research on the Enneagram than anybody else.

The Enneagram is a powerful tool that can help you learn more about yourself and others.  It is one of my favorite tools for personal growth.

One of my favorite tools for personal growth is the Enneagram. It can help illuminate the unconscious behavior pattern one has used to deal with a core wound.

But its real power is in how it points to the way out of that behavior – how to transcend your defense mechanisms.

It defines nine different personality types in three different triads (mind, body & heart), of which you are one. Not only will finding your type help you understand yourself more deeply, it can also help you find your own biases and judgments that get in the way of you experiencing somebody else fully.