During this time of self-isolation we are all looking how to stay busy virtually. For some of us it is a time to be productive, naturally some of us are this way... achievers perhaps? For others we want to lay in bed, binge watch Netflix and eat our favorite snacks. Both are valid responses to quarantine and we are allowed to do whatever we wish with this time (as long as it means you are staying home). One way to stimulate your brain during this time is with The Enneagram of Personality test. According to the article "What is The Enneagram of Personality" on very well mind's website, "The Enneagram is a typology system that describes human personality as a number of interconnected personality types. While it has become popular within spirituality and business disciplines, there has been limited research on its use and it is not widely accepted in the field of evidence-based psychology." Although, it can be used as a tool of homework, it is a great idea for someone who is doing some soul searching and wants to learn a bit more about themselves or others in their lives.
There are nine points in an Enneagram and each one embodies a personality type of someone. It is believed that each person is born with a primary personality, but it is the life experiences and other factors that also shape them, sometimes making that personality a bit complicated. It will give an overview of dominate traits, coping mechanisms, fears, also how to deal with relationships and anxieties. Remember though no personality type is better than the other and does not make you more or less than someone else. The overall purpose of the test is to understand strengths and weakness and develop into better versions of yourselves with some tools they suggest. Also stated in the very well mind's website. " While the Enneagram is designed to identify your basic personality type, no one is simply a single pure type. The Enneagram Institute states that all people are a mix of their basic type as well as at least one or two adjacent types. These other types that contribute to your personality are known as your wing. While it is the basic type that dominates your personality, the wings add dimensional elements." With all of this being said there are 9 personality types in Enneagram test.
1. REFORMER 2. HELPER 3. ACHEIVER 4. INDIVIDUALIST 5. INVESTIGATOR 6. LOYALIST 7. ENTHUSIAST 8. CHALLENGER 9. PEACEMAKER
I will leave you with the names and numbers and let the rest be a bit of a mystery. A lot of individuals say that reading about the personality types before they took the actual test changed their mindset while answering questions. Although it is okay to obviously read up on the types, sometimes it can be good to go in completely open-minded and optimistic to your own results.
The hardest part of the test at times is interpreting the results, it has so many moving parts including the 9 types and 27 subtypes. Below is a video that breaks it down to a more visual indication of the test and motives.
It is ultimately up to the individual whether they feel their results are truly accurate. You are the only person that truly knows every depth of yourself. The best part about getting your results is being able to read the ways of personal growth under every type.
For example, someone who is a 6, The Loyalist, is committed, and hardworking although also can be anxious and doubting. The Personal Growth Recommendations for Sixes include things like: being aware of pessimism, work on becoming more trustworthy of others, look at your fears of how you feel about other people not what they feel about you. The test also gives a list of famous individuals who share your personality type which is extremely interesting and can sometimes make sense of why you may be drawn to specific people. Once you get your results, ask your friends to take it as well. By understanding your friends personality type, you can help them be the best version of themselves too and show more knowledge about who they are and how they operate.
To learn more about the Enneagram tests in a more modern approach read the book "The Modern Enneagram by Kacie Berghoef & Melanie Bell." It demonstrates a more in depth reading of each personality type and puts it in terms of today's society that makes more sense, especially to millennials.
To receive the most accurate results of your test take the test through this website it costs $12.