The Enneagram is one of the newest personality systems in use and emphasizes psychological motivations.
Some scholars have traced the Enneagram back as far as 10,000 years and it has most recently been used by Sufi mystics.
The Enneagram is mainly a diagnostic tool of your emotional outlook on life. It will not cure your problems, but may help point out their underlying causes. It is also useful as a guide to how other people see the world differently.
It is important to remember that no type is better or worse than any other. Like all of us, they are just different. Each type has “wings” which are the two types next to it. For example, a Seven may have a Six wing or an Eight wing. While they will still have primarily Seven views and behaviors, their personality will be flavored by Six or Eight.
The names of the nine personality types are:
- The Reformer
- The Helper
- The Achiever
- The Individualist
- The Investigator
- The Loyalist
- The Enthusiast
- The Challenger
- The Peacemaker
There are a number of Enneagram tests. I took QUEST (Quick Enneagram Sorting Test). The results of my test said I was a Two, or the Helper. Here is a description for The Helper from the Enneagram Institute:
The caring, interpersonal type. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.
I made Jay take a test and he is a Three, or The Achiever.
What type are you? You can find an online test at http://www.9types.com.