What's your Enneagram Type?
Are you a 3 (Achiever)? Or a 9 (Peacekeeper)?  A 7 (Enthusiast)?  

I had never heard the term ‘Enneagram’ until one day, my daughter called from college and asked me my Enneagram type. I was clueless, but intrigued. I jumped online (natural habit to quickly fact-check) and took the test.

For those who have not heard the term, the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol is a tool that breaks down human behaviors into nine different types.  According to the Narrative Enneagram, each Enneagram type has a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that comes from a deeper inner motivation. In simplest terms, when you know your Enneagram type, you are better able to understand and relate to others. 

Below are brief descriptions of the nine Enneagram types. It’s fun to read these first and guess the type you think you are. Then, Click here to take the five-minute quiz and compare the result to your initial guess. 

The Nine Enneagram Type Descriptions

The Reformer

The Rational, Idealistic type: Principled, purposeful, self-controlled and perfectionistic.

The Helper

The Caring, Interpersonal type:  Demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing and possessive

The Achiever

The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic type:  Adaptive, excelling, driven and image-conscious

The Individualist

The Sensitive, Withdrawn type:  Expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed and temperamental

The Investigator

The Intense, Cerebral type:  Perceptive, innovative, secretive and isolated

The Loyalist

The Committed, Security-Oriented type:  Engaging, responsible, anxious and suspicious

The Enthusiast

The Busy, Fun-Loving type:  Spontaneous, versatile, distractible and scattered

The Challenger

The Powerful, Dominating type:  Self-confident, decisive, willful and confrontational

The Peacemaker

The Easygoing, Self-Effacing type:  Receptive, reassuring, agreeable and complacent

Many resources are available online to help you learn more about the Enneagram types, including this reference from Paddywax. If you're looking for a fun gift this season, check out our Enneagram soy wax candle collection from Paddywax.  It features nine candles all with scents blended with the specific Enneagram types in mind. Pair it with an Enneagram book (click here to see two from Elizabeth Wagele) and you have a personalized gift for a good friend or family member.  

Once you know your own type, encourage your partner, friends, kids and family members to take the test.  It’s fun to learn about those closest to you and interesting to see how the different types interact! 

November 03, 2021 — Kelly Hollingsworth