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 Rational, Idealistic type: Principled, purposeful, self-controlled and perfectionistic.
The Caring, Interpersonal type: Demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing and possessive
The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic type: Adaptive, excelling, driven and image-conscious
The Sensitive, Withdrawn type: Expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed and temperamental
The Intense, Cerebral type: Perceptive, innovative, secretive and isolated
The Committed, Security-Oriented type: Engaging, responsible, anxious and suspicious
The Busy, Fun-Loving type: Spontaneous, versatile, distractible and scattered
The Powerful, Dominating type: Self-confident, decisive, willful and confrontational
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!