The Enneagram: What Is It and Why Do I Care?

To wrap up my month of productivity posts, I wanted to write about the Enneagram. I kept hearing about this personality test on the podcasts I listen to and decided to see what all the fuss was about.

What is an Enneagram?

Have you ever heard of the enneagram? It is a personality test consisting of 9 different types (“ennea” means nine), based more on your emotions and may help point out your underlying fixations.

The more I understand my personality, the more I’m learning ways to better myself and my productivity. It helps me gain insight into why I do what I do and how I can improve.

What are the different types and what does it mean?

Type 1: The Reformer

The Reformer is a perfectionist to the extreme. They will do anything to avoid being wrong. They have the highest of ideals and standards and project those standards onto others. They always want to find ways to improve because nothing is good enough. The Reformer can also feel guilt for not achieving perfection, which can sometimes turn into anger.

Reformers are also great leaders and can inspire reform movements. They are ambitious, sometimes to a fault. It’s easy for them to become workaholics.

Type 2: The Helper

The Helper loves to be needed. They feel their whole reason for being here is to love and help others. They are completely selfless and fill their cup by loving and helping those around them.

The Helper needs to be careful to not forget about taking care of themselves. Emotional and physical burnout are often flaws of type 2.

Type 3: The Motivator (or Achiever)

In order for the Motivator to feel worthy, they need validation. In order to get this validation, some type 3’s may lose sight of what’s important over winning approval of others. The Motivator is competitive and puts a lot of value into winning and looking the best.

Motivators make great salesman as they tend to be smooth talking extroverts. They are also great at networking and others want to be around them for their contagious energy. Type 3’s should take a deep look inward at what makes them happy and not focus on what others think so much.

Type 4: The Individualist (or Romantic)

The individualist is highly emotional and sensitive and always striving to understand themselves. They attach so much importance to their feelings, and emotional and spiritual growth.

Type 4’s have a deep need for self-expression, usually through the arts, such as writing or music. They can also become depressed and self-absorbed during stressful situations.

Type 5: The Investigator (or Thinker)

The Investigator is one who likes to think and observe. While they are comfortable in thought, they struggle with dealing with their emotions, relationships, or finding their place in the world. Type 5’s are shy, easy-going, independent, and hate asking for help.

The Investigator is also very sensitive and struggles with social skills. Since they don’t like dealing with emotions, they may come across as careless.

Type 6: The Loyalist

The Loyalist’s strength is also their greatest weakness. They can be loyal to a fault. Type 6’s want to put their trust and loyalty into someone but they find it hard to do so, especially if they’ve been burned in the past. But at the same time, they can trust someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Type 7: The Enthusiast

The Enthusiast is someone who is always thinking about the future, seeking new experiences, planning, dreaming, and envisioning. They tend to have an entrepreneurial spirit and love to constantly seek out new things.

Type 7’s also flee from negative emotions which can wreak havoc on their emotional health, sometimes leading to anxiety or depression. They are also more prone to addictions, such as shopping, gambling, drugs, etc..

Type 8: The Challenger (or Confronter)

The Challenger is the one to take charge of a situation because they themselves do not want to be controlled. They are strong willed, tough minded, and assertive to a fault. Type 8’s are energized by conflict, where most other types run from it. They are go-getters and financially independent.

The Challenger also has a hard time trusting people and letting them into their inner circle. Betraying that trust is a hard no for the Challenger.

Type 9: The Peacemaker (or Mediator)

The Peacemaker is exactly how is sounds. They are the peacemaker of the group, always looking for harmony. They avoid conflict, almost to the point of withdrawal. Type 9’s tend to be introverted, easy going, optimistic, and go with the flow. 

The Peacemaker feels most at home outdoors and has faith that things will always work out.

 

What type am I?

I took several different Enneagram tests and they all came back with different conclusions. One test said I was a 9, while another said 7, and another said 5.

After reading through all the types, I think I most identify with a 7, but a 9 is a close second. They say you are only one type and may have tendencies with a type next to it.

After reading what a Type 7 is, I have learned I need to finish what I start and stick to my goals. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I have definitely concluded I have an addictive personality. I learned that when I traded one addiction (food) for another (running). I have tried to have more balance in my life the more I’ve become aware of it.

How will knowing this type help me with productivity?

Since I know I’m the type to get bored easily and move on to the next big thing, I’m going to try to put my blinders on, stay consistent, and keep on blogging 😊

If you want to take an Enneagram for yourself, try one of these websites:

Eclectic Energies

Enneagram Test

9 Types

The Enneagram Institute

I’d love to hear what type you are and if you learned anything more are your personality!

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Have you heard of the Enneagram? It\'s a type of personality test that puts you in one of nine categories based on your emotional personality. Learn how knowing your type can help increase your productivity.

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