If you haven’t heard of the Enneagram, stick around to find out what it is. For those who have heard enough about the Enneagram, stay just a little longer. If you like the Enneagram, see if you learn something new! If you want to learn more, I have linked the two most popular books related to the Enneagram.
The Enneagram is one of my favorite self-discovery tools. It is a personality assessment that reveals a person’s motives and naturals tendencies, good and bad. It also describes how a person might respond depending on their state of mind, whether healthy or unhealthy. This is a great tool to better understand how you operate and how you can strengthen your weaknesses, as well as learn to grow your strengths.
Like many personality tests, The Enneagram Assessment asks a multitude of questions and the results show which number a person relates closest to.
As you can see from the image above, there are arrows that point from one number to another number. The arrows pointing away from a number indicate how one might respond while in an unhealthy state of mind. The arrows pointing toward another number are showing how one might respond when in a healthy state of mind. Take the number nine for example, the arrow pointing away is connecting to the six, which means that someone who relates to the nine will show characteristics of a six when they are not mentally healthy. On the other hand, when one who relates to a nine is performing as their best self, they will closely resemble a three. (I know this might not be very clear right now but it might be a little more clear in a second, so stay with me.)
Each type has characteristics that are evident when a person experiences specific emotions. We all have natural tendencies or coping mechanisms that we are vulnerable to during stress. The Loyalist’s (number six) main downfall is fear. When a nine is stressed, they tend to revert to the number six, resulting in responding out of fear. When The Peace Maker (number nine) is at their healthiest, they are striving towards goals and have The Achiever’s healthy mindset.
As you have noticed on the diagram above, each number is identified by a title. These titles will slightly vary depending on the source.
Just like people say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” don’t judge the number by its title. One number is not better than another. Each serves a purpose and possess gifts to share with others. I am not going to go on to describe each type, I’d have to write a book to do that, so I’ve attached the two most popular books, along with their study guides, related to the Enneagram at the end of this post.
Also, just as Ian Cron starts off his book, don’t use this to type or judge others around you, rather, use is to help you better understand and have compassion on those you know.
I have always been a proponent of reading the book, instead of taking to test, to find which number one closely relates to. When you reach the chapter that you most identify with, it is like reading a journal entry you never wrote. It will be hard to deny certain tendencies that the book exposes. If you don’t have time to read the book, don’t research the types first, take the quiz (linked at the bottom of this post) so you will have less of a bias.
The Enneagram has a lot of layers and can quickly become a black hole. If you enjoy psychology, you will thoroughly enjoy learning more about this. If you couldn’t care less about psychology, I would urge you to at least learn which type you most identify with to better understand yourself. It can be very helpful in learning your downfalls and how to be your best self.
If you go on to research or read the books, you will learn about “wings.” These are the numbers that you lean more toward on either side of “your number.” Let’s use the nine as an example again. When you look back at the diagram, you will notice that it is sided by the eight and one. Depending on your personality, you will either lean more toward The Perfectionist (One) or The Challenger (8). Some research also talks about legs, which shows another facet of your personality. As you can see, you can easily go down the rabbit hole.
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Here are the two most popular books associated with The Enneagram:
This is the relatively quick way to learn about the Enneagram Types-
If you are wanting to dig even deeper, there is even a study guide-
I also just discovered (so I have not had a chance to read it) that Ian Cron also wrote a book on how the different types relate to one another-
which also has a study guide-
The other most popular book is more intense, so if you are wanting to learn even more, check this one out-
which, of course, also comes with a workbook-
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Here more Enneagram resources, if you are interested in taking the quiz or learning more:
The Enneagram Institute (this is the test you have to pay for)
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