What is Your Enneagram?

I received a text from someone asking me what my Enneagram is. I wanted to invite some of you try the test as well.

Personally, I love diving into my personality whether through something as in depth as Myers-Briggs or something as stupid as what flavor of jolly rancher does my personality resemble. It is fun and entertaining. I first heard about Enneagram ironically enough through someone else in response to my Myers Briggs post about six months ago. I decided to take it again.

The Enneagram of Personality is a model of the human psyche that is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types. They are as follows…

  • Type 1 – Reformer, Perfectionist

Ones place a lot of emphasis on following the rules and doing things correctly.

  • Type 2 – Helper, Giver

Twos want to be liked and find ways that they can be helpful to others so that they can be loved and belong.

  • Type 3 – Achiever, Performer

Threes want to be successful and admired by other people, and are very conscious of their public image.

  • Type 4 – Individualist, Romantic

Fours want to be unique and to live life authentically, and are highly attuned to their emotional experience.

  • Type 5 – Investigator, Observer

Fives seek understanding and knowledge, and are more comfortable with data than people

  • Type 6 – Loyalist, Loyal, Skeptic

Sixes are preoccupied with security, seek safety, and like to be prepared for problems.

  • Type 7 – Enthusiast, Epicure

Sevens want to have as much fun and adventure as possible and are easily bored.

  • Type 8 – Challenger, Protector

Eights see themselves as strong and powerful and seek to stand up for what they believe in.

  • Type 9 – Peacemaker, Mediator

Nines like to keep a low profile and let the people around them set the agenda.

With each personality type, there are basic variables such as fears, desires, ego, vices, etc. Each type devolves into another type based on stress levels of situations. Before diving into my personality type, let’s outline them.

Type 1 – Reformer, Perfectionist

  • Ego Fixation – Resentment
  • Holy Idea – Perfection
  • Basic Fear – Corruptness, Imbalance, Being Bad
  • Basic Desire – Goodness, Integrity, Balance
  • Temptation – Hypocrisy, Hyper-criticism
  • Vice/Passion – Anger
  • Virtue – Serenity
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 4
  • Security/Integration – Type 7

Type 2 – Helper, Giver

  • Ego Fixation – Flattery (Ingratiation)
  • Holy Idea – Freedom, Will
  • Basic Fear – Being unloved
  • Basic Desire – To Feel Love
  • Temptation – Deny own needs, manipulation
  • Vice/Passion – Pride
  • Virtue – Humility
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 8
  • Security/Integration – Type 4

Type 3 – Achiever, Performer

  • Ego Fixation – Vanity
  • Holy Idea – Hope, Law
  • Basic Fear – Worthlessness
  • Basic Desire – To Feel Valuable
  • Temptation – Pushing Self to Always be “The Best”
  • Vice/Passion – Deceit
  • Virtue – Truthfulness, Authenticity
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 9
  • Security/Integration – Type 6

Type 4 – Individualist, Romantic

  • Ego Fixation – Melancholy (Fantasizing)
  • Holy Idea – Origin
  • Basic Fear – Having No Identity or Significance
  • Basic Desire – Be Uniquely Themselves
  • Temptation – Overuse Imagination in Search of Self
  • Vice/Passion – Envy
  • Virtue – Equanimity (Emotional Balance)
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 2
  • Security/Integration – Type 1

Type 5 – Investigator, Observer

  • Ego Fixation – Stinginess (Retention)
  • Holy Idea – Omniscience, Transparency
  • Basic Fear – Helplessness, Incapability, Incompetence
  • Basic Desire – Mastery, Understanding
  • Temptation – Replacing Direct Experience with Concepts
  • Vice/Passion – Avarice
  • Virtue – Non-attachment
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 7
  • Security/Integration – Type 8

Type 6 – Loyalist, Loyal, Skeptic

  • Ego Fixation – Cowardice (Worrying)
  • Holy Idea – Faith
  • Basic Fear – Being Without Support or Guidance
  • Basic Desire – To Have Support and Guidance
  • Temptation – Indecision, Doubt, Seeking Reassurance
  • Vice/Passion – Fear
  • Virtue – Courage
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 3
  • Security/Integration – Type 9

Type 7 – Enthusiast, Epicure

  • Ego Fixation – Planning (Anticipation)
  • Holy Idea – Wisdom, Plan
  • Basic Fear – Being unfulfilled, trapped, deprived
  • Basic Desire – To be satisfied and content
  • Temptation – Thinking fulfillment is somewhere else
  • Vice/Passion – Gluttony
  • Virtue – Sobriety
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 1
  • Security/Integration – Type 5

Type 8 – Challenger, Protector

  • Ego Fixation – Vengeance (Objectification)
  • Holy Idea – Truth
  • Basic Fear – Being controlled, harmed, violated
  • Basic Desire – Self-protection
  • Temptation – Thinking they are completely self-sufficient
  • Vice/Passion – Lust (Forcefulness)
  • Virtue – Innocence
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 5
  • Security/Integration – Type 2

Type 9 – Peacemaker, Mediator

  • Ego Fixation – Indolence (Daydreaming)
  • Holy Idea – Love
  • Basic Fear – Loss, Fragmentation, Separation
  • Basic Desire – Wholeness, Peace of Mind
  • Temptation – Avoiding conflicts, avoiding self-assertion
  • Vice/Passion – Sloth (Disengagement)
  • Virtue – Action
  • Stress/Disintegration – Type 6
  • Security/Integration – Type 3

Take your personality test below. Share your results in the comments or feel free to take a guess what mine is.

Find out your Enneagram!

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