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Do you ever wonder why you or someone you love reacts in certain ways? Discovering and understanding Enneagram types might help glean some insight.

The Enneagram represents nine personality types. Each type has a dominant set of behaviors, motivations and fears. These inborn characteristics shape how we respond to life experiences. Our environment shapes how we express our personality. The Enneagram helps us recognize our strengths and address our weaknesses.

You might recognize traits of each Enneagram type within yourself. We each have characteristics of all nine types. But, we emerge from childhood with a dominant type.

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“The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box. It shows you the box you’re already in and how to get out of it.”

—Ian Cron

ENNEAGRAM TYPES – DISCOVER YOURS

Taking the Enneagram Test is an interesting way to better understand your patterns and behaviors. For reference, my basic Enneagram type is 2. My adjacent personality type is 1. This means I’m a 2w1, a perfectionist-giver. It also means I have my therapist on speed dial. Which Enneagram personality are you?

Type One – The Perfectionist

The Perfectionist strives for integrity. They rally for the greater good. Being judgemental is their weakness. Their core value is integrity.

Type Two – The Giver

The Giver is empathetic to a fault. They put others’ needs above their own. Their weakness is self-neglect. Their core value is altruism.

Type Three – The Achiever

The Achiever is hardworking. They are workaholics. Their weakness is focussing on success more than feelings. Their core value is productivity.

Type Four – The Individualist

The Individualist is creative. They have a strong sense of identity. Their weakness is self-absorption. Their core value is authenticity.

Type Five – The Investigator

The Investigator is a deep thinker. They are logical. Their weakness is detachment. Their core value is freedom.

Type Six – The Loyalist

The Loyalist is trustworthy. They are responsible and devoted. Their weakness is negativity. Their core value is trust.

Type Seven – The Enthusiast

The Enthusiast is fun-loving. They are positive and spontaneous. Their weakness is being unfocused. Their core value is variety.

Type Eight – The Challenger

The Challenger is bold. They are confident and outspoken. Their weakness is being confrontational. Their core value is power.

Type Nine – The Peacemaker

The Peacemaker is easy-going. They avoid conflict and promote harmony. Their weakness is ignoring their own needs. Their core value is contribution.

Researchers have found the Enneagram test is comparable to the Myers-Briggs test. Both tests help us gain insight into our strengths and weakness. This helps us learn how to better communicate with family, friends and colleagues. 

For a deeper dive, I recommend reading The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. The test and book provide an insightful map on your road to self-discovery.

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