Not long ago my PA, Ally, sent me a link to an Enneagram Personality Test. I hesitated for a moment (because, priorities), but decided to pursue it because I love psychology and was intrigued to see if the internet could solidify my belief that I have a split personality.
Basically, the Enneagram is a system of nine personality types and is considered to be a powerful tool for understanding ourselves and those around us. And this is the exact reason why Ally sent me the test. She wanted to increase our personal and professional effectiveness and better understand my patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Pretty dope tool if you ask me!
The nine Enneagram types are:
- The Reformer (the rational, idealistic type): principled, purposeful, self-controlled and perfectionistic.
- The Helper (caring, interpersonal type): demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive.
- The Achiever (success-oriented, pragmatic type): adaptive, excelling, driven, and image conscious.
- The Individualist (sensitive, withdrawn type): expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
- The Investigator (intense, cerebral type): perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
- The Loyalist (committed, security-oriented type): engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
- The Enthusiast (busy, fun-loving type): spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered.
- The Challenger (powerful, dominating type): self-confident, decisive, wilful, and confrontational.
- The Peacemaker (easy-going, self-effacing type): receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent.
According to Peter O’Hanrahan, a leading Enneagram teacher, working with the Enneagram allows us to learn how:
- To appreciate diversity;
- We can increase our motivation and support others;
- To best manage our patterns of reactivity and return to a more centred state;
- To not take things so personally when personalities clash;
- To reduce conflict and find common ground; and
- To increase our communication skills through rapport and empathy with different styles.
After taking the sample test, my results showed that Type 9 (The Peacemaker) is my strongest personality type, closely followed by Type 8 (The Challenger) and Type 3 (The Achiever). Yep – split personality confirmed!
Want to try it out for yourself? Visit this link today and let me know what you get! After all, we all have something important and unique to bring to the world!