Welcome back, everyone! It’s been a really long time since I did an installment of my Discovering Me series. I love doing personality tests and discovering more about myself normally but I had to take a break away from it. My mental health hasn’t been the greatest the last 6 months or so but I’m feeling more like myself now and I’m so excited to be back with a new installment of this series.
For those of you who are new to my blog Discovering me is a segment on my blog where I take tests designed to figure out who I am. Be it something like a DNA test to a personality test. So far I’ve done My Journey to Discovering Myself: The DNA is In! and Discovering Me: My Myers Briggs Results this time around I’m jumping into the Enneagram test.
The Enneagram test is really interested and different from Myers-Briggs. The Enneagram is a personality typing system that consists of nine different types. The types are identified by the numbers 1 through nine but some systems have added names the chart above uses the type names by authors Riso and Hudson. I think the names help give a greater generalization of the types for a first time user of this teat like myself.
Some people have a dominant “number” 1 through 9 but a lot of people have “wing” or an adjacent number that said individual also has characteristics in, for instance, someone who is a type 5, might have a 4 wing or a 6 wing. This may be abbreviated to “5w4” and “5w6”.
So I jumped into this test and it didn’t take to long. At the time I am writing this up I think I have taken 2 or 3 tests. They have all had really similar results so I feel pretty confident with my results. With that being said The Enneagram is much deeper than a quick 20 to 30-minute test can answer so I am only brushing the very top of a really deep and interesting subject that I am really looking forward to learning more about in the future.
The Enneagram Institute suggests if your results are within 4 to 5 points to take a look at them more closely and figure out which resonates with your personality.
My Top Four
Immediately I think all for fit me pretty well but the top 2 are for sure my basic personality. Even deeper I am an Enneagram Five with a Six-Wing: “The Problem Solver” Here are some interesting things from The Enneagram Institute about my type.
THE INVESTIGATOR- Type Five
Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.
Basic Fear: Being useless, helpless, or incapable
Basic Desire: To be capable and competent
Key Motivations: Want to possess knowledge, to understand the environment, to have everything figured out as a way of defending the self from threats from the environment.
There’s so much to this test and I think everyone should take it besides finding your type, they mention which of the other Enneagram is your stressor ( mine is 7), and which is your growth(mine is an 8) as well as personal growth recommendations. There’s just so much and I honestly think this test helped me learn somethings about myself even with the short time that I have looked into it. However, there is so much to dive into that I don’t even know where to look.
I know the Riso-Hudson books are looked at as the most complete look into the Enneagram system so I might start there. I think a follow-up post would be really interesting with what I found and thought of their books
Have you taken the Enneagram Test? What were your results? I would love to know!