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Enneagram – What’s It All About?

The Enneagram appears to be all the rage in tests of self-discovery, team building and a format to help predict performance in the workplace.  Some would even say it’s replaced the Myers-Briggs and DISC Assessment..  But what exactly is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram, invented in the 1900’s, was a tool developed to investigate the human psyche.  It is broken down patterns of human behavior classified into 9 distinct types with each type having a very specific motivation.  The typing results can help reveal our blind spots and coping mechanisms. 

The Enneagram phenomenon not only gives you surface level analytics but makes you want to dig deeper into the core of the results towards a journey of self-growth, self-discovery and relational growth to name just a few.  


How Can the Enneagram Help?  The Enneagram can help:

  1. Gain greater confidence
  2. Raise self-awareness
  3. Career progression
  4. Foster empathy and compassion for others
  5. Enhance relationships
  6. Recognize unhealthy patterns
  7. Realize limitations
  8. Leverage our strengths to maximize our potential
  9. Identify our weaknesses for self-improvement 
  10. Examine how we relate to ourselves, others and our world

The Enneagram is made up of 9 different types and results speak to the deeper parts of who you are by surfacing your strengths and pointing out weaknesses as well … even though we hate those!  When used properly it can be used to become a healthier you.

The 9 types are:

  • Type 1- The Perfectionist – known to be principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic.
  • Type 2 – The Helper – known to be demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive.
  • Type 3 – The Achiever – known to be adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious
  • Type 4 – The Individualist – known to be expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
  • Type 5 – The Investigator – known to be perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
  • Type 6 – The Loyalist – known to be engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
  • Type 7 – The Enthusiast – known to be spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered.
  • Type 8 – The Challenger – known to be self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
  • Type 9 – The Peacemaker – known to be receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent.

Interested in discovering your Enneagram type?  Try one of these tests.  Once you take the test let us know which type you are.  I’m not ashamed to admit I’m an 8 – The Challenger.

Want to learn more about The Enneagram?  Here’s a few suggested reads!

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron

Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self Discovery by Don Richard Risso and Russ Hudson

Take Care of Your Type by Christina S. Wilcox


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