How many times have you been scrolling social media and saw a friend’s post about a personality test they had taken? I am always sucked in; what the heck is so appealing about some computer –generated algorithm telling me who I really am? It shouldn’t make sense, but we love them! I think we all just want to understand what makes us tick.
And there is science behind it! Studies have been done with carefully developed questions that can help unravel personality traits and characteristics. Rather then tell you who you are, it helps shine light on areas of your personality that are most dominant.
This doesn’t necessarily go for the hundreds of social media variations of these tests. They are most likely not well founded primarily because it is hard to know if it is legit or created by a teenage tech genius coding in the back room of his parent’s house … maybe there isn’t much difference with how advanced our kids are these days, but I digress.
I stumbled upon the Enneagram test through an influencer I follow (The Sister Studio) and had to look for myself. You might recall, my last blog was me interviewing myself, so this test just digs a little deeper. I promise not all my blog posts are so self-serving. But with it being the day of love (Happy Valentine’s Day!), might as well show myself some love, right #selfcare?
The Enneagram Test (which is derived from “ennea” meaning nine) is a universally identified personality typing system that consists of nine different types. While the test says everyone is one single type, people can have traits belonging to other ones (what they call wings). I used the site: www.eclecticenergies.com, which uses authors Riso and Hudson’s model.
They stress to take the test “honestly,” so instead of answering how you want or strive to be, answer how you have always been. Including fears that you mask or hide. It is a little harder than you might think. My results were dead on, reading through it gave me chills and reconfirmed areas I have always wanted to work on. Overall, while I knew these things in my head…it is validating to read it provided with such eloquence and reason.
I am most likely a type 3 – The Achiever
Closely followed by:
Type 2 – The Helper
Type 6 – The Loyalist
Type 1 – The Reformer
3w2 – The Achiever and the Helper.
Closely followed by:
2w3 – The Helper and the Achiever
3w4 – The Achiever and the Individualist
Below is a brief summary of my results, but there is much more available on their website…
Threes need to be validated in order to feel worthy; they pursue success and want to be admired. They are frequently hardworking, competitive and are highly focused in the pursuit of their goals, whether their goal is to be the most successful salesman in the company or the “sexiest” woman in their social circle.
This defines me. Those who know me, can attest I am competitive with myself on my goals, I don’t give up and can be pretty hard on myself.
Twos essentially feel that they are worthy insofar as they are helpful to others. Love is their highest ideal. Selflessness is their duty. Giving to others is their reason for being. Involved, socially aware, usually extroverted, Twos are the type of people who remember everyone’s birthday and who go the extra mile to help out a co-worker, spouse or friend in need.
my personal mission states: “to be the best me I will focus on compassion through giving and teaching.” I have always strived to help others in some way whether that be through my profession or personal life. I feel better about myself when I am helping someone else feel better about themself.
Now, go take your test and let me know what you think! https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/test