The enneagram is one of the most powerful tools in self discovery and personal development. The results from the enneagram is extremely accurate and tells the strengths, weaknesses, core motivations, moods, mannerisms and basically much about the person once his true type is discovered.
The first inception of the enneagram begun with George Ivanovich Gurdjieff – an Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher. His work on the enneagram is really profound because of the fact that the enneagram model has been known since ancient times but it was Gurdjieff research who made the model publicly known.
In the last decades, there is a profound shift in the way the enneagram is studied as it gained more prominence in the field of personal developmental studies through these two individuals – Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo.
Enneagram is synonymous with the number 9 as the enneagram has 9 points of references. Each of the points in the enneagram represents a unique and distinct personality type.
A person who has the traits of a type one (typically known as the reformer or perfectionist) may differ greatly from a person who is a type 4 (typically known as the artist or the individualist).
The best way to determine your enneagram type is by going to this website below:
Your dominant type is the most important part of your being.
The Start Point
What you need to do is to fill in the personality that you are – namely what you have been like over a period of time or most of the time.
The greatest mistake one can make while doing this test is to do it for the sake of doing it without examining themselves properly. This often leads to marred results and inaccurate findings. In order for this test to work properly, you have to make sure you answer everything honestly, without filtering the answers or by lying to yourself.
For example, one may be faced with a choice between assertiveness and shyness. Though one desires to be more assertive, you have to be truly honest with yourself about where you are most of your life and not pretend to be assertive or desire to be more – it doesn’t work if you think into the future to determine who you want to be. You have to be where you are right now – that is your true nature.
Once you determine who you are, there is a computer generated result which will reveal to you 3 things: - Your dominant type - Your wing -
Your instinctual sub-type
Record these down as well as the 2nd and 3rd results of the test. Often times, the script will generate a set of results that is most likely your personality. Be sure to examine the results of the 2nd and 3rd probability as it is important for you to consider all the possibilities especially when all the results are really close to one another.
If you are a type 5 (investigator/observer), it means that you are born into that type. You have been that type all your life and it doesn’t change.
Now one may content that one experiences growth throughout their lives, this doesn’t mean that your type shifts, it means that you have grown from a new or unhealthy type into a more healthy type. Remember that no one type is better than the other – it just means that you are growing from one health level to another.
Each type has it’s on sets of strength and weaknesses that follows that person throughout his or her life.
For every type, there is a set of core motivations that associate itself with that type. This can be summarized into the following:
- Ego Fixation - Holy Idea - Basic Fear - Core Desire - Biggest Temptation - Greatest Vice - Virtue
Remember that each and every individual is completely different. 2 people of the same dominant type may look and function different outwardly, but their basic core desire is still the same.