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The Enneagram is a model of nine distinct personality types. This may sound like something that could offer an simpler model than the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). Nine types compared to sixteen of the MBTI – right?

My experience is that the Enneagram provides richness and depth and that, in fact, it demands a deeper commitment than the MBTI. So why bother?

Somewhere along the career path some folks run into territory where a mechanistic or tactical approach simply won’t provide any answers. What to do next becomes a spiritual journey. When that happens the Enneagram offers a window to an uncannily accurate look at who you are and how your worldview shapes your reality.

It requires some work to have this kind of conversation – even if it’s with yourself.

In case I have scared you off completely, the Enneagram can also be viewed on a simple practical level and can work well in conjunction with the MBTI. For example, my Enneagram type six is sometimes referred to as the Loyal Skeptic. My worldview is that the world isn’t always what it seems on the surface. The quest of the six is searching for certainty. The point of growth is in recognizing that certainty doesn’t exist. The other part of the path of growth for the six is to learn to trust that no matter what the circumstances they will be able to handle what comes their way.

In a real work situation my style is to “be prepared” beyond what might be required so that I can have the flexibility in the moment to throw it all away and respond to the needs of the people in the room.

I also have a strong influence from the Enneagram type seven that is aligned with the optimistic, cheerleader aspects of my MBTI ENFP preferences. The Enneagram helped me to understand the fear and doubt that often runs silently below the surface of my enthusiasm.

Curious about yourself? Want to see more of the model? If you want to take a cool quiz scroll down to the bottom of the page on the previous link (quiz).

I am always available for coaching in order to help you apply what you understand about your type to your work/life situation.

P.S. I’d love to hear what type you are – both your Enneagram type and your MBTI

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10 Responses to “Take This Enneagram Quiz”


Sarah July 12, 2009

I’m an INFP, and I got Enneagram type 9.

Cyndi in BC July 12, 2009

Interesting! I took the MBTI a few years ago while taking some upgrading courses and was INTJ. I just took the little Enneagram Quiz and came up with The Thinker, No. 5.

Sandy McMullen July 12, 2009

Cyndi – You might find the writing on the 5 worthwhile. One aspect of the 5 is that they often rehearse before and event and review after because being spontaneous in the moment is not their strong suit. Pierre Trudeau was a 5 and he used to prefer being in the limo alone on state visits so he could prepare and be camera ready upon arrival.

Thanks for sharing your type info

Sandy McMullen July 12, 2009

Sarah – The 5, 4 and 9 are all “withdrawing types” so the relation to introversion makes sense. People tend to feel understood by nines and see them as one on the “nice” guys. Thx for telling us your type.

Cyndi in BC July 12, 2009

Wow! That is so cool! I definitely do that before speaking and presenting in public. Nice to know I’m in such good company too. :) I’ve been a fan of Pierre Trudeau since 1967 when I met him during the Centennial Year Celebrations ( I was 10).

Heather Larson July 13, 2009

INFJ 4w5 here

just me July 17, 2009

ENTP/INTP; Type 5

Alyssa February 5, 2012

I always get INTP however on the number thing I always tie regardless of which test I take, I always see an 8 in my results so I’ll go with it. Everything else varied between 1,5,6, or 7. Maybe I’m just complicated?

So INTP 8 I suppose…..

Bethany June 13, 2012

I usually get INTP and 5. However, I tested as an 8 today, and I kind of think it fits. Odd, really….?

Ashley June 13, 2012

Alyssa:

Although we are all complicated, every person does have one core type with which they identify. Figuring out your type can be highly beneficial to every aspect of your life, and I highly encourage you to pursue this if you are interested.
If you really do strongly identify with the I in your INTP, I find it highly unlikely that you are an 8. (Although not impossible.) I would recommend purchasing a copy of The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson, and exploring all facets of your type.