When trying to discover your personality type, there are lots of places to turn to on the internet: you can take the Myers-Briggs personality test to determine your type, you can simply Google “personality test” to see an array of options, or you can keep it simple with a social media quiz (OK, they might not be the most accurate, but they’re fun!). One other way to find out more about your personality is to check out the Enneagram test. This test will clue you into your type, which could reveal a lot about you. So what do the different Enneagram types mean?
Before you understand that, you’ll need the basics of what, exactly, the Enneagram test is. The Enneagram test gives you your basic personality type. According to the official website, “Everyone emerges from childhood with oneof the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other pre-natal factors being the main determinants of our type. This is one area where most all of the major Enneagram authors agree — we are born with a dominant type.”
This one dominant type is what shapes our childhood, making us who we are today. The test acknowledges that you might see yourself in many of the different types — maybe even all of them — and, yes, you might have those traits. But the point is that your one basic type is the most important.
You can figure out your type on the official Enneagram Institute website, where you’ll have to pay $12 or use a code to take a test. The results are really interesting, and if you’re trying to learn more about yourself, the cost is worth it. Once you know your type number, find out exactly what it means below:
Type One: The Reformer
The first type is known as “the reformer” on the Enneagram Institute website. Type Ones are described as perfectionists who are controlled, rational, and principled. Type Ones are driven by a need to be good and right. Integrity and quality are really important to them. Type Ones can be serene and calm, but they can also be judgmental and uncompromising. They can also be very critical of themselves, as they believe there is a “right” and a “wrong” way of doing things. A Type One is likely to be hard on themselves in trying to do the “right” thing, and they think thoroughly before doing or saying anything.
Type Ones are also known to experience a lot of anger, but to keep it inside — they are not ones to indulge in emotional outbursts.
Type Two: The Helper
Type Twos are often referred to as “the helper.” They are naturally caring and helpful, and they love to please others. Type Twos are generous and supportive, and they want to make the world a better place. They are very genuine and caring, and make excellent friends. However, Type Twos also have a strong need for love and appreciation, which can sometimes come across as negative traits. Type Twos work hard at relationships and they put a lot of energy into them — this is the friend you would go to if you needed someone to listen and offer help in any way. In fact, Type Twos often do so much for other people that they forget to focus on themselves as well.