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What You Need to Know About Enneagram Types

Move over Myers Briggs personality tests, the Enneagram personality test has been rising in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to accounts dedicated to it on Instagram. The Enneagram test has been used extensively before in business management and spirituality contexts, but only recently has it gained public attention. The Enneagram test gives you a result from Type 1–9 that depicts your relationships with yourself, others, and the rest of the world, promoting self-awareness and self-development. 

Instagram has adopted the Enneagram types to make bright graphics depicting the types’ characteristics or what Disney princess your type would be (if you’re curious, it’s on @enneagramandcoffee). It is no surprise, given the Internet’s affinity for astrology, that the Enneagram posts do not appear much different than posts about zodiac signs. In a way, Enneagram types are presented similarly to zodiac signs in memes and descriptions, the main difference being that you have dictated your type based off of a test, rather than being assigned one due to the details of your birth. If you’re curious about what your Enneagram type is, you can find several free tests online, but here is a description of each type if you’re more into self-diagnosing.  

 

Type 1 – The Reformer

Type 1s are known as The Reformer or The Perfectionist, based on their desire for perfection or, in the very least, integrity and balance in life. They are principled people with a strong sense of right and wrong but fear to make a mistake or become corrupt. This might cause them to see the world in black and white and become non-adaptable or too judgmental.

 

Type 2 – The Helper

While they’re called The Helper or The Giver, Type 2s ultimately want to feel the love themselves in return. They are a generous type that long to be sincere and friendly to everyone they meet, but this does sometimes result in them being demanding or overbearing in relationships. 

 

Type 3 – The Achiever

Type 3s strive to accomplish tasks and goals in order to receive recognition from others. Otherwise known as The Performer, Type 3s are driven and ambitious but are often image-conscious when trying to achieve their goals and find approval based on their performance.  

 

Type 4 – The Individualist

The Individualist, or The Romantic, is a very nostalgic type with a sense of longing or a draw toward what’s missing, which can appear dramatic and moody to an outsider. Type 4s seek to find meaning in their relationships and are consequently self-aware and emotionally honest about their needs. These qualities are often expressed in creative outlets that are expressive and convey deep human emotions. 

 

Type 5 – The Investigator 

Type 5s are often shown as being very aloof and isolated in order to protect themselves from others, as they generally place a priority on their ability to be independent and knowledgeable. This isolation also grants them the name The Observer that suggests their perception of others and innate curiosity. As a result, Type 5s can be quite scholarly and intelligent due to their analytical abilities, but risk becoming overly intellectual and cold to others. 

 

Type 6 – The Loyalist

The Loyalist, or The Loyal Skeptic, see the worst-case scenarios throughout life and, as a result, is deeply loyal and feels responsible for others’ safety and security. This suspicious perception of the world can result in anxiety and pessimism, but when to overcome, allows Type 6s to be courageous and trustworthy in times of crisis. 

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Type 7 – The Enthusiast

Type 7s pride themselves on being spontaneous and high-spirited throughout their lives and find enjoyment in activities that bring them joy, like travel and adventure. The Enthusiast often finds trouble when exploring depth in relationships that might leave them unfulfilled or trapped in a situation and may instead turn to new opportunities and adventures. They come off as scattered and overly optimistic in their pursuits in order to achieve an idealized vision of their futures. 

 

Type 8 – The Challenger 

Unafraid to be confrontational and assertive as the name The Challenger suggests, Type 8s are also known as The Protector, due to their desire to achieve control to ensure safety. Type 8s are resourceful and straight-talking in their efforts to achieve fairness and justice, but run the risk of appearing domineering and egocentric to others. 

 

Type 9 – The Peacemaker

Also known as The Mediator, Type 9s value being easygoing and agreeable in order to get along and merge with others. This often results in them avoiding conflicts in order to ensure things go smoothly and to feel accepted by a community. While these qualities can result in 9s being indecisive or detached in relationships, they make great, stable mediators.

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