The Enneagram is a well-respected assessment that helps us uncover our deepest motivations. In the end, you’re assigned one of nine numbers. Some of us are motivated to perform. Others are motivated to help. Others seek newness and excitement.
Below are all nine types. Any look familiar?
TYPE ONE: THE PERFECTIONIST – Desires to be perfect, self-controlled, principled
TYPE TWO: THE HELPER – Motivated to be generous, pleasing, and to take care of others
TYPE THREE: THE ACHIEVER – Driven to excel, succeed, achieve
TYPE FOUR: THE INDIVIDUALIST – Desire for self-expression, uniqueness, and individualism
TYPE FIVE: THE INVESTIGATOR – Seek innovation, perceiving things that others don’t see
TYPE SIX: THE LOYALIST – Inclined to be loyal, responsible, hyper-vigilant
TYPE SEVEN: THE ENTHUSIAST – Seek experiences that are fun, spontaneous, and exciting
TYPE EIGHT: THE CHALLENGER – Motivated to pursue what is “right” and to confront those who are “wrong”
TYPE NINE: THE PEACEMAKER – Aim to be receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent
What is the value of understanding your number?
(1) SELF-AWARENESS HELPS POINT US TOWARDS A LIFE THAT WILL SUIT US.
Often when we are are dissatisfied with our lives, it’s because our lives don’t align with our design. One of the best ways to understand how to structure our lives is to examine our natural inclinations. What do you do with your free time? What do you enjoy studying? What would your loved ones say is a role you play in their lives – teacher, comforter, companion, mediator?
By understanding our underlying motivation, we can structure our lives in accordance. You’re a PEACEMAKER? Perhaps avoid a high conflict career. You’re an INDIVIDUALIST? You may want to design a lifestyle that supports creative expression.
(2) BY BECOMING AWARE OF OUR UNDERLYING MOTIVATION, WE GET TO CONSCIOUSLY CHOOSE HOW TO RESPOND TO OUR IMPULSES.
An ENTHUSIAST may feel the constant urge to quit his job and relocate, thinking I shouldn’t settle. But a pattern of constantly pursuing the next best thing inhibits contentment in the present. Understanding this pattern, the ENTHUSIAST can choose when to listen to the voice that says jump, and when to accept and find contentment with current circumstances.
A HELPER may be on the lookout for those who need encouragement or support. But knowing she has a tendency to insert herself in the lives of others and offer unsolicited advice, she is more careful about indulging her impulse. She pauses to ask herself: Is this really helping? Am I empowering this person or disempowering them?
Bringing our subconscious thoughts and impulses to the surface means they are no longer in control – we get to decide what to do with them.
(3) THIS AWARENESS HELPS US UNDERSTAND AND INTERACT WITH OTHERS.
Sharing what you learn about yourself helps others understand and support you. If you’re an ACHIEVER, your family can encourage you to pause and enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you’re a PERFECTIONIST, a friend can lend a less critical eye to your most recent artwork or essay. Once you know the Enneagram Number of family and friends, you can do the same for them.
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