About the Enneagram and Personality Types (I)


About the Enneagram and Personality Types (I)

A map for your soul
Have you ever wanted to have a map of the human soul that would show you your deepest motives, that would explain at length what really makes you act and why you make certain decisions and not others? Have you noticed that, many times, instead of saying something that would diffuse the tension in a situation, you made it worse and the argument that you believed to be favourable turned against you?

What should we do, how should we behave in order to obtain the maximum in a given situation? How can we understand what is important for those around us and how to make the others happy in order to be happy ourselves? Why are we so kind sometimes when our friends ask for something and other times we reject them angrily?

The enneagram is a psychological system of “finding” and describing your personality. It is a map with 9 strong points corresponding to the 9 personality types. Stemming from the millenary esoteric knowledge of the East and the scientific rigour of the West, this system reveals very precisely the way in which we perceive the world and the reason why we perceive it thus.


Am I really like that?
Are you looking for an effective instrument for better knowing and understanding those around you? Are you curious to know what your greatest fear is and how to get rid of that fear that sometimes limits your actions?

The enneagram helps us understand what is really in our hearts and what motivates us to move forward in order to attain our goals. It uncovers the values that represent us and helps us understand why we seem to react according to a predetermined pattern. It shows us that something which is a matter of life and death for our neighbour simply makes us smile...

The enneagram also shows us the relationships established among the 9 personality types and the way in which we are all connected, friends or ennemies. It helps us identify our strong suits, but also our weaknesses, that we don’t really like to deal with. It improves our communication with our friends and family, with our bosses or clients, and opens the way to authentic and harmonious relationships.


The game of Who am I?
The work with the enneagram begins after you have managed to identify your personality type. Don’t forget that, although we recognize many of the attitudes of the 9 types, only one personality type truly characterizes us.

Here is the quick enneagram test that can help you identify your personality type quite accurately in 5 minutes.

In order to get the best results, choose one paragraph in each of the two following groups of statements. Choose the one that best reflects your every day attitude and behaviour.


About the Enneagram and Personality Types (I)Be honest with yourself... rules, rules...
You don’t have to agree with every paragraph completely! If you agree with 80% of it, then choose it. The important thing is for you to agree with the general tone and idea of the chosen paragraph. Don’t reject a paragraph only because of one inadequate word or sentence. Look at the big picture.

Don’t overanalyze your choice. Choose the paragraph you feel is right, even if you don’t agree with it 100%. The general meaning and the feeling it gives you are more important that any particular element of it. Let your intuition choose for you.

If you cannot decide which paragraph is most like you, you can make two choices, but only for one group. For instance, C in group I and X and Y in group II. Write down the letters for each chosen paragraph. Be careful and don’t cheat – no personality type is better that another one!
Group I
A. I tend to be fairly independent and assertive. I’ve felt that life works best when you meet it head on. I set my own goals, get involved, and want to make things happen. I don’t like sitting around—I want to achieve something big and have an impact. I don’t necessarily seek confrontations, but I don’t let people push me around, either. Most of the time, I know what I want, and I go for it. I tend to work hard and to play hard.

B. I tend to be quiet, and I like being on my own. I usually don’t draw much attention to myself and it’s generally unusual for me to assert myself. I don’t feel comfortable taking the lead or being as competitive as others. Many would probably say that I’m something of a dreamer—a lot of my excitement goes on in my imagination. I can be quite content without feeling I have to be active all the time.
C. I tend to be very responsible and dedicated. I feel terrible if I don’t keep my commitments and do what’s expected of me. I want people to know that I’m there for them and that I’ll do what I believe is best. I’ve often made great personal sacrifices for the sake of others, whether they know it or not. I often don’t take adequate care of myself—I do the work that needs to be done and relax (or do what I really like) only if there’s time left.
Group II
X. I am a person who usually maintains a positive outlook on life and feels that things will work out for the best. I can easily find something to be enthusiastic about and different ways to occupy myself. I like being around people and helping others be happy. I enjoy sharing my own well-being with them. I don’t always feel great, but I try not to show it to anyone! I often put off dealing with my own problems.

Y. I am a person who has strong feelings about things—most people can tell when I’m upset about something. I can be guarded with people, but I’m more sensitive than I let on. I want to know who I can count on and I prefer to define my relationships with others clearly. When I’m upset about something, I want others to respond and to be by my side. I know the rules, but I don’t want people telling me what to do. I want to decide for myself.

Z. I am self-controlled and logical, but I don’t feel good dealing with feelings and emotions. I am efficient—even perfectionistic—and prefer working on my own. If there are problems or personal conflicts, I try not to let my feelings influence my actions. Some say I’m too cool and detached, but I don’t want my emotions to distract me from what’s really important to me. I don’t usually show my reactions even if the others insist on it.

The two letters you have selected make up a 2-letter code. For instance, you have chosen paragraph C in group I and paragraph Y in group II. The code is CY.

In order to identify your personality type, check your code and read the table:

Symbol          Type          Type name and basic characteristics

AX                 7             Generalist: Spontaneous, fulfilled, impulsive
AY                 8             Leader: Self-confident, determined, domineering
AZ                 3             Competitive: Ambitious, self-conscious
BX                 9             Mediator: Receptive, convincing, self-satisfied
BY                 4             Artist: Intuitive, aesthete, self-centred
BZ                 5             Observer: Perceptive, inventive, detached
CX                 2             Altruist: Generous, caring, possessive
CY                 6             Devoted: Attractive, responsible, defensive
CZ                 1             Perfectionist: Reasonable, principled, self-controlled.

(to be continued)


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