What is the Enneagram Test and why is everyone obsessing over it?

June 22, 2022

It seems as if everyone is talking about the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator Test. It’s similar to the classic Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which, odds are, you already have run across at a work retreat, or as part of some career or college counseling session in high school.  Like MBTI, the Enneagram test helps you to identify your specific personality traits, reports Real Simple.

There are nine Enneagram types, and according to the Enneagram Institute, “it is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself. This is your basic personality type.”

It takes about ten minutes to complete the quiz, most respondents say.

While, personality quizzes aren’t necessarily 100 percent accurate (because how can a test sum up one person completely?) knowing your personality or traits could help you become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses, to improve your relationships, boost your performance at work, or achieve personal goals. A little introspection never hurt anybody.

Take a look at the nine Enneagram types below. You can learn more about each one and take the test at The Enneagram Institute’s website.

1: The Reformer: This type is known as “rational, idealistic.” He or she wants to make change and is well-organized, but sometimes that might mean that the respondent is too critical or perfectionistic.

2: The Helper: This is the “caring, interpersonal” type. People with this personality are friendly, warm-hearted, and want to help others; but “typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs.”

3: The Achiever: This type is “success-oriented and pragmatic.” Respondents are highly ambitious and charming, but they might become too obsessed with success and their image.

4: The Individualist: Known as the “sensitive, withdrawn” type, these respondents are “emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but also can be moody and self-conscious.”

5: The Investigator: These types are “intense, cerebral.” They are innovative and inventive, and can come up with high-level ideas, but they might be seen as detached or intense.

6: The Loyalist: These respondents are “committed, security-oriented.” According to the Enneagram Institute, “they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious.”

7: The Enthusiast: This type’s name is pretty much self-explanatory. Respondents are extroverted, spontaneous, and always looking for new experiences. However, they can be impatient, impulsive, and over-extended.

8: The Challenger: Known as the “powerful, dominating” type, the Challenger is self-confident and assertive, but can be temperamental and domineering.

9: The Peacemaker: People who are this type are “easygoing, self-effacing.” They are  accepting and supportive, but that can lead to them becoming too complacent.

After reading these descriptions, you probably already have guessed what your personality type might be. See if you are right by taking the quiz.

Research contact: @RealSimple