To learn more about the Enneagram and the 9 personality types I have taken two different personality tests. Today I will share with you how the tests and the reports are built, my result from both of them, and of course my review.
My two Enneagram tests
The first test I took was on Truity.com and it was called The Enneagram Personality Test. I also took a second test at the Enneagram Institute called RHETI, which stands for Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator.
So let’s start by comparing the two tests format;
|Truity Test||RHETI test|
|Number of questions/statements||105||144|
|Answer alternatives||5 step scale|
from Agree to Disagree
|2 answer alternative|
agree or Disagree
|Cost||free/$19 for an extended report||$12|
The result was presented in different ways as well. The RHETI test gave me my highest score type, as well as the two highest after that with a rather detailed report for each. I also got the score result for all nine types.
The Truity test also gave me the score for all nine types but in the form of a percentage. I got a detailed overview of my primary type.
Both reports addressed the wings and arrows for my primary type as well as advantages and pitfalls.
So what was my result?
Not surprisingly the were very similar but not identical. My RHETI test had my primary type as a 7 with a score of 23, my second and third type here was 8 (score 21) and type 2 (score 20).
In my Truity test my primary types were 8 (98%), and for comparison second and third were type 7 (80%) and type 5 (74%).
After studying both reports, I felt that the Truity test result did better fit my personality, even though I learned a lot from both of these reports about myself and what I can work on to grow as a person. So for the rest of today’s article, I will use my report from my Truity test the main source.
The Hearts, Heads, and Bodies
As I mentioned in my last article the nine types can be divided into three groups, heart, head, body, and each group has its own characteristics.
The hearts are driven by their emotions to connect with other people. They are driven by a strong sense of empathy and reacts with their feelings first.
Type 2 The Giver
The two’s want to be liked and find ways to be helpful to others so they can belong.
The pitfalls for the two’s is that they often fall into self-despair and criticism. They try to gain control in their relationships and may become over-clingy or overbearing.
Type 3 The Achiever
The three’s want to be successful and admired by other people. They are very conscious of their public image.
Pitfalls for the threes are that they can become extremely jealous, and view every interaction as a competition. If their need for approval and reassurance is not met they begin to shut down and might become lazy.
Type 4 The Individualist
The fours are defined by their belief that they are different from other people. They want to be unique and experience deep, authentic emotions.
Pitfalls for the fours are that they can become excessively moody, they may resort to extreme sensory coping mechanisms like alcohol and drugs.
The heads are driven by the intellect and tend to analyze and rationalize their emotions. They connect with other people on an intellectual level and make sense of the world by understanding the systems and theories. The heads react with analysis first.
Type 5 The Investigator
The fives are driven by a belief that their resources are scares and that they don’t have enough of what they need. They, therefore, aim to need as little as possible. They seek understanding and knowledge and are more comfortable with data than any other of the types.
Pitfalls for the fives are that they have a tendency to cut off their social world and develop tunnel-vision. They might develop a radical view and lose grip on reality. They might sever friendships and rationalize that they are better off without the presence of people and become very isolated.
Type 6 The Sceptic
The sixes are preoccupied with security. They seek safety and like to be prepared for problems. They often have a clear picture in their mind what they will do in any worst-case scenario. They are good at seeing how things will turn out, especially how things will go wrong.
The pitfalls for the sixes are that they can become extremely paranoid and suspicious. They are prone to develop anxiety and they may be very suspicious towards other people. They can also be very co-dependent on what they see as a protective figure in their life.
Type 7 The Enthusiast
Sevens are defined by their desire to experience everything good and pleasurable in life. They want to have as much fun and adventure as possible and get easily bored.
The pitfalls for the sevens are that they might become burnt-out, cynical, and overly critical of what they see as illogical systems. They may become narcissists in their actions, flashy, and exuberant.
The Body Types
Body types react with an instinctive, gut-feeling. They are tuned into their five senses.
Type 8 The Challenger
The eights see themselves as strong and powerful and stand up for what they believe in. They rarely see themselves as having any vulnerabilities and believe they can handle anything. They have easy access to their anger and can seem intimidating.
The pitfalls for the eights are that they can become tyrannical and intimidating, scaring people off. They can be addicted to the pursuit of power and will destroy anything blocking their way in fury. They may also force themselves into loneliness.
Type 9 The Peacemaker
The nines are defined by their desire to live in peace with their environment. They like to go with the flow and need a sense of balance and calm. They tend to be easy-going and accepting of what is happening around them.
The pitfalls for the nines are that they may become lethargic, unable to concentrate on a task, and believe that they don’t matter. Procrastination is not uncommon. They may also be very self-critical and have trouble setting personal boundaries which can lead to burn-out and emotional exhaustion.
Type 1 The Perfectionist
The ones are defines by their belief that everything must be in order and the feeling that they must always be right. They put emphasis on following rules and doing things correctly. They are committed to improving conditions that they find need improvement and encouraging others to improve their performance as well.
Pitfalls for the ones are that they may become out of touch with reality and focus on irrelevant factors. This can lead to a self-affirming spiral of prejudice to the point of obsession and compulsion. They might explode in rage when principles are under attack.
My final thoughts
In this article, I did not talk about the wings and the arrows, which are an important ingredient of the Enneagram. In my next article, I will take a closer look at those aspects of the Enneagram and use my own test result as a backdrop.
Wise from my experience with MBTI, I am at this stage very careful with any opinion, but so far I can see how this can be a tool for personal growth and development.
And as always, a link to my video on the topic will be down below