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What is Your Enneagram Personality Type?

The Enneagram is a personality system of nine archetypes. According to the Enneagram, each of the nine personality types is defined by a particular core belief about how the world works. This core belief drives your deepest motivations and fears and fundamentally influences how you see the world. Here is a fun Enneagram test to find out your personality type.

TYPE 1: The Improver

Suffering from Self-Judgment

Type Ones are sometimes called Improvers or Perfectionists. If you are a One you will view the world in terms of how it measures up with what you view as perfect or ideal. You like to focus on doing the right thing, noticing and correcting errors, and working hard to improve and perfect things. You likely have a strong inner critic and can be judgmental of others. You conform to rules and standards and tend to be idealistic. You are a person of high integrity. Your main challenges include managing resentment, judgment and anger, as well as softening self-criticism through radical self-acceptance.

Ego Fixation: Resentment

Basic Fear: Corruptness, being bad

Basic Desire: Goodness, integrity

Temptation: Hypocrisy, hypercriticism

Vice: Anger

Virtue: Serenity and radical acceptance

Holy Ideal: Perfection

TYPE 2: The Giver

Suffering from Self-Sacrifice

Type Twos are sometimes called Givers or Helpers. If you are a Two, you will aim to create connections with people. As a giver, you can be afraid to ask for what you need. Through giving to others you aim to meet your own unspoken needs. You are likely friendly, flattering and generous. Your focus of attention is on what other people think and feel about you, and you strive to be indispensable. You are empathic with others but can be out of touch with your own feelings, needs and the will to create your own life. Your main challenge is not to over-give, to practice self-care, and to make sure that your relationships are reciprocal.

Ego Fixation: Flattery

Basic Fear: Being unloved

Basic Desire: To feel love

Temptation: Denying your own needs

Vice: Pride

Virtue: Humility

Holy Ideal: Freedom and Will

TYPE 3: The Performer

Suffering from Self-Rejection

Type Threes are sometimes called Performers or Achievers. If you are a Three, you will view the world in terms of tasks, goals, and achieving success. You might find it difficult to slow down and know what you are feeling, but you are very good at getting a lot done in the most efficient way. Your main challenges are knowing what you really feel and think, as well as slowing down, resting and not doing anything.

Ego Fixation: Vanity

Basic Fear: Worthlessness

Basic Desire: To feel valuable

Temptation: Pushing yourself to always be "the best"

Vice: Deceit

Virtue: Truthfulness

Holy Ideal: Hope

TYPE 4: The Artist

Suffering from Identity Confusion

Type Fours are sometimes called Artists, Individualists or Romantics. If you are Four, you will tend to have artistic sensibilities and romantic ideals. You value authenticity and are typically comfortable with a wide range of emotions, including emotional pain. Because you live in your feelings, you can over-identify with your emotions, and can feel melancholic about being different or misunderstood. Feeling a lack of belonging, you focus your attention on your inner world. In relationships, you value depth and authentic expression. Your main challenge is getting caught up in longing for your ideals or feeling melancholic about not feeling acceptable enough to belong.

Ego Fixation: Depression

Basic Fears: Having no identity or significance

Basic Desire: To be uniquely yourself

Temptation: To overuse imagination in search of self

Vice: Envy

Virtue: Equanimity (emotional balance)

Holy Ideal: Authenticity

TYPE 5: The Observer

Suffering from Intimacy Rejection

Type Fives are sometimes called Observers or Investigators. If you are Five, you will tend to be introverted shy, and less expressive emotionally than other types. You focus your attention on interesting intellectual pursuits to obfuscate feelings of isolation or loneliness. You create boundaries to maintain privacy and do not share much of yourself with others. You might have the sense that you have a limited amount of energy, and are sensitive to other people potentially draining you. Your main challenges will be that you are overly boundaried at times and have a hard time sharing yourself with others.

Ego Fixation: Stinginess

Basic Fears: Helplessness, incapability, incompetence

Basic Desires: Mastery and understanding

Temptation: Replacing direct experiences with intellectual concepts

Vice: Greed

Virtue: Detachment

Holy Ideal: Omniscience (being like God)

TYPE 6: The Loyalist

Suffering from Apprehension and Distrust

Type Sixes are sometimes called Loyalists or Contrarians. If you are a Six you can be contrary in your thinking and loyal to finding someone that you can rely on. You will have a rebellious streak and authority issues, both wanting a good authority figure in your life and feeling mistrust in the presence of authority figures. You focus on detecting threats to your safety and preparing in case something dangerous happens. You are also loyal to helping other people feel safe. You can be either actively fearful (phobic) or intimidating as a proactive move against fear (counter-phobic). Your main challenges will be in your struggles with paranoia and indecision.

Ego Fixation: Cowardice

Basic Fears: Being without support or guidance

Basic Desires: To have support and guidance

Temptation: Indecision, doubt, seeking reassurance

Vice: Fear

Virtue: Courage

Holy Ideal: Faith

TYPE 7: The Adventurer

Suffering from Nurturing Deficiency

Type Sevens are sometimes called Adventurers or Enthusiasts. If you are a Seven, you will tend to be energetic and optimistic, constantly planning fun things to do. You are an enthusiastic person who dislikes feeling emotional pain including sadness, anxiety, boredom, or loneliness. You have many interests and enjoy engaging socially with others. Your main challenges include dealing with uncomfortable emotions, showing up to work out difficult conflicts in your relationships, and focusing on one thing at a time.

Ego Fixation: Excessive planning

Basic Fears: Being unfulfilled, trapped, deprived

Basic Desires: To be satisfied and content

Temptation: Thinking your fulfillment is somewhere outside yourself

Vice: Gluttony

Virtue: Sobriety

Holy Ideal: Fulfillment

TYPE 8: The Challenger

Suffering from Rejecting Your Childhood

Type Eights are sometimes called Challengers or Bosses. If you are an Eight you will be focused on gathering strength and power. Eights usually move toward conflict and confrontation more easily than other types. You also have easy access to anger. You focus your attention on creating order out of disorder. They have big energy, which can be intimidating to those around you. You can be excessive, impulsive, generous, and protective of others. As a natural leader, your main challenge is that you have a blind spot when it comes to expressing vulnerability.

Ego Fixation: Vengeance

Basic Fears: Being controlled, harmed, violated

Basic Desires: To gain influence and be self-sufficient

Temptation: Thinking you are completely self-sufficient

Vice: Lust and aggression

Virtue: Vulnerability

Holy Ideal: Truthfulness

TYPE 9: The Peacemaker

Suffering from Rejecting Your Voice

Type Nines are sometimes called Peacemakers or Mediators. If you are a Nine you are a good mediator because you feel motivated to reduce conflict and create harmony. You focus your attention on getting along with other people. You will tend to be out of touch with your own anger and agenda because having strong opinions might invite conflict with others. Your main challenge as a nine is that you have a hard time saying no and taking a stand for your own desires. You can say yes when you mean no and can be passive-aggressive when your unacknowledged needs leak out.

Ego Fixation: Laziness

Basic Fears: Loss, fragmentation, separation

Basic Desires: Wholeness and peace of mind

Temptation: Avoiding conflicts, avoiding self-assertion

Vice: Sloth

Virtue: Action

Holy Ideal: Love


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