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The Psych Up, Issue #003 -- Enneagram Personality Tests
October 07, 2005

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"Enneagram Personality Tests Measure Your Essence"




I am a bit late to my schedule this month...

In fact I had decided to write an article upon enneagram personality test. This model is not only mysterious but also mystic in its structure and descriptions. Unfortunately, most of the people, either intently or inadvertently, make it more complicated. I had three options...

1- Publish “The Psych Up” with some fluff in the name of regularity

2- Publish it with “Enneagram Personality Tests” without understanding it, or

3- Postpone its publication until I simplify its mysteries for you

I went for the third option. I read all about its philosophy, history and structure. Simplified the mysteries and wrote in the language and the tone that I have been promising. I feel I have done it successfully. However, you are the best judge.

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Enneagram Personality Tests Measure Your Essence

Enneagram personality tests claim to measure your behavioral reactions to your environment by finding out your enneagram type. There are nine enneagram personality types and each of them is influenced by others in different ways.

Difference in Essence and Personality

The exponents of enneagram personality tests believe that you are born with an ‘essence’. In simpler words it is your spirit. Each type of essence is denoted with a number given upon circumference of a symbolic circle. The modern experts express these numbers with their respective dominant characteristics. It remains constant throughout your life.

Your personality, as per the enneagram personality tests, is nurtured by your environment, education and culture. It may either be in opposite or in consonance with your natural essence. When opposite, your personality is unhealthy and when in harmony, you are considered healthy enneagram personality type. Your growth occurs when you remove these extra influences and bring your personality in harmony with your essence or true self.

Background of Enneagram Personality Tests

The experts of the enneagram personality tests believe that this model has roots in the philosophy of Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician. However, it follows zero and decimal systems which were not known before 10th to 14th century.

The first renowned figure in the history of this model is G.I Gurdjieff (1870-1949). He claimed that he had learnt the system in his mystical trance under the influence of different angels. However, he didn’t write anything in this regard but taught it throughout his life. His prominent students including John. G. Bennet, Ouspensky and Oscar Ichazo not only propagated his tradition but also expounded upon it.

In 1970s, Helen Palmer, a student of Oscar Ichazo, wrote a book entitled “The Enneagram; understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life” and mixed the system with the current day psychological ideas. She was the first person to describe the nine points as 9 enneagram personality types.

In 1990s, Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson added the model with their ideas of levels of personality development, wings, and points of disintegration and integration. The modern day enneagram personality tests follow expounded theories of these two big names.

Usage of Enneagram Personality Tests

In early days, the model was used only to develop your spirit. However, the flavor of psychology has turned it into a psychological instrument which different organizations and corporations use for different purposes including:

1- Human Resource Development

2- Human Resource Motivation

3- Human Resource Management, and

4- Improvement of Skills and Capabilities of employees

There is no evidence that employer organizations are using this model for screening purposes. However, the frenzy for the ‘right person for the right job’ may soon qualify it for hiring and firing purposes. It is advisable to go through the structure and mechanism of enneagram personality types before they start it.

Enneagram Personality Tests and Symbol

You can find your enneagram personality type by taking paid or free enneagram personality tests. However, a much better way is to learn the system yourself. It seems complicated but it is not...
Go for symbol and free enneagram test

Ennea-gram is a Greek word where ennea means nine and gram means a diagram. It is comprised of the following basic elements...

1- Circle and Points

This model follows a symbolic circle containing nine points (1-9) equidistantly on its circumference. Each point is expressed with a characteristic which is considered dominant for that type.

2- A Hexagon

The enneagram personality tests believe that the most important numbers are 1, 3 and 7. When you divide number 1 by 7, you shall get an infinite series of numbers 142857. Just connect the numbers in this direction and you shall get a hexagon.

3- A Triangle

The numbers 9-3-6 can be divided with 3 for whole numbers. Connect them with lines and you shall get a triangle.

Enneagram Personality Tests and Shades of Types

Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson suggest that no pure type is possible to exist in the human world. That’s why you may have shades of different types and express different behaviors in different situations.

1- Development Levels

Development level, in enneagram personality model, means your level of harmony between your essence (nature) and personality (nurture). When your personality is harmonious with your spirit, you are considered enneagram healthy type. However, when your personality has got characteristics entirely opposite to your essence, you are considered enneagram unhealthy type. In between stages are called average level of development. These levels explain why and how you may behave differently than your essence.

2- Wings

Every type at circumference of the circle has close relation with the types on either side. They are called your left and right wings. Suppose you are enneagram five type. You may have shades of characteristics given for enneagram four type or enneagram six type or of the both. Some enneagram personality test exponents don’t agree with the concept of wings.

3- Directions of Disintegration and Integration

Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson further suggest that you express different behaviors in different situations. In stress or under feelings of security you may express personality characteristics which are not specified for your type. However, it doesn’t happen randomly.

In stress you follow the direction of disintegration that is 142857 and 639. In other words you start behaving as the next type in the sequence suggests. It is called your stress point or direction of disintegration. When you feel secure and well, you follow just the reverse direction to express different behaviors.

Suppose you are enneagram five type. You shall express behaviors specified for the enneagram seven type in stress and become an enthusiast investigator. But you shall go for personality characteristics given for enneagram eight type in security and challenge the environment with your investigated results.

Enneagram Personality Tests and 9 Dominant Characteristics

The 9 enneagram types are expressed with their nine related dominant qualities. They are as under:

1- Enneagram one type is called as the reformer

2- Enneagram two type is named as the helper

3- Enneagram three type is identified as the achiever

4- Enneagram four type is entitled as the individualist

5- Enneagram five type is termed as the investigator

6- Enneagram six type is described as the loyalists

7- Enneagram seven type is named as the enthusiast

8- Enneagram eight type is identified as the challenger

9- Enneagram nine type is termed as the peacemaker


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