Have you ever heard of the enneagram? You’ve probably heard me talk about it before on Instagram. I decided to start covering the enneagram because I learned about it and then co-lead a Bible study on it and was so fascinated! If you’ve never taken the test before, you may be asking yourself, “What’s my enneagram?” Let’s find out!
First, let’s start with some background information. What is the enneagram? The enneagram is a set of nine distinct personality types. Each personality type is given its own number. There are nine types in total.
Now, how do you know what number you are? It’s common to see a little bit of yourself in each type. However, there should be one type (or possibly two) that you identify with far more than others. I recommend reading about each type, seeing what jumps out at you, and then taking the FREE TEST and see what your results say.
When I was trying to figure out what number I was, I read about each type, and I greatly identified with both the 3 and the 7. I would talk to some friends who definitely thought I was a 3. Then I would talk to other people who absolutely though I was a 7! To be able to know for sure, I took the FREE TEST and also specifically read what the negatives of those two types were, and that’s how I knew for sure.
When I read the negatives of the 7, I felt like they somewhat related to me. But then when I read the negatives of the 3, I wanted to crawl under the table, eek! It was so spot on and accurate, I actually felt uncomfortable! That’s why I think the best way to find out what enneagram number you are is to take the test, and then read the negatives of the type(s) you identify with most.
A lot of people ask me what I am, and as I stated above, I’m a type 3: the achiever. The Enneagram Institute describes the 3 as self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others. That got awkward to share real quick…is it hot in here to anyone else? 😉
The reason I love the enneagram is I love understanding and relating to people. The enneagram gives me insight into what motivates or drives people and it helps me realize how to better communicate with and understand my husband, my team members from My Life Well Loved, as well as friends and family.
One thing that someone said to me one time is to make sure you don’t use the enneagram to box people in. You’re more-so learning how other people view the world through 9 different sets of glasses. It broadens your perspective to see that the way you view the world is definitely not the same way other people view it. And having appreciation and understanding of other people’s opinions and personalities truly does deepen the relationships we have! AND helps us appreciate how God made us each uniquely in His image and to compliment and differentiate from each other.
Not sure how to balance all that you’ve learned about it and need more guidance? Check out the resources below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think about your number after you take the test!
More Enneagram Resources:
- Take The Free Test HERE!
- Learn All About The Enneagram + Marriage HERE!
- I highly recommend THIS BOOK and THIS BOOK to learn more!
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