The Reformer, The Helper, The Achiever, The Individualist, The Observer, The Loyalist, The Enthusiast, The Challenger, and The Peacemaker.
Welcome to a fresh outlook on personality! A simple, yet deep-reaching system on human personality types, the Enneagram can help you find what REALLY drives you and every other person you know in life — and how to make the most of that knowledge.
You can gain a lot from knowing your type and others’ around you, than just, say… discovering ‘which color your personality is’. With Enneagram, you can really gain an insight into yourself and find out what truly motivates you at the core. Rediscover your passion.
Consider for a moment… Does work feel like little more than torture, and you’re going through your days like a zombie? Wake up, go to work, come home late and tired, maybe grumpy — flop down on bed, rinse and repeat. Well, maybe the answer is simple: if your job doesn’t fulfill your inner motivation, it’s never going to feel very satisfying for you. You’re just going through the motions.
Or, if work is awesome, and you’d just like to understand people better, like your crush or that quiet girl who won’t leave the corner, or even that annoying guy who won’t stop bragging, Enneagram can be a tremendous help in looking at things from their view points. You can learn how to get along with specific kinds of people, your compatibility with them, and even what they think about you. Learn what makes them, and yourself, happy.
And I promise you, it’ll be just as fun as discovering what color your personality is, if not more.
Below is a brief preview on all nine personality types:
Type 1 – The Reformer / The Perfectionist
Reformers live by high standards, because they always strive to do everything correctly, and to make everything right. They are the most reliable people you’d ever meet, fair and honest, firmly holding up principles and ethics. Ever realistic and reasonable, they strive for an ideal — but they’re far from an idle dreamer. In life, perfectionists want to avoid anger and mistakes.
Type 2 – The Helper
Everyone likes to be accepted, appreciated and needed – Helpers make this an essence of life. They try to achieve that by projecting a positive, warm presence, and looking to care for the needs of people around them. As a result, people mostly love having them around. Helpers want to avoid a needy impression.
Type 3 – The Achiever
The Achievers’ drive is to succeed and to be productive, and everything they do revolve around these goals. Ever self-assured, they are everything they seem to be, and tend to be role models that inspire others. Achievers abhor failure, and try their best to avoid it.
Type 4 – The Individualist
The Individualists live on the very border between real life and fantasy life. They almost seem to fade in and out between the two, always comparing what they actually have and what they would like to have (but mostly can’t). Individualists are driven to find the true meaning of life, to discover themselves, to seek the things they want in life, and not to be just another face. They want to be special — because indeed, these individuals are special… And you better know that.
Type 5 – The Observer
Observers like pursuing their various interests and thoughts alone. They are motivated by the deep need to know and understand everything, and to be self-sufficient. Observers wish for themselves, and only for themselves, not others, to control them – making them the ultimate independent individuals. They seek to avoid appearing stupid or clueless.
Type 6 – The Loyalist
Loyalists seek the sense of security first and foremost. Loyalists come in many flavors, from the withdrawn and stiff, to the daring and confronting. There are two kinds of the Sixes: phobias, and contra phobias. The former appears fearful and seeks approval. The latter fights their fear, appearing fearless and blunt. Both are centered around dealing with fear.
Type 7 – The Enthusiast
If you know no bounds of age, always springy, always active, and always busy, you are most likely a Seven — an Enthusiast. Enthusiasts are motivated by the need to be happy and to have fun, to be a contribution to the world, and to eliminate pain and suffering.
Type 8 – The Challenger
The first word that comes to mind to describe the people of this type would have to be ‘strong’, because Challengers aspire to be, and are, strong and self-dependent. They want to avoid being seen as weak… and the people who somehow think they are would very soon get what’s coming to them, anyways.
Type 9 – The Peacemaker
The Peacemakers are simply made to be adaptable and neutral, since they have a deep need to keep peace and merge with others, as well as to avoid conflict. Since they are so adaptable, they are significantly influenced by the other eight types around them. As a result, there is a wide array of Peacemakers, from those with gentle, soft personalities, to strong, independent ones.
So, which type do you think you are?
If you are interested to read more, including:
- personality tests — the short and practical, or the long and scientifically valid;
- real life examples of all the types;
- more about the three main motivations of self-image, fear and anger, along with
- recommendations of the best Enneagram books out there,