For months, maybe even years, I had put off taking the Enneagram test.
Everyone and their mother was talking about it, sharing their types and wings.
Originally, it felt like a fad I wasn’t all that interested in. I mean, haven’t we all taken 500 of these types of tests already? They’re interesting for a day and then we forget about our results completely and move on with our lives.
Don’t get me wrong, I love personality tests just like any other Buzzfeed reading millennial, but the rebel in me didn’t want to succumb to the pressure of taking some long test that was going to tell me something I already knew.
But, people kept talking about how genuinely helpful it was for them and how the information of their bests and worsts selves was eye-opening, so I eventually caved and took the test.
What is the Enneagram?
If you’re like the ennea-what? Let me back up.
The Enneagram is a personality test that when taken breaks you up into one of nine categories. In the Enneagram it is believed that everyone is born as one basic personality type and as you grow that personality type does not change.
These nine categories are:
The Achiever - That’s me!
It’s worth noting, no one category is better than the other. The number isn’t a ranking of how enlightened you are or are not, they hold no value in that sense.
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What Does Being a Type 3 Mean?
I am a Type 3 - The Achiever.
The Achiever is summarized 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.” - Enneagram Institute
Other Type 3’s Include: Jenna Kutcher, Rachel Hollis and Tony Robbins.
What Being a Type 3 means for me.
There are a lot of amazing things about being a Type 3, but they aren’t all positive. I’ll break a few of the notable personality traits down.
A few positives:
I am goal-oriented which has helped me push my business forward in powerful ways.
I consistently work on bettering myself.
I believe in the value that I bring to the table.
A few negatives:
I get discouraged easily when I don’t receive outward recognition or praise.
I can put too much value in things like followers, subscribers, clients, etc.
I’ve struggled with fears of public failure that has held me back from trying new things.
Levels of Development
For me, the most beneficial aspect of taking the Enneagram, is the levels of development section. In this section, they break down behaviors, attitudes, defenses and motivations commonly seen in each personality type.
They break it down into three sections: Healthy, Average and Unhealthy. Within each section it is broken down into three more sections from your best self to your worst self.
For instance, this is what my best and worst possible self looks like as a Type 3.
Level 1 (At Their Best): Self-accepting, inner-directed, and authentic, everything they seem to be. Modest and charitable, self-deprecatory humor and a fullness of heart emerge. Gentle and benevolent.
Level 9: Become vindictive, attempting to ruin others' happiness. Relentless, obsessive about destroying whatever reminds them of their own shortcomings and failures. Psychopathic behavior. Generally corresponds to the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Have you taken the test? Share your type with me in the comments below!