The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that dates back many centuries. In the therapeutic setting, it helps clients to know and understand themselves and others. Although no one can really be summed up by a category, it’s surprisingly helpful to consider how you tend to view the world in relation to others. In response to the common objection that people can’t be put into neat boxes, Enneagram expert, David Daniels points out, “You have to know what box you’re in before you can get out of it.” If we’re willing to consider how our dominant type influences our experience of life and habitual responses, we can expand beyond our patterns and access new ways of being.
Although everyone contains the attributes of all nine types on the Enneagram, we each tend to lead with a particular motivation and perspective. Taking a quiz or studying the nine types may enable you to determine which one best describes you. Faith can help you determine your Enneagram Type(s) and use this information to help you in many areas of your life; personal growth, relationships, career, parenting, and inner peace.
For a quick glimpse at the Enneagram types, ask yourself what most motivates you? Is it: doing the right thing (Type 1), helping others (Type 2), achieving and performing (Type 3), being unique and special (Type 4), accumulating knowledge (Type 5), being safe and loyal (Type 6), having fun and adventure (Type 7), being in charge (Type 8), or keeping the peace? (Type 9). For more, recommended resources include The Essential Enneagram, which contains an easy paragraph test, by David Daniels, M.D. and Virginia Price, PH.D, the work of Helen Palmer, including her audio book, Enneagram and EnnagramInstitute.com, where you can access a comprehensive online RHETI test to discover your dominant type.