I took the Enneagram personality test to determine what hobby I should pursue during quarantine. And here’s where I foreshadow: little did I know, the simple test would turn into a rant-style essay about Enneagram and my personalities.
What is Enneagram?
Enneagram is a personality type system that describes patterns in people’s perceptions and how they manage their emotions. There are nine personality types and maps on a point-diagram that lays out how each type connects to one another.
Why did I take this test?
I’ve been up to my eyeballs in work since late January 2020 due to COVID-19. I’m a communications and issues consultant working for a healthcare company and I love my job and the people I work with. COVID-19 has been all consuming – day in day out, my life is saturated with all information and news around the virus.
Since being in quarantine, I have leaned on hobbies such as reading, writing and running and explored mediation and yoga (which are exceptionally hard for me because a major challenge in my life is getting my mind to slow down).
According to Truity, I’m The Challenger (8). Ironically, I immediately disputed that outcome because I don’t believe I am the “powerful, dominating type: self-confident, decisive, willful and confrontational.” The results of my second test were 98% an 8. However, when I took this test, I took it from the mindset of how I am in a work environment – I strive for my opinions to heard, to carefully explain processes and all risks associated with a project – and I firmly believe these are good things.
The next two scores on my Enneagram test are:
97% match with “The Achiever” (3) – “3s want to be successful and admired by other people and are very conscious of their public image.”
95% match with “The Giver” (2) – “2s want to be liked and find ways they can be helpful to others so they can be loved and belong.”
These matches are logical, but the need for having people like me attribute has faded with age. “The Giver” I can see most people matching with because most people want to feel a sense of love and a sense of belonging – isn’t that the point of life? To build your own web of meaningful connections, ensure people feel good about themselves after interacting with you and then carry on your way.
No one really knows I guess.