I was listening to a podcast where I heard Andy Stanley briefly mention that he was an Enneagram #1, which he said explains his inclination to be a perfectionist. I had no clue what he was talking about and decided to do some research. I Googled “any-a-gram” and thankfully Google knew exactly what I was looking for and quickly showed me thousands of webpages on the subject.
Here are the Nine Enneagram Types along with each types greatest strength.
1 – Reformers/Perfectionists: They have the ability to improve anything.
2 – Helpers: They have the ability to see the needs of other people and meet those needs.
3 – Achievers: They are very productive, they know how to get the job done.
4 – Individualists: They have the ability to say clearly what other people feel vaguely.
5 – Investigators: They have the gift of observation, they are the most objective.
6 – Loyalists: They have the ability to spot what could go wrong.
7 – Enthusiast: They bring the joy juice to every situation, visionaries.
8 – Challenger: They have the power to make the big decisions.
9 – Peacemaker: A sense of peace and harmony, they have the ability to see the world through every other lense.
Enneagram is an incredibly useful tool to help you understand your own personality and the personality of others. I do not yet know enough about the Enneagram to speak with much authority, but here are a few things that I have learned so far.
- My results caught my attention like no other test I have ever taken.
I took this test, 140 questions, 30 minutes and then began to read my results…Generally, Sevens are excitable, spontaneous, curious, optimistic, eager, outgoing, future-oriented, adventurous, variety-seeking, quick, and talkative.Sevens get into conflicts by being scattered, distracted, restless, impatient, thrill-seeking, escapist, over-extended, irresponsible, demanding, and excessive.
- At their best, Sevens are appreciative, bountiful, thoughtful, accomplished, versatile, receptive, grateful, content, and passionate.
- “Sevens are probably the most enthusiastic, extroverted, and outgoing type of the Enneagram. They are spontaneous and upbeat; they find life exhilarating. They are the kind of people who make ordinary life into a celebration. Sevens like to fill up their calendar with things to do…
As I read this 18 page summary of my top 3 enneagram numbers, I was blown away. There were many things about myself that I thought were just quirks or my own silly tendencies that I began to realize are actually common to all 7’s.
- I was partly excited because I just realized that I am not that weird, and partly disappointed because I realized that I am not quite as unique and unpredictable as I thought. In any case, now that I know, I can capitalize on the strengths of my personality and work to improve the common struggles.
- Enneagram taught me that many of my habits are not eccentric, but they are normal.I like to talk, and I don’t like to sit still, I love to be with people, but if not careful I am often distracted when I am with those people. These are very common to 7’s.
- I often claim to have a terrible memory, but in reality, I probably don’t have a bad memory, I just have a bad habit of not paying attention when I should. Therefore, this evaluation shows me what is common and how I can work to develop and improve those areas of strengths and weaknesses.
- Enneagram helped me process and understand my deeper motivations.These are personal and I am not quite sure how to articulate them yet, but woah baby. This study has caused me to get very honest with myself about my deeper motives which help me understand why I am so inclined to do the things that I do.
- Enneagram helped me articulate things about myself that I have never been able to clearly communicate before.Katie and I both said the same thing as we discussed our results. These are things that I have known about myself, but I didn’t know how to articulate so well. Often times I will take a personality test and feel like I do not believe the results about myself, however, there was no denying the results of the Enneagram.
- Enneagram helped me gain a much better understanding and empathy for the people that I live and work with.A six is a Loyalist and their greatest need is security. This means that they want a savings account in the bank, they want safety and comfort as much as possible. It also means that if there is any possible way to find a problem with something, they will find the problem. Often times in my interaction with a six it is easy for me to get annoyed. As a seven, I do not need to worry about security. I have learned that everything always works out, at least from my perspective. My seven personality says that there are no problems anywhere that we cannot fix and get through, but as a result, I often overlook problems in life. A six, while they do have a tendency to focus on the negatives, they also are much more likely to see potential problems and help others prepare and avoid those problems. Each personality type has positives and negatives and when you understand the types of the people in your life, you can begin to appreciate their differences instead of getting annoyed by their differences. The Enneagram system has helped me understand that the differences that I have with family and friends are actually blessings.
So, what number are you? Take a test and begin to learn about yourself and others in your life. Here are three ways you can take the test:
Free and Simple: https://enneagramtest.net
$12 and Comprehensive: https://www.enneagraminstitute.com
$60 and Super Comprehensive: https://ianmorgancron.com/assessment
Other Great Resources:
Annie has a great series where she does interviews with each Enneagram Type. They are incredibly helpful and entertaining. My favorite is the podcast on 7’s. Duh!
June and July of 2019 Andy Did an Interview with Ian Cron, author of The Road Back to You. This two-part series in an incredible way to learn how Enneagram can influence your leadership.
This is the book that has helped Enneagram spread to its widest audience. It is from a Christian Perspective and offers great information and insight about how we can learn from and grow in our Enneagram type.
Enneagram Marriage Compatibility Site
This is an incredible page that shows strengths and struggles for different marriage types! Get your spouse to take the test and then study how your types work together!
If you have any other great resources, or if you have taken the test and want to share your number, please share below in the comments! Thanks!