Has anyone ever asked you the question - what is your number? As you may or may not already know, this question refers to the 9 types of the Enneagram – an ancient tool that has become popular as people search for wholeness and meaning in their lives. The Enneagram and its corresponding 9 types or numbers help to put words to how you see the world and function in it. It speaks to not only significant personality traits but also your fears, blind spots, strengths, and perceived needs that often drive and influence the way you navigate the world.
The Enneagram is based on universal truths that can be found in many of the world’s religions and philosophical teachings. It is a remarkably accurate tool to help you uncover your number and subsequently grow through the study of what your number naturally tends to need, fear, desire, and pursue. Part of its’ secret to success is that it assesses your weaknesses as well as your strengths - most of us are more comfortable recognizing where we fail. The Enneagram helps us create a map for personal growth that most of us long for and need in order to grow in our giving and receiving of love to both others and ourselves.
Dr. Beatrice Chestnut put it this way: “every personality is a defense against love.” By discovering your number you can become more aware of where you put your walls up, and start feeling more connected to yourself and others. We all long to be truly heard and seen for who we are, and the best and most authentic version of yourself might be hiding behind the defenses of a number between 1 and 9.
[To take the Enneagram test go to: tests.enneagraminstitute.com (RHETI $12) or exploreyourtype.com
Please note that the results of your test should just be a jumping off point in pointing towards finding the number that fits you best. We would suggest that after taking the test you would spend some time reading a brief or detailed description of all 9 types and with a close friend or partner coming to your final determination about the number in which you most identify. We have found that paying attention to the fears and desires of each of the numbers can be a very telling indicator of your type.
Here is a brief summary of each of the personality types on the Enneagram. Consider reading each description, sitting with it for a minute, and reflecting on whether or not it resonates with you, or possibly someone you know:
1 Reformer: Rational, idealistic type; principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic
2 Helper: Caring, interpersonal type: demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing and possessive
3 Achiever: Success-oriented, pragmatic type: adaptive, excelling, driven and image-conscious.
4 Individualist: Sensitive, withdrawn type: expressive, dramatic, creative, and temperamental. Attuned to their emotional landscape
5 Investigator: Intense, cerebral type: perceptive, innovative, observant, learners, secretive and isolated.
6 Loyalist: Committed, security-oriented type: engaging, responsible, anxious and suspicious.
7 Enthusiast: Busy, fun-loving type: spontaneous, versatile, distractible and scattered.
8 Challenger: Powerful, dominating type: self-confident, decisive, willful and confrontational.
9 Peacemaker: Easygoing, self-effacing type: receptive, reassuring, agreeable and complacent.
The Enneagram Institute (2017)
We would love for you to join us at our Enneagram Workshop to continue to learn and grow in the knowledge of yourself and others. We will be focusing specifically on how we can use the Enneagram as a tool to help enhance and deepen our realtionships with our partners, family, friends, and co-workers.
November 3rd, 6:30pm -8:30pm at the warm and inspiring, Communal Coffee. $20 includes craft coffee and a sweet treat ($15 for students).
To sign-up purchase your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engaging-the-enneagram-tickets-38710644580