Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's your number?

I am a sucker for all things "personality test."  I love learning style assessments, the StrengthsFinder, and anything related.

But I have a favorite. Perhaps because it relates to some of my most favorite memories from college, perhaps because I just like the test. But it's definitely my favorite.

The Enneagram.

According to the Enneagram Institute, "the Enneagram can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself. This is your basic personality type.  Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other pre-natal factors being the main determinants of our type. This is one area where most all of the major Enneagram authors agree—we are born with a dominant type. Subsequently, this inborn orientation largely determines the ways in which we learn to adapt to our early childhood environment. It also seems to lead to certain unconscious orientations toward our parental figures, but why this is so, we still do not know. In any case, by the time children are four or five years old, their consciousness has developed sufficiently to have a separate sense of self. Although their identity is still very fluid, at this age children begin to establish themselves and find ways of fitting into the world on their own."

We all became obsessed with the Enneagram during our Junior year of college, and my fellow Gaines Center fellows turned me on to it.  It's fascinating. (And makes me miss Eric, Alexa, Matt, Jimmy, Nathan, Maggie, Jessi, Chris, Harry, Kayla Rae and Nathan Richard...).

I'm a 1:

You can click on the picture to learn more about me, but let's just say I'm in good company with Gahandi and Hillary Clinton.

Side note: Zac is a 9, as are the two other serious boyfriends I've had. Really different personalities, but all the same number. Interesting........

If you want to take the test, you can do it here:

If you want to read more about your type, I recommend you take the test above, note your number and head over the Enneagram Institute.  

And tell me what your number is in the comments - I'm curious!


  1. I am also obsessed with the Enneagram- it's so fun to type friends and family. It's so interesting that you have dated many Nines- I have a personal theory on that- I know three great, strong marriages that are 1/9 combinations. They seem to work very well together. :-)

    Oh, I'm a Three by the way. And I sort my blogroll by Enneagram type- can I add yours to the "Blogs by Enneagram Ones" category?

  2. I'm a 1 too, followed closely behind with type 2.

  3. I am a 3! Interesting assessment!! Thanks for sharing!


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