The Enneagram

I think I discovered this site back in college, during those days when I’d be up on the sixth floor of the library, reading computer magazines and just browsing over anything on the internet that was allowed by school policy. It was a time of forums, of online art galleries, online games, software reviews and those little online exams, once in a while. Not that I’d readily answer every “What _____ are you?” quiz that people would post on the net, but there were some online tests that caught my eye.

This was one of them, the Enneagram.

It could be the strange sounding name that drew me to it, or the curiosity as to what profile I would fall under just by answering a bunch of questions with answers that ranged from 1 (Very Inaccurate) to 5 (Very Accurate).  After answering those questions, the results would then show which among the nine personality types you fall under. Since I had a lot of free time on my hands before my next class, it didn’t take me more than a few minutes of my break to go over and answer the test. I considered my results at that time fairly accurate, so I kept that link for reference, for that point in the future when I would answer it again.

And I did, I just don’t recall when exactly. I think it was about a year or two after I first took the test. Once again, I had an ample amount of free time on my hands. That, or I had ran out of things to do at the library. I don’t remember the results I got the second or third time, but I remember there were some changes to the test proper. Now, they had such things as short tests and advanced tests, with the advanced tests having more than a hundred questions for you to answer.

Fast forward to the present, and here I am with an abundant resource of time again in my hands. Usually, when I have a lot of time, I tend to think back to the time that had already passed. And with each journey back to memory lane, every old forgotten thing that you come across is like a new discovery. I found that old link again, among other amusing stuff from a few years back. I opened the link to the website again, and I took the Advanced test, which had 131 questions. Around ten minutes later, I was done. Here are the results:

Main Type

Overall Self

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Enneagram Test Results

Type 1

Perfectionism

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68%

Type 2

Helpfulness

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65%

Type 3

Image Focus

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32%

Type 4

Hypersensitivity

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45%

Type 5

Detachment

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85%

Type 6

Anxiety

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75%

Type 7

Adventurousness

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55%

Type 8

Aggressiveness

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40%

Type 9

Calmness

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75%

Your main type is 5
Your variant is social

Take Free Enneagram Personality Test

I find it interesting though, how things have changed over time. Five years ago, I was a Type 9. Now, it says I’m a Type 5. Now, I’m not gonna put much thought into it, which is sort of amusing, because the Type 5 personality trait is also known as “The Thinker“. But, whether I’m a 9 or a 5, it all boils down to what I already know about myself. In the end, I’m not going to live my life strictly under the traits which are inherent to one personality type. I’m not going to let my actions be decided upon by an online exam.

But hey, it makes for an interesting leisure activity.

-Ed. E.

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