Monday, January 25, 2010


I ran across a blog that was discussing enneagrams the other day and thought I'd look into it. I'm a sucker for those personality-typing quizzes so I gave it a shot.

Here are my results (they weren't exactly a shock, actually eerily accurate):

Enneagram Test Results
Main Type
Overall Self
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||| 67%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||||||||| 85%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||| 38%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||| 51%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||| 35%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||||| 67%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 35%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||| 54%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||| 55%
Your main type is 2
Your variant is social

Mother Teresa, Barbara Bush, Eleanor Roosevelt, Monica Lewinsky (You have GOT to be kidding me), Bill Cosby, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Kenny G., Luciano Pavarotti, Sammy Davis, Jr., Martin Sheen, Robert Fulghum, Alan Alda, Richard Thomas, Ann Landers, "Dr. McCoy" (Star Trek).

I sent the link to Brad and he took it too. Again, the results were pretty accurate:

Main Type
Overall Self
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||| 38%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||||| 42%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||| 22%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||| 34%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 38%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||| 54%
Your main type is 5
Your variant is self pres

Famous fives: Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Georgia O'Keefe, Stanley Kubrick, John Lennon, James Joyce, Agatha Christie, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jane Goodall, Bobby Fischer, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Trent Reznor, Friedrich Nietzsche, Vincent Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, Fox Mulder (X-Files)

ake Free Enneagram Personality Test

I was curious as to whether these results would indicate our level of compatibility so I did a little digging and this is what I found (my comments are in italics):

Enneagram Type Two (the Helper) with Enneagram Type Five (the Investigator)

What Each Type Brings to the Relationship

Enneagram Twos and Fives are double opposites (DOUBLE OPPOSITES???!? This doesn't sound good), as it were—a people person versus a loner, a feeling type with a thinking type. Twos and Fives come from different points of view on what is important in life and in a relationship. And yet, because they are so different, there can also be an intense attraction to the mystery of the other. Twos and Fives are a more common pairing than might be expected (Insert sigh of relief here): Twos can see Fives as challenges—distant, mentally preoccupied, not giving many outward signals, and difficult to charm easily because they are so private. It is hard to know what pleases Fives which makes Twos only try harder. Twos bring to the relationship a willingness to take the initiative and to pursue the Five—to be the first one to call or to ask for a date, no matter which gender they are (I have no comment about this whatsoever...ahem). When healthy, Twos bring warmth, physical comfort and ease (something Fives typically lack), a desire to improve the Five's living conditions (LOL!!!), style of dress (more LOL) and eating habits(the most LOL of all)—and many other marks of thoughtfulness-as signs of affection and genuine interest. (Guilty as charged.) Fives are usually not unaware of these, though they may not outwardly react to the expressions of affection of Twos, Fives are secretly pleased that anyone cares and is being attentive to them.

For their part, Fives are usually very loyal: they find relationships complex and difficult, so they tend to value one that begins to work, and they tend to put energy into it. Fives bring stability and quiet, dispassionate good judgment and objectivity, particularly in crises. (AMEN to that!) When Fives focus, they are good listeners and give undivided attention. They are not as attached to outcomes, and so can often make decisions more wisely and be good advisors to more emotionally volatile Twos. (Creepily true.) Fives are often more calm than Twos, and this gives them both types a feeling of steadiness and of hope. (Anyone who knows Brad would tend to think this might not be accurate, but when the s##t hits the fan, he is almost ALWAYS the one to be the voice of reason.) In short, Fives stabilize Twos' emotionality, while Twos warm up Fives' coolness. Twos enjoy seeing that their attention and affections have had positive, visible effects on the Five. Fives secretly like being doted over (Hmmmm...REALLY?) and finally finding the nurturing they have unconsciously been seeking (but may have almost given up on).

All in all, Brad and I thought this was (and I quote) "kinda creepy" in it's accuracy. I would be interested in any specific comments he has though and will share them if he is inclined. *grin*

1 comment:

sjokennedy said...

So I took the test too. Here's are my results:

Type 1 Perfectionism |||||| 90%
Type 2 Helpfulness ||||||||||| 58%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||| 58%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||| 38%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||| 66%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||| 70%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||| 30%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||| 66%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||| 34%

Your main type is Type 1
Your variant is social

Sound like me??