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The Enneagram theory is a personality type model (similar to Myers-Briggs), which consists of nine interconnected personalities, representing the human psyche. The Enneagram types are a fairly new method of exploring personality and can be traced back to Oscar Ichazo in the 1950s, a Bolivian spiritual teacher. Another notable name linked to Enneagrams is that of Claudio Naranjo, a Chilean psychiatrist in the 1970s. His perception on the matter is influenced by the Fourth Way tradition — a self-development approach, developed by George Gurdjieff in the early 20th century.

Not enough credible, peer-reviewed research exists as of today on the Enneagram of Personality to establish it as a credible personality metric, but it is nevertheless widely popular in business management and spirituality.  The 9 types are represented by the enneagram symbol, which is a circular 9 pointed plane figure, in which it’s easy to see the connections between the types.

One of the most popular Enneagram-based tests in the world is the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator. It is courtesy of the Enneagram Institute and offers a very in-depth view of your full-spectrum Enneagram profile.

How the system works

While it may look rather difficult, the Enneagram system is actually pretty straightforward and easy to understand. You can find the key information and description of each element in any Enneagram test. Here are some key points about all enneagram personality types, their core desires, fears, positive and negative traits:

What is a W enneagram?

You are not one type of Enneagram. In fact, you are made of all of them — to one extent or another. Typically, when asking someone for their Enneagram type, they are likely to say, for example, that they are a 6w7 (to be read 6 wing 7), which deciphered means that they are a type Six, with wings in type Seven. The Enneagram wings indicate which neighbouring type to yours you are most like — which helps in forming a more individual image of your emotional personality.

The wings are important to understand in regard to what your inner motivations are, what career paths are most suitable for you and pinpointing lifestyles you are likely to feel comfortable in.

Directions of Growth and Stress

Something you won’t see in an average Enneagram types test are the directions of growth and stress. One of the first things you notice about the chart is how the different types are connected between each other — each type connects with two others. One of the lines represents how the person behaves when he is healthy and growing. It is called the direction of Growth. The other represents how the person behaves when he is unhealthy and under pressure. It is called the direction of Stress. Defining which line means what is easy — there are Enneagram arrows on the lines, indicating if the line is inward or outward of the type it connects to.

Normally, the types are set in stone. The sequences are as follows:

Direction of Growth

  • 1-7-5-8-2-4-1; 9-3-6-9 (the inner triangle)

Which means that One goes to Seven, Seven goes to Five, Five goes to Eight, Eight goes to Two and so on. As you can see, the sequence ends on a One, making a full circle.

Direction of Stress

  • 1-4-2-8-5-7-1; 9-6-3-9 (the inner triangle)

Which means One goes to Four, Four goes to Two, Two goes to Eight, Eight goes to Five and so on. Again, it makes a full circle, ending with the One.

This information is not made very clear on an Enneagram test online, but it’s good knowledge to have.

What are the 9 enneagram types?

The Enneagram, as a personality test, focuses on understanding people on an emotional level. Each type uses a particular emotion as a driving force. Some types are more susceptible to strong emotions than others, and some aim to steer clear of all emotions altogether. The nine Enneagram descriptions are divided in three sections — Head types, Heart types and Body types.

Enneagram Types Diagram

Head types depend on their intellect to make sense of the world around them.
Heart types depend on their emotional intelligence to make connections with others and to gain a deeper understanding of their own reactions.
Body types depend on their instincts to follow what their gut tells them and react to opportunities and threats.

There are also several Enneagram stances, which define how a person moves through the world. They are the Withdrawing stance, the Aggressive stance and the Dependant stance. Types 4, 5 and 9 are Withdrawing. Types 3, 7 and 8 are Aggressive. Types 1, 2 and 6 are Dependent.

So, with this in mind, let’s see the Enneagram types explained.

Еnneagram type 1 – The Reformer 

Notable people:  Celine Dion, Confucius, Harrison Ford, Hillary Clinton, Joan of Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Nelson Mandela, Plato

Principled, purposeful, and perfectionist, the Enneagram number One strives to do things in the correct way and is very fearful of being wrong and/or making a mistake. This fear of imperfection often reflects on Ones’ tendency to be extremely strict with themselves. If they have to commit their lives to one thing, it would be to seek the best way to make the world go around. Others might see Type Ones as stuck up and demanding, but nevertheless responsible – all coming as a result of their fascination with rules and details. Something that can frustrate them greatly is if they are deprived of the opportunity to keep things up to their standards, which are often unachievable by others.

Reformers are very pragmatic and serious minded. They strive for contributing to society in a way that everyone can benefit from and they do this by applying their sharp judgment to make decisions on how this is to happen best. A big area of interest to them is ethics, and they have no problems readjusting their own moral compass if they see fit.

Ones do not struggle to find meaning in life — they are often crystal clear about what they are meant to do in their lives. Quiet, disciplined and controlled, with a strong sense of duty, the Enneagram reformer always follows through on promises they have made. It’s not a big deal for Ones to go an extra mile or two to make sure their work is suited to their standard. A big source of their pride is their ability to stay organized and be as efficient in their work as possible.

Wise and noble teachers, filled with idealism and guided by their principles, these people are not afraid to leave the comfort of the known behind to do something extraordinary that can potentially change the world.

Strengths: 

  • Strong sense of justice
  • Well-organized and orderly
  • Disciplined and self-controlled

Weaknesses:

  • Perfectionists with high standards
  • Highly self-critical
  • Afraid of making a mistake

Еnneagram type 2 – The Helper 

Notable people: Arsenio Hall, Danny Glover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Tilly, Luciano Pavarotti, Monica Lewinsky, Nancy Reagan, Pope John XXIII, Stevie Wonder

There is no Enneatype more helpful, caring, and nurturing than the Twos. Driven by their strong desire to give and receive love, Type Twos are always willing to get involved in the lives of those they cherish and you’ll never hear them refuse to lend a helping hand. Twos strive to prove their worth to others by always being there to support those they care for. Their greatest fear is to end up alone and with a lack of love, and a way to tackle this dread is to make themselves an inseparable part of other people’s lives.

They are warm-hearted, empathetic, and honest. While this feelings-based type is approachable, friendly, and self-sacrificing, they can come across as people-pleasing and overly sentimental. Even so, their shoulder is always ready for people to cry on and they feel fulfilled when they are seen as a steady rock for people to lean on. The high levels of intuition they possess make it easy for Twos to sense emotional turbulence in others, no words required. Their unconditional love for others and highly unselfish ways make them a valuable presence in anyone’s life.

Twos are the Enneagram of Personality which puts a very heavy focus on relationships. They know they are good at making connections and getting to know the feelings of the people they surround themselves with. Being so oriented toward others, however, can lead to them not knowing how to turn this attention to themselves, and they often neglect themselves. They struggle to know what they want and it’s easy for them to adapt and change like a chameleon, depending on the people they are talking to.

Deeply caring, with a bigger-than-life sense of encouragement, Twos are the valuable and soothing friend any of us has needed at some point in our lives. They should be careful though not to let their love for people extinguish their own sense of self and individuality.

Strengths: 

  • Well-meaning and empathetic
  • Always there when you need them
  • Self-sacrificing and warm

Weaknesses:

  • Possessive and codependent
  • Unable to acknowledge their own needs
  • Can seem bland, with no personality

Еnneagram type 3 – The Achiever 

Notable people: Andy Warhol, Anne Hathaway, Augustus Caesar, Bill Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Deepak Chopra, Elvis Presley, Emperor Constantine, Kevin Spacey, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Tom Cruise, Whitney Houston

Threes are charming and popular. People are drawn to them because of their high drive for achievement and tireless ambition. For them, achievement is the most important in their lives, and they will go to any length to gain it. Threes look at their accomplishments as a means to define themselves in society and can be very status-conscious. Others see them as very confident, capable, and goal-oriented. People generally flock to them as, out of all the Enneagram personalities, they have the highest levels of self-confidence and belief in their own talents. It is easy to see them as a mirror of the collective hopes and dreams of the society as a whole — that’s why it is easy to understand how they can be considered as “role models” for a number of people.

A core fear that Threes have is to be perceived as failures. They distract themselves from these thoughts by actively seeking ways to win at life, which makes them feel valuable, with a worthy place in society. Threes are a feeling-based type, but channel all of their emotional charges into getting things done. They like to stay active and it can prove difficult for them to slow down their pace or completely stand still. Highly adaptable, they are very good at meeting what is expected of them, especially if that will lead them to achieve a goal or impact their image in a positive way.

Threes are among the personality types that are very likely to be active participants in high school clubs as they are often the personification of the endless potential of human nature. Threes feed on success, more because of the power and independence it brings, rather than the material good it does. The need for encouragement and attention is most demonstrated by this type, compared to any other. Admiration by peers is like a catalyst that ignites them and motivates them to do and achieve even more.

Strengths: 

  • Constantly striving for advancement and bettering themselves
  • Diplomatic and poised
  • Act as inspiration to others

Weaknesses:

  • Overly concerned with society’s opinion of them and their image
  • Tend to be workaholics
  • Highly competitive

Еnneagram type 4 – The Individualist 

Notable people: Amy Winehouse, Angelina Jolie, Anne Frank, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Cher, Edgar Allen Poe, Florence Welch, Frédéric Chopin, Frida Kahlo, Jackie Kennedy, Jeremy Irons, Lars von Trier, Leonard Cohen, Marlon Brando, Prince, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Virginia Woolf

True special snowflakes, Type Fours feel fundamentally different from other people. They are bursting with creativity and often have an unorthodox sense of fashion, practice an unconventional lifestyle and like abstract art and words. Four type Enneagram results in having a deep need to connect with others but, given their often whimsical and odd nature, very few are actually able to see and accept Fours for what they are. They fear that they are missing some fundamental aspect of happiness that other people have access to and which will always remain unachievable for them. To deal with these negative feelings, they amplify their uniqueness and actively search for a place where they can “fit in.”

Always on the lookout for self-discovery, it is creation, and not consumption, that is key to them being healthy and content. Fours spend a large chunk of their time reflecting on the past and catalyze this into creating meaningful and original creative works. They are a feelings-based type, which is prone to melancholy and longing. They can never get rid of the feeling that something is missing for them, which leads them on a lifelong idealistic quest to find out what exactly it is. Positioned on the bottom of the Enneagram circle, Fours can often find themselves envious of others, if they compare themselves to people. For them, meaning and depth must be present in all aspects of their lives — relationships, work and personal projects.

While Fours seek to maintain a good social image, nothing is more important to them than being authentic. Often passionate and overly emotional at times, their attention drifts back and forth from relating to those who surround them and their own inner world. Spending time alone is very healthy and stimulates their growth. Even if Fours feel different from others, they don’t really want to be alone. Often socially-awkward and/or self-conscious, they still seek deeper connection with people. Fours can also be regarded as the “romantics” of the Enneagram, as they long to find a soulmate who understands and appreciates them for what they are, for the secret self they hide away from the public eye.

Strengths: 

  • Very compassionate and idealistic
  • Have great emotional depth
  • Very creative and inspired

Weaknesses:

  • Suffer from negative self-image and low self-esteem
  • Can be moody and withdrawn from society
  • Prone to melancholy and self-pity

Еnneagram type 5 – The Investigator 

Notable people: Agatha Christie, Albert Einstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Annie Liebovitz, Bill Gates, Buddha, David Cronenberg, David Fincher, David Lynch, Edvard Munch, Emily Dickinson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jane Goodall, James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, Kurt Cobain, Mark Zuckerberg, Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Hawking, Stephen King, Tim Burton, Vincent van Gogh

Nothing motivates Fives quite like knowledge. This core motivation makes them want to learn — about everything — and their strive to understand how the world works never seems to be quenched. A head-based type, they are tireless explorers, always searching and asking questions, and for them it’s no challenge to dive deep into the very matter of things. Rather than following what other people have already established for a fact, they would rather go out there and test it for themselves. Typically introverted, Fives try their best to accumulate as much knowledge as possible, so they are self-sufficient enough not to rely on the outside world.

True figureheads of critical thinking and frequent users of the question “why?”, Fives are naturally curious, insightful and inquisitive. Found in the bottom of the Enneagram diagram, Fives are extremely non-conformist and give little thought to established trends and influences in society. Fives are often academics or experts in technical fields, where their analytical thought and keen perception aids them greatly. Privacy and independence are two qualities they value greatly and other people can often be perceived as intrusive. This ability to detach from the world can be liberating but can also cause great loneliness.

Fives find a great sense of comfort inside their own heads. They take a step back inside their heads any time the world around them gets too overwhelming, rather than indulge themselves with activities that might raise their confidence. For them, it is of utmost importance to have an area or niche that they greatly excel in. Be it history, mathematics, science or literature, their expertise makes them feel secure and at ease with the world.

Feelings and interpersonal relationships are a great challenge for Fives. Their Enneagram assessment pushes them to find the balance in their tendency to withdraw from others and reach out to people, despite this being uncomfortable at times.

Strengths: 

  • Highly innovative and inventive
  • Often very ahead of their time
  • The ability to see the world from a different perspective

Weaknesses:

  • Isolated and stingy
  • Nihilistic
  • Can become prisoners in their heads

Еnneagram type 6 – The Loyalist 

Notable people: Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, David Letterman, Ellen Degeneres, Eminem, George H.W. Bush, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Aniston, Johannes Brahms, Julia Roberts, J.R.R. Tolkien, Malcolm X, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, Princess Diana, Richard Nixon, Robert De Niro, Sigmund Freud, Spike Lee, Woody Allen

The most secure Ennaegram type, Sixes will never make a rash decision or indulge in risky behavior. They always calculate their chances, think several steps ahead and are masters of risk management — alert and cautious, they are prepared for the worst-case scenario. It’s no wonder that the main fear of these Enneagram personality types is to be unprepared or caught out of their depth — they compensate for this by overthinking every possible turn of events, to ensure this won’t happen.

One of the main archetypal characteristics of Sixes is that they are extremely loyal to their friends and beliefs. They are trusted friends who aren’t easily discouraged, and it would take a lot for them to turn their backs on you. If they see the value in someone, they provide a steady shoulder to lean on, similarly to Twos. Sixes don’t shy away from questioning authorities and can show a rebellious side, defying the status quo. They can focus so much attention on protecting their loved ones and beliefs that they forget to defend themselves. One of the reasons for holding so tightly to others is the Six’s fear of abandonment and losing their support system. This in turn leads to a very central problem they often have — lack of self-confidence. Unlike Fives, this personality test Enneagram type does not believe they have the needed instruments within themselves to handle life’s obstacles alone, which is why they rely on the community they have built around themselves.

Sixes are the primary thinking-based type and as such they have trouble trusting their own inner voice. This leads to them lacking confidence in their judgement and questioning themselves a lot — a result of their constant overthinking and worrying. Making important decisions doesn’t come easy to them, as they can become paralyzed by the notion, while simultaneously resisting interference from others. They despise being controlled but at the same time are afraid of taking responsibility, as this can put them “in the line of fire.”

Strengths: 

  • Reliable and hard-working
  • Excellent at anticipating problems and coming up with contingency plans
  • Loyal friends, ready to fiercely fight for what they believe in

Weaknesses:

  • Cautious and indecisive
  • Highly suspicious
  • Lack of belief in their own abilities

Еnneagram type 7 – The Enthusiast 

Notable people: Amelia Earhart, Brad Pitt, Benjamin Franklin, Britney Spears, Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen, Elton John, Federico Fellini, Galileo Galilei, George Clooney, James Franco, Jim Carrey, Joe Biden, John F. Kennedy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus, Richard Branson, Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Williams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Steven Spielberg, The 14th Dalai Lama, Thomas Jefferson, W.A. Mozart

Curious adventurers, Sevens are devoted to experiencing all that life has to offer. One of the most common Enneagram types, they are often busy in search of the enjoyments of life and dread boredom and routine activities. Others see them as fun-loving, active and hedonistic people who are interesting and always have something to say, given their interest in many different subjects. When you are around a Seven, you can expect their enthusiasm to be contagious — they always seem to have a positive and optimistic demeanor about any aspect of life. It’s difficult for them to channel their attention on only one thing, which can lead to them finding it difficult to go in depth when it comes to relationships and work. This is why they need to find a balance — by slowing down and being in the moment.

Charming enthusiasts, this head-based type tends to see the glass as half full. Some might even regard them as “the eternal children” of the Enneagram personality test types; it is always fun to have a Seven around. Generally quick learners, it’s easy for Sevens to pick up new information and skills, and they do so with an unsatisfiable hunger. This can also be the cause of problems — being able to get the hang of things fast means they have trouble deciding what exactly it is they want to do, which can paralyze them. Similarly to Fives and Sixes, which are also mental types, Sevens do not listen to their inner guidance and can question themselves.

Since they often do not know what they want, given a choice, the Seven Enneagram types will try everything in order to make sure they aren’t missing out on “the best thing.” Travelling can be a tiring endeavor, as when they go to backpack across Europe, for example, they can’t settle on a few countries to visit — they will want to visit them all. This results in cramming too many things in too little time, which can burn them out and cause anxiety and frustration. Despite this, they still are very optimistic in general and are caught up in the beauty of life — and everything it has to offer.

Strengths: 

  • Playful and high-spirited
  • Learn new information and skills with ease
  • Optimistic and positive

Weaknesses:

  • Fear of missing out
  • Lack focus and discipline
  • Impatient and impulsive

Еnneagram type 8 – The Challenger 

Notable people: Aretha Franklin, Bette Davis, Clint Eastwood, Courtney Love, Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frank Sinatra, Indira Gandhi, Jack Black, Jack Nicholson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mikhail Gorbachev, Pablo Picasso, Pink, Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Winston Churchill

The Enneagram definition of selfless superheros, Eights don’t let minor inconveniences sidetrack them from what’s important to them in life. The famous proverb “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” resonates strongly with them — and each time they stand, they do it stronger than before. They are the ones who typically take charge of projects and are very proactive when it comes to making group decisions. They are very befitting a leadership position, with people’s opinion having little influence on their confidence and self-esteem.

Coming from the body-based type Enneagram triads, Eights are energetic and intense, with little tolerance for following rules and guidelines. They enjoy being in control, which makes them feel confident in protecting their closest loved ones. Having a strong sense of justice, they never shy away from fighting for what they believe in. Their basic desire for power is very definitive of them, as it provides them with comfort and a sense of stability. Being vulnerable is among their greatest fears, which is why they compensate by maintaining their strong and untouchable image.

Eights are very charismatic and it’s natural for people to be drawn to them, and to want to follow them. They have the capacity for an enormous willpower and strive to “leave their mark on the world.” More than any other type of the Enneagram, they are the ones who stand alone — their nonexistent tolerance for being controlled compels them to. While being extremely tough, they are very afraid of being emotionally hurt, which causes them to fear looking vulnerable. Even if they tend to cover it with a layer of emotional armor, it is still one of their weak spots. Because of this, it’s common that Eights have trouble connecting with people on a deeper level or to love, as their instinct is to reject people first, to avoid the painful rejection themselves.

Strengths: 

  • Strong, tough and self-confident
  • Protective, decisive and blunt
  • Natural charismatic leaders, who inspire others to follow them

Weaknesses:

  • Can be egocentric and too dominant
  • Troubles showing vulnerability
  • Can be perceived as angry, intimidating and confrontational

Еnneagram type 9 – The Peacemaker 

Notable people: Abraham Lincoln, Audrey Hepburn, Carl Jung, Carlos Santana, Claude Monet, George Lucas, George W. Bush, Janet Jackson, Jason Segel, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Kevin Costner, Lisa Kudrow, Morgan Freeman, Princess Grace of Monaco, Queen Elizabeth II, Ringo Starr, Ronald Reagan, Ron Howard, Sophia Loren, Toby McGuire, Walt Disney, Zooey Deschanel

The so-called “crown of the Enneagram,” Nines stand at the top of the Enneagram chart. They seem to incorporate in themselves a key trait of all the other types — the toughness and strength of Eights, the fun-loving spirit of Sevens, the dutifulness of Sixes, the intelectual strive of Fives, the creativity of Fours, the magnetism of Threes, the caring of Twos and the idealism of Ones. However, they lack a strong sense of what their own identity is like. They can easily “forget themselves” and fail to stick with their own priorities.

Gentle and agreeable, this body-based type is a skilled mediator and counsellor. Nines desire to achieve a sense of inner harmony and peace, and to translate it into their environment as well. They are very open-minded and it’s easy for them to see all the perspectives in an argument, which doesn’t let them jump to conclusions too quickly. They are typically referred as the “glue” that keeps any social circle together — they tend to be agreeable, calm and easy to talk to. They rarely do anything that goes against the current, but can show some stubbornness when someone tries to control them.

Nines fear being too needy, which can push people away. This is why they often succumb to the agendas of those around them — for them being agreeable is a way to be included. Their ability to see all points of view makes it difficult for them to make personal decisions, but this is not applicable when it comes to solving group problems or mediating conflict.

Nines can fall into the category of “spiritual seekers,” as they have a great desire to both connect with their inner world, as well as the people who inhabit the outside. They have a strong gut sense of knowing, a great intuition, but sometimes they can be out of tune with their bodies.

Strengths: 

  • Calm and harmonious
  • Able to bring people together and quickly resolve conflict
  • Accepting, stable and trusting

Weaknesses:

  • Willing to go with other people’s desires to keep the peace or to be included
  • Can be inert and stubborn
  • Tend to avoid conflict at all cost
  • Stubborn, ambivalent, conflict avoidant

Which Enneagram types are most compatible?

There is no single answer to this question — no pairing can be considered best or worst. The Enneagram types offer a glimpse in the best and worst personality qualities of each type and can be helpful in understanding people’s flaws and strengths better. Any type can go well with another, if both partners are self-aware enough to know their strong and weak spots — but some have a stronger Enneagram compatibility. This reflects on the needs of each type. Let’s dive in.

Ones need spontinaity

Often stiff and uptight, Ones need someone to take them out of their comfort zone and show them all the beauty and wonders life has to offer. Enneagram types compatibility that are fit to do this for them are Sevens and Eights, as their outgoing and adventurous personality acts like a buffer for the disciplined and perfectionist One.

Twos need excitement

A more passive type, Twos need someone with big ambitions and wide perception, in order to feel good about helping them succeed. Eights and Threes are the types that fit this description best — they are tireless go-getters, who reach for the stars, while enjoying playing in a team, same as Twos.

Threes need drive

While being ambitious to reach perfection, Threes’ sense of their emotional core can easily fall to the background. This is why they need deep and empathetic types, which aren’t on the lookout for the spotlight — with these Enneagram type descriptions, Twos and Fours come to mind. Being reminded of the emotional nuances of the ideals Threes are striving to achieve can be very growth-inspiring.

Fours need authenticity

Fours have little regard to achieving tremendous success in life — what they care for more is to feel loved and understood. They are drawn to passionate intellectuals, such as Fives and Sevens, which tend to make no compromises with who they are inside and feed off the emotional depth of Fours.

Fives need expansion

Fives are great intellectuals, who can easily switch off from the outside world if they become unaware. Very introverted and withdrawn, they need someone who can gently stir them out of their shell and reintroduce them to the world. The Enneagram archetypes that best sit with them are Fours with their emotionality, and Sevens with their wide range of interests.

Sixes need integrity

Sixes know what they want and what they are looking for in a person — stability, commitment and honesty. Struggling with vulnerability, they need to be certain that their partner is worth it for them to open up. Nines, which are empathetic and gentle, are a good fit for a Six, as well as Ones, who are extremely dedicated to their partners.

Sevens need centering

Always juggling a million things to do, including interests, hobbies and ideas, Sevens need a steering wheel who can point them in the right direction every once in a while. They need a stable force which grounds and understands them. Ones are the embodiment of these qualities and are the Enneagram type 7 best match. Ambitious Threes come close second.

Eights need a cheerleader

Eights are bursting with energy and have the need to always be in control of everything — be it a business or a party. They need someone who is happy about their achievements and supports their passions. Twos are the ultimate supportive partner, who is there to cheer on every decision Eights make, and Threes with their own ambition work best with Eights to form the ultimate power couple.

Nines needs a support system

Nines could use someone who reminds them of their own worth, who stays away from conflict and resolves disputes with kindness. While being mediators, they need someone who encourages them to get out of their comfort zone. Such partners can be Sixes, which are rock-solid, and Fives, which ask the right questions in time of doubt.

What is the most accurate Enneagram test?

There are numerous Enneagram tests out there, with more popping up as the system gains popularity. The Enneagram Institute test is one of the most reliable tests on the internet. It is fairly cheap ($12) and includes a full-spectrum profile, as well as a detailed description of your top 3 profiles. On the site of the Institute, you can also find more in-depth information about the types themselves. They also offer literature dedicated to the Enneagrams, as well as insightful new research and commentary from experts.

Another test, which claims to be a reliable Enneagram test is from iEQ9. With pricing at $60, it definitely stands on the pricier side, which I do not think is justified. This is why I would recommend the Institute’s test as the best (and most accurate) out of all the paid ones I tried.

Is the Enneagram test free?

Sadly — no. There are plenty of free Enneagram tests online, however they aren’t that accurate. If you want to find out your full, scientifically backed up profile, it is a better idea to pay for it. However, if you are simply curious about what your type is, here is a short list of the best free Enneagram tests on the web:

  1. Truity Enneagram test

Here you get a sample report after completing the test but the site requires payment if you would like to see the full details. Pricing is $19.

  1. Crystal Enneagram test

Here the test is quick and easy but you are required to make an account if you want to view the results. While it’s free, it offers very brief insights into your personality.

  1. Enneagram Eclectic Energies test

This one is pretty nice, as there is no sign-up, email address or whatever payment required. You get the results as soon as you complete the test and it offers some very deep insights. It is also the best free Enneagram test with wings, as most free ones don’t tell you that.

In conclusion

I hope this article has shown you that unlike all the other personality tests that are out and about on the Internet, the Enneagrams offer a unique insight into the human personality and psyche. Sophisticated, science-backed, and exploratory in nature, the Enneagram is a useful tool in personal development, spiritual growth, understanding relationships better, finding more suitable ways to resolve conflict, and overall improvement of life quality.

Which is your prevailing Enneagram type? Take a quick enneagram test and let us know.

FAQ

Q: What does enneagram mean?

A: The word enneagram is derived from the Greek ἐννέα (ennéa, meaning “nine”) and γράμμα (grámma, meaning “written” or “drawn”). It is a model of understanding the human psyche, and it’s a graphic presentation is of nine interconnected personality types. It is a blueprint of how people interpret the world and manage their emotions.

Q: What are the Enneagram types?

A: There are nine Enneagrams – types One through Nine. The nine different types are distinct from one another, but it is common to find yourself as a combination of all of them — with some prevailing over others. Check out your Enneagram test results and you will see for yourself.

Q: Which Enneagram Type is Most Common and Why?

It is not clear which Enneagram type is most common. If you hear statistics on the frequency of Enneagram types, keep in mind this is based on the anecdotal experience of Enneagram practitioners, not scientific studies. Many Enneagram practitioners say that type six, type seven, and type nine are most common, and type four, type two, and type eight are less common.

Q: What is the rarest Enneagram type?

A: Fours are the rarest Enneagram type. This isn’t because there are fewer of them — they are just harder to notice, as they are introverts that tend to keep to themselves. You have a chance of meeting a Four in a small group, if you are open to having a deep and sincere conversation with them. They are happy to connect with others, given that they feel they can freely open up to you, without feeling judged or perceived in a wrong way. Other more rare types are type Two and type Eight.

Q: What are the most common Enneagram types?

A: While there isn’t a concrete answer to this, as no reliable research has been done on the topic, types Six, Seven and Nine are the most prevalent Enneagram types , at least in the US. Part of the Thinking center, types Six and Seven are easier to notice in a crowd. Given what we know about them, their tendency to be anxious, fearful and addiction-prone is easily visible in the world, which leads to thinking there is a lot of Six and Seven energy around. Nines tend to be angry, which is also a noticeable trend in today’s society.