Enneagram Discovery Session
Before your session, please read through the nine type descriptions below, written from a first person perspective.
- Note the descriptions that most resonate with you and which ones are not even close. This will start the process of identifying your Type.
- It is also helpful to think of how you were in the past, as some traits may not be so prominent now.
Finding your way around the Enneagram and discovering what is your dominant Type can take time.
Whether you resonate with one Type immediately or not, you will benefit from learning about the different perceptions and ways of organizing experience that the study of each Enneagram Type reveals. The inner exploration that this process invites is as valuable as finding where you land.
No one Type is better than another; there is no advantage to being dominant in any one Type. It is not a measure of success or capacity.
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Getting to Know Your Enneagram Type
Type Eight: The Leader
People say that I’m bold, strong, decisive, and sometimes a bull in a china shop. Well, I definitely wouldn’t call myself delicate or touchy feely, and ‘weak’ is not in my vocabulary. I’m direct, honest and forthcoming, and look for the same in others. Everyone expects me to be the strong one, the rock, and I am. At the same time, I’ve been called a Mack truck filled with marshmallows and that’s not far from the truth. I protect those I care about, but don’t have much time for people who don’t put out effort. I always make sure people are treated fairly and justly, especially those that can’t stand up for themselves. I can hold my own in any situation and I’m glad I’m so capable. I make things happen, I’m assertive, and I like to take the lead, so I often find myself in charge – the boss. I’ve been told that I’m “too much” sometimes, but I’m just who I am, no need to apologize for that. Life is here to be lived fully, the more and bigger the better.
Type Nine: The Mediator
People always tell me how easy-going and easy to get along with I am. Plus, I’m relaxed, calm, and a good listener. This is mostly true. Although sometimes, especially when I feel like someone is trying to push me into a decision or urge me to do something I’m not certain about, I can be quietly stubborn and resistant. This is a part of myself I don’t really like to dwell on though, as mostly I think I am a pretty ‘go with the flow’ type of person. It takes a lot to ruffle my feathers. Those who know me well have also called me a ‘peacemaker’ or ‘mediator’. I think it comes from my desire for wanting everyone to feel good and people to live together harmoniously. When that happens I feel content; I really don’t like discord of any kind. Why should there be—we’re all in this together. Why not get along? One downside of being able to see everyone else’s perspective is that it can be hard for me to know what I want and express my own opinions. Sometimes it’s as if what I want or what I have to say is not so important, almost like I don’t matter. But all’s good—everything comes over time.
Type One: The Reformer
I like to think of myself as conscientious, hard working, reliable, and a person with high standards. A person of integrity! Some tell me I am a perfectionist and I can understand that because I do like things to be done a certain way. I can get very frustrated with others’ lack of attention to detail and commitment to doing the right thing (sometimes people are so irresponsible and inappropriate!). In most cases, I do think there is a better way to do things and I have a gut sense of that. I’m aware of what isn’t as good as it could be – about what I haven’t done well; what others haven’t done properly; what needs to be done and isn’t being done. As a result, there’s always more to change, to improve. If you really want to know what I see, just ask me, I’m a natural born teacher. People often appreciate my efforts but sometimes they tell me that I’m too judgmental or critical. This feedback is hard for me to hear. I really don’t like to be criticized or corrected (I don’t think anyone would believe how hard I am on myself already). Frustration can be a common experience as I tend to feel it is my responsibility to fix what’s not working and there is much that needs to be made right. If only the world was as glorious, perfect and wonderful as I know it can be!
Type Two: The Giver
Mainly I’m interested in “connection” and being kind and loving. And I have lots of energy for it! I mean, isn’t that why we’re here–to take care of and support one another? I don’t want to sound conceited, but I excel at that, I must admit. I can sense what others need almost better than they can. Sometimes I think if someone would care for me as well as I take care of others, I’d have it made! But that is a selfish thought. My goal, my gift, is in giving/helping and I derive incredible satisfaction from it, it’s how I find fulfillment. True, sometimes if my efforts aren’t noticed or appreciated, I can get snippy. All I need is for you to tell me what you love and appreciate about my efforts and to acknowledge me. Then we’re good. Indeed, people call me sensitive and empathetic, and I think that’s true. I’ve always been that way, as far back as I can remember.
Type Three: The Achiever
“I’m on it”, you’ll often hear me say, because I am. In my world-view, life often seems like an endless list of to-do’s and more than anyone else I know, I have the ability to check off my list with the best of ‘em. I have been called an ‘accomplishment machine’ and I can see why. I am usually very busy and rarely take a break to catch my breath. It’s like I have this inner drive that compels me to keep moving, doing and getting things done. But I am grateful for that drive, because it has helped me become very successful at almost anything I want to achieve. Sure, it would probably be good to learn how to slow down and turn my drive down but I don’t know who I’d be if I wasn’t moving, doing and accomplishing all the time. (Don’t tell anyone but, honestly, that sort of bothers me. I have a hard time just sitting on the couch without jumping up to do ‘one more thing’). People say I’m competitive, and I guess I am but I don’t usually think of it that way—I just want to be the best at whatever I do and I know I can as I am capable and confident. I do have a bit of a weakness for wanting to impress others and have them think well of me and I guess you could say that I ‘work it’ pretty well in a room, but doesn’t everyone? I mean, who doesn’t want others to respect and admire them?
Type Four: The Individualist
“Who am I?” “What gives meaning and purpose to life?” These are a few of the questions that consume me, that I must understand and answer. Don’t bother me with the mundane, with the common. I seek passionately and deeply to understand why I’m here. I want to know myself to the depths and often I feel that it’ll never happen because something is missing, or worse, there’s something intrinsically wrong with me. Others seem so clear about who they are and their life seems so ‘perfect’. Sometimes I’m envious of them and I spend a lot of time wondering why I feel so lost on my own path in life. I know I have gifts, and that I possess something unique- something special. But I don’t think anyone, including myself, has really seen the ‘real me’ in all my glory. I long/yearn for that. You might say that I’m overly sensitive or dramatic; I do have a love of melancholy but please don’t ask me to conform. The ordinary is my death knell. I long for deep, authentic connection with others and with myself. Sometimes have difficulty appreciating present relationships as I yearn for what could be better. So let me live. Let me feel. Feelings, tell me that I’m alive and real.
Type Five: The Investigator
I don’t like to talk about myself that much, but if I had to sum it up, I’d say I’m smart, innovative, and focused. I love to learn and am almost compulsively curious about all kinds of different things. I thrive on understanding what I study, and not just skimming the surface. I can spend hours, and in some cases decades, delving into the depths of something that fascinates me. Some people think I’m a little over the top in my passion for learning but that’s just the way I’ve always been—I am voraciously curious and have a strong drive to understand the complexities of how things work. In a way, my knowledge and perspicacity gives me a feeling of safety and security, and that must be important to me. I wouldn’t consider myself much of a people person; I definitely need lots of time on my own and a place that is just for me. Too many demands on my time and energy overwhelm me and I withdraw. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to deal with as many people as I do. I’d be happy to spend much of my time on my own although I will say a part of me knows connection with others is important.
Type Six: The Loyalist
It’s hard to describe myself really but people say I’m dependable, thoughtful, trustworthy, and a good team player. I’m motivated by my need and desire for others to feel safe and secure. So I pay attention to potential danger or hazards, things that could go wrong. I watch for them and devise strategies to protect against them. I’m well prepared in that sense. Often when the path forward isn’t clear, I can become anxious and indecisive, seeking the opinions of others (sometimes valuing them more than my own). Usually I’m best at playing defense, although I sometimes take the offense to eliminate potential threats– meeting them head on, without fear. Loyalty is also big for me. I don’t trust easily or automatically, particularly people in positions of authority – I am always assessing whether or not others are trustworthy. It’s just plain smart. If you do earn my trust, I have your back, and my support is solid and consistent. Same with organizations, I might challenge the leadership to determine if they are the real thing, but again, when I find an organization or a cause that is dependable, I’m committed. People say I have a good sense of humor and I can make light of myself. This helps me a lot when I get into difficult spots.
Type Seven: The Enthusiast
I have a sense of boundless possibility. I’m optimistic, enthusiastic, upbeat and I live for new experiences and opportunities. Others think that I’m constantly planning for the future. But my plans are mere sketches. Rather, I anticipate. I constantly think of what could be, might be, that which might bring joy and freedom to life. And in the process, I avoid anything that might limit my options. And because I don’t want to miss out on anything that might be glorious and exciting, my plate is always full. My calendar is often double booked. I have lots of energy and enjoy starting new projects, but implementing them, doing the nitty-gritty, can be a challenge, especially when doing so becomes tedious or boring. So I prefer to let others finish things. I’m happy creating. And I have the wonderful ability to think big, to see connections that others do not. One thing I’m clear about is that I never want to lose my sense of freedom. Therefore commitment can seem tantamount to death. So if you join me in exploring new possibilities and don’t get stuck in painful or unpleasant emotions or experiences we’ll get along just fine. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, let’s put our energy in the right direction!
Used with permission, ©2011 Diana Redmond and Elizabeth Carrington