So it took me about 2.5 years to figure out my Enneagram type. (Thanks to my therapists suggestion, I finally did!) There is a way in which this system is really hard for me to get a handle on, as I don't understand subconscious motives intuitively. I took many many different Enneagram typing tests, and read over and over and over about this system trying to figure out how to see the world this way. The tests never seem quite right! I never trust them or peoples characterization of themselves. (I am a 6 too )
Anyway, I was "randomly researching" ADD and the enneagram - trying to figure out my roommate's type - and found this test of sorts:
A, D (Type 1)
A, E (Type 2)
C, D (Type 3)
B, F (Type 4)
B, D (Type 5)
A, F (Type 6)
C, E (Type 7)
C, F (Type 8)
B, E (Type 9)
n each of the following 2 questions, choose the option that BEST describes how you ARE most of the time. (And not how you want to be or feel you ought to be.) As always, this quiz will work best if you are as honest as possible with yourself.
A. I have tended to be extremely responsible and dedicated. I feel terrible if I don't keep my commitments and do what's expected of me. I want people to know that I'm there for them and that I'll do what I believe is best for them. I've often made great personal sacrifices for the sake of others, whether they know it or not. I often don't take adequate care of myself - I do the work that needs to be done and relax (and do what I really want) only if there's time left.
B. I have tended to be quiet and am used to being on my own. I usually don't draw much attention to myself socially, and it's generally unusual for me to assert myself all that forcefully. I don't feel comfortable taking the lead or being as competitive as others. Many would probably say that I'm something of a dreamer - a lot of my excitement goes on in my imagination. I can be quite content without feeling I have to be active all the time.
C. I have tended to be fairly independent and assertive: I've felt that life works best when you meet it head-on. I set my own goals, get involved, and want to make things happen. I don't like sitting around - I want to achieve something big and have an impact. I don't necessarily seek confrontations, but I don't let people push me around, either. Most of the time I know what I want, and I go for it. I tend to work hard and to play hard.
D. I tend to be self-controlled and logical - I am uncomfortable dealing with feelings. I am efficient - even perfectionistic - and prefer working on my own. When there are problems or personal conflicts, I try not to bring my feelings into the situation. Some say I'm too cool and detached, but I don't want my emotional reactions to distract me from what's really important to me. I usually don't show my reactions when others "get to me."
E. I am a person who usually maintains a positive outlook and feels that things will work out for the best. I can usually find something to be enthusiastic about and different ways to occupy myself. I like being around people and helping others to be happy - I enjoy sharing my own well-being with them. (I don't always feel great, but I try not to show it to anyone!) However, staying positive has sometimes meant that I've put off dealing with my own problems for too long.
F. I am a person who has strong feelings about things - most people can tell when I'm unhappy about something. I can be guarded with people, but I'm more sensitive than I let on. I want to know where I stand with others and who and what I can count on - it's pretty clear to most people where they stand with me. When I'm upset about something, I want others to respond and to get as worked up as I am. I know the rules, but I don't want people telling me what to do. I want to decide for myself.
Any thoughts on it? I always used the eclectic energies one with instinctual variant, but this one might be really helpful! I will find out soon!
(Also, does anyone have any thoughts on whether someone can be a 2 an not have any close friends? I know 2 people that have tested as a 2, but have absolutely no close relationships, nor do they ever become dependent on anyone else. Is this possible? That would seem like a rather empty 2. )