As, to me, Enneagram always came as a secondary, and somewhat lesser theory to that of Jung, I always just assumed I was righting thinking my type was 5w4 without being too bothered to delve any deeper into it. The more I think about it though, I'm not sure I'm as motivated by gaining knowledge for itself (like a 5) as I am accumulating it for being creative (which is my true motivator). I've thought about the possibility of being a 3, 1 or 9 too, but I doubt being a 2, 7 or 8. Tritype would be brilliant, but I don't think nearly enough information is here for that call. Cue the massive poll!
And a quiz from Personality Cafe:
1.What drives you in life? What do you look for?
There is really only one single thing that drives me in life, and that is being creative. I am creative in many forms – not just artistically – but thinking creatively in general.
2. What do you hope to accomplish in your life?
I want to be successful and well known in my fields. It would give me enormous satisfaction to show the world my creations. Think in new patterns to bring forward novel perspectives about things.
3. What do you hope to avoid doing or being? What values are important to you?
I do not want to be stuck in a rut, not doing anything day in and day out. I’m not bothered about building a family, but being generally inactive, not being motivated towards a bigger, better goal and being in a menial job position my entire life would be terrible.
4. What are your biggest fears (not including phobias)? Why?
What I just explained in the previous question. Apart from that, not much. I can be quite apathetic in that respect. My main problems are simply phobias, but they cause a lot of trouble. I’ve always had a strange fear of going blind ever since I was a child. If I were pushed, it would also be something to do with being in some kind of major illness/injury; such as being shot, having a limb cut off or having a tumour. I’m betting most people have a problem with all that too though!
5. How do you want others to see you? How do you see yourself?
Intelligent and good at what I do. I believe I have these qualities but they do not show up for other people to see very often. I’m naturally secretive and withhold a lot.
6. What makes you feel your best? What makes you feel your worst?
Completing or just starting a project makes feel good, as does having an interesting conversation with someone, typically about science/the universe etc. Having sudden doubt about where I'm going in the future and getting cutting comments from other people can make me feel pretty bad.
7. Describe how you experience each of: a) anger; b) shame; c) anxiety.
a) Anger for me comes in short, fleeting bursts about half a minute long. I also have a tendency to throw something at a wall, but that is only in a major circumstance, usually I just sit there quietly, awaiting its end.
b) I sometimes become ashamed of myself because I can see a lot of improvement needed and things to change.
c) Social anxiety means every time I go out I can get anxious. I’m a nervous person in general too. Normal symptoms of it occur, but occur it does; on a regular basis.
8. Describe how you respond to each of: a) stress; b) unexpected change; c) conflict.
a) I simply withdraw and brood. I identify the stressor and think how to deal with it. Perhaps look it up on the internet.
b) I like to know what is going to happen, or at least predict it so I know my plan of action. So a lot of times I dislike it, but still learn to adapt and live with it. (One has to, after all.)
c) This is wholly dependent on how well I know said person. With people I know well I do not back down, and usually "win", but those not so well, I'm very likely to back down, or be agreeable.
9. Describe your orientation to: a) authority; b) power. How do you respond to these?
a) I don’t mind authority at all. As long as you comply with some degree, it doesn't affect you personally. It doesn't mean
b) ‘Power’, the word in itself is vague. What constitutes as something that is powerful? Affecting something greatly over a large range? I suppose I can handle that, as long as it isn't something that will impact me negatively.
10. What is your overall outlook on life and humanity?
I’m fairly optimistic about my own life, but I’m known to be negativistic and cynical towards life itself and humanity in general.