Do you know your Enneagram? Take an Enneagram test to determine your personality type! I’m sharing what my number is & whether or not I think it’s right!
Ever since the first time I saw people talking about the Enneagram test & what their Enneagram scores were, I knew I wanted to find out mine. I love taking personality quizzes & doing stuff like that to prove to me or to whoever that my personality or persona was exactly what I believed it to be. Going into this test, I felt no different! I ended up taking two different tests, & got two different numbers, so believe what you want in regards to that, but I will say the two tests were completely different with the questions they asked. To keep you from guessing, I definitely do identify with my Enneagram number from the second test, so I wanted to share my thoughts!
In case you’re unfamiliar, the Enneagram test is basically a personality test that asks you a series of questions & categorizes you into 1 of the 9 personality types. Although you are given 1 main type, your number also takes on strengths & weaknesses of other types & also includes wings. Your “wings” will be two other numbers that your main number is associated with. Basically the wings help you dive deeper into the personality so that’s another long conversation. I’m just going to be talking about my main number today.
Enneagram 9 Personality Types
- The Reformer
- The Giver
- The Achiever
- The Individualist
- The Observer
- The Loyalist
- The Enthusiast
- The Protector
- The Peacemaker
It’s funny to look at the collection of nine personality types & try to initially categorize yourself into just one. For me, I can see myself taking on traits of each one, some more than others, but yes, I can see some part of myself in each of them. I’m sure you can as well.
Personalities are so multidimensional, but yet stagnant all at the same time. I feel like my personality has shifted over the years as I’ve matured but I still carry dominant personality traits from my early years of life. My mom often reminds me that what I was once like as a child & what I did mirrors my personality today as an adult. It’s so interesting.
According to my Enneagram Type test, I’m classified as a 3. Type Threes are the achievers, they are goal-oriented, they want to excel at everything they do & they are competitive. I definitely identify with being a Type Three.
Type Three – The Achiever
Core Fear of Type Threes:
- “Being exposed as or thought incompetent, inefficient, or worthless; failing to be or appear successful.”
Of course, take these results with a grain of salt, but aren’t we all in some sort of way afraid of being worthless. I think “worthless” is a rather strong & negative word to use…I like to think of it as a desire to be fulfilled or valued. Not validation, but valued because I think the two are definitely different. Often when I set intentions for the day or after a yoga practice, the intention is often centered upon fulfillment.
I don’t like to focus too much time or energy on negatives. And honestly I don’t like to use the word fear in general. I believe we are all working towards something & if we all were already perfect, what the heck would we be doing. A weakness or fear is only a weakness if you allow it to be. Instead, I like to see everything as an opportunity for growth.
Core Desire of Type Threes:
- “Having high status & respect, being admired, successful, & valuable.”
I wrote the part above when I talked about feeling value & fulfillment before even reading the core desire, so yes, I have to say that I definitely embody this part of the Enneagram.
I think in order to achieve whatever success you are after in life you have to have self admiration. And that’s not vain or conceited, it’s just the facts. Because one day you’re going to be in a situation where everyone else might question your worth or if you belong & if you don’t have the internal respect & admiration for yourself in those difficult times, you’re going to feel like the whole world is against you & doesn’t want you to succeed.
Playing collegiate basketball on a full athletic scholarship all four years of college has been one of my greatest personal achievements to date. Although those four year of college brought tremendous life-changing blessings, including meeting my fiancé Devin, they were extremely difficult to get through.
Every day brought upon a new challenge & from an outside perspective, I’m sure people wondered what I was doing or questioned if I even belonged but I never did. I didn’t need any outside validation because I valued my worth & I knew that I respected myself enough to not let anyone take away my level of achieved internal success from getting to where I was in the first place.
Have you ever found yourself downplaying success?
Especially for women, I feel like we do it all the time. There’s always a “well” or a “but” or some sort of an excuse taking away from what we did really really well. We have to own our achievements & own our success. And that’s definitely a work in progress for many of us, including myself! Even when people ask about my blog, I find myself talking about it like it’s not a ton of work. Nothing in this life is easy & it’s okay to want to feel empowered & successful & respected & valued & so much more!
Core Weakness of Type Threes:
- “Deceit – deceiving themselves into believing that they are only the image they present to others; embellishing the truth by putting on a polished persona for everyone (including themselves) to see and admire.”
I think this is a very valid weakness or area for improvement, but I wouldn’t say I identify with it. Personally, I’ve never felt defined by what others thought of me & I don’t feel like I live with a polished persona.
Core Longing of Type Threes:
- “You are loved for simply being you.”
Growing up as an athlete, I definitely wanted to feel love & praise for being good at my sport because it was literally my life. But now that I’m not an athlete, I have learned new things about myself & that I no longer need to seek that validation for feeling loved & respected in that way anymore.
But I would have to say that one of my top love languages is words of affirmation! So maybe there’s still some of that in there LOL!
To sum up being a Three, we are extremely goal-oriented, confident, & motivated. We don’t want be overshadowed, we struggle asking for help because we think we can conquer it all by ourselves. Things like organization & discipline put us at ease. Which I can 100% relate to. I live my life by a list & I will write things down that I’ve already done to have the satisfaction of crossing it off.
Threes adapt quickly to new roles. Being able to adapt is something that I’ve definitely utilized throughout my life. Over the years, I’ve found myself consistently being put into a new situation, school, or place. LOL, if you don’t know me personally, I went to 8 different schools from start to finish…don’t ask!
With such an intense desire for achievement & success, Threes risk feelings of burn-out since we go from one goal to another without rest. Which is something that I can relate to as well. Once I achieve something or complete a task, I’m already moving on to what I can do next. This go-go-go mentality is definitely something I’m working on improving because my mind is constantly going at all hours of the day with things to do, things I can do, things I should be doing & it can quickly become exhausting.
Overall, I really do identify with being a Type Three on the Enneagram Test. And I really enjoyed the test I took because, unlike the first one I took, I found this one to be very straight forward & they did an exceptional job of explaining each dimension of the Three personality. I’m all about self-discovery & I feel like I definitely got something out of reading through my results. It gives you a gentle reminder to look inwards to see what’s really going on. Highly recommend!
Comment below with your Enneagram Type!