Have You Taken The Enneagram?

True story: I was at a party a few days ago, when a new acquaintance caught me totally off guard and dropped “what’s your number?” into casual conversation. Startled only because I had just met this individual, but not averse to strong personalities (being one myself), I ever so cool and collectedly responded with, “what…like sex?” It didn’t take long (mostly because it was written all over his face) to gather that I was entirely off-base. “No, the Enneagram.” Lucky for me, I had taken this quiz a couple of years back on a work retreat of sorts in Sonoma — I know, rough life — so I was fully prepared for a recovery rebuttal.

It wasn’t until I had begun to form my response that I felt a twinge of embarrassment. “I’m a Two wing Three,” I replied. “But, with a lot of Seven, too!” You see, the Enneagram is a personality test that assigns a number one through nine based on your personality type. Each number correlates with an archetype of sorts (Ones are the “Perfectionists”, Twos “The Helpers”, and so on). All numbers exist on a circular plane and are interconnected. Although you are assigned a number upon completion of the test, your personality can “wing” or “sway” toward the other numbers that sit next to yours on the spectrum (for example, Twos can wing toward One or Three, depending on which person is taking the test). And, when you’re at your best or worst, you can progress or regress to different numbers on the scale. If it sounds confusing, it really isn’t! And, if you haven’t taken the test, it can be a fun ice-breaker and super insightful. We like Eclectic Energies because it’s free and relatively quick.

That said, some people love the Enneagram because, like horoscopes or love languages, it offers a bit of insight into yourself and others; it’s a way to connect. Others, like our very own Editor In Chief, rebel against it, stating that the test boxes them into a category they can’t be confined to. When we originally took the Enneagram, I wanted so badly to be a Four — the Individualists, highly sensitive and often creative, concerned with being unique. So, when I discovered that I was a nurturing Two, which was first described to me as the “mom with fresh baked cookies”, I was utterly and completely bummed. But, the more I learned, the more I realized that I embodied so many aspects of typical Twos — instinctively warm, always remembering a spouse’s name, constantly giving handwritten cards, etc. You could say I leaned in.

All this number talk got us thinking: Have you taken the Enneagram Test? What number are you? Do you relate to your results, or is it all a psychological hoax? Are there any great resources out there to learn more about the quiz? Any super-accurate websites to take it?  Sound off in the comments below! Let’s get personal.

Written by: Tiana Lewis

Tiana Lewis is the 20-something Senior Managing Editor at The Bleu. She binge-watches reality TV on Bravo, throws a mean murder mystery party, and makes her bed every morning.

3 Comments

  1. kpape

    July 30, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I took the enneagram test 1.5 years ago. My life was a mess, I was overwhelmed and overweight. When I realized my number (2) I started taking care of myself, reading these little Instagram posts of like “prayers for your number” and it substantially changed my life. I’m exercising regularly, back to my pre-kid weight and pant size. For a number like me, I needed the awareness of the enneagram to realize I had to change. And it’s changed me in such an incredible way, I’m growing back into that healthy person, body + mind.

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  2. @jssbckly

    July 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I’m a 4, and I’ve never related to anything like I relate to the Enneagram. I’ve been loving seeing all the instagram accounts dedicated to enneagram types – and it’s nice to have a little community of other 4s out there just a click away.

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  3. Cat

    August 9, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I am literally one point different between four different types. So, personally I think the test is BS. And they four numbers I apparently am tied with- and this is from taking the actual test that I (stupidly paid for) are wildly different. I’m much more connected to my Myers-Briggs which has solidly stuck me as an INFJ since high school and remains the same every time I take it. My top four Enneagram didn’t ring very true to me.

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