In A Nutshell

A forced-choice personality test with 144 paired statements that produces a full personality profile across all nine types across the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. It describes nine different personality types and maps each of these types on a nine-pointed diagram which helps to illustrate how the types relate to one another, indicating the relative strengths and weaknesses within your overall personality.

How Much Does It Cost?

$12

Who’s Behind The Test?

The Enneagram Institute

How Long Does It Take?

40 minutes

What Type Of Test Is It?

Enneagram

What Makes It Unique?

The Enneagram was first invented in the 1900s as a model of the human psyche. It was used to understand people through interconnected personality types, and has since been expanded upon by more modern thinkers. The Enneagram is ultimately about nature and values, instead of a single type and reductive behaviours. As such if you shift the focus of the Enneagram from being all about a single number to drawing from qualities in all nine numbers, its complexity becomes clearer.

What Do You Do?

You will be presented with 144 paired statements, such as “I’ve been romantic and imaginative” and “I’ve been pragmatic and down to earth,” and asked to indicate the statement in each pair that better describes your general behaviour and reaction throughout most of your life.

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An example of the RHETI® version 2.5 PDF report

How Credible Is It?

A recent validation study was done in 2009 by Mary Ann Giordano. It is the third independently conducted study of the RHETI and it corroborates the research done by Rebecca Newgent, Ph.D. back in 2001. Both studies concluded the instrument as scientifically “valid and reliable” as a test instrument with “solid psychometrics”. The internal consistency reliability scores show that the RHETI ranges from 56% to 82% accurate on various types; with an overall accuracy of 72% (everything above 70% is acceptable). It’s important to note the Enneagram has also received criticism including accusations of being pseudoscience, subject to interpretation and difficult to test or validate scientifically.

What About The Results?

A PDF report provides your scores for all nine types in a full-spectrum profile, as well as the Expanded Type Descriptions (of over 2,500 words each) for your top three scores.

Each of the nine types are detailed below:

Type 1: The Reformer

Type 1 leaders get the job done, allowing little to no room for error. Trusting that others can carry out tasks to meet their standards is challenging, which results in difficulty delegating. As you become more aware of this pattern, mentor others. Trust their abilities, and value their input, relieving yourself of the burden of doing it all yourself.

Type 2: The Helper

Type 2 leaders can get caught in their need to be seen as helpful. Their “people-pleasing” behaviours such as flattery and being overly generous can often get in the way of them taking a firm stand when it’s needed. To be an effective and truly selfless leader, let go of the need to take care of everyone else, and make your own needs an equal priority.

Type 3: The Achiever

When Type 3 leaders aren’t aware of their personality type, they live and lead in reaction to an unconscious belief that they are worthless. Thus, they are always trying to prove themselves. They strive for validation by overachieving, often becoming outstanding in their fields, yet frequently at the expense of their personal relationships and emotions.

Get in touch with yourself, and accept that your value comes from who you are and not what you do. You can be an authentic and inspiring leader without needing to be the “shining star.” Relax into a more motivational role, so you can benefit the team and the organisation.

Type 4: The Individualist

Type 4 leaders often struggle with fitting in — with their families, organizations, or society at large — believing they are somehow flawed. To compensate for this, they set themselves apart by identifying themselves as “special” or “unique.”

To be an effective leader, you must let go of your story and step into a sense of belonging to your team and organization. As you do so, bring your gift of creativity forth, making you an intuitive and gifted leader.

Type 5: The Investigator

Type 5 leaders often appear detached from the team, however, they’re actually observing every detail. They have an unconscious fear of being inadequate or unable to function in the world. They are extremely intelligent. They become experts in one area and connect to the group using this expertise, resulting in confidence. Use your clarity as a strength and let it benefit those around you.

Type 6: The Loyalist

Type 6 leaders are the glue that holds the team together. They’re excellent troubleshooters and have a plan for every possible worst-case scenario. This comes from a lack of trust that they are supported in return. At their best, loyalists let go of their skepticism and lead from a place of trust. It allows them to shine in their ability to pay attention to the details that need to be addressed in order for the team to be successful. They are natural leaders; however, they don’t want all of the credit.

Type 7: The Enthusiast

Type 7 leaders are visionaries, endlessly generating new ideas. They have an insatiable appetite for new experiences and a fear of missing out on them. Thus, they pursue many activities and experiences with abandon. Their challenge is carrying their brilliant ideas to fruition, as they’re easily distracted by the next great project. Become aware of this, and prioritize and focus your efforts. You’ll step into your true gift of delivering a brilliant vision for your team and organization.

Type 8: The Challenger

Type 8 leaders can engage in bullying when they feel their sense of control is threatened. They may become wilful, vengeful or demanding. But when they can relax knowing their control is not being threatened, they’re able to connect through their heart and vulnerability. At their best, Type 8s are strong leaders with magnanimous hearts.

Type 9: The Peacemaker

Type 9 leaders, generally easygoing and kind, have an unconscious need for peace and harmony, which can result in them overlooking problems that impact the organization. They have a tendency to withdraw and disengage. When they are unaware of these tendencies within themselves, their teams become frustrated with their inability to step in and take a stand.

Type 9s shine as leaders when they can maintain their serene nature while also engaging in and dealing with the reality of what the team is facing. At their best, they lead with a peaceful and grounded style.

Oftentimes, people attempt to take shortcuts to understand the Enneagram, the same way they do with other popular self-reflective tools. But learning Enneagram numbers can be complex, because the Enneagram is complex.

It is well worth reading about the Enneagram in detail here. You’ll want to explore beyond your basic personality type to understand the centres, wings and levels of development. The Enneagram tool provides a rich pool of resources on which to develop self-awareness.

Read more about how the Enneagram System works

How Are My Results Treated?

They do not collect personally identifiable information unless you voluntarily and knowingly provide it to us. An email address is required to take the test. Data that is collected is stored on secure servers in the United States. They do not share either your contact information or your assessment responses/results with any third parties. Data can be removed on request.

What Do We Think?

The Enneagram test is not designed to be an exercise in isolation, but rather a profoundly helpful tool for understanding ourselves and others. We recommend you understand the Enneagram system in detail before taking a test. It is complex, if you expect that learning about your number will tell you everything about yourself, you won’t get the most out of it. Do not seek to use the Enneagram system to flatten yourself or others into types or numbers.