Who are you at your core?
When most people are asked about their personality type, they are pretty likely to know whether they are an introvert or an extrovert.
They may even be aware of and/or have take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a well-known assessment tool based on the theories of psychologist Carl Jung, which was created in the middle of the last century by mother-daughter team Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. It has become a popular and widely used instrument, particularly within work environments.
One of the reasons Human Resources professionals love the Myers Briggs so dang much is that not only can understanding their own personality type help individuals become more self-aware both personally and professionally, but understanding the personality types of everyone who is a part of your work team can help everyone understand how each person ticks, under which circumstances and assignments they are likely to thrive, and what kinds of challenges may set any one of them off in an unhelpful way.
What many people don't know is that there is another personality assessment developed in ancient times, known as the Enneagram of Personality.
The origins of the originally conceived Enneagram (named by combining the Greek words for "nine" and something "written" or "drawn") are somewhat unclear and highly disputed. However, the nine classic "Types" were named and popularized by Oscar Ichazo in the 1950s — exactly the same time period during which the Myers Briggs was born!
As is the case with the Myers-Briggs types, none of the nine basic personalities are inherently "good" or "bad." They are simply guideposts to understanding what makes us tick during our best, worst and most typical times.
The nine basic personality types identified by the Enneagram are these: The Reformer, The Achiever, The Individualist, The Investigator, The Loyalist, The Enthusiast, The Challenger, and The Peacemaker.
Take this quiz now to determine your own Enneagram type!
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