Have you taken an Enneagram Personality Test?
"The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. The Enneagram describes nine personality types and maps each of these types on a nine-pointed diagram which helps to illustrate how the types relate to one another." - Truity
You can take the test for free whenever.
I took the Enneagram Personality Test before, years ago, and have no idea what my results were. I took the test again recently. It's not a very long test so I suggest taking it when you get a free moment. The test nailed my personality on the head. Additionally, I was surprised by how accurate the details of my personality were. I am personality 8 - The Challenger.
Truity.com goes into great detail about each of the personality types, including key personality traits, core values, fears, motivators, growth tips, and more. I linked mine, but from there you can select Enneagram Types in the header and view details about your personality type.
In a nutshell, Eights (me) are defined by their desire to be powerful and to avoid vulnerability. They present a confident, assertive, and decisive image to others. Eights can be argumentative and intimidating and it is important for them to stand up for what they believe in and to protect those who are weaker than themselves.
This couldn't be more true about me! If you ask anyone who knows me, I'm certain that'd confirm all the above.
A few of the details that really hit home, Eights fear being vulnerable and powerless more than anything, and cope with this fear by always being strong and in control. Eights fear being vulnerable and powerless more than anything, and cope with this fear by always being strong and in control. Challengers are ruthlessly independent and are unafraid of confrontation, which can get them into major trouble at times.
There are pros and cons to this personality type, as I'm sure there are with any personality type. For instance, I enjoy being assertive, in control, and fearless but I do not necessarily like to be viewed as angry or intimidating. It comes with the territory and that's cool, I wouldn't change me for anything.
I remember exhibiting some of these traits at a young age, assertiveness, striving to be in control, fearing weakness. It's interesting to take a step back and evaluate my personality now and see what aspects, beliefs and fears have remained the same and/or changed. While none of us can quite explain why we are the way we are, it's nice, for me at least, to take a deep dive into my personality and, from Truity's post, learn whether I'm a healthy or unhealthy Eight, and discover growth tips. I'm always looking to grow and improve in all facets of life.
I also learned about some famous Enneagram type 8s and some dope people were on the list, including Kamala Harris, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ernest Hemingway, Queen Latifah (one of my faves!), and Bernie Sanders.
I had fun, and the time to explore my Enneagram Personality Type. I encourage you to spend some time viewing yours.
The Nine Enneagram Personality Types in short (courtesy of The Enneagram Institute):
The Reformer - Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
The Helper - Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
The Achiever - Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
The Individualist - Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
The Investigator - Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
The Loyalist - Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
The Enthusiast - Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
The Challenger - Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
The Peacemaker - Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent
What's your personality trait? How do you feel about your results? Are there more truths and accuracies than not?