Everything you need to know about the Enneagram test

From a career fair to watching movies with your friends, the half-day on Friday featured many unconventional activities for White Station students. Among these is the Enneagram test, which was taken by sophomores and juniors. Now just what is the Enneagram test? How did it come about? And what do the results mean? 

The origins of the concept of an “Enneagram” date back to around 400 AD when philosopher Evagrius Ponticus theorized that humans have eight distinct personalities. However, the creation of the modern Enneagram and the Enneagram test is credited to Oscar Ichazo, who began teaching about the Enneagram in his school, the Arica Institute.  Essentially, the Enneagram is a personality type based on what is important to people and what they strive to be. There are nine potential Enneagram types, which we will get into later.

The Enneagram test itself is just like any other personality test: one answers questions about their emotions, work habits, interests, etc. until they are assigned a personality type. I recently took an Enneagram test, which took about 15 minutes and consists of about 100 statements that I would evaluate how much each applied to me. After I finished, I received my Enneagram type: Type Three, or the “success type.” 

So what are the different types of Enneagram personalities? 

As previously stated, there are nine distinct Enneagram types: Type One (The Reformer), Type Two (The Helper), Type Three (the Achiever), Type Four (The Individualist), Type Five (The Investigator), Type Six (The Loyalist), Type Seven (The Enthusiast), Type Eight (The Challenger) and Type Nine (The Peacemaker). One’s Enneagram type can advise on everything from what occupation to go into to what one should look for in a relationship. 

If you are interested in finding your Enneagram type, click the link below for a free Enneagram test!