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Have you taken an enneagram test yet? Here's what to know

The new year is the perfect time to explore avenues of self-development and dedicate energy into learning more about yourself. Personality tests are not a new thing, and we’re all trying to find ways to define and assess our characteristics. In the fast paced world we live in, we’re all prone to burnout, stress and understanding your personality might help mitigate that. If you’re on social media, you’ve probably heard of the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) test, explored your love languages and wanted to know more about your own personality.

So what is the Enneagram test? It defines personality into 9 different types, and you can have elements of each type, depending on your score. The test helps to narrow down what type you are, down to the adjacent wings (additional traits) you might have from other types.

The types are as follows:

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

Type Nine - The Peacemaker

This personality test doesn’t focus on what’s a good or bad type, as each type has its own identity along with different pros and cons. But after taking it, you might find out why you react to conflict in a particular manner, or the challenges you might experience in personal and professional capacities.

Type Eight can also have difficulties following rules or orders or taking charge when it isn’t their place, while Type Five can be considered an eccentric visionary who wants to find out more about how the world works and why things are the way they are. Type One might find they’re prone to perfectionism and being highly critical of themselves. Type Threes could find that they’re overly competitive and can’t accept failure.

So where can I take the test?

You can go online and find a few options on Google, but the Enneagram Institute is considered by many to be the most reliable and popular option. For free options, you can try Personality Path or Enneagram Universe. The overall results could give you insight into how you might perform in a professional environment. Getting to know yourself, means you can be a better, more enlightened person to those around you and in your life.

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