The Ennea-Typer Test

Frequently Asked Questions about the Enneagram Type Test

Some of the statements describe the way I used to feel. I see things differently now that I am older and I don’t react this way any more. Should I use the way I once acted or the way I feel now?

When answering questions to determine your Ennea-Type, answer based on how you felt about things as a young adult in your early 20’s. As we mature, our personality adapts to the things we learn. The primary type remains the same, but it expands and adapts in healthy, mature people.

I want to make some changes in my life. Wouldn’t I choose the Ennea-type that describes the person I want to become?

That’s not how the Enneagram works. You can use this system to make substantial changes in the way you react and think, but you start with the type that most accurately describes who you are now. You’ll learn how to make those changes as you work through the system.

People say one thing about me, but that’s not how I feel about myself. Whose opinion should I use, mine or people who know me?

You should use your own opinion about your thoughts and actions. The Enneagram deals with motivations, and you are the only one who can accurately describe that. However, if you feel a sense of pride over your type, you may have answered based on qualities you admire and not your actual personality.

I have two types I think might describe me. The test says one type, but I think I might be the other. How do I know which one to use?

Trust the test result for now. When you know more about how the Enneagram works, you will have a better idea of which is your primary type. People often blend the traits of more than one type, but only one is dominant. The healthier your personality, the more you incorporate the best qualities of all nine types.

I am a guy (or girl) and the result that came up on my test seems to describe a woman’s (or man’s) personality. Is this right?

The types are gender neutral. They are both male and female. Trust the test result for now and you’ll see how those qualities can be either in a man or woman as you work through the program.

I don’t think you can describe a person so narrowly with a number or type or whatever you call it.

You are absolutely right! The Enneagram describes the way a personality forms, not a person. Knowing your Ennea-type is not about limiting yourself to a narrow description of yourself. Once you know exactly how your personality works, you have a lot of power to change, grow and expand into anything you choose.

I’ve taken other Enneagram tests. The result is different than on this test. Which is right?

Personalities are constantly adapting to new situations. Your result is a snapshot of your personality on the day you take the test. The best personality tests from all assessment systems have an error rate of 20 to 40%. The way this Ennea-type test was designed is to help you select the type that is most likely your primary Ennea-type. You’ll confirm this result by working with the Enneagram to write a personality profile for yourself. Working with the Enneagram is the best way to confirm your exact type.

Another book I read had all the profiles already written. I just picked the one that I thought sounded like me.

The Enneagram profiles describe patterns of behavior for people whose personality formed in a similar pattern. They’re used as diagnostic tools by therapists and can be very useful once you know your type. However, people often make the mistake of thinking that those profiles are exact descriptions of individual personalities. You may have some, most, or all of those behavior patterns in your personality,  but you are a unique expression of your Ennea-type. You have similarities to personalities that formed in a similar way, but only you can write an individual personality profile that describes YOU!