There are countless ways to describe your personality. One that seems to analyze our personalities at a deeper level is the Enneagram system. Designed to help people get some understanding of their primary personality type, the Enneagram system can be used as a tool for self-development. Divided into 9 different personality types that relate to each other, it’s time to find your Enneagram number.
What’s an Enneagram?
The Enneagram system describes patterns in how people conceptualize the world around them. The word itself comes from the Greek Ennea, which means nine and Gramma, which means something that’s drawn.
The Enneagram Symbol 101
To start looking at your Enneagram, you draw a nine-pointed geometric symbol. The Enneagram symbol has an outer circle that represents the wholeness of human life, the numbers represent the different personalities, and the lines or shapes inside represent how human life is divided.
As in many other personality descriptions, most people tend to identify with multiple traits at once. The wings are on either side of each core type. For example, if your Enneagram number is 1, then your wings are Enneagram numbers 9 and 2.
Another way these personalities connect is by the lines inside the circle. The first line connects to the type of person you have left behind or was repressed in your childhood. The second line reflects the kind of person you’re growing to be once you reach your higher state of self-development.
For example, if your Enneagram number is 1, your first line connects to Enneagram 4, and your second one relates to Enneagram 7.
How to Use Your Enneagram Findings
The idea of the Enneagram test is not to dictate who you are. Instead, it’s meant to be used as a tool for personal development, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. The idea is that by identifying your individual type and its wings, you can become more aware of your actions.