Friday, March 27, 2009

Enneagram Test

I took the Enneagram Test this week as a distraction. I am a Type 3 - The Achiever, with balanced wings (what that means, I am still unsure of).

Secretly, I wanted to be a Type 9 - The Peacemaker, because that is what I am studying after all.

I am not sure if I am really a 3, but I could relate to this paragraph describing one:
"Because it is central to the type Three fixation to require external validation, Threes often, consciously and unconsciously, attempt to embody the image of success that is promoted by their culture. Threes get in trouble when they confuse true happiness, which depends on inner states, with the image of happiness which society has promoted. If a Three has a "good" job and an "attractive" mate, she might be willing, through an act of self-deception which is also self-betrayal, to ignore the inner promptings which tell her that neither her job, nor her mate are fulfilling her deeper needs. Even the most "successful" Threes, who generally appear quite happy, often hide a deeply felt sense of meaninglessness. The attainment of the image never quite satisfies."

I could relate not only because I have an attractive mate, but because I often judge my life based on society's definition of success and not my own. I am working on this, but it is a challenge for me.

Do you think I am really a three?

What type are you?

P.S. More Bonsia pictures to come if you aren't sick of it yet.


  1. Jessica did the same test and I took it a little while ago. It said I am most likely a 9, but also gave me "wings" of 9 and 1, 5 and 6. I read through them and I definitely see myself in all of those categories.

  2. In my brief reading of type threes, I would say you could be one. Also, Oprah Winfrey is a type 3, so you are in good company.

    I am a type 4, the individualist. I think it fits me pretty well.

  3. Hi Brooke, dad here. I was a type 2 with a 2w3 wing. Loved your pics

  4. Maybe the test is accurate, because I would say that Brad, you are definitely a 9. Greg, you are a 4. And Dad, you are a 2 with 3 mixed in there also.

    Interesting... thanks for sharing!