I first learned about the Enneagram about 2 years ago when it went viral on instagram. Everyone was sharing out "I'm a 4, the artist!" or "I'm a 7, enthusiastic!" I had to know what I was, so I looked into it and found The Enneagram Institute. I started reading their information in the "learn" section and my interest grew much deeper. I learned that this wasn't some new silly personality quiz that went viral online, this was something I could use to grow as a person.
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that helps people understand who they are, and what makes them tick (source - The Road Back to You). It comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and gram (figure).
I decided to take the RHETI test for $12 on their website rather than a free one online, because I wanted a test result that was as accurate as possible so I could start my self awareness Enneagram journey from there. When you take the test, they send you a full report on your top personality types - things that you do well, things you struggle with, how you will fare in relationships with other types, and what you are like on an unhealthy, average, and healthy level.
I learned that as a 2, I act out as an 8 when I'm under stress (yes this makes a lot of sense as to why I thought I was an 8 at certain times in my life). And act as a 4 in times of security (by being creative). This also made a lot of sense to me given all of my hobbies being are in the creative space. With 1 and 3 for wings, it means I had a lot of pieces of these in me as well (1 being the perfectionist and 3 the over-achiever with many "projects") - yes yes I can relate to all of these. The purpose of learning your Enneagram is learning how to grow into a healthier version of yourself - and I learned that 2s have a couple major areas of growth. First of all, they don't tell others what they need, but then get upset when others do not meet their needs. Second, they can become controlling if they fear losing relationships (this is the 8 coming out in stress). So these are two areas in my life I'm committing to working on - putting my needs as a higher priority in my life (and communicating them) as well as lowering my expectations and dependence on the connection to those in my life (at a healthy rate).
As mentioned, I recently decided to purchase a book on the Enneagram. For my first book, I went with "The Road Back to You" by Cron & Stabile. The very first chapter of the book had me hooked on sticking to this journey. The author says "Why had I said and done so many things that seemed right at the time but, looking back, were clearly senseless and at times hurtful to myself and others?" He says we are going to go on a hard journey, and learn some painful things about ourselves, but only then can we wake up from the life we think we are living.
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