This site provides information and resources for the Enneagram Quick Guide and User Guide books. The Quick Guide books offer simple explanations of the types and how to use them.
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The Enneagram personality types offer a rich system for understanding yourself and others, but it can be easy to get overwhelmed or confused by the many different interpretations and concepts associated with them. This book offers a simple three-step approach to learning everything you need to know about the types.
This post is about the methodology used in Enneagram tests. Let's take a look at the methodologies used by the different authors and teachers in their tests (and then I'll get to my methodology and reasoning).
The labels used with the Enneagram types are only approximations to what they actually point to. In other words, they hint at something that can't be understood by the label alone.
The Enneagram personality types were derived in large part from Oscar Ichazo's ego-types which included fixations, holy ideas, traps, passions, and virtues. Ego in this sense can be thought of the sense of "I" or "self" that gets created or cultivated in our lives. While this sense of self can be useful in our lives, it can also create self-limitations and self-deceptions.
Enneagram tests are not accurate for everyone. They simply help narrow down the candidate types for a best fit. Each test is not only a product of how well the test was designed and constructed but also the test author's bias for understanding each type.
I sometimes hear mention of transcending one's Enneagram type. It usually appears in two contexts: 1) someone believing they're beyond the fixation of their type, and 2) someone trying to get rid of their type.
The Enneagram instincts are self-preservation, sexual (also called one-to-one and intimate), and social. Although rarely mentioned, the instincts are used with the Enneagram types in two quite different ways: the subtype approach and the stacking approach.
One problem I have with many descriptions of the Enneagram types is that they don't zero in on the core focus or internal experience of each type. Instead, they often try to describe type in terms of personality characteristics and behavioral traits.