Okay, I admit, I’m late to the party here. I feel like Enneagrams are so 2019. But, I’ve had some extra time on my hands lately, you know? It seemed like a good time to hunker down and take the quiz. So I did.
If you’ve been living under a rock, the Enneagram is the ever-popular system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people view the world and handle their emotions. Essentially this 10 minute quiz taps into your psyche and reads your soul. Sounds like a lot, right?
Before I share my results, let me preface by saying I doubted the accuracy of the whole thing. For months I’ve heard people rave about how spot-on their Enneagram results were on Instagram, but I was skeptical. I check my horoscopes weekly, and live for the love language quiz, so why was I having trouble wrapping my head around Enneagrams? Who’s to say.
Nonetheless, I did the damn thing, and here are my results.
Enneagram Type 7
I was a 98% match for Enneagram Type 7: the busy, optimistic, extrovert. Seems fitting, but let’s dive deeper.
Enneagram Type 7 is known as the enthusiast. Described as high-spirited and practical, Type 7’s are motivated to achieve the highest level of freedom and happiness, always seek worthwhile experiences, and strive to keep themselves busy and fulfilled to avoid disappointment and pain. Staying on the go and moving from project-to-project is a way to cope with anxiety, to keep their minds distracted. Whoa. Did I not just spill my guts on Instagram at the beginning of quarantine saying that I like to maintain a busy, chaotic lifestyle to fill the void of a relationship? While 7’s unapologetically chase their dreams and adventures, many say that they also tend to misapply their various talents, which often leads to them spreading themselves too thin and becoming undisciplined in their work. Yep, also true. Here’s a line that got me. Because 7’s experience things so quickly, they tend to burn through resources and end up unfulfilled. “They may end up ruining their health, their relationships, and their finances in their search for happiness.” Yikes. Does this explain retail therapy and why I’m still single?
On the other hand, I like to think 7’s are blindly optimistic. They’re cheerful and good-humored by nature.
I have always told my friends and family that I subscribe to the theory that everything happens for a reason. I try to keep an optimistic outlook on all things love and life, and that seems to fit a 7 to a T. Love this for me.
All that to say, I think I fall on the cusp of 7 and 8. Somewhere in the middle of the two— for better or worse.
Enneagram Type 8
I was a 95% match for Enneagram Type 8: the powerful, self-confident, and dominating type. In other words: stubborn (did I mention I’m a Taurus?).
Enneagram Type 8 is the challenger. Described as strong-willed, resourceful, and assertive, Type 8’s are protective out of fear of being harmed or controlled by others. This fear extends to those they love, too. Anyone else have a low tolerance for bullshit? Because same. Because 8’s often have to control the situation, they’re seen as confrontational and intimidating— which I’ll admit isn’t great. But I have always been strong willed, and have never been one to give in to peer pressure, so Type 8 feels right. Confidence is key for 8’s. However behind this hard exterior, they often feel hurt and rejected, but would never admit it and reveal their vulnerability. So, basically, 8’s build up their egos as a defense mechanism— which is where the unwavering self-confidence comes from. This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard this (just saying).
Don’t worry, Type 8’s aren’t only rigid and scary ice queens (and kings).
They like to challenge themselves, and others, to exceed expectations. And who doesn’t like a good challenge? On the same coin, sometimes self-reliant 8’s will set the bar too high, and won’t know when to ask for help. Luckily, an emotionally healthy 8 will use that “can do” attitude to drive change and get shit done. They tend to take the initiative, lead with passion, and are willing to take the heat when things don’t go as planned. They’re out there crushing to-do lists, you know? I’m here for it.
I can definitely relate to both Enneagram Type 7 and 8, and think I probably fall somewhere on the edge between the two. But regardless, they’re both pretty accurate, and I’m officially an Enneagram believer. I’m interested to hear what you think. Any other 7’s or 8’s out there? Did I miss anything? Let’s chat!