It didn’t take long after meeting my partner for her to ask me — or should I reframe that — require me to take the Enneagram personality test. It was Spring 2020 the world was mid stream down a global pandemic and I had no idea what an Enneagram even was. Though if push came to shove, I’d probably settle on it being some non invasive medical procedure.
Somewhat reluctantly I followed the link she’d sent and I proceeded to take the online questionnaire and not long after the results were in—I was a seven!
But what was a seven? I had no idea if that was either a good or a bad thing. Upon disclosing the findings I learned this rather smart, beautiful and funny woman I was just begining to fall in love with was a type seven as well.
I suppose I was relieved, it meant my flaws were her flaws, we shared the same strengths and weaknesses and delving a little deeper into the Enneagram landscape I learned there are certain personalities types which are more preferable than others!
In the last year or two I have come to better understand the value of this popular personality test. Simply put it breaks down everyone into nine groups. Each one has their virtues and vices and it’s not only fiancés-to-be who use the test, it’s become widely practiced by psychologists and councillors the world over.
At the heart of the Enneagram is the increased ability to understand yourself, gaining insights into what subconsciously drives our particular personality structure. On top of this, it teaches to better approach and appreciate what drives others around us.
Over Christmas my partner brought me and the rest of the family these Enneagram cards below. They’ve been surprisingly informative and I look forward to using them throughout the year.
A few people have seen the cards and asked her for the link to them. So with that in mind, I put this list of useful Enneagram literature together to assist those looking to learn the basics and for those seeking to go deeper into there understanding of this area of learning.
Enneagram Cards With Kate
Enneagram Reflection Cards: Type 1 to 9 – Positive Affirmations, Meaningful Questions, and Thoughtful Prompts Designed to Encourage Self-Reflection, Personal Growth, and Mindfulness.
This initial gift led me to think what else is out there to expand my knowledge of Enneagrams and here are a few gems I’ve found.
The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
Two highly accurate questionnaires for determining your type.
Vivid individual profiles focused on maximizing each type’s potential and minimizing predictable pitfalls
Spiritual Jump Starts, Wake-Up Calls, and Red Flags for each type.
Dozens of individualized exercises and practical strategies for letting go of troublesome habits, improving relationships, and increasing inner freedom
Revealing insights into the deepest motivations, fears, and desires of each type.
The road back to you has sold 750,000 Copies Sold Worldwide.
A unique approach― practical and comprehensive. This book is a way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God.
Witty and filled with stories, it allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about your own number. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people’s eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do.
Check it out here — The road back to you.
This best seller is a method of discerning someone’s personality, their gifts, and the reasons for their “favorite sin” has POWER.
Dating back to the Desert Fathers, it helps reveal the “true” self over against the “false”, or “shadow”, self.
“An outstanding book that offers precise steps to take to wake up to the self-limiting habits of your personality, get out of your own way, and give yourself the gift of accessing more of your higher-more authentic-self.” Ian Morgan Cron, author, The Road Back to You: An EnneagramJourney to Self-Discovery
Well being comes in great measure from how we take control of our life on a physical and psychological level and through the Enneagram we have a powerful tool to assist with this life long endeavour to understand ourselves and those around us. I hope this list helps in that effort.