Enneagram: What Type are You?

By: Steven Miller

Enneagram: What Type are You?
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About This Quiz

Are you a believer in the human psyche as a blend of nine interconnected personality types? If so, this is the quiz for you. We're going to ask you 30 very specific questions. Based on your answers to each one, we will be able to tell you what Enneagram type you are.

The word Enneagram is a derivative of the Greek words "ennea," which means "nine," and "gramma," which means something that is "written" or "drawn." This school of thought features nine distinct personality types that are separate but connected. Although there are pros and cons to the typology, the end goal of Enneagram typology is to enable the individual to format a plan, or a path, to enlightenment. The Enneagram of Personality has been used as a tool in business, spirituality, and the self-help community, and may be a significant tool that can be used to foster workplace harmony and self-actualization.

We've based our questions on factors that support each of the nine personality types. We know that, in reality, you are a combination of each of the nine types, but one of these types is dominant. Find out which Enneagram type you are by answering the questions in this quiz.

Let's get started.

Which famous person do you most relate to?
Morgan Freeman.
Robert De Niro.
Jerry Seinfeld.
Serena Williams.

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Do you tend to be idealistic in your thinking?
I wouldn't say that. I'm more focused on getting the job done.
I do tend to envision an ideal outcome to my efforts.
Not at all. I'm very practical.
I tend to be very upbeat and positive, but that's not the same as idealistic.

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How long does it take for someone to earn your trust?
It takes a very long time, but once they have earned it, they hold on to it forever.
I've been told that I have unrealistic expectations for people.
People have my trust right away. It takes a lot to lose it.
I tend not to trust people in general. I rely a lot on myself.

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Are you more aggressive or peaceful?
I'm a very peaceful person.
I prefer to mix things up a bit, which can feel more aggressive at times.
I'm an extremely aggressive person, but my intentions are usually good.
I tend to gravitate more towards peace and tranquility.

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Are you more likely to be in the role of leader or follower?
I generally prefer to be in a leadership position, but I can fall in line for the right leader.
I generally prefer to do my own thing.
I'm a total leader. No one else can hold a candle to my abilities.
I'm much more comfortable in a following role, as long as people aren't taking advantage of my agreeable nature.

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Generally, how do you deal with a stressful situation?
I take charge and lead the way.
I try to support others or negotiate a crisis to an end.
I tend to look for the opportunity in the chaos.
I look for support from those I trust.

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How much of a perfectionist are you?
As long as the vibe is right, I'm okay with things being imperfect.
I definitely spend a lot of my time searching for solutions that cause the least risk.
I'm a total perfectionist. It can become a problem.
I can get the best out of others. I'm usually fine just how I am.

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How much is anxiety an issue in your life?
Anxiety is for the weak.
I deal with a fair amount of anxiety. The world rarely matches up with my high expectations for it.
I deal with a massive amount of anxiety.
I tend to avoid anxious situations. I'm all about cultivating a peaceful and easy feeling.

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How long does it take you to make a major decision?
I go back and forth a lot. It can take a long time for me to make a decision.
I may consider things a bit, but I'm able to make a decision in a reasonable amount of time.
I don't hang out with a decision too long. I go with what feels right to my gut.
I'm very decisive. It doesn't take me long at all.

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Are you more laid-back or high-strung?
I'm totally laid-back.
I can get worked up about things from time to time.
I'm not really laid-back, but I don't get bent out of shape about things too much either.
I have to admit that I'm wound pretty tight.

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Which description of behavior at a party sounds the most like you?
I'll mix things up and try to engage with as many people as I can.
I'll probably stick to the edges of the party.
I'll be on the lookout for anyone not having a good time.
I'll greet everyone with a hug.

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How organized are you?
I have someone that handles that for me.
I'm not as organized as I should be.
I'm a very organized and meticulous person.
I tend to plan things out way in advance.

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How much time do you spend imagining possible outcomes in order to avoid negative situations?
I may do a bit of that, but I generally go with the flow.
I sometimes feel that that's all I do.
I'll run through scenarios on a pretty regular basis.
I just do what needs to be done. I don't worry about things in advance.

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How much influence would you say that you have on other people?
I am a highly influential person.
I do think people look up to me and value my opinion.
I try to stay out of other people's business.
I'm more supportive and encouraging than anything else.

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When was the last time you agreed to do something even though you didn't want to?
I did that in the last week.
It's been a while since I did that.
I did that today.
I can't recall ever doing that.

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Which career best fits your personality?
Caretaker.
Non-profit work.
Business owner.
Risk assessment.

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Would you consider yourself to be a patient person?
I do tend to lose my patience.
I'm a pretty patient person. I hate being rushed into anything.
I have patience, as long as your doing it my way.
I am a highly patient person.

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Would you consider yourself to be a reliable person?
I will go in whatever direction I think is best at any given time.
Honestly, I'm pretty flaky. You may want to find someone else.
I'm pretty reliable, but I do lose track of minor details once in a while.
If it absolutely needs to be done, I'm the one you want to rely on to get it done.

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How self-reliant are you?
I tend to be much more connected to other people.
I go my own way, but I do need support.
My work tends to involve cooperation with a number of people.
I am highly self-reliant, and I'm helping others to be more that way too.

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Would you consider yourself to be a creative person?
I'm not into artsy-fartsy stuff like that.
I'm creative in that I'm always looking for new solutions to problems.
My art definitely helps to soothe my soul.
I am very much an artist and a creative type.

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Which historical figure do you admire the most?
Mark Twain.
Mahatma Gandhi.
Abraham Lincoln.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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How important is it for you to be right?
It's not as important for me to be right as it is for everyone to get along.
It's definitely hard for me to admit when I'm wrong.
I'm pretty much always right anyways.
I have no issue admitting when I'm wrong.

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How confident are you?
I definitely believe in myself and my ideas.
I struggle with confidence. I'm filled with self-doubt.
I am supremely confident.
I have moments of doubt, but I'm generally pretty serene about things.

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Are you focused more on yourself or others?
I'm totally focused on myself.
I'm completely focused on others.
I'm split pretty equally between the two.
I consider other people's feelings all the time, but my thoughts do tend to center around myself.

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How stable is your life?
I am very centered, calm, and stable in life.
I strive to lead a stable life, but things do tend to be a bit of a roller coaster ride.
I go through phases where things are very stable and times when it is rocky.
I definitely like things a certain way, but things are in flux a lot.

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Which of the following is most important to your well-being?
Power.
Innovation.
Security.
Harmony.

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Do you feel like you're on a mission in your life?
Not really, I'm just trying to get by.
Absolutely, I'm called to make this world a better place.
I do feel that I'm here to increase the peace.
I'm definitely motivated to whip my fellow humans into shape.

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How important is it for you to feel supported?
That is a great feeling, but I'm more likely to be the one doing the supporting.
I definitely want my ideas to be embraced by others.
I don't need any support outside of myself.
I'm in big trouble if I don't feel supported.

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Would you consider yourself to be confrontational?
I have moments where I get confrontational, but it mostly happens when my ideas are challenged.
I try to avoid confrontation, but it might happen if my frustration builds up enough.
I'm very comfortable with confrontation. People need to be challenged.
Not at all. I hate confrontation.

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How likely are people to come to you with their problems?
People think of me as a leader, so I get that pretty often.
I get that all the time.
I do have some pretty great ideas.
People tend to not bring their issues to me.

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