How Determining Your Enneagram Types Can Help You Make Happier, Better Choices

Posted on: 4 November 2015

Enneagram tests are a type of personality test that reveals things about yourself that you may already know and some things you do not. In recent years, some major corporations have resorted to using various personality tests, like the enneagram, to determine if candidates for open positions would be a good team fit. However, the enneagram test can also help you determine how your personality types and traits affect your decisions and outcomes. Here is how to use the enneagram types to make better decisions, which should result in happier and/or more harmonious outcomes.

The Nine Enneagram Types

According to this personality test, there are nine personality types, which can criss-cross and intermingle to become a unique personality. These personality types are as follows:

  1. Reformer
  2. Helper
  3. Achiever
  4. Individualist
  5. Investigator
  6. Loyalist 
  7. Enthusiast
  8. Challenger
  9. Peacemaker

If you take the Enneagram test and find out that you are primarily a Loyalist with Helper and Peacemaker tendencies, you can use this information for everything from selecting a complementary mate to finding your niche at work. Bosses and partners who are looking for someone who will stick around for a long time, be ready to assist with anything, and smooth over ruffled feathers and/or keep their calm under less-than-friendly situations will find you the ideal person for the job or the long-lasting relationship they crave. You will be most happy if you find employment under an Achiever or someone who is primarily a Helper according to his or her Enneagram results.

When You Do Not Know the Other Person's Enneagram Results

If you know for a fact that a company uses enneagram to test all of its potential employees, then you may want to ask your (future) boss or supervisor what his or her results were (if he or she is willing to share). If their enneagram results do not mesh well with your own, you may want to reconsider a job offer or take a chance that you might be very unhappy serving under this person. Likewise, if you are dating someone and want to really get to know him or her a little better, see if he or she is willing to take an enneagram test. If your potential mate is not unwilling and even a little curious him- or herself, it will help you uncover any personality traits that you did not see or traits that could become a problem in the relationship later on.