Enneagram Typing: My Next Stop

Naturally I could not limit myself to the MBTI, Socionics, and Neuro-PQ! Next on my list of typology subjects to explore in greater depth was my enneagram typing.

Trying Typing with Online Tests

Over a few months’ time I took a number of online assessments of my type. There was never a problem identifying my main enneagram type. Without a doubt I am a One. I was almost positive that I was a 1w2. Figuring out the tritype and instinctual variant was a bit more problematic. I wavered between 2w1 and 4w5 for my heart center; and was all over the map on the third element, the head center. In no particular temporal order, tests I took yielded the following results (with correct typing highlighted):

Enneagram Test Results

As can clearly be seen, trying to type oneself with online tests produces results which are neither accurate nor consistent. What to do? I discovered that there are people who do enneagram typing via personal interview.

 

Trying Typing with Personal Interview

Ennneagram DiagramIt just so happened that I was already familiar (on Twitter and Facebook) with someone who does enneagram typing. Indeed, I had watched on YouTube as Kat Passionate typed Jack Oliver Aaron of the World Socionics Society. What did I have to lose? My head center preference (5, 6, or 7) was testing all over the place, aside from being consistently among my lowest scores. So, I arranged with Kat for an interview at True Generations.

Early in April 2020 we did the interview through a Facebook Messenger audio call. I really enjoyed speaking with Kat, who is warm and enthusiastic. As an interesting side note, she suffers from fibromyalgia–as I do–and we were able to share some thoughts on that as well as my enneagram tritype. After a lengthy discussion of my attitudes and behavior, we reached a viable conclusion as to my enneagram type: 1w2 2w1 6w5 sx/so.

As a follow-up to the interview, Kat shared a number of resources that helped me understand my type, tritype, and instinctual variant better. I am very glad to have settled on a typing that I feel is accurate for me.

Haunted by Carl Jung

Ancient History

Many years ago (in the early 1970s) Dr. Morrel Clute, one of my professors in the College of Education at Wayne State University, introduced us to the Jungian model of perception-judgment styles and speculated on how each might respond to various teaching styles. I was so intrigued with the idea of matching teaching methods to students’ perception-judgment styles that I designed the experiment for my doctoral dissertation on this foundation. At that time, I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and learned that I was an ENFP.

Revival

I am not exactly sure what prompted the intense revival of my interest in Jung’s personality styles earlier this year. I began to search for online tests and found a number of websites which offered them. I was surprised to learn that nearly all of the ones I took typed me as an INFJ (although the preference strengths varied from test to test).

Seeking further information about myself, I also looked for online cognitive function tests on the web. One that I found was at SimilarMinds.com. The results of the test are presented below. Apparently they were so strange that my “type” could not be determined from them. I was not sure what to make of this!

Jungian Functions Test Results

Te (Extroverted Thinking) |||||| 30%
Ti (Introverted Thinking) |||||||||| 35%
Ne (Extroverted Intuition) |||||||||||| 50%
Ni (Introverted Intuition) |||||||||||||||||||| 85%
Se (Extroverted Sensing) || 5%
Si (Introverted Sensing) |||||||||||| 50%
Fe (Extroverted Feeling) |||||||||||||| 55%
Fi (Introverted Feeling) |||||||||||||||||||| 85%

Take Free Jungian Functions Test
Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com

I found a number of other tests on the site. One was called a “Jung Word Test,” and its results were consistent with those I got on other sites.

INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

Free Jung Word Test (similar to Myers-Briggs)
Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com

Another test promised results for both my Jungian type and my Enneagram (previous results on that revealed 1w2). The results are shown below.

INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Orderliness |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 60%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||| 26%
Type 4 Individualism |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 5 Intellectualism |||||| 23%
Type 6 Security Focus |||||| 26%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 33%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||||| 73%
Type 9 Calmness |||||| 26%

Your main type is 1
Your variant is social

Free Jung + Enneagram Personality Test
Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com

Retest

I finally decided to invest in a retake of the (updated since the 70s) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which indicated that I am an INFJ; and then the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Level II, which labeled me an “Emergent INFJ.” The Level II was interesting because it broke down the dichotomies into components, revealing both typical-of-type and atypical traits.

I began to find MBTI aficionados on Twitter and Facebook, and followed many of them. One of them even designed a 29-question personality test that I found interesting…and accurate. Take the quiz here.

My search for self-understanding continues.