Sunday, March 15, 2009

Maybe I'm Just Having a Very Fourish Day

So, I just tried a couple of Enneagram tests I hadn't tried before. Prior to today, I had maintained a perfect record of scoring as a type 5 on every e-gram tests ever. I was a paragon of the type. But today, I'm 0 for 2.
Here are the tests:

First, the Ennegram Personality Type Indicator. It typed me as a 4. Type 5 was tied for second (with type 3!)

Next, the TestCafe Ennegram Test. It also typed me as a 4.

Friends, have you all noticed some sort of personality drift on my part, or are these tests just wrong?

Here's Brad from Enneagram Book on e-gram testing: "The BEST way to find out your type is to have a chat with somewhat who knows the Enneagram pretty well. They’ll be able to nail you down easily. The 2nd BEST way is to get an Enneagram book and learn a bit more about the types and go from there. The WORST way, (but the most fun!) is to use... Enneagram Tests."

Here, here Brad! Except I would rank the books over the consultation, but maybe that's because I'm one of those individualistic, withdrawn types. On that, myself and the tests agree.

10 comments:

Brad said...

Thanks for the link. You might be right about the book being better than another person, but I gotta say that my weekend with Helen Palmer gave me a whole new insight into what the types were about.

Keep up the amazing posts, I love hearing from you two!

Cindi said...

Thanks Brad. I liked what you said about the tests so much. Mary Beth and I did a weekend workshop with Helen Palmer, but she wasn't so much into typing. She wanted to meditate and lecture about Evagrius. When you spoke of talking to someone who knows the e-gram pretty well, I was picturing people talking to me and Mary Beth or the like, and we're fallible. But then again, so is self-perception. I think once you've got the inside and outside views lined up, that's the type.

Anonymous said...

I came out 4 or 9 on the first one (with four points each) and 6 came in third with 3 points.

Anonymous said...

This is Mary Beth. My results on the second one was 4 and my results on the first one was a tie 4 and 9 (the previous comment was me.) So it's not just you!

Amy said...

9types.com called me a 5. When does that happen? I guess that's a strike against the likelihood of it correctly identifying you as a 4. (It absolutely thinks that I'm not a 4, giving me a -5)

Amy said...

I think testcafe called me a 3-- "The motivator" My tests didn't agree but I don't like this answer so I'll disregard it :). At the same time, I don't tend to think of their description of a 3: The success-oriented, practical type, who is constantly on the search for ways to improve careers and relationships, yet often neglects the obvious important things.

Megan said...

I came out as a tie between a 3 and an 8 on this, with third place going to 6. At least my tests are consistent, if not accurate.

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Lerie said...

Cindi, i'm a 5 and i think there are certain things that gives us away very clearly.
Are you embarrassed or even offended by obnoxious or silly behaviour? Definitely a five.
Can you spend days in your own company without having to see another sole? Definitely a five.
Do you always see both sides of the coin and can therefore be accepting of most people? Definitely a five?
Do you dislike small talk partly because you could not be bothered with nonsense, partly because you cannot think of a thing to say - particularly to a 3 or another 5 you have nothing in common with... definitely a five!

Perhaps you weren't having a 4 day, perhaps you moved into your 7 because we don't get more than only our 'unhealthy' behaviour from there - depending on the circumstances.

don't think about it too much, let it come to you.

good luck!

Cindi said...

I think seeing both sides/ acceptance is more 9 than 5, but the dislike of small talk is a 5 giveaway for sure.