Enneagram Test

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : December 15, 2005

I get a kick out of free personality tests.  I recently took the "enneagram" which was, I think, created by Scientologists.  I’ve noticed that a few bloggers out there have enneagram results on their blogs, so I thought I’d take the enneagram too.  I’m not sure if my results fit me.  I’ll let those of you who know me well chime in and tell me if these are accurate:

I was strongest in "the enthusiast."

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A close second was "the challenger."

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2 Responses to “Enneagram Test”

  1. Paul M. on December 19th, 2005 12:12 pm

    About the enneagram: I took this test at a Lutheran seminary before going on internship. They wanted to highlight strengths and weaknesses. The Seminary folks put a lot of creedance in it too. The more I came to learn about the enneagram, the less interested (and frightened) I became about it.

    It turns out that the enneagram has a few thousand years of history. It primarily came from points Far East. That being said, it has become the rage here in the US, fitting into forms of New Age-like spirituality. Folks in my own church have used it to describe where you are in your discipleship. (I prefer to use more ‘traditional’ markers, like: first-fruits giving, service to fellow humans, a lifestyle of worship, and loving thy God kind of stuff).

    There is no central body who meets to set the limits and standards on the Enneagram, like they do for Meyers Briggs and other personality tests. If you have an interpretation of your results, you are perfectly capable of becoming an enneagram guru yourself. It’s akin to taking your own MRI and reading the results for yourself.

    When I meet the creator of the enneagram in heaven someday, I expect to hear this as a response: “I only intended it as a parlor trick, a drinking game really, to pass the time.”

    The enneagram is fun to take, sometimes freakishly accurate, but to place one’s belief in it is dangerous.

  2. Dave Ruark on December 29th, 2005 2:18 am

    One of my professors at Regent College, Dr. James Houston, really liked the enneagram because he felt it was the only one of the popular personality tests that takes sin seriously. He was all about the double knowledge (Knowing God and knowing self) and so put value in things that helped you to know yourself.

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