Saturday, 23 May 2015

My 2015 Enneagram Report

Continuing with my sharing the results of the various psychometrics I've been through, in this post I share a very recent report called the "Integrative Enneagram". The report is created from the responses I made to a series of multiple choice / scenario / feeling type questions. You can find free samples of these tests online...

What is the Enneagram...?
The Enneagram is a geometric figure that delineates the nine basic personality types of human nature and their complex inter-relationships. Each of these nine types has its own way of relating to others, its own set of perceptions and preoccupations, its own values and approaches to life. Each relates to others in different but understandable ways. The Enneagram helps everyone understand that there are nine different points of view, nine distinct sets of values, nine different communication styles, nine ways of solving problems - and so forth - that are all equally useful and valid. All of the types have something necessary to contribute to a thriving, balanced world.

Enneagram Figure
Why Use the Enneagram?
To develop Self Mastery: Do you know what makes you tick? So that you can become more self-aware. Improve Self Development so you recognise and build on your strengths, and improve your weaknessses. Better Interpersonal skills - recognise 9 different personality types, nine ways of communicating & solving problems, respecting differences in order to coach your workers and enhance personal relationships.

My Enneagram Report: it turns out I am a 3 with a 2-wing
Type 3: The Achiever
The adaptable, ambitious type. Focused, excelling, driven, and image-conscious. Threes know how to work efficiently to get the job done according to customer expectations. Often attractive, charming and energetic, they are conscious of the image they project of themselves as well as of their team and company. They like getting recognition and are attracted to success and positions of prestige. They can be competitive and workaholics, driven by the need for status and personal advancement, deteriorating into cutting corners to stay ahead. At their best, they are accomplished and admirable, often seen as inspiring role models by others.
Type 2: The Mentor / Helper
The helpful, interpersonal type. Generous, appreciative, people-pleasing, and possessive. Twos are sensitive to the needs of others and seek to be of service. They appreciate the talents of others and act as confidants and guides, good at networking people and services. However, they typically have trouble saying no to requests and tend to become stressed by trying to help others too much. They dislike impersonal rules and work situations and can deteriorate into favouritism and time-wasting personal over-involvements. At their best, they are empathetic and generous and help build team interpersonal connections.

Snippets from my Report, you can download the full report here.

As a “doer” and a goal-directed person, you focus on the task at hand and achieving your goals. In working towards your goals you will be extremely focused.
You are very adaptive. The Ennea 3 is often referred to as the “chameleon”. You will therefore change your persona by adopting the role, behaviour, communication and even presentation to suit the audience you are working with and trying to impress. You are highly competitive and this competitiveness will come to the fore at work and with recreational activities. Some Ennea 3’s are very drawn to activities that allow for individual competition and achievement, while more social Ennea 3’s are drawn to winning teams.
In a team environment, you may find yourself drawn to a leadership role within the team. Others are likely to experience you as very energetic.
You dress for success and will make sure that the way you look serves your purpose, ambitions and audience.

You are likely to be very adept at framing mistakes and failures as “learning opportunities”. This allows you to quickly move on from these failures rather than dwelling on them and taking the setbacks personally.
As an intellectually calculating individual, your mental energy is focused on your goals and what it takes to achieve them. Your thought processes is likely to be quick,enabling you to adapt to your environment and the people around you. You will therefore frequently “assess” or read the situation to ensure that you are acting, engaging and communicating in a way that will enhance your chances of success.
You may over-identify with your work to the point where what you do defines who you are. You are likely to spend a lot of time mentally comparing yourself to others, leading to feelings of relative deficiency or superiority. You find it easy to connect to data that supports your point of view, while other information will quickly fade away.

You prefer to set emotions aside and will seldom have any time for self-reflection or talking about your feelings. You are good at detaching from your emotions. This is especially true of feelings that relate to anxiety, sadness and fear. You may find it easier to connect to frustration and anger, unless the people involved are key to your success, in which case you will struggle to fully connect to these
A lot of your feeling centre will focus on how other people are reacting to you. Projecting confidence is very important to you. You want to look confident and will mask feelings that may detract from this image. Others are therefore likely to experience you as unmoved, focused and even somewhat serious. Under continued pressure or when faced with the possibility of failure, you
are however likely to become more short-tempered and snappy.
Your external optimism is projected outwardly but on the inside you may be feeling more distrustful than your positive behaviour reveals to others.

Blind Spots
The Ennea 3 is very aware of presentation and image. This can become self-deceptive when you start believing your PR about yourself. In over-identifying with your public image, you may lose touch with who you really are and confusion between your real self and your job or role in the world. Others may also tune into this, experiencing you as insincere, opportunistic and uncaring.
The Ennea 3 finds it difficult to discuss negative issues and will often rush or dismiss such conversations. This will be particularly true if the criticism points towards your mistakes and
Your goal-orientation and drive may lead to others experiencing you as impatient, rushed and dismissive. These behaviours will be intensified when you’re dealing with people that come across as
incompetent and that may make you “look bad”. Your confidence may be projected as certainty. Whereas certainty easily seems like a good thing, it can seem dismissive of alternative perspectives, thereby keeping people out of a conversation. It may decrease their openness to your inputs, plans and goals.

Wing Sub-Type
You are a Type 3 with wing 2, that of the Considerate Helper. This flavours your main type with Involvement.
Your wing type describes the flavour or unique aspects that colour your main Enneagram type. This is indicated through one of the two adjacent types to your main type. Most individuals have a dominant wing type of the two adjacent types, although for some individuals who are more mature or have done a lot of psychological and spiritual development work, you may have both wings coming to the fore in some way. The latter is the exception rather than the rule. Your wing complements your main type. To understand the proportion or intensity to which this complementary
effect is present in your profile, you need to consider the score of your wing type relative to your main type. If both are almost equally high, your wing type will flavour your main type in a marked way, whereas a much lower score on the wing type, will generally show a more negligible impact on how your type presents itself in your life and behaviour. One of the main pathways to development, lies through your wing.

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