The Enneagram Personality Types

The Enneagram is a set of nine personality types, with one type being a dominant personality type, complemented by another 'wing' element which makes up a second-side to your personality.  Of all the different personality assessments, this is my favourite.  An excellent tool for improving self-awareness and why people behave the way they do.

Type 1 - The Reformer, Perfectionist - making things right in the world

Type 2 - The Helper, Giver - the needs and wants of others

Type 3 - The Achiever, Motivator - Suceeding by getting things done

Type 4 - The Individualist, Romantic - Being special and unique

Type 5 - The Investigator, Observer - Learning all there is to know

Type 6 - The Loyal Skeptic, Questioner - Being the devil's advocate

Type 7 - The Enthusiast, Adventurer - Enjoying and experiencing life

Type 8 - The Challenger, Protector - Being strong and in control

Type 9 - The Peacemaker, Mediator - Maintaining peace and harmony


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI measures preferences with 16 personality types across 4 scales related to:

1. Where you prefer to get and focus your energy or attention (Introversion/Extraversion)

Extraverts are energized by the outer world of people and things.  Introverts are energized by their inner world of thoughts and ideas.  Therefore, Extraverts tend to be more naturally active, expressive, social, and interested in many things, whereas Introverts tend to be more reserved, private, cautious, and interested in fewer interactions, but with greater depth and focus.

2. What kind of information you prefer to gather and trust (Sensing/Intuition)

Sensors use their five senses to notice the facts, details, and realities of the world around them.  Intuitives are more interested in connections and relationships between facts as well as the meaning , or possibilities of the information.  Sensors tend to be practical and literal people, who trust past experience and often have good common sense.  Intuitives tend to be imaginative, theoretical people who trust their hunches and pride themselves on their creativity.

3. What process you prefer to use in making decisions (Thinking/Feeling)

Thinkers make decisions based on logic and objectivity, what makes the most sense and will work.  Feelers make decisions based primarily on their personal values and how they feel about their choices.  Therefore, Thinkers tend to be impersonal, analytical, and are convinced by logical reasoning.  Feelers tend to be sensitive and empathetic to the feelings of others, and are compelled by extenuating circumstances and a constant search for harmony.

4. How you prefer to deal with the world around you, your 'lifestyle' (Judging/Perceiving)

Judgers prefer to live in an orderly way and are happiest in a fairly predicatable environment, where they can make decisions and feel settled.  Perceivers prefer to live in a spontaneous way, so they like flexibility and to keep their options open.  Therefore, Judgers tend to be organized and productive while Perceivers tend to be flexible, curious, and nonconforming.

Personality Portraits

The model assumes we are all born with a preference for four of the eight personality traits that the MBTI measures.  Although we use all eight preferences, one in each pair tends to be more developed. 

Each four-letter type consists of a combination of one preference from each of the above pair of traits.  A person who prefers Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling and Judging (nothing to do with being judgmental) is referred to as an ESFJ.  There are sixteen possible combinations or types.


The Examiner

“Do it right”


The Nurturer

“A high sense of duty”


The Protector

“Catalysts for positive change”


The Strategist

“Everything has room for improvement”


The Mechanic

“Ready to try anything once”


The Artist

“It’s the thought that counts”


The Idealist

“Noble service to aid society”


The Thinker

“Ingenious problem solvers”


The Doer

“Let’s get busy”


The Entertainer

“Don’t worry – be happy”


The Inspirer

“Anything’s possible”


The Visionary

“One exciting challenge after another”


The Guardian

“Life’s administrators”


The Caregiver

“What can I do for you?”


The Giver

“Smooth talking persuaders”


The Boss

“Natural leaders”


DISC Personality Profile

This is a very simple self-assessment based on an acronym represented by the four letters:

D - Dominant/Driver - people who are typically forceful, direct, like to take charge, enjoys challenges; seeks control

I - Influencing/Inspiring - people who are typically optimistic, motivational, friendly and talkative; seeks recognition

S - Steady/Supporter - people who are typically steady, patient, loyal, cooperative and practical, good team player; seek acceptance

C - Conscientious/Implementer - people who are typically precise, sensitive and analytical; seek accuracy.