catalyst challenge, day 2: enneagram

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Relaxing Music for the month: Awakening: Liquid Mind (12:11) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4558Ml1RuQ

Note: I hope you enjoy the relaxing music while completing the assessments!


Enneagram Type Assessment

The Enneagram is a personality assessment that describes human personality, with the aim to reveal how emotions drive our lives and how we engage with others in an effort to get what we want.

Check out this video for a brief explanation:

Here’s a brief explanation of the Nine Enneagram Types (from “The Enneagram Institute” – https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions):

  • Type One, “The Reformer” – Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience.
  • Type Two, “The Helper” – Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs.
  • Type Three, “The Achiever” – Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness.
  • Type Four, “The Individualist” – Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity.
  • Type Five, “The Investigator” – Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation.
  • Type Six, “The Loyalist” – Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent “troubleshooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion.
  • Type Seven, “The Enthusiast” – Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness.
  • Type Eight, “The Challenger” – Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable.
  • Type Nine, “The Peacemaker” – Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness.

After you watch the video, set aside 8-10 minutes to take the online assessment:

Once you complete the test, you will receive a Number (1 through 9) that represents your type. You will receive a synopsis of your results when done; you’ll also find descriptions here:

You want to check out these links for additional descriptions of your Enneagram number:

As you read the descriptions, write down your “Number Type” and FIVE (5) words from the description that seem to fit you best.

For further exploration, check out these links:

Have fun!


Bill’s Results

  • Four-letter code: Type 8 “The Challenger AND Type 3 “The Achiever”
  • Characteristics: independent; self-sufficient; driven; passionate; headstrong; energetic; confrontational; action-oriented
  • Note: I’ve taken the Enneagram on three different occasions using three different assessments – and I’ve gotten the similar scores for both Type 8 and Type 3 on each occasion. My wife Rebecca tells me that she’s a lot of both in me.

Catalyst Challenge Worksheet

Here’s the link to download:

If you have any questions/comments/thoughts, feel free to contact me at whjohnso@uncg.edu.


 

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