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After reading the paragraphs and selecting the three most like you, please circle below the paragraphs you selected
Following are nine paragraphs that describe nine different personality types. None of these personality types is better or worse than any other. Each paragraph is meant to be a simple snapshot of one of the nine Enneagram types. No paragraph is intended to be a comprehensive description of an individualís personality.

1. Read the descriptions and pick the three paragraphs that fit you best.

2. Number these paragraphs from 1 to 3 with 1 being the paragraph that seems most like you, 2 the paragraph next most like you, and 3 the third most like you.

3. Each of the nine paragraphs may describe you to some degree, but choose the three that seem most like you.

In making your selections, please consider each paragraph as a whole rather than considering each sentence out of the context of its paragraph. Ask yourself, ďDoes this paragraph as a whole fit me better than any of the other paragraphs?Ē  If you find it difficult to choose the three paragraphs most like you, think about which description someone close to you would select to describe you. Because personality patterns are usually most prominent in young adult life, you may also ask yourself which one of these patterns would best fit you in your twenties.

Paragraph A

I approach things in an all-or-nothing way, especially issues that matter to me. Once I commit to something I am in for the long haul. I place a lot of value on being strong, honest, and dependable. What you see is what you get. I donít trust others until they have proven themselves to be reliable. I like people to be direct with me, and I know when someone is being devious, lying, or trying to manipulate me. I have a hard time tolerating weakness in people. I also have a hard time following orders or direction if I do not respect or agree with the person in authority. I am much better at taking charge myself and people tend to defer to me when things go wrong. I find it difficult not to display my feelings when I am angry. I am always ready to stick up for friends or loved ones, especially if I think they are being treated unjustly. I may not win every battle with others, but theyíll certainly know Iíve been there.  Others would see me as strong. Donít tell me a lie or cross me because I have a long memory.

Paragraph B

I have high internal standards for correctness, and I expect myself to live up to those standards. I have a strong internal critic and I am very hard on myself if I make a mistake or do the wrong thing. Itís easy for me to see whatís wrong with things as they are and to see how they could be improved. I may come across to some people as overly critical or demanding perfection, but itís hard for me to ignore or accept things that are not done the right way. I pride myself on the fact that if Iím responsible for doing something, you can be sure Iíll do it right. I sometimes have feelings of resentment when people donít try to do things properly or when people act irresponsibly or unfairly, although I usually try not to show it to them openly. For me, it is usually work before pleasure, and I suppress my desires as necessary to get the work done.

Paragraph C

I seem to be able to see all points of view pretty easily. I may even appear indecisive at times because I can see advantages and disadvantages on all sides. The ability to see all sides makes me good at helping people resolve their differences. This awareness of other peopleís views can sometimes stop me from making sure that I meet my own priorities.  It is not unusual for me to become distracted and then to get off task on the important things Iím trying to do. When that happens, my attention is often diverted to unimportant trivial tasks. I have a hard time knowing what is really important to me, I avoid conflict by going along with what others want and in fact conflict often makes me feel physically sick.  People tend to consider me to be very calm, easygoing, pleasing and agreeable. I am a good listener and people often come to talk with me if they have a problem. It takes a lot to get me to the point of showing my anger directly at someone, but sometimes annoyances build up and I can have a small outburst. Most people (except those very close to me) would not know if I was angry. I like life to be comfortable, harmonious, and others to be accepting of me.

Paragraph D

I am sensitive to other peopleís feelings. I can often see what they need, even before they know it themselves.   Sometimes itís frustrating to be so aware of peopleís needs, especially their pain or unhappiness, because Iím not able to do as much for them as Iíd like to. Itís easy for me to give of myself.  Sometimes I end up putting more energy into caring for others than into taking care of myself.  I am not as good at letting other people help me. It hurts my feelings if people think Iím trying to manipulate or control them when all Iím trying to do is understand and help them. I like to be seen as a warm-hearted and good person, but when Iím not taken into account or appreciated I can become very emotional or even demanding.  I have also been known to throw a tantrum. Emotional connection and good relationships mean a great deal to me, and Iím willing to work hard to make them happen.  It is important for me to be appreciated for what I do to help others.  

Paragraph E

Being the best at what I do is a strong motivator for me, and I have received a lot of recognition over the years for my accomplishments. I am always busy and get a lot done and am successful in almost everything I take on.  I do not like to fail and avoid doing things that I cannot do well at. I identify strongly with what I do, because to a large degree I think your value is based on what you accomplish and the recognition you get for it. I always have more to do than will fit into the time available, so I often set aside feelings and self-reflection in order to get things done. Because thereís always something to do, I find it hard to just sit and do nothing. I get impatient with people who donít use my time well or get in the way of my achieving. Sometimes I would rather just take over a project someone is completing too slowly. I like to feel and appear Ďon topí of any situation. While I like to compete, and have been competitive during my life I am also a good team player.

Paragraph F

I would characterise myself as a quiet, analytical person who needs more time alone than most people do. I usually prefer to observe what is going on rather than be involved in the middle of it. I donít like people to place too many demands on me or to expect me to know and report what I am feeling. Iím able to get in touch with my feelings better when alone than with others, and I often enjoy experiences Iíve had more when reliving them than when actually going through them. I am quite independent and Iím almost never bored when alone, because I have an active mental life. It is important for me to protect my time and energy and, hence, to live a simple, uncomplicated life and be as self sufficient as possible. I guard my privacy which is very important to me.

Paragraph G

I have a vivid imagination, especially when it comes to what might be threatening to safety and security. I can usually spot what could be dangerous or harmful and may experience as much fear as if it were really happening. I either always avoid danger or always challenge it head on. My imagination also leads to my ingenuity and a good, if somewhat offbeat, sense of humour. I would like for life to be more certain, but in general I seem to doubt the people and things around me. I can usually see the shortcomings in the view someone is putting forward. I am also very good at spotting hidden agendas. I suppose that, as a consequence, some people may consider me to be very astute. I tend to be suspicious of authority and am not particularly comfortable being seen as the authority. Because I can see what is wrong with the generally held view of things, I tend to identify with underdog causes. Once I have committed myself to a person or cause, I am very loyal to it.

Paragraph H

I am an optimistic person who enjoys coming up with new and interesting things to do. I have a very active mind that quickly moves back and forth between different ideas. I like to get a global picture of how all these ideas fit together, and I get excited when I can connect concepts that initially donít appear to be related. I like to work on things that interest me, and I have a lot of energy to devote to them. I have a hard time sticking with unrewarding and repetitive tasks and can get bored easily if the work is not interesting.  I like to be in on the beginning of a project, during the planning phase, when there may be many interesting options to consider. When I have exhausted my interest in something, it is difficult for me to stay with it, because I want to move on to the next thing that has captured my interest. If something gets me down, I prefer to shift my attention to more pleasant ideas. I tend to avoid painful situations and like to keep things upbeat. I believe people are entitled to an enjoyable life.   Freedom is very important to me and I like to keep my options open, so I sometimes avoid making a commitment that could potentially entrap me.

Paragraph I

I am a sensitive person with intense feelings. I often feel misunderstood and lonely, because I feel different from everyone else. My behaviour can appear like drama to others, and I have been criticized for being overly sensitive and over-amplifying my feelings. What is really going on inside is my longing for both emotional connection and a deeply felt experience of relationship. I have difficulty fully appreciating present relationships because of my tendency to want what I canít have or to disdain what I do have. The search for emotional connection has been with me all my life, and the absence of emotional connection has led to melancholy and depression. I can experience a wide range of emotions during a day, from high highs to low lows. I sometimes wonder why other people seem to have more than I do Ė better relationships and happier lives. I have a refined sense of aesthetics, and I experience a rich world of emotions and meaning.  I have felt growing up that I was a little different to other people. Being authentic is very important to me.

Adapted from "The Essential Enneagram" by David Daniels and Virginia Price