What Do The Different Enneagram Types Mean? They’re Extremely Specific

When trying to discover your personality type, there are lots of places to turn to on the internet: you can take the Myers-Briggs personality test to determine your type, you can simply Google "personality test" to see an array of options, or you can keep it simple with a social media quiz (OK, they might not be the most accurate, but they're fun!). One other way to find out more about your personality is to check out the Enneagram test. This test will clue you in to your type, which could reveal a lot about you. So what do the different Enneagram types mean?

Before you understand that, you'll need the basics of what, exactly, the Enneagram test is. The Enneagram test gives you your basic personality type. According to the official website, "Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other pre-natal factors being the main determinants of our type. This is one area where most all of the major Enneagram authors agree — we are born with a dominant type."

This one dominant type is what shapes our childhood, making us who we are today. The test acknowledges that you might see yourself in many of the different types — maybe even all of them — and, yes, you might have those traits. But the point is that your one basic type is the most important.

You can figure out your type on the official Enneagram Institute website, where you'll have to pay $12 or use a code to take a test. The results are really interesting, and if you're trying to learn more about yourself, the cost is worth it. Once you know your type number, find out exactly what it means below: