An entry for the 2nd day/night in a row to keep the blogging momentum going. Everything in life (work, running, blogging and even watching dramas) is all about the magic M word – Momentum! Haha!
And I remembered that I had wanted to blog about Ennaegram readings, and so here I am 😛
A couple weeks back, I came across online an article about Ennaegram personality tests, and gives one an useful insight to the ‘type’ of person they are.
More about the Enneagram personality system here. Altogether, there are 9 distinct types of personality types under the Enneagram system.
I ended up going through the entire 200 question test. The result – I am a Type 5 The Investigator.
As extracted from Eclectic Energies:
Thinkers who tend to withdraw and observe
People of this personality type essentially fear that they don’t have enough inner strength to face life, so they tend to withdraw, to retreat into the safety and security of the mind where they can mentally prepare for their emergence into the world. Fives feel comfortable and at home in the realm of thought. They are generally intelligent, well read and thoughtful and they frequently become experts in the areas that capture their interest. While they are sometimes scientifically oriented, especially with the Six wing, just as many Fives are drawn to the humanities and it is not at all uncommon for Fives to have artistic inclinations. Fives are often a bit eccentric; they feel little need to alter their beliefs to accommodate majority opinion, and they refuse to compromise their freedom to think just as they please. The problem for Fives is that while they are comfortable in the realm of thought, they are frequently a good deal less comfortable when it comes to dealing with their emotions, the demands of a relationship, or the need to find a place for themselves in the world. Fives tend to be shy, nonintrusive, independent and reluctant to ask for the help that others might well be happy to extend to them.
Fives are sensitive; they don’t feel adequately defended against the world. To compensate for their sensitivity, Fives sometimes adopt an attitude of careless indifference or intellectual arrogance, which has the unfortunate consequence of creating distance between themselves and others. Trying to bridge the distance can be difficult for Fives, as they are seldom comfortable with their social skills, but when they do manage it, they are often devoted friends and life long companions.
Fives are usually somewhat restrained when it comes to emotional expression, but they often have stronger feelings than they let on. Few people know what is going on beneath the surface, as Fives have an often exaggerrated need for privacy and a deep seated fear of intrusion. Because of their sensitivity and their fears of inadequacy, Fives fear being overwhelmed, either by the demands of others or by the strength of their own emotions. They sometimes deal with this by developing a minimalistic lifestyle in which they make few demands on others in exchange for few demands being made on them. Other Fives make their peace with the messiness of life and engage it more fully, but they almost always retain their fears that life is somehow going to demand more of them than they can deliver.
Fives, especially with the Four wing, sometimes mistype themselves as Fours. Such Fives recognize that they have strong emotions and don’t identify with the often extremely cerebral portrait of type Five. But, Fives, unlike Fours, always retain some degree of discomfort when it comes to the expression of their emotional states. However much facility they may gain with it, the language of emotion is not their native tongue.
(Note: Highlighted the parts that strongly reflect myself, especially even more so at the current moment after last week’s events)
Taking wings into account – I am a 5w6.
This means I am a Type 5 with 6 wings – which translates into being a Problem Solver as described here.
Well well well …… in gist, I enjoy analysing and solving problems, observing the various stuff happening around me, reading and discovering about new things – and thinking through them. I also have a difficult personality (at times). I can be disengaged at times, to the point of retreating and withdrawing into my own space for a prolonged period of introspection and reflection (to put it in slang, just chill :P)
So I must say, this Enneagram Test is quite on point, and definitely insightful.