Sunday, February 19, 2006


Got this quiz from a friend. It's available at The Quick and Painless ENNEAGRAM Test

I have heard of Enneagrams from another source outside the Internet (i.e. my therapist); whether this particular quiz is truly useful, I can't be sure, of course, but I'm posting it here because:
a) The "results" talk about what I was like as a child (accurately, I think) and what I will be like as a parent (yikes!) in ways that make sense when I consider how I am as a teacher.

b) These "results" mesh with how I feel a lot of the time. Particularly right now.

the Helper
Test finished! you chose CX - your Enneagram type is TWO.

"I must help others"

Helpers are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's

How to Get Along with Me

  • Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.

  • Share fun times with me.

  • Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus
    on yours.

  • Let me know that I am important and special to you.

  • Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.

    In Intimate Relationships

  • Reassure me that I am intersting to you.

  • Reassure me often that you love me.

  • Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.

What I Like About Being a Two

  • being able to relate easily to people and to make friends

  • knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better

  • being generous, caring, and warm

  • being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings

  • being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor

What's Hard About Being a Two

  • not being able to say no

  • having low self-esteem

  • feeling drained from overdoing for others

  • not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish

  • criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should

  • being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to

  • working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real

Twos as Children Often

  • are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism

  • try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding

  • are outwardly compliant

  • are popular or try to be popular with other children

  • act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention

  • are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Twos), or quiet and shy
    (the more introverted Twos)

Twos as Parents

  • are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm
    and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)

  • are often playful with their children

  • wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?"

    "Have I caused irreparable damage?"

  • can become fiercely protective


Green Dads said...

Hi there Lo,
Read your comment over at my blog. You mentioned that you think we know some people in common and now I am intrigued. I read through some of your blog to see if I could get some hints but didn't.

The Enneagram test you posted was interesting, I decided to check it out and may post my results.

Calliope said...

yo Lo-
link away! I'll add yours this week as well!

Lorem ipsum said...

Hi Lo!

Thanks for coming by my blog!

I took the test - I'm a six, 'affectionate and skeptical.' Which is probably the nicest thing out of the whole description. Yeah, we're also good at beating ourselves up.