Understanding your own enneatype gives you a tremendous advantage for key career decisions:

  • Determine a secret ingredient in how to market yourself
  • Highlight the intangible assets you bring to the workplace
  • Target the roles where you will naturally excel
  • Identify which organizations desperately need you

When you read the type descriptions on this site you may relate to more than one description. While all people can relate to all the types to some degree, each of us has a primary enneatype that we exhibited since we were young and that stays with us until we die. Unlike in many other assessment tools, where individuals fall within a spectrum between different personality measurements, in this assessment tool, your primary enneatype does not change. You certainly mature, learn and grow over time; however, your enneatype is a constant. You are working within its parameters throughout your life.

What motivates you?

Nine types are motivated by nine distinct goals:

Since your enneatype describes a powerful constant for you, why not find out what motivates you, and leverage it to your benefit? Without being aware of the unique parameters that we work within, we often make the mistake of assuming that other people think the same way we do. We don't realize the bias that we bring to the table in each work problem, each conversation, each negotiation, etc. While bias can be a handicap, it can also be an asset. Each type has a unique skill set to perceive things that others don't see as well as you do.

Your enneatype is the "secret ingredient" you bring to your career that can help you excel. It's not only advantageous to become aware of your own motivations and how you might be perceived by others, but it is also useful to identify other people's hidden goals. Often the people you work with are not aware of their own enneatypes. When you become familiar with the nine enneatypes, you can spot them in others and often surprisingly predict how others will think. You also get insight into how they react to you and which measures are best to take in different work situations.

Fruitful differences

No personality type is better or worse than another. Each type has its strengths and weaknesses. A person of any enneatype can do any job, however each type approaches it slightly differently. There is no hierarchy here, only differences worth appreciating. When a work group is made up entirely of people with the same personality type, it can be detrimental to the team's effectiveness. Individuals of each type bring something important to the table. Building diversity into a team arms it with a wider variety of skills. And understanding which roles you play best for an organization helps you communicate to others what makes you uniquely invaluable.

Professional Typing Interviews

Certain enneatypes are look-alikes. You may find it difficult to decide between two or three types that resonate with you. By posing to you a battery of personalized questions you can't get in online tests, a professional interviewer can help you get to the bottom of the key motivations that drive your activities and decisions day to day. Many individuals have a primary and a secondary enneatype they favor almost equally. An interviewer can help you identify these as well as which characteristics you take on in stressful situations versus when you are in a relaxed environment—states which can play into the complexity of your enneatype. Email ingrid.stabb.som.99@aya.yale.edu to inquire about the availability of typing interviews in your geographic area.