Okay, I'm going to get a little woo-woo on you here. But I've just taken the Enneagram personality test and am simply fascinated by it!
Apparently, I'm primarily a Type 9 (The Peacemaker) with a secondary Type 4 (The Individualist). The descriptions of each are extensive and include advice for relating with others, how to be your best, and what your type is like at its worst, etc. So interesting!
Here's a bit from The Peacemaker description:
"Generally, Nines are patient, steady, easygoing, receptive, relaxed, unselfconscious, agreeable, uncomplicated, contented, comforting, sensual, and idealizing."
"In brief, Nines want to find unity and wholeness, to create harmony in their environment, to feel spacious and at ease, to emphasize the positive, to avoid conflicts and tension, to resist change and preserve things as they are, and to ignore whatever would upset or disturb them."
And here's a bit from The Individualist description:
"Generally Fours are intuitive, sensitive, impressionable, quiet, introspective, passionate, romantic, elegant, witty, imaginative, and self-expressive."
"Above all, Fours want their life to be a work of art. They want to achieve something beautiful despite the loneliness, suffering, and self-doubt they have so often felt."
Throughout the descriptions, I found myself nodding and agreeing with much of what was said. Not all, but a lot of it. Enough to feel that it's pretty accurate.
My mom thinks I shouldn't mention my ups and downs here on my blog. Not that I air all my dirty laundry, but I haven't felt the need to keep it all private either. And now that I've read my Enneagram descriptions, I can see that it's just part of my natural personality.
Fours "are emotionally honest and aren't afraid to reveal themselves to others, 'warts and all.'"
Which is true sometimes. In other words, when I'm not being my usual reserved self or when I'm with friends. And since you all are my friends, I feel free to share some of the bad along with the good.
So, while we're on the subject, I wanted to explain why I've been absent from the blog this past week when I usually post almost every day. Part of it is that I crashed a bit after working so intensely on the winter crafts ebook, part of it is that this is a hard time of year for me and the depression I sometimes feel can get a bit overwhelming, part of it is due to Halloween prep and parties and costumes, and part of it is because I came down with a nasty cold right after Halloween (and it's still a nasty cold!).
Anyway, between all those, I haven't been able to even look at the computer, let alone turn it on and write up a blog post. But I'm feeling better today and the Enneagram test and results were so interesting, I felt compelled to share.
Have you taken the enneagram test to find out your type? Did you think it was accurate and helpful?
There are a couple of books out there about the enneagram (The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types) and I'm going to see if I can get them from the library this week. This is fun in a self-knowledge kind of way, but I also want to better learn how I can use this information.
P.S. The pumpkin and marigold photos obviously have nothing to do with the enneagram. I came out onto the porch a couple weeks ago to see that Maia and a friend had decorated the pumpkin line-up with marigolds from our garden. And lacking a photo of myself taking an online personality test (super interesting, right?), I decided to take this as an excuse to share these pics.