What the MBTI and enneagram tests tell you


Jessi Rich, Guest Writer

By now, it’s a well-known fact that the human psyche is deeply complex and unique to every person. A convoluted web of genetics and personal experiences–in other words, a combination of both nature and nurture–can generate a diverse spread of human personalities. Typology, or the psychological classification of these personalities, can delineate them through personality tests.


Chances are, you’ve probably taken one in one of your classes, or even at your job. After all, personality tests can be effective tools to help us better understand ourselves and how we work in certain situations. There are several widely-used personality tests out there, but chief among them are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the enneagram test.


Though these tests both explain your personality in some way, they notably measure different things. 


Your MBTI type, for example, classifies you based on four different categories. The first (I for Introversion or E for Extroversion), explains your source of personal energy. If being around large numbers of people excites you and leaves you feeling invigorated, you’re likely extroverted. If you recharge yourself by spending time alone and find certain social settings mentally and/or physically draining, you’re probably introverted.


The second (N for Intuition or S for Sensing), determines how you perceive information. If you pay more attention to smaller details and try to find the deeper meaning in things, you’re probably intuitive. A highly sensing person, on the other hand, is more pragmatic and big picture-oriented.


The third category (F for Feeling or T for Thinking), defines how you tend to make decisions. If you tune into your emotions or make decisions based on what your gut tells you, then you’d be classified under F. “Thinkers” tend to suppress emotions in their decision-making process and follow logic and fact instead.


Finally, the last category (J for Judging, P for Perceiving) covers how people see and interact with the world around them. Judgers are neat, organized and prefer their environments to be as well. Perceivers feel constrained by routine and like more spontaneous, flexible environments.


Psychology Junkie explains that while the four preferences in the MBTI test may give us some details about how our brains are wired, how everyone uses their “mental wiring will greatly vary from person to person.” In other words, even people within the same type might have different ways of using their talents or expressing themselves. 


The Enneagram Test can account for these differences and add even more detail to your typology. The main goals of the enneagram are to identify your basic fear and your driving desire, and it may even help you pick out the experiences in your childhood (whether pleasant or unpleasant) that shaped you into who you are.


The enneagram classifies people into nine different types, described below by The Enneagram Institute:


One: The Reformer — rational, idealistic type; perfectionistic and principled

Two: The Helper — caring, interpersonal type: generous and people-pleasing

Three: The Achiever — success-oriented, pragmatic type: image-conscious and driven

Four: The Individualist — sensitive, withdrawn type: expressive and dramatic

Five: The Investigator — intense, cerebral type: perceptive and innovative

Six: The Loyalist — committed, security-oriented type: responsible and anxious

Seven: The Enthusiast — busy, fun-loving type: spontaneous and versatile

Eight: The Challenger — powerful, dominating type: self-confident and decisive

Nine: The Peacemaker — easygoing, self-effacing type: receptive and complacent

A combination of both your MBTI and your enneagram results is a good way to gauge both who you are and who or where you want to be in the future. It may also teach you about your interpersonal relationships and why you get along with some people but just can’t seem to get along with certain others.


That being said, no personality test is going to nail every detail about you, and typology naturally has plenty of wiggle room and space for individuality. Still, there’s no denying the fact that these tests are a helpful and fun tool to give us insight into ourselves and the people around us.


So which type are you? Take the MBTI and the enneagram tests below to find out:


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator




By: Jessi Rich (INFJ, One)

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