I’m a Helper – a 2 on the Enneagram Scale. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering and people-pleasing.
What is the Enneagram Personality Test? Simply put, your basic personality type. From one point of view, the Enneagram can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself.
How the test works. You answer 36 questions and they provide you with your personality style. While some things may not be spot on, it is a very strong generalization of who you are.
From the time we are born, we are looking for our place in society (from being the middle child to your grade in elementary school), these small tests help us to better understand how we fit in.
My thoughts. Super interesting to see your personality traits in a different light. Or something that I have viewed as a strength, my willingness to help others, as something that could be turned into a fault. The last statement under Personal Growth Recommendations of – “Learn to recognize the affection and good wishes of others, even when these are not in terms that you are familiar with” – is something I need to remind myself of frequently. We are all a work in progress, and I think tools like the Enneagram help us to realize our relationship weaknesses on our own.
Type Two Overview. People of this type are either the most genuinely helpful to other people or, when they are less healthy they are the most highly invested in seeing themselves as helpful. Being generous and going out of their way for others makes Twos feel that theirs is the richest, most meaningful way to live. The love and concern they feel—and the genuine good they do—warms their hearts and makes them feel worthwhile. Twos are most interested in what they feel to be the “really, really good” things in life—love, closeness, sharing, family, and friendship.
Personal Growth Recommendations for Type Two.
– Remember that if you are not addressing your own needs, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to meet anyone else’s needs without problems, underlying resentments, and continual frustration. Further, you will be less able to respond to people in a balanced way if you have not gotten adequate rest, and taken care of yourself properly. It is not selfish to make sure that you are okay before attending to others’ needs—it is simply common sense.
– Try to become more conscious of your own motives when you decide to help someone.
– While there are many things you might want to do for people, it is often better to ask them what they really need first.
– Resist the temptation to call attention to yourself and your good works. After you have done something for others, do not remind them about it. Let it be: either they will remember your kindness themselves and thank you in their own way or they will not. Your calling attention to what you have done for them only puts people on the spot and makes them feel uneasy. It will not satisfy anyone or improve your relationships.
– Learn to recognize the affection and good wishes of others, even when these are not in terms that you are familiar with. Although others may not express their feelings in a way that you want, they may be letting you know in other ways how much they care about you. If you can recognize what others are giving you, you will rest more easily in the knowledge that you really are loved.
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I’ve always been very interested in personality tests. If you’re looking for one that is performance/workplace driven – check out the Predictive Index.
What number are you on the Enneagram Scale????