Written By Natalie Harris
Every single individual in life has their own set ways of living, a personality, it’s what makes them, them. However, these different personality qualities can be grouped together and become known as an enneagram. There are different quizzes and songs you can use to help discover what personality type you are, such as reformer, helper, achiever, individualist, investigator, loyalist, enthusiast, challenger, and peacemaker. These different personality types are the reason why we act a certain way, have certain fears, and grow and develop in different ways. Each of these personality types all connect with one another, whether it be emotionally, mentally, or physically. A simple personality type can tell you your fears, desires, developments, and growth throughout life and within yourself.
The first three types of personality are known as the reformer, helper, and the achiever. A reformer type is rational, idealistic, principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic. For example, a student in school who follows all rules and wants their grades to be perfect would typically have the personality type of a reformer. On the other hand, a helper is someone who is caring, interpersonal, demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing, and possessive, such as a realtor or teacher to name a couple. A student at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Avery Hatfield, believes that, “I’m a helper type because I am always willing to give up my time and energy in order to help cheer someone up. I try to help as many people as I can, which also ties into the fact that I am a people-pleaser. I attempt to please my friends or family and try to say what they wanna hear. This is why I also struggle with speaking up during times of need.” The third type is an achiever, they are success-oriented, pragmatic, adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious. Many athletes and celebrities are examples of this personality type because they are always in the spotlight and strive to succeed.
The next three types of personality are known as the individualist, investigator, and loyalist. An individualist type is sensitive, withdrawn, expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental. This could be someone who has experienced trauma or is someone who is an attention seeker. The investigator type is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated, such as a government worker or a criminologist. A student at DuPont Manual High School, Tiziana Zapponne, thinks that, “The individualist type seems very reserved and sensitive. Personally, I’m not very reserved and I’m more open towards people. I also don’t like distancing myself from people to protect myself.” A loyalist type is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious. Not to get dark or anything but a loyalist can range from a typical teenager to a drug dealer or even murderer.
The final three types of personality are known as the enthusiast, challenger, and peacemaker. The enthusiast is busy, fun-loving, spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered. This could also be known as someone who doesn’t plan for anything and is easily excited by adrenaline. A challenger is someone who is powerful, dominating, self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational. Typically in movies, the villain or someone evil would usually fulfil the role of being a challenger. On the contrary, you have the peacemaker, who is easygoing, self-effacing, receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent. These are the type of people anyone could get along with and are seen often giving advice or help to others.
Different people have different personalities, or ways of living. Based upon different individuals’ ways of living, they might associate with a certain type of enneagram. These different personality types are the reason why we act a certain way, have certain fears, and grow and develop in different ways. For more information about enneagrams, you can find out more at Type Descriptions — The Enneagram Institute. Do you know what personality type you are?