The Enneagram


About six months ago, the luminous Andi Scarbrough gently explained to me that a lot of the things I’d brushed off as “coincidences” could actually be interpreted as signs. For you skeptics out there who are tempted to eye-roll at the idea of SIGNS FROM THE UNIVERSE—I’m with you. In college, I minored in eye-rolling and majored in open-mouthed scoffing.

But when I took her advice and started paying attention to coincidences-slash-signs, cool things started happening to me. Well, I like cool things, and I’ve decided to continue to acknowledge these kismet happenings when they occur.

So when three separate, totally unrelated people brought up the Enneagram type in conversation with me last week, I figured it would be an interesting topic to explore.


Basically, the Enneagram is a personality test with nine possible root types and multiple variants. Once you know your type, you can learn more about your archetype, characteristics, areas of strength, basic internalized fears and desires, and virtues.

From a personal growth slant, knowing your type can help you navigate through the world more successfully because you’re aware of your strengths, weakness, and idiosyncratic habits. Like every other personality test and horoscope reading—same same but different. I personally believe that the more you know yourself and your subconscious (or conscious) motivations, the better you can be in your relationships with others. 

From an “I’m-bored-at-work” slant, this test takes about 3 minutes and will provide you a source of endless entertainment as you force your friends, family, and coworkers to dive into the Enneagram. (“Of COURSE your roommate is an 8, she n e v e r does her dishes!!!”)

Is it totally scientific? Probs no. Is it fun and kind of useful? Uh-huh.

Michelle Pellizzon