Enneagram Tritype Test
What is your Tritype Personality Type?
The Enneagram (pronounced “any-a-gram”) is a personality system with roots in ancient Middle Eastern spiritual traditions. “Ennea” is the Greek word for nine, and “gram” means drawing or graph. The Enneagram symbol is a circle enclosing nine equidistant points connected by nine intersecting lines.
As we know it today, the Enneagram is a vital link between the psyche and the spirit. It is a complex and sophisticated conceptual system that is also a sensible and easily understood self-discovery tool. The nine points represent how the nine different personality types perceive and defend their realities.
The Enneagram types are distinguished from one another by unconscious motivations and preoccupations that produce patterns of perception, feeling, and behavior, which can be gifts or obstacles to the personality.
Your Enneagram Tritype is your dominant type in each center. There are three centers: head (5,6,7), heart (2,3,4), and gut (8,9,1). Depending on the stacking order of your three types, you might be a 649 or a 937 Tritype.
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How Does This Test Work?
How does this Tritype Test Work
This comprehensive and in-depth Enneagram Tritype Test is free.
It is based on 35 years of experience, 22 of Katherine’s Research Studies on the Enneagram, Tritype, Instinctual Types and MBTI, and many other correlations. You can learn more about the Enneagram Types, Tritype and Instinctual Subtypes at www.Katherinefauvre.com.
The specific word choices on the Enneacards came from the tens of thousands of research participants, and thousands of qualitative interviews and In-depth Coaching sessions.
How does it work?
Enneastyle: This is the open-ended testing instrument that led to all of the studies that followed, as it proved to accurately identify one’s self image.
Begin by answering all questions based on what has been true for you most of your life, most of the time… not who you could be, should be, want to be, or have learned to become.
It is critical that you answer as you are now and always been regardless of how much you have grown. Your Enneagram Type is the "you" from childhood to now. The you that has always been present.
You will receive several sets of 3 Enneacards and asked to drag and drop the cards in the order of your first choice to your third choice.
If you notice that you have been given Enneacards that you have already seen, it is intentional. You are being served the Enneacards in a number of different ways. 😉 They are also the result of the Enneacards you have selected. They are being compared against your other choices.
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Many people have asked me how to type someone they are no longer in contact with, like an old flame, or friend, and, most importantly, a loved one that has passed away… You would be surprised at how close your answers might be.
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Then, this time, imagine the person for whom you are taking the test.
What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is a dynamic 9-point personality system that combines sophisticated modern psychological tools with ancient wisdom. The Enneagram (any-a-gram; ‘ennea’ is Greek for nine, and ‘gram’ means drawing) is a circle enclosing nine equidistant points connected by nine intersected lines.
As we know it today, the Enneagram is a vital link between the psyche and the spirit. It is a conceptual system, a theory of personality types that is complex and sophisticated, and yet is a sensible and easily understood tool for self-discovery.
The nine points represent the ways in which the nine different personality types perceive and defend their realities. The Enneagram types are distinguished by unconscious motivations and preoccupations, which produce patterns of perception, feeling, and behavior, which can be gifts or obstacles to the personality.
The wisdom of the Enneagram is that it recognizes nine very different yet inherently valid views of reality. The power of the Enneagram is that it is a profound and comprehensive tool to harness and transform self-defeating behavior into life-enhancing personal empowerment. The gift of the Enneagram is that through self-discovery, one can create and sustain meaningful and lasting relationships.
The Enneagram is a useful tool in determining personal patterns of relating and in understanding differing styles of communicating. Through deeper insight, one can more fully understand one’s own communication style, as well as the styles of others.
With this knowledge, one can observe the core triggers that influence one’s ability to successfully respond to any given situation and avoid ineffectual, self-defeating reactivity. Ultimately, the Enneagram is an invaluable tool that defines nine distinct life strategies that, when understood, can give crucial insight into developing the self-awareness needed to create change.
What is Tritype?
Enneagram theory suggests that we have a core Enneagram type of the nine Enneagram types. While Tritype theory, suggests that we have three Enneagram types, one from each center of intelligence: head (567) heart (234) and gut (891), and that we use these three types in an predictable pattern in a repetitive and consistent and oscillating manner, every day, and all day. These three types are in a stacking order but only one is dominant.
We primarily use this dominant Enneagram type. We can theorize about which type we think is dominant in each triad but the Tritype, but the focus of the Tritype emerges as a result of what happens when our three types merge and create a new type unto itself.
It is important to note that just combining the 3 preferred types, one within each center, is not enough to explain the attentional patterns of each Tritype Archetype.
This is because the type characteristics are modified by the type characteristics of the two other types in the Tritype. As a result the three types together, some qualities will be amplified because they share characteristics in common. Other qualities will be minimized because they don’t share or amplify the qualities from two of the types within the Tritype Archetype. So, some characteristics are amplified and other characteristics are minimized or negated by the characteristics of the two other types within the Tritype.
Tritype can explain the distinctive ways in which each individual manages life using various combinations of ego strategies and coping mechanisms from each center, yet Tritype (like the Enneagram) still remains a theory of motivation and not one of behavior.
Just like our Enneagram type we have a "high side" and a"low side" of these Tritype interactions and distinguishes each as having a separate purpose. The high side of the Tritype intersection is what gives direction, focus and purpose to the individual ego. The low side of this Tritype intersection is that it creates a blind spot which can narrow a person's ability to accurately self-assess and may even prevent a person from achieving a higher level of self-awareness by keeping one mired in fixated beliefs.
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Sample Enneagram Tritype Test
Why the Enneagram System?
- Honors personality diversity
- Recognizes 9 views of reality, all of which are inherently valid
- Identifies why you do what you do
- Helps you to develop critical self-awareness
- Improves your relationships with others
- Helps to build cohesive groups, families, and teams
- Develop compassion for others
- Is a greater catalyst for change than any other personality typology
Understanding the Enneagram
Many personality typologies identify important character traits, which in and of themselves are very instructive, but only the Enneagram identifies the specific core motivations and often unconscious unmet needs (real or imagined) that may cause the personality to go on red alert and react defensively.
The beauty of the Enneagram is that it is a very simple yet complex personality tool that is easily understood. This is due in part because each of the 9 types has a very specific way in which their view of the world is organized.
Once you recognize that your view of the world is along the same lines as one of the nine Enneagram Types, you can begin to examine the predictable ways you will react or respond to different situations. Then you can use the same considerations when determining your Tritype Stacking and Instinctual Type and Subtype Stacking.
It is truly transformational to discover your Enneagram Type, Tritype® and Instinctual Type because once confirmed and understood, it is easy to pinpoint the moments and issues that will cause your defense strategies to go into overdrive.
With this knowledge, it is easy to recognize the very predictable defense patterns of the types. More importantly, with experience, you can discover your own personal triggers and track the ways in which your defense strategies work to protect you in times of stress.
Learning to recognize the micro movements, micro gestures and micro expressions that you use and those that signal the possibility of impending distress and potential conflict will give you the much needed time to intervene on your own behalf; long before you have become mired in frustrations or a fixed point of view.
Then you can begin the process of creating meaningful and lasting change.
Mini History of the Enneagram
Oscar Ichazo-Originator of The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality was created by Oscar Ichazo, a Bolivian spiritual seeker and mystic. He introduced his process of working with the Enneagram Instinctual Triads, Protoanalysis, Trialectics, and Dichotomies along with spiritual traditions to his students in Arica, Chile, in 1968.
Later, in July of 1970, he introduced the Enneagram and Protoanalysis as part of a 10-month spiritual training which was also in Arica, Chile.
In April of 1971, after this initial dissemination of the Enneagram, Ichazo's students went on to create the Arica Spiritual School based on Ichazo's groundbreaking work.
Over the years, Ichazo added advanced concepts to his work, including his 40-day Training, and his 2-week Domains of Consciousness Training. In addition, he taught a 5-day intensive every five years with new information and materials on the Enneagram and spirituality.
Claudio Naranjo, MD - Creator of The Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes:
Second Dissemination of the Enneagram
The Enneagram was further developed and transmitted by Dr. Claudio Naranjo, a Chilean Psychiatrist, and spiritual seeker.
Naranjo had been a student of Ichazo’s and attended his trainings in Arica, Chile, beginning in April of 1970. He also attended 5 months of the 10-month training that began July 1, 1970, in Arica, Chile.
According to Naranjo, he had many conversations with Ichazo in 1970, discussing both the spiritual and psychological aspects of the Enneagram and the 9 types.
In 1971, after his time studying and collaborating with Ichazo in 1970, Naranjo went on to confidentially teach the Enneagram in Berkeley, California, from 1971-1973. Over time, he added his own work, including the Instinctual Subtypes.
In 1973, Naranjo stopped teaching in the US, stating that he did so because other people were taking credit for his work.
As a result, both Ichazo and Naranjo's Enneagram teachings grew into two separate schools of thought.
Father Robert Ochs - Third School of Thought - Catholic Pipeline:
Third Dissemination of the Enneagram
Another variation in the dissemination of the Enneagram occurred when Father Robert Ochs, from Loyola University in Chicago, began teaching the Enneagram at Loyola.
While on sabbatical in 1971, Ochs attended Naranjo’s SAT (Seekers After Truth) groups in Berkeley, California. Naranjo then gave Ochs permission to teach the Enneagram, which he did. Ochs focused on teaching from the short notes he had taken regarding Naranjo's descriptions of the nine types. His notes ended up in the hands of many Enneagram Enthusiasts because nothing else was published about the Enneagram by Ichazo or Naranjo.
Ochs did not include the Instinctual Subtypes as part of his teachings because Naranjo had not developed his work with the Instinctual Subtypes at that time. This is why those "East of the divide" (those that learned the Enneagram via Ochs) did not know about the Instinctual Subtypes.
Ochs did, however, mistakenly misquote Naranjo with respect to the movements between the type's lines of connection regarding integration and disintegration and added these understandings to his teachings.
What went wrong?
Ochs continued to teach integration and disintegration as a formula for working with the type's fixation based on a false premise that the types move to one line of connection when integrating and to the other when disintegrating.
Those that studied with Ochs and became teachers did the same. Over time, this error exponentially spread misinformation about the types and lead to many mistypings and misunderstandings of the types.
In 1996, Naranjo said that he was misquoted in 1971 regarding the movement of the types' lines of connection within the Enneagram symbol. He said that this error went around the world and negatively impacted the understanding of the inner workings of the nine Enneagram Types.
He went on to explain that he did explore an idea regarding the arrows one evening with his SAT group but immediately saw that it was not viable that same evening.
Naranjo reiterated that he never taught that the Enneagram types move one direction in security/integration and another in stress/disintegration, nor do they become another type. He stated that such a view would negate the intrinsic dynamics of the Enneagram system because every type is constantly moving to both of its lines of connection and to both wing types at all times.
He also documented this error in his book Enneatypes and Psychotherapy, published in 1994.
Three different disseminations of the Enneagram:
Three schools of thought
This inaccurate dissemination of the Enneagram still continues to circle the planet via the Catholic pipeline and now even more so due to the internet. The misquoting of such an important aspect of the Enneagram system forever changed the course of the Enneagram and of people's understanding of the types.
So, now there are Enneagram students and teachers that were not taught Ichazo's tri-fix and others that were not taught Naranjo's subtypes as a part of their Enneagram training.
Because of these differences, three very distinct schools of thought on the Enneagram came into being.
Confirmation that such a theory was not in Ichazo's teachings was confirmed in 2005 and again in 2019 by two teachers from Arica, Ichazo's Spiritual School. These teachers taught Ichazo's 40-day Trainings and his 2-week Domains of Consciousness Training and other diverse workshops. One teacher, in particular, attended the 1970 training in Arica, Chile.
Katherine states that she personally met and conversed with them the year she lived on Maui from November 2004 to December of 2005. This same year was when she attended Ichazo's 5-year Anniversary Intensive.
Fourth Dissemination of the Enneagram:
Katherine Fauvre Research, Certifications, and Tritype
Katherine learned about the Enneagram in 1985. She studied the Enneagram for 10 years and then began her certification courses.
In 1995-1996, She certified with 3 different Enneagram Schools; Palmer-Daniels, Riso-Hudson, and Hurley-Dobson. She teaches that she learned a great deal from each certification process and from every participant she met along the way.
While certifying in 1995, she also began her first two of 22 Enneagram studies on diverse aspects of the Enneagram.
It was at this time that Katherine began to see that participants used three Enneagram types and not just one and that these types appeared to be used in a specific order. She called this understanding both 3Type and TriCenter.
In April of 1996, after a 23 year absence, Claudio Naranjo taught the Enneagram for the first time since 1973. According to Naranjo, it was the first time he ever taught the Enneagram as a full intensive. Katherine had a chance to attend his 7-day intensive in Boulder, Colorado.
She found Naranjo's course to be eye-opening and that it filled in many important gaps in the understanding of the Enneagram types. She learned a great many things about the types that had been dropped out or were incorrectly assigned to the wrong type.
These errors, great and small, altered the dissemination of the Enneagram. There were key errors and additions about the types as they were initially taught by Ichazo and Naranjo.
These differences made a great deal of sense to her. She had studied many personality typologies prior to learning the Enneagram. Katherine has also worked with thousands of people in her earlier careers. In addition, she had studied a great deal about faceology, archetypes, body language, micro expressions, and MBTI before encountering the Enneagram.
By that time, she had already conducted three qualitative studies on the 'internal experience' of the types and Instinctual Types and had written two books: Enneastyle: The 9 Languages of Enneagram Type, and A Study of the Instinctual Subtypes. She had also researched and discovered the Idealized Images and Core Fears of the 9 Enneagram Types.
As a result of these studies, she had already found out from over 1,000 study participants that they moved to both lines of connection when calm and when troubled. This was true with participants that were correctly typed and true of those inaccurately typed as well. In fact, it was one way to see their Truetype (correct Enneagram type, Tritype, and Instinctual type, and Subtype).
So, Naranjo's way of teaching validated what the types had said about themselves.
Later, in 2005, as mentioned above, while living on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands, she was able to attend Ichazo's 5-day intensive.
Since her first study in 1995, she continued to work with and to interview thousands of clients, continued to research, collect, and evaluate tens of thousands of study participants' test results, and correlated the test-taker's Enneastyle Questionnaire with 7 other testing instruments within their Enneagram Tritype Test results.
This knowledge has remained a cornerstone of her work regarding how to work with the Enneagram type fixations, preoccupations, core fears, idealized self-images, and defense strategies.
1995 Research Findings
Validate both Ichazo's Tri-fix and Naranjo's Instinctual Subtypes
Her first research findings on the 'internal experience' of the nine types and three Instinctual types revealed many key distinctions and nuances of the types and led to the creation of what is now known as Tritype®.
What is noteworthy and of interest is that these studies validated and continue to validate Ichazo's tri-fix and Naranjo's subtypes, and in particular, the advanced theories they added after 1971.
Especially meaningful is that the initial studies and resulting findings of her 1995 research studies, Enneastyle, and the Instinctual subtypes, were conducted and evaluated before she met Naranjo and had learned of his corrections and additions to the Enneagram and his subtypes before she knew of Ichazo's tri-fix.
This suggests that the fears, concerns, preoccupations, and defense strategies of the Enneagram Types, Tri-fixes, Tritypes, Instinctual Types, and Subtypes can be observed and, with awareness, understood.
Therefore, Katherine feels that it is imperative that one combine Ichazo's and Naranjo’s later views on the Enneagram. In addition, it is also deeply enriching to add the views, fears, and concerns of the nine types as revealed by thousands of her study participants and her interviews with tens of thousands of test-takers.
Accurately Typing Oneself and Others
Katherine believes that combining all of these approaches makes it much easier to accurately type oneself and others. It also makes it easier to understand the 'internal experiences' of the types and the processes operating at the most primal and fundamental levels of the types' defense strategies.
With this knowledge, she feels one can create and sustain meaningful and lasting relationships.
Behavior vs Motivation
Pay attention to what is motivating your behavior and not the behavior itself. This is crucial to accurately type oneself. This is especially difficult for the Type 6 and a small number of 9s to do because their defense strategies are designed to track behavior rather than motivation.