It’s been a good 9 months since my official dive into the enneagram began. Psychology fascinates me, and I’ve been soaking up everything I can about this ancient yet new to me personality system ever since. Credit goes to Personality Types by Riso for the bulk of my understanding so far.
As a teacher I’m also fond of sharing with others what I’ve learned. All summer long I’ve been teasing out ideas for the perfect introductory enneagram post. Then I watched Christopher Robin. My husband, who I’ve been gently pushing the concept on (I may have nonchalantly turned on an enneagram podcast in the car recently) said, “I wonder what enneagram numbers the Pooh Bear characters are?” On it. So instead of a serious essay, let’s have some fun!
Typing Pooh Bear Characters:
Kanga-3 (image and achievement focused)
Tigger and Roo-7 (fun loving risk takers)
Christopher Robin-2 (helper/giver)
Eyore-4 (all the feels)
This is purely my assessment. It’s ok if you want to challenge me on any of them. I’ve heard the Hephalumps typed as 8, but that’s not entirely fair. One thing I love is that each number 1-9 has positive and negative qualities. In fact, 7 of the numbers are associated with a “deadly sin”. These are the “passions” or negative sides.
1 – anger
There is no bad personality, which is a relief. There are various levels of integration, or health within each number. An unhealthy 8 is a bully, but a healthy 8 is a protector and champion of others.
This graphic explains a lot about how the enneagram works. 8, 9, and 1 are motivated by the gut or instinct. 2-4 are heart, and 5-7 are head focused. The arrows indicate two other numbers associated with each type. 2 integrates to 8. I typed Christopher as a 2 because a healthy 2 will also manifest the best qualities of 8. He leads and champions his friends. The second number associated with each number indicates where that person goes in disintegration. I’m a 9, so when I’m doing well I go to 3. I believe in myself and do cool stuff. When I’m not doing well I go to 6 and become paralyzed by fear.
Many tests are available for figuring out your type. The Enneagram Institute has a very accurate test for a small fee. I look forward to sharing this journey with you!