What if something doesn't feel accurate for me or my type?
There are three main reasons why something could sound inaccurate for you: 1), you’re looking at a type that isn’t actually yours; 2), you aren’t aware of your own blind spots (and very few people are), so you don’t realize that you actually do certain behaviors; or 3), we made a mistake in our content. You can let us know what you think is inaccurate at firstname.lastname@example.org, but understand that we won’t be able to tell which of these three reasons is underlying the problem unless we know you very well.
The Enneagram is a personality framework that clusters people into nine types based on highly similar motivations, fears, and perceptions. We’ve found these nine types to be incredibly accurate shortcuts for categorizing people, far more predictive and useful than gender, job role, physical appearance, or any other superficial framework for making fast decisions about how to interact with someone.
However, no personality model is going to get every detail right. There are as many personalities as there are people in the world, so to categorize every person exactly, you’d have a model so complex that it wouldn’t be usable. Even among people of the same Enneagram type, vast variations in life experience, upbringing, careers, family structure, physical abilities and skills, level of health, gender, and more can make some aspects of that type resonate more or less strongly.
We sought to describe the most broadly applicable and accurate version of an average person of each type, but we understand that we cannot represent everyone perfectly.