Robert Thody, Education Officer | December 22, 2020
Who am I?
What do you know about yourself? What do you know about your neighbour? Or co-worker?
I was introduced to the Myers Briggs method of assessment early on in my career. A wad of papers with countless questions was thrust at me by my employer. I was encouraged to give a ‘spontaneous’ guess and cautioned not think too much about each question. I descended into the swirling storm of papers armed only with a pencil (sans eraser) and a hatred of tests.
Weeks passed before a weighted package arrived back by snail mail into the hands of my employer. The administrator spent time with me, clarifying the correct interpretation of my indicators so I didn’t end up cross-eyed or have a seizure hearing about the wild man I had revealed. Fortunately, because the organization had an arts department, I fitted nicely into their strategy for world domination.
Today, there is no stack of papers to complete or postal clerk to watch for. Instead, I open my laptop and am invited to see where I land and whether the descriptions fit. Within four minutes I have read the instructions, filled in my choices and ‘ta-da’ have been stamped with my motivational monster, this time according to the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator.
Like the Myers Briggs method, The Enneagram is a powerful tool for exploring personalities. The method describes nine personality types, each having their own stress and security ‘wings’. The Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Type Indicators are valuable tools to uncover truths about myself and understand others. Now in the twilight of my career, I am self-motivated to discover how my personality and perceptions impact my family, relationships, community and culture.
Alongside the books listed below, which are available at Idea Exchange, I have also found a number of excellent Myers Briggs and Enneagram resources on You Tube. Open your laptop and see where you land!
What Type Am I? : Discover Who You Really Are / Renee Baron ; illustrated by Miriam Fabbri. -- / Renee Baron ; illustrated by Miriam Fabbri. --
Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career or you Through the Secrets of Personality Type / Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger. -- / Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger. --
The Essential Enneagram : The Definitive Personality Test and Self-discovery Guide by David N. Daniels and Virginia A. Price.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Power of the Enneagram by Herb Pearce with Karen K. Brees
Image: Photo Credit: Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Oil on canvas, 139 x 175 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Accessed Nov 17, 2017: http://www.mfa.org