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  • Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Robert Thody, Education Officer | November 17, 2017

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