There's a lot of personality profiles out there, but none have nailed my personality quite like the enneagram. Here's what I've learned about myself as a "1 wing 2" and ways you can find out your ennegram number.
Our journey to the enneagram
My husband insisted I take a quiz. He’d listened to the Liturgists podcasts and started calling himself a “peacemaker.” Nearly overnight, it was as though he’d suddenly met himself and became comfortable in his own skin.
He showed me a symbol that seemed to explain everything - the enneagram. Little did I know it would soon become the tool we’d use to understand most people around us - and ourselves.
Initial test results
I took an initial test, it said I was a type 8. But that didn’t feel right - I wasn’t exactly a challenger.
So I took another, longer test. It said I was a type 1, wing 2, or a 1w2. The "advocate." I searched for blogs, books, podcasts and Instagram accounts to learn more about the 1w2 (something I’ve come to learn is typical of type 1).
And I found it couldn’t be more true - the 1w2 is totally my personality.
Being an enneagram Type 1
Upon initially learning I’m a type 1 on the enneagram, I both loved and hated it, depending on the labels it received. And in true 1w2 fashion, I thought I'd unpack it here with you.
The type 1 - perfectionist
When I saw it labeled as “perfectionist,” I struggled immensely. Not only because I hate this side of my personality - the kind that beats myself up if there’s one error on a page - but I’m not the conventional "perfectionist."
A walk around my house will show you why I say that. There are piles and clutter, mismatched furniture and stains. Some things, I let go of easily. But with other things, if I'm honest, I struggle to accept imperfections.
Perfectionist tendencies don’t necessarily always show up in housekeeping, but they drive the mind and heart. If I'm honest, I do face stress if things aren’t perfect, polished, neat, organized and tidy. But, it's a growth opportunity as an enneagram type 1.
The type 1 - reformer
I also saw type 1 labeled as “the reformer,” which I liked a lot more. I pictured:
- Martin Luther - the ultimate reformer - nailing theses to a wooden door
- Women in the suffrage movement marching for their right to vote.
- Fellow Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates, other colon cancer survivors, advocating for patient's rights.
Reformer fit just fine. It explained why my blood boils when I see unjust actions, and why I’ve been a “flag-raiser” and the one to point out if something’s not right all my life.
Enneagram 1's love to advocate for others and make lists.
Embracing my Type 1, Wing 2
I've found peace with being a type 1, but I especially loved learning about the “wing 2.” When I took my “helper wing” into account, I became the 1w2, the “servant leader,” and I felt at peace with myself.
As a type 1w2, I love to lead and organize people. But I’m the mentor and a buddy - I’d rather lead from the side rather the front. I’m quick to take the wheel and steer the ship if there’s a gap in leadership. But I’m also quick to turn it over if someone else wants a turn, or if someone with a stronger personality shows up.
Knowing this about myself has brought a lot of clarity, peace and freedom in roles I do and don’t take on these days.
Type 1w2 tendencies
I’ve learned that a lot of the enneagram's wisdom and insights ring true. As a type 1, I tend to:
- Look for the right answer - and do things the right way. (no wonder I love baking)
- Struggle with the idea that something may be gray - most things are black and white to me.
- Come down on myself pretty hard - I’ve even named my “inner critic” so I can recognize her.
- Fight for the underdog, little guy and the least of these.
- Get told I’m very wise.
- Shepherd, disciple and mentor people in my life.
- Stay organized, methodical and process-oriented.
- Struggle with a sudden change of plans. (I'm working on it!)
- Become fun and energetic on my best days.
These are just a few observations I’ve made about myself as a type 1w2. If you'd like more of my musings and perspective, subscribe to my Monday Morning Survival Guide!
Good Enneagram tests
Now that I've found my number, I find a lot of people are curious to know theirs too! If you’re new to the enneagram or want to learn more about your type - here are resources that helped us and what we recommend:
My favorite enneagram tests
Understanding your ennegram number
- Enneagram Institute - great for learning about your number!
- Wisdom of the Enneagram - we invested in this book & it's our "go to" guide!
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