I first learned about the enneagram when I went to the Weekends counseling that I did In California with Elyse Snipes. She had emailed us a link to the preferred test to take and so I took it and brought the results with me to my weekend of counseling. This sparked my interest into something I had no idea about.
I then did an enneagram typing with Erin through Radical Wellness and through a zoom call. Imagine a real live “bot” asking you questions and listening and taking it all in. I had taken a paid test before but it was nice to have a human do the test, connect the dots for me and explain things to me especially since I have a brain injury and problems understanding sometimes. She determined I am still a 7 with a 8 wing and I am a socially dominant 7 with and 8 wing. Type 1 was definitely active before my TBI but is a little more flat now, which is funny as I have read in lots of medical records that I have a flat affect now. Not sure if that at all correlates but I find it interesting. She said I was on the healthier side of 1 though and I connect with 4&5. The enneagram is very interesting to me and I’m glad I did the real person typing with Erin through Radical Wellness.
What is the Enneagram? The Enneagram helps you discover why you think, feel and act in certain ways. You have some part of all 9 types in you, but you have one dominant type. The enneagram has 9 valid perspectives or lenses that we see everyday situations through. 7 is my dominant type. The wings are the number on either side of your main type (mine would be 6&8). We can take characteristics from our wings and bring them to our number. So I can have parts of 8&6 which are my wings. Some people don’t access their wings much. There is so much more, taking Erin’s class through Radical Wellness was so helpful for me. There are also some great podcasts and books to learn more. I’m still learning, I’m also learning with a brain injury so it takes me a bit longer but the enneagram is fascinating and it’s so interesting to learn others numbers and find ways that work best to interact and approach them. I can reflect back on my 7 and see that I am so much a 7 and how I used being busy, keeping busy and always going to avoid feelings. It also talks about being really impulsive as a 7, which is funny because since TBI I am so impulsive, but maybe I was before too and just don’t remember. 7s also have a huge FOMO, fear of missing out and I definitely have had that majorly.
Check Radical Wellness out for all the different things they offer in addition to mental health counseling they offer a lot of cool classes and Erin and her coworkers are amazing, Elise started the company and I attended her weekend of counseling and totally dig her and what she’s doing and this company and the team she put together.
Sobriety as a virtue info I found online.
Some great resources to look into for the Enneagram to learn more and dive in further: