|szero's personality type self-assessment tutorial v0.7|
posted by szero on September 30, 2018, 10:04 pm
Version 0.7, 17/08/2018
- Added Socionics, Fourth Way and Test Dump sections, last one is still mostly stolen from Discord;
- Organized Enneagram section and included the following new links:
- Rewrote MBTI section to include Big Five and be less half-assed in general, testing different method, some notable added links:
- Added typing advice and Fourth Way comments, removed previews due to lack of update schedule;
- Edited ending of Tritype® theory comment for clarity;
Version 0.6, 18/07/2018
- Added table of contents, reorganized sections;
- Added Beatrice Chestnut Enneagram descriptions;
- Added personal comments.
A forewarning: the borderline pathological emphasis of certain theories in psychology proposing to explain personality and personal development, such as those described in  or , suggests that attempting to orient oneself independently according to them may produce harmful results for people at lower levels of mental health. The same goes for discussion, which would have a negative focus by default. Initially, a list of various resources for self-help can be found at . Proceed at your own risk.
Typing can be pretty hard! Turns out trying to fit literally everyone into a set few checklists defined not-so-scientifically some 100 or 1600 years ago  isn't always easy. Add in the limited and contradictory nature of the information available online about personality types and its typical dismissal by academics as nothing but astrology and you have a recipe for disaster, also known as the typology community. A myriad of long, aimless arguments abound, most of them essentially boiling down to "what did [celebrity/politician/my dog] mean by this" over and over again, after little more than a year of misadventures among the MBTI and Enneagram of Personality folks of the Internet I thought I should step back to try to help out. Thus, I began compiling everything I could structure into a simple tutorial for people to learn more about personality types, find out their own and get themselves started into what can end up being a pretty fun way to look at the world. So whether you're on a journey of self-discovery, in need of reference material for your discussions or simply looking for a way to systematically tease people out of their adaptively developed ego patterns, you've come to the right place. Typology can be a great tool for learning more about yourself and others, so don't be discouraged by the less than savory types (get it? Lol) you may meet around these parts  and, just as this page continues to be updated, keep digging around for more. You're not alone. You might be dumb though:
Jokes aside, linking the article above is just a very basic attempt at ensuring you get the most out of whatever you decide to take out of this guide, especially since it'll probably be quite a while until any of it is as methodically scrutinized as other, more popular branches of psychology (at least in comparison, one would imagine ). This means you're going to need to sort out a lot of the content you come across relying on your own sense of skepticism, and so to aid with that I'm not going to assume everyone who reaches this page is equally skilled at logical reasoning or even that they're suited for it at all (and there's nothing wrong with that) - be sure to check the following link out too if you need to build up or refine your basics. My assumption is that, if you're here after all, then as far as you're able to apply theory you may be looking for more than, well, nothing but astrology:
Once you're done with that, go ahead and jump to whichever of the following sections interest you the most. My favorite theory is the Enneagram so I put it first, but starting from whichever one you're most familiar with should give you a better feel for how the content here is laid out and an easier time navigating in search of what you want.
Next update, a series of brief paragraphs to introduce each section.
By the way, looking to get further into psychology? Then make sure to also check out:
 Page 3 of "Part I: Deconstructing Freud" at http://www.enneagramdimensions.net/articles/type_is_with_us_at_birth_part_I.pdf#start
 Carl Jung's psychological types and the Enneagram of Personality, respectively.
GUIDES & FAQs
1) Enneagram of Personality:
1.1) Take the test in the following link:
1.2) From highest to lowest score in the results of the test above, read at least three of the following descriptions in full to settle on your main type with wing:
1.3) Confirm your main type by reading here:
1.4) Take this test in the following link:
1.5) Open the following link and click on "Are You My Type?" under "Baron & Wagele" for your type to settle on your Instinctual Variants.
1.6) (Skippable) Further confirm your type by reading about mistypings:
1.7) Enneagram FAQ:
To be updated.
2) Global 5 & MBTI
2.1) Take the test in the following link, writing down your answers and final score: https://web.archive.org/web/20060708183734/http://testdex.com/Global5-SLOAN_Manual.pdf
2.2) Confirm your results by reading the descriptions here:
2.3) Convert your SLOAN type to MBTI type using the following keys (read here for more information):
1.4) Confirm your MBTI type by reading the following profiles:
2.5) Global 5 & MBTI FAQ:
To be updated.
RESOURCE AND TEST DUMP
1) Enneagram of Personality:
2) Global 5:
1) Enneagram of Personality:
http://www.enneagramdimensions.net/articles.htm (Highly recommended read)
1.3) Enneagram subtypes:
1.4) Type descriptions by source
1.4.1) Beatrice Chestnut descriptions:
1.4.2) Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson descriptions: Wisdom of the Enneagram
1.4.3) Eclectic Energies descriptions:
1.4.4) EnneaApp descriptions:
1.4.5) Enneagram Explorations descriptions:
1.4.6) Enneagram Worldwide descriptions:
1.4.8) Ocean-moonshine descriptions
1.4.9) Russell Row descriptions:
1.4.10) Timeless' descriptions:
1.4.11) Tom Condon's descriptions:
1.4.12) Typewatch descriptions:
1.5) Intertype relationships:
1.6) Enneagram type correlations:
1.7) Tritype® theory:
2) Global 5:
3) MBTI: https://www.truity.com/view/types
5) EXTRA: Fourth Way
5.1) Fourth Way introduction and guide:
5.2) Wait, what?
1) By theory:
http://www.wikisocion.net/en/index.php?title=Wikisocion:Links#Socionic_Tests (scroll down to "Socionics Tests" if link doesn't work)
2) By web domain:
HOW TO TYPE & PERSONAL COMMENTS
HOW TO TYPE:
To be updated.
1) On Tritype® theory
I generally dislike the concept since there's no theoretical explanation for how the types that aren't part of your core center come to be. The idea behind a person's Enneagram type is that it originates from patterns in childhood emerging from reliance on specific defense mechanisms against major traumatic experiences and how these very same patterns can be observed in the form of a person's current personality traits. Perhaps using three of such defense mechanisms the most for each center is how Tritype manifests; this is never elaborated upon in any material I've come across on the subject, however. Besides, if you're just going to list three numbers from 1 to 9 divided by center for no reason, then why not be even more descriptive of your personality and list them all arranged by test scores instead? "In real life, people are not an arbitrary combination of psychological components. If they were, there would be no overall pattern to their personalities. They would be like characters in a badly written novel whose traits conflict in nonsensical ways. (Traits can be, and are, in conflict with each other, but they cannot be mutually exclusive, like being an honest man and a thief at the same time.) For instance, a combination of the traits of a Seven and a Three in the same person is contradictory, like simultaneously having sight and being blind. Such random mixtures of traits and types do not occur in human beings, and they do not occur in the personality types of the Enneagram. The structure of the Enneagram itself, the nine personality types, and the interrelationships of the personality types are not arbitrary. They are unified in a system of amazing complexity and simplicity." (Don Richard Riso with Russ Hudson, "Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery"). If an individual is high on both 1 and 8, 2 and 4 or 5 and 7 and you just decide to pick one and ignore the other, then what are you really left with in terms of actually describing them?
Tritype® theory also seems to not handle integration and disintegration or provide any tools to analyze them with, for no particular reason - indeed, "The 27 Tritypes Revealed" booklet by Katherine and David Fauvre mentions it as part of its introduction and then makes no attempt to connect it to anything else or even address it later, perhaps because proper descriptions of those movements such as the ones provided by Russell Rowe in the files above come close to rendering the new theory as unnecessary. Russ Hudson has since shared the following insight: "Katherine and David's work on the Tritype is fresh, innovative and illuminating. Even those well acquainted with the Enneagram will be surprised at the precision of this approach in identifying key features of the personality. Highly recommended!" One would therefore think other Enneagram professionals, such as himself, would actually rely on the theory as it is allegedly more "illuminating", precise or whatever; Hudson's own https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/ does not contain any mention to it or any of the Fauvres' work, for example. My personal interpretation is that your core Enneagram type and wing deal with an individual's conscious behavior and are capable of integration and disintegration while the rest of the types would be static and part of their subconscious, serving the function of alternative perspectives which may be accessed through directed effort whereas the core type would be naturally under use. This does not necessarily exclude or invalidate Tritype® theory.
For more information, read "1c. Three 'Stories'/'Brains' and Respective Centres" at http://www.kheper.net/topics/Gurdjieff/Gurdjieff.PDF.
2) On the Fourth Way Enneagram
As I see it, in a non-exhaustive nutshell, the purpose of the Enneagram of Personality is to provide a detailed description of the individual's ego and thus help them detach more easily from the notion of its equivalence to one's own self-identity. What should be understood by "ego" may be addressed by those traits described in typology as well as that part of yourself which makes you feel like you're going to die if you don't do something specific even when it isn't the case at all. One may experience this in the form of anxiety outbreaks. If that sounds weird, think of obsessive-compulsive disorder - likewise, somebody who's Enneagram 1 doesn't need to heed the details in every situation they're in just because they experience a strong drive to do so, it's just part of a strategy which has worked for them previously at vulnerable stages of life and which they've thus grown accustomed to bring up pretty much automatically; were they not 1s, they might not even be worrying about details there in the first place. To further illustrate the point by extending the analogy to 5s, they don't need to always satiate their curiosity, even though they're driven to do so in order to become resourceful (still, if you're a 5, you get my pass to keep on reading, just this once). Noticing how every type's perspective can be equally valid depending on the circumstances is a good starting point. This understanding of the human psyche is derived from a Freudian model which, while not necessarily accurate, is still sufficient for your first steps in this line of thinking: the catch you're supposed to be aware of here is that your brain is just another tool for natural selection and is therefore trying to lead (and fool, if necessary) your primate self into not doing stupid stuff that's going to end your entire lineage. Nowadays, however, not only is it not the case that we need to rely so closely on those sorts of personality patterns for survival, we might be under increasingly appropriate living conditions to be able to grow past them, identify how they could be getting in the way of our personal aspirations and find out much more about ourselves and how we relate to others and our surroundings. While it may already be common knowledge in typology communities that being of a certain personality type by no means makes anyone unique or special, it should additionally be noticed that there are further qualities which one may typically assign to their notion of fixed "self" when this is not necessarily the case, especially when considering potential modern advancements in neuroscience (e.g.: https://qz.com/506229/neuroscience-backs-up-the-buddhist-belief-that-the-self-isnt-constant-but-ever-changing/). This kind of detachment has been tradionally performed in the seeking of spiritual awakening (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enlightenment_(spiritual)); in other words, this is supposedly done so that you're able to intuitively see things for what they are with regards to the true nature of reality. It's literally kind of like Ultra Instinct except for nerds. If you're not Sx-blind you should be interested by now - for an example, refer to the two "Letter to Mr. Bush" sections at http://www.gianfrancobertagni.it/materiali/gurdjieff/nicoll_commentari1.pdf, dealing with G. I. Gurdjieff's teaching.
Gurdjieff's line of philosophy may appear initially too contrived or unappealingly overwrought for some people. An interesting approach might then be to compare it to the information available in the following resource: https://www.reddit.com/r/streamentry/wiki/beginners-guide.
For more information, check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirituality
"Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave." - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.
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