Personality Types: Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder | jennwhitmer.com

Jun 28, 2020

Personality Types: Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder

⚡️Lightning round caption answers! (I’m so good at ⚡️rounds! Bonus points—name the show in the comments!)

Q: What are your favorite personality typing systems and why?

My favorite tools are StrengthsFinders, Myers-Briggs/MBTI, & the Enneagram. Each of them serves a different purpose in developing self-awareness, wholeness, and peace for effective teamwork.

Q: Why do you like personality systems?

Personality systems help us accurately see ourselves, especially in blindspots! They help us see a full picture of who we are and how we exist in the world. They build compassion and appreciation for the diversity that is needed to have healthy teams and relationships.

Q: How do you use StrengthsFinder?

It identifies 5 top strengths and puts them into themes that help you see the gifts you bring to a team or organization.

Q: How do you use MBTI?

MBTI recognizes what preferences you have in four different areas: where you get your energy, how you take in information, how you make decisions, and how you order your world.

Q: How do you use the Enneagram?

The Enneagram helps you uncover how you see the world, your core motivations that shape your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It reveals layers upon layers of “the whys” and helps us integrate the parts of ourselves we don’t always like. It’s a tool for peaceful, compassionate living that brings lasting change.

Q: How do they work together?

After teaching and coaching these systems for several years, here’s my perspective. The Enneagram is the core of us. It’s who we are, including the places we don’t like to admit are part of us. The Enneagram embodies the idea, the truth will set you free but first it will piss you off. 

Those motivations and whys build our personality structure and develop into preferences—MBTI. Preferences are fairly static, but can change over time.

When you prefer something, you practice it. That can turn into our strengths, we can be expressions of our healthiest selves.

When you use the Enneagram, you’re building a strong foundation that is far beyond skills. The Enneagram puts the other tools in context. Basically, if you want to get the most value, the most change, the most peace—dig into the Enneagram.

Download your FREE “Why Do I Keep Doing This?” Enneagram booklet to start digging.

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