I took just took this test...it says I'm 9w1 SX.:dry: I don't think tests are always very accurate, but do want to know why I'm consistently testing as 9w1. Surely there's some correlation between how I'm answering and my results, and it's certainly not because preconceptions about what type I am.
Any kind of online test is inaccurate. Test questions are finite points used to extrapolate an entire curve/line that has an infinite number of points. Esp. the multiple choice questions that have weighted scores, ie. "If you answer yes to any question in group A, give yourself 1 point, 2 point for any question in group B..." That's why the higher up you go in education, the more lengthy the tests are, the less "multiple choice" they are.
A written test where a scorer has to sit down and read what you write and determine if you grasp the subject sufficiently is like a very large number of points on a segment of the line that represents the real body of knowledge. It's way better than multiple choice but it's still not complete.
And while that's definitely true, I took multiple enneagram tests before I was familiar with how it worked. I've been familar with the MBTI for years, but only took the enneagram seriously enough to study it in the past year or two. And if I'm testing as a 9w1 currently, it certainly doesn't come from my conception of what I should answer. The tests may be flawed but I still want to understand how they work.For self-discovery tests, it's even trickier because you can undoubtedly study for the test. Once it's in your subconscious mind, it's impossible to get that knowledge out. The more Enneagram tests you take, the more contaminated you are because you're not stupid, your subconscious mind learns what answers are desirable I'd say if you never knew about the Enneagram, never read any forum, and never had any desire/preference for what type you are, the first test probably has some meaning. Once you get on any forum, or read any book, that's it. Further tests are useless.
Is there a reason you can't have a 9w1 fix? :wink:
Under stress, Seven's actually go to One. Seven's go to Five when feeling secure (or when resisting taking stressful actions, if I interpret Daniels and Palmer correctly).
Since you have a Six wing, and Sixes go to Nine under stress, there could be a connection for you. If your Six wing is strong, you could feel a lot of the Nine influence when you are stressing out and feeling like you need to do something about it. I don't see why a 7w6 wouldn't distintegrate to at least the neighborhood of 1w9.
That isn't an expert opinion by any means, but does seem to make some sense.