This is my attempt at creating a decent Tritype questionnaire that's free and (somewhat) easy to understand. Bare in mind that English is not my native language, so there might be mistakes of weirdly-build sentences. If you don't understand something, please message me or leave a comment and I'll correct it. Anyways, enjoy!
This test will be updated multiple times as comments and suggestions come through.
ENNEAGRAM TRITYPE SORTER 1.0
Duration: 40 to 50 minutes
This test was made to make Enneagram Tritype self-identification easier. It is free to use and for entertainment purpose only. This is a point-based test and you will have to add them manually.
For now, pick any surface to write on and write down all the enneagram numbers (enneatypes) on a column or in a row starting from to 2, then finishing to 1, as this example shows:
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1
You’ll notice that I’ve highlighted the 3 centers (feeling, thinking and gut) with different colours. This will help you compile all the points and determine which enneatype of each center that made up your tritype.
For each question, you’ll be asked to pick one or multiple answers depending of the situation. Each answer is paired with a corresponding enneatype number within parenthesis (). You must add up points for each enneatype in your grid. For example (Question 1), if I believe my basic fear is “Being corrupt, evil or defective (1)”, the answer itself is corresponding to a 1 trait as mentioned by the number between parenthesis, so I will add 3 points next to the 1 space in my grid like in this example:
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 3
At the end of the questionnaire, you will now be ready to add up all you points to determine which enneatype numbers are the highest in value. Here’s an example of my total:
2 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 6 3 1, 3, 1, 3 7 4 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2 30 5 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 3, 3, 1, 3, 2, 3 26 6 1, 1, 2, 1, 1 6 7 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 1, 2 12 8 1 1 9 1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 1, 2, 3, 3 19 1 1, 1, 1 3
I got the highest score with the enneatype 4, so that means I’m a 4 in the enneagram and my heart center is 4.
My second best score is 5, which mean that my head center is 5 and, in this case, that I’m a 4 with a 5 wing.
Finally, my third best score is the number 9. That means my gut center is mostly identifying with the enneatype 9.
Grouping the 3 highest scores in each center gives me my tritype in order of importance: 459.
Please carefully follow the instructions at the beginning of each segment of questions. Those instructions are outlined by a box and tell you how to add up points for the following sequence.
Questions 1 & 2: Take your time, as these questions may take you several minutes to answer. Pick as much answers as you like, the only requirement being that they must strongly resonate within yourself. Add 3 points to the corresponding enneatype for your first and most suitable pick. Then add 2 points for you second choice. Finally, every other selected answer must worth 1 point.
1. What would you say your basic fear is?
Being corrupt, evil or defective (1)
Being unwanted or unloved by others (2)
Being worthless (3)
Having no identity or personal significance (4)
Being useless, helpless, or incapable (5)
Being without support and guidance (6)
Being deprived and in pain (7)
Being harmed or controlled by others (8)
Of loss and separation (9)
2. What would you say your basic desire is?
To be good, to have integrity, to be balanced (1)
To feel loved by helping others (2)
To feel valuable and worthwhile (3)
To find myself and my significance (to create an identity) (4)
To be capable and competent (5)
To have security and support (6)
To be satisfied and content—to have my needs fulfilled (7)
To protect myself (to be in control of my own life and destiny) (8)
To have inner stability and "peace of mind" (9)
Questions 3 to 8: Select the answer that best describes your usual behaviour. You cannot choose multiple answers. Add 1 point the corresponding enneatype.
3. How do you express anger?
Externalized anger: I openly display anger when something or someone gets in my way. (8)
Repressed anger: I disconnect with my aggression and become disengaged, inattentive and avoid conflict. (9)
Internalized anger: I try to keep my anger contained by being orderly and organized, but at the expense of becoming tense and critical of self and others. (1)
4. How do you express shame?
Externalized shame: I try to please other by showing them my altruistic side so that they can secretly feed me emotional comfort. (2)
Repressed shame: I cut myself off from my feelings so I can better present myself to others and be successful. (3)
Internalized shame: I prolong feelings (especially negative ones) in order to make myself feel alive and build a unique identity. (4)
5. How do you express fear?
Externalized fear: I try to reduce my needs and my relations to the outside world in order to better understand it and acquire a sense of competency. (5)
Repressed fear: I become ambivalent to my surroundings in fear of being in danger. I can become highly unpredictable and mistrustful of others. (6)
Internalized fear: I try to invest time in various activities in hopes of being satisfied. I may become unbridled and hyperactive, hard to follow. (7)
6. Select the answer that best applies to you.
I couldn't care less if people don't act a certain way, but if they get in my way, I will shove them aside to get what I want. (8)
It usually takes a lot to set me off because I don't like feeling hostile toward my environment. (9)
It annoys me the no end if I see people misbehaving or lacking in judgement. I feel like it's my duty to tell them how to do things the right way. (1)
7. Select the answer that best applies to you.
When dealing with potential rejection, I try to empath and anticipate people's needs so I can feel accepted. (2)
When dealing with potential rejection, I try to maintain a successful image and be ready to anticipate any opportunity for me to win outside approval. (3)
When dealing with potential rejection, I withdraw from the outside world and focus on how different I am from the others and sometimes fall prey to self-pity. (4)
8. Select the answer that best applies to you.
I want to learn as much as I can on specific subjects so I can gain a sense of competency. (5)
I want to learn as much as I can on specific subjects in order to feel a sense of guidance and/or safety. (6)
I want to learn as much as I can on a couple of subjects to feel entertained or intellectually satisfied. (7)
Questions 9 to 11: Select the answer that best describes your usual behaviour. You cannot choose multiple answers. Add 1 point for each enneatype comprised within the parenthesis of the selected statement.
9. Select the Harmonic Triad that best describes you.
Reactive Triad: when in stress, I tend to become reactive and can't seem to control my emotion easily. It helps me feel the "realness" of a problem, however benign it may be. (4, 6, 8)
Positive Outlook Triad: I face a problem by looking at the good side first and avoid or minimize the issue. I'd rather like to people being happy and forget about negative things. (2, 7, 9)
Competency Triad: When facing any issues, my preferred approach is to set aside emotions and view problems with objectivity. I want to come up with the best solutions to get rid of said problems. (1, 3, 5)
10. Select the Social Style that best describes you.
Assertive Style: when dealing with inner conflict, I tend to get what I want by inflicting my will into the environment. I want to take opportunities head on and tend to ignore my deep feelings. (3, 7, 8)
Compliant Style: when dealing with inner conflict, I follow established rules and social norms in order to do the right things and keep my engagements. I sometimes don't know how to trust my inner guidance. (1, 2, 6)
Withdrawn Style: when dealing with inner conflict, I retreat into myself and tap into my imagination to create a more suitable world that reality can't offer. I often feel that I have low vitality and can't assert my will easily. (4, 5, 9)
11. Select the Object Relation that best describes you.
Attachment Object Relation: I usually feel that my needs are being met and feel satisfied. It’s important for my bonds to be consistent with important people or things. (3, 6, 9)
Frustration Object Relation: I know what would make me happy, but I feel that I seldom have it. Even if I get what I want, I easily get disillusioned with it. (1, 4, 7)
Rejection Object Relation: I feel that people don’t care about my needs so I have learned to reject them too. Despite this, I feel that I need to offer some people my talents to prevent future rejection. (2, 5, 8)
Questions 12 to 84: The following questions are set on a sliding scale. For each question, try to assess how well the statement describes you. You may choose between four possibilities:
1. If you mostly/strongly identifies with the statement, add 3 points to the corresponding enneatype;
2. If you somewhat identifies with the statement, add 2 points to the corresponding enneatype;
3. If you agree only a little with the statement, add 1 point to the corresponding enneatype;
4. If you don’t agree with the statement, don’t add any point.
12. People often see me as strong-willed, but most don’t know that I’m deeply critical of myself and try my best to prevent any wrongdoings.
13. I get really upset when I don’t have control over my desires and when my raw emotion pierces my poised demeanour. I may appear stiff and unnatural because of that.
14. Some people may see me as rule-oriented but I’d like to express my individuality if I weren’t so tightly hooked on my principles and self-righteous ideas.
15. I may look like an intellectual but I tend to see concepts and problems in a moralistic view. If I’m not careful, I can develop a black-and-white thinking, believing there’s a right and a wrong way.
16. I generally feel the need to be of service and appear altruistic because of my strong moral principles. I also don’t let people know of my feelings unless I’m angered.
17. I’m often seen as overly critical and picky about how things should be done and I’m quickly annoyed at other’s failure to carry through procedures and tasks.
18. I do care a lot of what people think about me and strive to perfect my composure most of the time.
19. I don’t want to feel anger towards people, but if someone’s view is flawed, I need to tell them why they’re in the wrong.
20. If people don’t want the same thing as I would, I yield to their demand because I want them to appreciate me. Despite of that, I feel resentful and angry deep down.
21. I want to help people because I want to feel loved and accepted.
22. I have a large circle of acquaintances that depend on me and bring my love and happiness in return.
23. I want to let people know that I’m there for them because I want them to like me. I readily show my feelings to others.
24. I seduce people by trying to give them a lot of appreciative attention, hoping to be valued and loved in return.
25. I tend to be very aware of other people’s feelings, but I seldom think of my own motivations and needs.
26. I’m highly attuned to people and sociable.
27. I may seem running around and bouncy all the time, but it’s because I’m really trying to fit everyone’s needs into my schedule.
28. I don’t like to become aggressive and demanding, but it can really ticks me off when I don’t receive proper appreciation from people when I’ve given them my time.
29. I’m almost always prepared to meet others’ expectations and put my knowledge to good use. Efficiency is key to success.
30. I get really upset when my outer image isn’t on par with what’s expected of me. I may appear stiff and unnatural because of that.
31. I may look self-confident and smooth-talking, but secretly feel deeply concerned about the perception of others on me.
32. I seduce people by telling them about my achievements and by focusing the conversation on my good side.
33. I consider my feelings to be a hindrance to my general accomplishments. I prefer to go on with what I am doing and then deal with my feelings afterwards.
34. I like to work hard and excel at what I’m doing. I like being above others.
35. I want to be seen as successful and admired for my actions.
36. I’m highly adaptable and seek acceptance from others because I want them to recognize my worth, my talent.
37. I tend to overreact to things in the past that, for the most part, never happened.
38. I find myself wanting something or someone inaccessible at the moment in order to maintain a feeling of longing and sadness.
39. I tend to identifies with my feelings and readily know my emotional states at the expense of failing to recognize their impact on others.
40. I’m often seen as overly critical and picky about people’s lack of awareness and oblivious behaviour to my inner creativity and sensitivity.
41. I like to accomplish things, but when feelings arise, I prefer to stop what I’m doing and process the emotion at its raw form.
42. I withdraw from the outside world mainly because I shift my focus to my inner world of feelings of sadness and pain.
43. I am passionate and vulnerable inside and those feelings do tend to bubble up. I usually try to better feel them and seek help if I’m having trouble keeping myself together.
44. I shy away from the limelight when I’m feeling upset or sad in order to process my emotions.
45. I don’t like being rushed when making a decision because I want to have a full picture of the situation.
46. I may appear emotionless and aloof because of my tendency to feel overwhelmed when dealing my irrational self.
47. I may look like an intellectual because my mind is very system-based and can analyse concepts in a very thorough way. If I’m not careful, I can retreat into my mind and shut off from the outside world.
48. I’m usually detached from my feelings and prefer to keep others at a distance.
49. I withdraw from the outside world mainly because I want to better understand my environment and avoid feelings of being overwhelmed by it.
50. I prefer a non-linear way of thinking and coming up to my own conclusions instead of following a plan. I usually trust my intellectual foundlings over the preconceived notions.
51. I don’t mind exploring ideas and working on intellectual endeavours alone for several hours.
52. When in stress, I tend to retreat from others and diminish my needs in fear of being overwhelmed by my environment. I can be somewhat disconnected from my body.
53. I like to work hard for the sake of good relationships and feeling a sense of community and security among the group.
54. I prefer a linear way of thinking and prefer to follow an established method of doing things. I tend to do well in an environment provided with guidelines and procedures.
55. I react to anxiety by overly focusing on potential threats and seeing the negative outcomes.
56. I’m easily rattled by stress and can become defensive if other people are noticing my angst.
57. I want to help others because I want them to be on my side and not against me.
58. Some people may see me as rule-oriented but I’d like to express my individuality if I weren’t scared of retribution.
59. I may appear aggressive and antiauthoritarian to others because I feel compelled to unmask people’s true motives in fear of getting in danger.
60. I tend to overreact to things that haven’t happened yet, and probably won’t happen.
61. I may look intense and overbearing to others, but I just need a lot of variety and activity to feel content.
62. I find myself wanting always more because of my inability to cope with my fear of deprivation and pain.
63. I look self-confident and smooth-talking because I don’t care about what people think about me. I just want to feel free and have fun.
64. I may seem gregarious and enjoy people’s company, but it’s mostly because they can give me excitement and variety.
65. I usually don’t care of people’s opinion socially. I just want to be free to experience what I want at any given time.
66. I prefer to stay active and be on the lookout for whatever can distract me. Doing the same thing for too long bores me very quickly.
67. I react to anxiety by seeking a way to distract myself from it and return to my joviality.
68. When dealing with anxiety, I crave excitement and freedom. I become more upbeat and hyperactive to counter boredom and to deal with my insecurities.
69. I may look intense and overbearing to others because I want to experience real and tangible experiences.
70. People often see me as strong-willed, but most don’t know that I steel myself from any harm by denying my feelings sometimes.
71. I may appear aggressive and antiauthoritarian to others because I want them to make sure that they back off in case they feel tempted to harm me.
72. I have an inner circle of friends and loved ones that I really care about and protect. The rest of humanity is of little importance.
73. I want to be independent and powerful, regardless of what people think of me.
74. I am passionate and vulnerable inside but I keep people from seeing my true self by being tough-minded and unshakable.
75. I’m a practical and sensual person that doesn’t shy away when problems arise. I only withdraw from my environment when I need to think of a good strategy to strike back.
76. I prefer to make my point clear and make a scene than feeling hurt and defeated.
77. If people don’t want the same thing as I would, I yield to their demand and incorporate their desires to my consciousness.
78. I may appear emotionless and aloof because of my tendency to avoid any kind of extreme behaviour and maintain inner peace.
79. I don’t want to feel anger towards people. If someone’s not agreeing with me, I usually prefer to brush it off and keep the peace intact.
80. I’m highly adaptable and seek acceptance from others because I want my environment to be peaceful and steady.
81. I often disengage from my environment in order to not immediately deal with problems and feeling upset.
82. I prefer to ignore problems or at least minimize their impact. I can’t be bothered to by upset and try to keep things from affecting me.
83. When dealing with anxiety, I tend to stay busy and occupy my mind to mundane, non-threatening thoughts.
84. I prefer to halt any tension and agree with contradictory opinions than disturbing a peaceful moment.
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