Enneastar is based on the Enneagram, but rearranges the nine types – inspired by the Bible. This makes the 2-Minute Test possible.
This graph shows differences between the Enneagram (with security points / stress points) and Enneastar (with new symbol, new order and new growth target).
Enneastar assigns to each type a quality of God's character. Enneastar is inspired by the Bible, where the Fruit of the Spirit enumerates nine divine qualities in the following order: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, temperance (or self-control). (Galatians 5:22-23)
Enneastar further develops the Enneagram by aligning the nine types to this biblical order. The discovery that this new order makes an amazing sense is the core and starting point of the Enneastar concept.
As a symbol, Enneastar uses the nine pointed star of the monk Ramon Llull (1232-1316). Other symbols were later derived from this (originally Christian) symbol, probably also the Enneagram (graphic above left).
The new order with the new (original) symbol enables a new concept – and with the 2-Minute Test the shortest Enneagram test.
Enneastar helps to examine the dynamics of a team and to reflect on one's own team behavior.
Enneastar assigns the nine Enneagram types to three impulse groups.
All types are related to their neighbors (to the left and right, also called wings) by common characteristics.
The superscript numbers after the type names will help Enneagram experts, since the Enneagram identifies the types mainly with numbers.
Successful teams are usually heterogeneous teams. If you pay attention to careful addition, you can optimise one success factor. This graphic shows the Enneastar types as a synergy of the Enneagram and Belbin's Team Roles.
The desired Types or Team Roles will hardly be available at all times. Therefore, it is helpful if we are willing to engage not only with our main type, but develop the ability to move out to our secondary or even tertiary type – for the sake of the team's balance. However, the more we move away from our main type, the more energy teamwork will cost us.
Enneastar starts from the biblical Fruit of the Spirit with its nine characteristics (center of picture). It is the target and starting point of the concept. In the descriptions of the Enneagram types, however, the Root Sins of the Enneagram also play a role. These represent the opposite of the respective characteristic of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Reflecting on Root Sins is a historically important factor for the fascination of the Enneagram.
Striving for divine ideal (Fruit of the Spirit) does not exclude learning from each other, for which a "counterclockwise movement" is recommended (graphic below).
The type descriptions of Enneastar correspond to those of the Enneagram. The table shows the nine Types (sometimes also called Enneatypes) in the order of Enneastar. The type names serve as links to the following descriptions, in which each type introduces itself.
|Helper||Enneagram Type 2|
|Optimist||Enneagram Type 7|
|Skeptic||Enneagram Type 6|
|Perfectionist||Enneagram Type 1|
|Individualist||Enneagram Type 4|
|Observer||Enneagram Type 5|
|Doer||Enneagram Type 3|
|Fighter||Enneagram Type 8|
|Mediator||Enneagram Type 9|
The Helper2 is the number Two in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Love – the first quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"Relationships are a person's most important resource and determine life. That is why I am also involved in the social sphere. I like to help very much and am an interested listener.
I am devoted and cordial. I radiate a maternal/fatherly love and am the best friend of many people. I always have some well-intentioned advice ready. I am the heart of any group and
I suffer from the fact that it is difficult for me to avoid the needs of my fellow human beings. I have trouble saying no. Often, I feel somewhat exploited because of this. Nevertheless, I love to be used as an irreplaceable help in need, even if it is very exhausting sometimes."
The Optimist7 is the number Seven in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Joy – the second quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"I am optimistic and enjoy life. My diary is overflowing with beautiful plans, projects and ideas. There are so many new and exciting things to discover! That's why I always have a lot to tell. I see something good in everything – also in bad and difficult things.
I bring joy and good mood to a group. I am very sociable and enterprising. I am fascinated by every new beginning. I have a quick grasp of things and I am imaginatively networking a wide variety of information.
I suffer from the fact that I often don't finish the plans I have tracked down in favour of new ideas – and therefore hurry ahead with my own goals. However, I like to suppress this fact by my ability to whitewash. I have a tendency towards superficiality."
The Skeptic6 is the number Six in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Peace – the third quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"I am prudent, careful, sometimes a little anxious. Life is full of dangers. I also want to live up to unspoken expectations and seek the best for my family and company. I often suspect that I could be exploited. Yes, you always have to be on guard to recognize possible threats and dangers in time.
I like to move in groups. You can rely on me because I know what's right. I have an excellent instinct for expectations and dangers. I am also prepared to take on unpleasant tasks that others avoid.
I suffer from being put under pressure by (unspoken) expectations. However, if they do not come, I also feel bad, because then I am obviously not needed. I often complain that my fellow human beings do not respond sufficiently to my own expectations."
The Perfectionist1 is the number One in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Patience – the fourth quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"I try – and take the necessary time – to make everything correct. I want to ensure that I have the best possible point of view in every situation – even in the smallest details of everyday life. This can also be seen in my language. I am simply convinced that everybody has to do things right. I am conservative, down-to-earth and correct.
I am a responsible human being with strong convictions and polite distance. I have an eagle eye for details. Whatever I do, I do it right down to the last detail, which is also reflected in my detailed communication style.
I suffer from stress because I pay full attention also to unimportant (everyday) tasks. I expect the same from my fellow human beings, which leads to unpleasant discussions again and again. I put myself under pressure with my own task lists, which I have to work through myself".
The Individualist4 is the number Four in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Kindness – the fifth quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"(I know that I attract attention with my clothes and hair.) I can be totally happy about new friendships. I then lean quite far out of the window and give everything. Pure empathy! But – how I am disappointed again and again! Then I withdraw myself again.
I am sensitive and empathic. I am an artist and a lateral thinker. I express my uniqueness creatively and well thought out down to the last detail. Feelings are important to me. I live few, but intensive relationships.
I suffer from relationship stress because of my hypersensitivity. In addition, my energy balance is severely disturbed by my emotional exertion at work, at the expense of my private life. Some experience me as moody."
The Observer5 is the number Five in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Goodness – the sixth quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"I renounce words and feelings. I respect the limits of personality and want my own to be respected. I give space to people by withdrawing. What do I like to do best? Reading, researching, observing, collecting. I am an idealist when it comes to knowledge.
I am objective, thrifty, unbiased and sensitive. I am less committed to a team than to sober expertise and professional competence. I can delve into and bury myself in a topic. I am a keen observer and a good listener.
I suffer from (inner) loneliness and long for deep and empathetic relationships. At the same time, demarcation and predictability are very important to me, which makes relationships difficult. Unforeseen challenges that require spontaneous action stress me."
The Doer3 is the number Three in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Faithfulness – the seventh quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"My fidelity to my projects and my different life roles is enormous. I juggle several projects at the same time. I am successful and a Doer. If I am not successful, I stop the project.
I have an intuitive instinct for how to lead a project to success. My competence and dynamism are impressive. I trust in the Pareto principle: With 20% effort I reach 80% of the desired result.
I suffer from the underestimated friction energy that my various projects bring with them. This brings me to the brink of burnout again and again. I long for depth and authenticity. Both are missing out on my success image and status thinking."
The Fighter8 is the number Eight in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Gentleness – the eighth quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"I don't beat around the bush for long but say what's going on. I have a hard shell but a soft core. Those who stand in my way must arm themselves. I want to be in control. I'm very gentle with weaker people who can't help themselves. But I despise presumptuous authority figures.
I face the challenges of my time. I am a born leader who stands up for his subordinates. I have an intuitive nose for the essence of a human being. I love physical closeness and communicate warmly, openly and very directly."
I suffer from the stress of constant picking with other top dogs and the tendency towards radical (inner) demarcation even from people I actually love (partners, children), but from whom I am frustrated or disappointed. With my direct nature I often overdrive my fellow human beings.
The Mediator9 is the number Nine in the Enneagram. Enneastar assigns this type to Temperance (or self-control) – the ninth quality of the Fruit of the Spirit (Bible).
"I get along with everyone. That's important to me. Therefore, I intuitively provide reconciliatory and balancing tones in the group. I do not push myself into the foreground. I want my peace and no stress. Often, I just don't know what I want. Yes, I know much better what I don't want.
I am sociable and rarely judgmental. I often renounce my own interests in favor of others. I have a relaxing coziness with which I have a calming and stabilizing effect on my environment even in stressful situations.
I suffer from my lack of initiative and self management and the associated sins of omission. Because I shy away from responsibility, I often make my happiness dependent on others and thus easily fall into a victim role".