Thoughts on Statistics

Long have I been fascinated by the statistical dispersion of Enneagram types throughout the population– in fact, it was one of the first (critical) questions I asked when introduced to the system. Of course, there is no definitive answer (yet), but more a feel for which types/traits are more or less common (and why). After some early reading and sifting on this topic through the first couple of years of my Enneagram study, I accepted this loose order (most populous to least populous): 6/3/9, 2, 1/7, 4, 8, 5.

Of course, rather than sate my curiosity, this loose order only propelled it further. So many of the surveys on this topic seem to be skewed by where/how they were conducted. For instance, many of the polls that have been taken via the internet reflect higher numbers of withdrawn and introspective types, because those types are both regular internet lurkers and more prone to introspection. As much as I understand the ease and far-reach of Internet surveying (heck, I do it too!) one can’t expect accurate results in any environment that might attract larger volume of any certain type. Running a survey in a corporate environment has the same problem, as 3’s, 1’s, 8’s and 6’s would be over-represented because they are generally more drawn to such an environment.

So, I began collecting data of my own. Though I didn’t realize it at first, the central environment of my polling is probably one of the most neutral environments that I am currently aware of– my giant mega church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

The place is filled with as many plumbers as musicians, as elementary school teachers, as CEO’s, every socioeconomic group, every cultural background, every age. It seems that God is something that unites all people. ūüėČ The most current information¬†I could find says that my church consists of roughly 50,000 people, and my heavy volunteer involvement over the past six years has built me a pretty good sized network. ¬†Oh, and (get this) my church actually occasionally teaches and utilizes the Enneagram, so most people there are at least aware of what it is. Unique environment indeed.

And so my spreadsheet of the Enneagram types of people I knew, grew. Some important details about this surveying:

  • To date, this spreadsheet has been kept over a span of five years.
  • This process required¬†the following to maintain accuracy:
    • a high level of study from me, as in many cases I met with individuals to talk through their questions about their own typing (many times resulting in their own type conclusions).
    • A level of discernment– knowing when someone had probably mistyped.
    • Humility– knowing that it is never my place to convince anyone of type, if they don’t want to know my opinion.
  • I only have counted people on my spreadsheet who either:
    • have confirmed their type, and can satisfactorily¬†explain why.
    • I know very intimately, enough to be certain of their type– in a few cases of this the person is not aware of or interested in the Enneagram (like my Dad, ha!).
    • I have interacted with socially for over two years.

All of that disclaimed, I would love to share my results!

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197 humans (120 female, 77 male)

Loyalist – 35 |¬†Helper – 31 |¬†Reformer –¬†29

Peacemaker – 29¬†|¬†Achiever – 29 |¬†Enthusiast –¬†28

Individualist Р6 | Investigator Р6 | Challenger Р4

When looking at my numbers, one can see the loose aforementioned¬†order at play, and yet the numbers are very close among the more populous types– too close, really, to distinguish an overall order among them. The main large distinction one can draw immediately from my results, though, is that the majority (92% in the case of this survey) of the population is made up of types 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9, leaving the remaining 8% to types 4, 5 and 8. I should also note, that I even¬†specifically tried to seek out the lesser represented types, because when I was doing my Photo Project, I needed accurately typed participants! ¬†If I hadn’t done so, I might have even less naturally represented here.

As always, one could point to ways in which my survey is¬†affected by who I am, and the places I frequent. ¬†I have far closer relationships with women in my life, for example, and one could argue that this is why 2 is represented a bit higher than one would expect. Still, at 39%, the male representation¬†in this survey isn’t too far behind.

Many other interesting tidbits could be gleaned from this survey, through commentary on the individuals in questions– what do they do for a living? What is their birth order? How many of each wing are present? Which types display bias towards one gender, or a pretty equal dispersion of both? ¬†Today, I leave you with the overall numbers, but will be working towards discussing more of the finer detail in the future as my spreadsheet grows! ¬†I’m getting married in May, so hopefully my¬†groom’s influence will help to even out the gender dispersion a bit! ūüėČ

Here’s to Understanding, friends!

Thoughts on Statistics

The Wings of Enneagram 2

Today I’m talking about the wings of the Helper and how to discern between the two, both in regards to motivation¬†and from an experience standpoint. ¬†Check it out, and feel free to let me know whether this rings true for you– if you¬†are a two, or even if you have someone in your life who is!

Check back in a week or so, for my next misidentification video too!  You can also stay up to speed with my work by following on Instagram or FacebookРas always feel free to reach out at Enneagramgirl@yahoo.com with questions or comments!

Peace + Hope, friends!

The Wings of Enneagram 2

Survey Says…

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Though I have several favorite Enneagram topics, my niche area of study is probably of a statistical nature– asking people questions to discover patterns in population dispersion, familial type patterns and phisiological manifestation of the inner traits. In other words, since the Enneagram has already opened up the world of why, I’m left in total curiosity about the puzzle of the additional how.

In doing this, from time to time, I’ll be running short surveys for people who know their Enneagram type. If you are reading this, I would so love if you would participate! Doing so is totally anonymous and would help me to continue in my study of all of the above things– and I’ll be reflecting on the results here!

My current,¬†very simple, six question, anonymous survey¬†is open and the¬†more responses I can get, the more interesting (and valid) the results will be! ¬†I’ll also be posting the results (and what I make of them) here when the survey has closed. ūüôā

That’s all for now, but keep your eyes peeled for a new¬†short video on the wings of Enneagram 2– coming at you soon! ¬†As always, feel free to reach out to me via comment or directly at enneagramgirl@yahoo.com.

Thanks, friends!

Survey Says…

Misidentification: 3 vs 5 (video)

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A new full length video is up on the Enneagram Girl YouTube Channel, and this time I’m touching on the main differences that help us to discern between 3 and 5– this inspired by a conversation I had with some friends last night! ¬†Check it out and also the info graphics and instincts for the Achiever and the Investigator may be helpful!

As always, feel free to reach out to me at enneagramgirl@yahoo.com if you have questions or thoughts. ūüôā

 

Misidentification: 3 vs 5 (video)

The Wings of Enneagram 1

Hey friends! ¬†I’ve decided to create some “shorts” to fill in the time (that I am slowly editing) between my longer videos, and I realized that perfect bite-sized topic is¬†wings. ¬†As usual, I’ll start from the beginning with 1, the Reformer. ¬†Check it out, and watch for more short videos addressing other wing differences in the future! ūüôā

The Wings of Enneagram 1

Core Type Refresher

I’ve realized over the past week or so, that perhaps it was time for me to put those core type info graphics front and center again. ¬†Another way that you can find material on specific types is by using the menu in the upper right, and choosing a type– that will bring up everything I’ve talked about on that type so far! ¬†I’m steadily adding content (as there is no limit with the topic of personality and a tool like the Enneagram!) but let me know if there’s a specific topic that you need to hear about sooner than later. ūüôā

With that said, here are the Basics of Core Type graphics again for you! Click to see more on each type.

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Core Type Refresher

Video: 6 vs. 9

Hey Enneagram friends! ¬†After quite the gap, I’ve finally posted another YouTube Enneagram Girl video, this time examining some recent nuances I’ve noticed about misidentification¬†between 6 and 9! ¬†I touch on some of the differences, similarities, health paths and even venture into correlation with MBTI a bit! ūüėČ

Check it out, and feel free to ask questions if you have any!  I hope to be creating more and more videos in the months to come, so keep an eye out.

Video: 6 vs. 9