Since antiquity, people have worked to unlock the mysteries of personality. The ancient Greeks noted four personality types: sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, and melancholy. They believed that each of these personality types corresponded to the dominant bodily fluids. Considering that I suffer with allergies, I am sure Hippocrates would have labeled me phlegmatic.
Many counselors, life coaches, and personnel departments use personality assessments to help clients and employees understand themselves and others. Twice, I have taken the test for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which labels me (and my wife) as ENTJ. (I used to be an INTJ until I became less introverted.) The DiSC profile indicates that I am an “I,” which stands for Initiator or Integrator, or something. I never found DiSC very helpful.
In all these personality models, there seem to be some preferred types. Some are born leaders, while others are destined to follow compliantly. I am waiting for the profile that labels people Loser, Sucker, Whiner, Coward, and then Winner, Mover, Shaker, Lucky.
A friend recently pointed me to another personality assessment tool. He found it through a mutual friend, Jerome Daley, who wrote about the insights he gained through the Enneagram. I checked out the online resource he suggested and took the free inventory test. I do not intend to give a full explanation of this system, but I hope to spark your interest and encourage you to learn more about yourself.