I am a Type Two on the Enneagram. Do y’all know what the Enneagram is? If you don’t, there’s no reason to be embarrassed about it. I have grown up totally immersed in personality-test culture, and up until last year, I would have taken one look at the thing and dismissed it as satanic. It totally looks like something that would be drawn on the floor in an episode of Charmed, right?
Anyway, after I figured out that the Enneagram was really just a way to visually depict the Myers-Briggs personalities (of which I am an ENFJ) and their interconnectedness, I read all the descriptions of the different numbers and decided that I was probably a two. I studied up on the chart for one afternoon and then I never looked at it again until today.
Today, my brother-in-law posted a link to an article which referenced the Enneagram. The picture of the Enneagram they used actually had the Myers-Briggs types grouped together by their respective numbers. So I had validation! Yes! I really am a 2! Except, since I hadn’t looked at the description of a 2 in over a year, I had to google it to remember what that actually meant.
As if I didn’t know. As if I couldn’t have just told myself, “Self, this is what you are like!” And then I wouldn’t have had to look it up!
But I didn’t tell myself that. Partly, I didn’t tell myself that because I didn’t think of it until just now. Mostly, though, I didn’t not look it up (double negative!) because it’s awesomely fun to read about yourself in these personality things. Reading the descriptions always leave me with this sense of belonging. Like, I have a TYPE. I am NORMAL! (Er, normal for a Type 2/ENFJ, anyway. Which… we’re kind of weird. But, whatever.) Also, reading these things feels a little bit like emotional exhibitionism. (Perhaps it’s redundant to say this since I’m a blogger, but clearly, I find [moderate/some kinds of] emotional exhibitionism to be a fun and enjoyable thing. If I really think about how well these personality types have me dialed for too long, I can get all, “Duuuuude, how are they inside my miiiinnndddd?”
ANYWAY. At the bottom of this page I was reading, they were running through a list of famous people throughout history that have also been Type 2′ers. Here’s the list:
Paula Abdul, Alan Alda, Tammy Faye Bakker, Brigitte Bardot, Harry Belafonte, Leo Buscaglia, Barbara Bush, Jimmy Carter, Casanova, Glenn Close, Bill Cosby, Barbara de Angelis, Princess Diana, Celine Dion, John Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Fairy Godmother, Mia Farrow, Betty Friedan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Danny Glover, Roosevelt Grier, Melanie Griffith, Leona Helmsley, Whitney Houston, Jesus Christ, Erica Jong, Sally Kellerman, Sally Kirkland, Diane Ladd, Monica Lewinsky, Jerry Lewis, James Lipton, John Lithgow, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Lucci, Madonna, Alma Mahler, Imelda Marcos, Florence Nightingale, Merlin Olsen, Yoko Ono, Suze Orman, Eva Peron, Priscilla Presley, Patsy Ramsey, Sally Jessy Raphael, Nancy Reagan, Della Reese, Lionel Ritchie, Mr. Rogers, Virginia Satir, Richard Simmons, Danielle Steel, Sally Struthers, Mother Teresa, Marlo Thomas, Richard Thomas, Jennifer Tilly, Tiny Tim, John Travolta, Ivana Trump, Desmond Tutu, Barbara Walters, Lesley Ann Warren.
Here’s what my brain was doing while I was reading that list: “Paula Abdul!… Bush….Bill Cosby! … Princess Di…. These are pretty cool people, I guess… Fairy Godmother?! Can cartoons have personalities?… Whitney Hou… JESUS CHRIST? JESUS CHRIST AND I ARE BOTH TWO’S? SUHWEEET.”
That’s right, suckers. JC and I are both Two’s. I think we can say with some certainty that I definitely have the best personality ever if I have the same one as JESUS. Type Two For The Win!