Other Typing Systems

There several systems currently available to help people and organisations in their personal development way, so, why use this system? We believe the Enneagram is the most effective, powerful and robust one for two main reasons

  • It’s not a behavioural system but a system that uncovers the motivations behind specific behaviours. This is important because different people may show similar behaviours but due to very different motivations, and therefore their development requirements will also be very different
  • It’s not just a descriptive typology as it offers a clear path for self-development. The Enneagram adds great value as in addition of being an accurate typing system it provides a clear and effective map for self-development. Therefore, instead of just labelling people it actually provides a way to free themselves and speed their develop process.

In addition to this the Enneagram can be integrated with other systems:


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), based on C. Jung’s personality theory, was developed by Kathleen Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, is a psychological framework and test that identifies specific preferences in human behaviour: how we focus our energy when depleted (extraversion vs. introversion); how we gather information (sensing vs. intuition); how we make decisions from information we receive (thinking vs. feeling); and how we deal with and relate to the outside world (judging vs. perceiving). Many organizations use both the Enneagram and MBTI because they are highly complementary and focus on different but compatible aspects of human beings. In addition, there have been numerous correlations between Enneagram styles and MBTI types. For example, Enneagram style Ones tend more toward judging rather than perceiving, Twos tend more toward feeling than thinking, Fours tend more toward intuition than sensing, Fives are more often thinkers than feelers, and so forth.


The DISC theory, developed by W. M. Marston in the 1920s, is a self-assessment test that classifies four aspects of behaviour by testing a person’s preferences. DISC is an acronym for Dominance (control, power, and assertiveness), Influence (in social situations and communication), Steadiness (patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness), and Conscientiousness (structure and organization). D and I represent extroverted aspects of the personality, while C and S indicate introverted aspects. D and C represent task-focused aspects; I and S indicate social or relationship-focused aspects. The DISC provides a broad overview of a person’s preferences, while the Enneagram offers an in-depth understanding of a person’s character structure, including their core motivations, assumptive worldview, and repeating patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Understood this way, the Enneagram can take DISC results and enable a user to more fully understand what is causing his or her preferences and then follow through with precise development Enneagram-based activities that address the specific areas for growth for his or her Enneagram style. Integrates the MBTI and DISC competences and identifies four “complexes” | competencies, behavioural preferences, capacity to adapt to different situations, and motives for action.


Insights MDI® is not a comprehensive personality assessment, but instead focuses on four “complexes” that are then used to explain and analyse human behaviour: competencies, behavioural preferences, capacity to adapt to different situations, and motives for action. Available in 10 different versions for various target groups, Insights MDI® is used for recruiting staff, personnel development, and team building Insights MDI® and the Enneagram can easily be used together to support individual growth and organizational applications. Because the MDI® takes a broad view of certain factors, the Enneagram can be utilized to add depth, complexity, and precision development actions.