About the Enneagram personality color test

The personality color test is derived from the Enneagram personality types.

The complexity of the Enneagram symbol and the many concepts and interpretations that have developed over the decades since the Enneagram types originated can create confusion for those first learning about the types.

The various names given the types by the different interpretations can not only add to the confusion but also create a stereotypical understanding of the types.

While some people can identify their type almost immediately, for other people it can take years.

What's needed is a way to cut through all that noise by grounding the types in something simple that makes clear distinctions between the types.

The personality color test does this by using a simpler two factor understanding of the personality types where each type can be visually represented by unique color pairs.

The two factors are taken from groupings or triads that make up the centers of intelligence and Karen Horney's types.

The centers of intelligence are renamed the primary triads and associated with the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow.

The stances or Hornevian groups are renamed the secondary triads and associated with the secondary colors of purple, green, and orange.

This can be more easily visualized in a 3 x 3 matrix that avoids the complexities of the Enneagram symbol.

Here's how it's done.

1. Start with the Enneagram types.

The Enneagram Symbol

2. Colorize the Primary Triads.

Primary Triads

3. Colorize the Secondary Triads.

Secondary Triads

4. Combine the colors.

Enneagram Colors

5. Place the types in a 3 x 3 matrix.

The Enneagram Matrix

6. Associate the colors with labels and ground the descriptions of the types through those labels.

  1. Purple-Red (Compliant-Behavior)
  2. Purple-Blue (Compliant-Emotion)
  3. Orange-Blue (Aggressive-Emotion)
  4. Green-Blue (Detached-Emotion)
  5. Green-Yellow (Detached-Thought)
  6. Purple-Yellow (Compliant-Thought)
  7. Orange-Yellow (Aggressive-Thought)
  8. Orange-Red (Aggressive-Behavior)
  9. Green-Red (Detached-Behavior)


  1. A unique color pair for each Enneagram personality type
  2. A unique label differentiating each Enneagram personality type
  3. A simple two factor grounding of each Enneagram personality type
  4. A less complicated 3 x 3 matrix alternative to the Enneagram symbol

The tests on this site will not only suggest your likely Enneagram personality type but also briefly explain the meaning of the color combination and labels for that type.

A book and other works are planned for 2023 to more fully describe the types using this system.

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