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The RHETI Sampler – Free Personality Test

The RHETI Sampler's 36 questions are only a part of the full, scientifically validated 144-question Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI, Version 2.5) personality inventory. Short personality quizzes such as the RHETI Sampler cannot guarantee that your basic personality type will be indicated, although your type will most likely be one of the top three scores in this free quiz. We recommend that you read the type descriptions at the end of this test, and in Riso-Hudson Enneagram books, to help you identify your basic personality type.

Instructions for the FREE Sampler

The RHETI Sampler, like the complete RHETI itself, is a forced-choice psychological test which requires you to chose one statement in each pair of statements that describes you best. For each pair of statements, select the statement that applies to you MOST OF YOUR LIFE. Do not over-analyze the questions, or try to think of "exceptions to the rule." Be spontaneous and choose the statement that comes closest to the way you have been most of the time, most of your life.

Occasionally there will be questions that ask you to make a close call between two choices. This is because the RHETI is trying to reveal areas where you have similar behaviors or attitudes. You may skip questions that really do not apply to you — but do not skip questions just because they are hard to answer. If a question is very close and you can't decide which statement applies to you best, you can come back to it after you have completed the Sampler.

The RHETI Sampler usually takes about 10 minutes to complete. (The complete 144 question RHETI takes about 40 minutes to complete.) At the end of the Sampler, click on the Score Test button, and wait for the computer to generate a personality profile of your scores. If you have answered honestly and accurately, your basic personality type should be one of the top three scores. To confirm which type you might be, read the type descriptions in the Riso-Hudson best-selling books, The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types — the two most complete and in-depth books in the Enneagram field.

Thanks! And please remember that unlike the full RHETI, this short, fun personality test is NOT scientifically validated. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the results of the personality analysis produced by this short personality quiz — only that it can help you begin your journey of self-discovery!

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1. I've been

  romantic and imaginative.
  pragmatic and down to earth.

2. I have tended to

  take on confrontations.
  avoid confrontations.

3. I have typically been

  diplomatic, charming, and ambitious.
  direct, formal, and idealistic.

4. I have tended to be

  focused and intense.
  spontaneous and fun-loving.

5. I have been a

  hospitable person and have enjoyed welcoming new friends into my life.
  private person and have not mixed much with others.

6. It's been

  difficult for me to relax and stop worrying about potential problems.
  difficult for me to get myself worked up about potential problems.

7. I've been more of a

  "street-smart" survivor.
  "high-minded" idealist.

8. I have

  needed to show affection to people.
  preferred to maintain a certain distance with people.

9. When presented with a new experience, I've usually asked myself if it would be

  useful to me.

10. I have tended to focus too much on


11. Others have depended on my

  insight and knowledge.
  strength and decisiveness.

12. I have come across as being too

  unsure of myself.
  sure of myself.

13. I have been more

  relationship-oriented than goal-oriented.
  goal-oriented than relationship-oriented.

14. I have

  not been able to speak up for myself very well.
  been outspoken—I've said what others wished they had the nerve to say.

15. It's been difficult for me to

  stop considering alternatives and do something definite.
  take it easy and be more flexible.

16. I have tended to be

  hesitant and procrastinating.
  bold and domineering.

17. My

  reluctance to get too involved has gotten me into trouble with people.
  eagerness to have people depend on me has gotten me into trouble with them.

18. Usually, I have

  been able to put my feelings aside to get the job done.
  needed to work through my feelings before I could act.

19. Generally, I have been

  methodical and cautious.
  adventurous and taken risks.

20. I have tended to be a

  supportive, giving person who enjoys the company of others.
  serious, reserved person who likes discussing issues.

21. I've often felt the need to

  be a "pillar of strength."
  perform perfectly.

22. I've typically been interested in

  asking tough questions and maintaining my independence.
  maintaining my stability and peace of mind.

23. I've been

  a bit cynical and skeptical.
  mushy and sentimental.

24. I've often worried that

  I'm missing out on something better.
  if I let down my guard, someone will take advantage of me.

25. My habit of

  being "stand-offish" has annoyed people.
  telling people what to do has annoyed people.

26. I have tended

  to get anxious if there was too much excitement and stimulation.
  to get anxious if there wasn't enough excitement and stimulation.

27. I have

  depended upon my friends and they have known that they can depend on me.
  not depended on people; I have done things on my own.

28. I have tended to be

  detached and preoccupied.
  moody and self-absorbed.

29. I have liked to

  challenge people and "shake them up."
  comfort people and calm them down.

30. I have generally been an

  outgoing, sociable person.
  earnest, self-disciplined person.

31. I've wanted to

  "fit in" with others—I get uncomfortable when I stand out too much.
  stand out from others—I get uncomfortable when I don't distinguish myself.


  Pursuing my personal interests has been more important to me than having comfort and security.
  Having comfort and security has been more important to me than pursuing my personal interests.

33. When I've had conflict with others, I've

  tended to withdraw.
  rarely backed down.

34. I have

  given in too easily and let others push me around.
  been too uncompromising and demanding with others.

35. I've been appreciated for my

  unsinkable spirit and resourcefulness.
  deep caring and personal warmth.

36. Much of my success has been

  due to my talent for making a favorable impression.
  achieved despite my lack of interest in developing "interpersonal skills."

Sampler completed

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