Know Your Type - The Personality Mapping System

What is "Know Your Type"?

Know Your Type for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire mobile devices is a powerful personality mapping system based on the ancient Enneagram. It is a profound map that illuminates the nine different architectures of the human personality. It is also the most powerful and practical system available for increasing emotional intelligence, with insights that can be used for personal and professional development.

How can it help me?

The Enneagram is cross-cultural and highly accurate, with many personal and work-related applications. At home, you can use the Enneagram to become more self-accepting and to understand and relate more effectively to your family and friends. At work, you can use the Enneagram to improve communication, prevent conflict, make better decisions, develop teams, enhance leadership skills, and more.

How does it work?

Know Your Type features an intuitive, self-paced, graphical pathway to guide you through the process. The first step is to find your Enneagram Type from among the nine possible Types. This requires self-reflection about your patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. To help you do this, there is an interactive exercise, which presents you with a series of questions to consider and answer. After your individual Type has been identified, you can explore the many additional resources for development, including tips, quizzes, videos, and more.

Does this differ from other systems?

There are several different personality systems currently used to support growth and development. While the Enneagram is the oldest of these systems, dating back several thousand years, it is also the most recent addition to the systems and models being used. The Enneagram is a deep, powerful, profound, and highly accurate map of the human character structure that emphasizes in-depth development activities for each Enneagram Type.

About the Creator

Ginger Lapid-Bogda

Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Ph.D., a consultant, trainer, and coach with over 35 years of experience, works with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and service organizations in the areas of strategy development, executive leadership, change management, high-performing teams, and cultural transformation. Some of her clients include Apple Computer, Clorox, Disney, Federal Reserve Bank, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Whirlpool, and numerous law firms and non-profit organizations.

Since she began integrating the Enneagram with her work in organizations, she has become a world-class leader in using the Enneagram in business to foster individual and team effectiveness and to create viable, flexible, innovative, and responsible organizations. Ginger has written three seminal Enneagram-business books that have been translated into more than ten languages; has certified over 500 professionals worldwide to use the Enneagram in their professional work; provides state-of-the-art Enneagram-business training materials that are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Thai, Korean, and Danish; and conducts Train-the-Trainer programs on her books Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work: How to Use the Enneagram System for Success (McGraw-Hill 2004) and What Type of Leader Are You? Using the Enneagram System to Identify and Grow Your Leadership Strengths and Achieve Maximum Success (McGraw-Hill 2007). In addition, she offers Coaching with the Enneagram programs around the world based on her most recent book, Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach: Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results (McGraw-Hill 2009).

An award-winning speaker and author as well as an expert consultant and facilitator, Ginger works with Enneagram in Business professionals across the globe, offering local and global services to companies ready to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. In addition, the Enneagram in Business website provides information about how the Enneagram is being used in a wide array of applications, industries, and countries. The Enneagram Learning Portal offers e-learning opportunities for individuals and companies that want to use the Enneagram in greater depth.

What is the Enneagram?

The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea ("nine") and gram ("something written or drawn") and refers to the nine points on the Enneagram symbol. The nine different Enneagram Types, identified as numbers One through Nine, reflect distinct habits of thinking, feeling, and behaving, with each Type connected to a unique path of development. Each of us has only one place, or number, on the Enneagram. While our Enneagram Type remains the same throughout our lifetime, the characteristics of our Type may either soften or become more pronounced as we grow and develop.


The Enneagram's ancient history is uncertain, although the system first appeared in both Asia and the Middle East several thousand years ago or longer. Since that time, it has evolved in various parts of the world, and three individuals have heavily influenced its modern usage. Two philosophers began working with the Enneagram on different continents: G.I. Gurdjieff in the 1930s in Europe, and Oscar Ichazo from the 1950s to the present in South America. Claudio Naranjo, an American psychiatrist born in Chile, initially studied the Enneagram with Ichazo and brought it to the United States in the 1970s. The contemporary use of the Enneagram has grown from the work of these three individuals and has been advanced by other teachers, among them Helen Palmer, Don Riso, David Daniels, and Russ Hudson. Currently, the Enneagram is being used in a continuously growing array of practical applications.


Fundamentally, the Enneagram helps you develop greater self-awareness and self-acceptance and to take personal responsibility for your behavior. Using the Enneagram as a guide, you can actually change specific patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving because it provides specific development activities tailored to each Enneagram Type. As a result, your development time is spent more efficiently and the results are clear and long-lasting.

In addition, the Enneagram helps you develop insight and compassion for others, and it shows you how to enhance your relationships. You’ll learn how others think, feel and behave, what motivates them and drives their behavior, and how to engage with them most effectively.

Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

Gain Greater Self-Awareness

Develop Stronger Interpersonal Skills

Learn More About the Enneagram

Key Features:

  • Identify and store your Enneagram Type, using an animated typing process
  • Learn tips to reduce your stress, optimized for your Type
  • Use approaches to dramatically reduce conflict with other Types
  • Follow Type-specific activities designed for your personal development
  • Understand and develop skills for interacting with all 9 Types
  • Have fun with scenarios designed to test your situational knowledge of the Enneagram
  • View videos of real people of the 9 Types
  • Receive weekly tips for your specific Type, sent to your Apple, Android or Kindle Fire mobile devices
  • Access in-depth information and resources on this highly accurate, cross cultural system
  • Identify and store Types for friends, family, and coworkers

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