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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. Generally, it's been
        easy to "get a rise" out of me.
        difficult to "get a rise" out of me.

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 too
        hard-nosed and skeptical.
        soft-hearted 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. Usually, when troubles have gotten to me, I have
        been able to "tune them out."
        treated myself to something I've enjoyed.

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 usually
        been shy about showing my abilities.
        liked to let people know what I can do well.

        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 great sense of humor.
        quiet strength and exceptional generosity.

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."

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