When it comes to a person’s beauty, the first thing that comes to mind is physical beauty. However, physical beauty is purely an external impression that can sometimes be misleading. The physical fades overtime and can sometimes become jaded.
Inner beauty is a concept that is just as attractive, if not more attractive than external beauty. Inner beauty represents who you are on the inside, including your character and morality — which is what really matters. This type of beauty can look different from person to person depending on who you truly are and which type of personality you have.
Between horoscopes, the Myers-Briggs and other personality tests, there are so many different ways to understand your true personality and yourself. The Enneagram of Personality test is one of the assessments out there that many people find to be insightful and helpful to their journey to self-understanding.
While no personality test should determine how you live your life, it’s a great place to start in your quest to find self-love, self-understanding and your true definition of inner beauty.
The Enneagram System
If you aren’t familiar with the Enneagram system, it’s a test that is said to “help people see themselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on their path to self-knowledge.” It was developed in 1997 by the Enneagram Institute and is described to be one of the most insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others.
According to the Enneagram system, there are nine personality types:
- The Reformer
- The Helper
- The Achiever
- The Individualist
- The Investigator
- The Loyalist
- The Enthusiast
- The Challenger
- The Peacemaker
While there are nine total, it’s important to keep in mind that individuals can possess a combination of several personalities, and it’s common to see a little bit of each within ourselves. If you are curious to know which personality type mostly reflects who you are, take the Enneagram test or read through and guess based on which one you feel describes you best!
Inner Beauty Based On Your Personality
Each of these personality types contain unique characteristics of inner beauty that others can see and appreciate when they’re expressed at their best moments. Whether it’s being kind and helpful or motivating and inspiring, the inner beauty of each personality type is equally important and valuable for us as a society.
However, each personality type also contains faulty or less appealing attributes which can make it easy to be hard on ourselves. Making it a habit to express self-love by saying affirmations is great practice to avoid anxiety and help your inner beauty shine. Check out these printable affirmation cards, to read to yourself while you start your day and pair it with your personality type.
Type One: The Reformer
Traits: principled, purposeful, self-controlled and perfectionistic.
Type one personalities are referred to as “The Reformer” because they have a “sense of mission” that leads them to want to improve the world in various ways, using whatever influence they have. At their best, they are wise, discerning and nobel and have a basic desire to have integrity and be balanced. However, with their perfectionistic traits, they forget how to relax and forget to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Their actions are well-meaning and they often do things that are self-sacrificing if it’s for the greater good.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: The desire to do good and be good.
- I am grateful for all that I have and for a wonderful and new day.
Self-Care Tips: Reformers have a hard time slowing down, so taking some time to get out in nature and enjoy themselves is great self-care. Whether it’s a hike or a stroll around the neighborhood, a few minutes of fresh air can give reformers the break they need to clear their mind.
Type Two: The Helper
Traits: generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing and possessive.
Type two personalities are referred to as “The Helper” because they are genuinely good and helpful to others. Being generous and going out of their way for other people makes type two personalities feel good and fulfilled in their lives. However, they have a constant need for affirmation and a fear of being unwanted or unloved so they are motivated by feeling needed and getting others to respond favorably to them. Their actions are well-meaning and are often very self-sacrificing.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Being genuinely good at heart.
- I spread love to those around me and am worthy of receiving love.
Self-Care Tips: Helper personalities are constantly going out of their way for others, so treating themselves is the best way to practice self-care. Helpers need to take a moment to do something that makes them happy and feel good about themselves.
Type Three: The Achiever
Traits: adaptable, excelling, driven and image-conscious.
Type three personalities are known as “The Achiever” due to their natural ability to achieve great things in the world. They are ambitious, energetic and are natural born leaders. Many people look up to type three personalities and they love the attention. However, the achiever can sometimes try too hard to impress others. Achievers are commonly dominant roles and successful with whatever they put their mind to.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Possessing natural born leadership.
- My potential is limitless and I can achieve greatness.
Self-Care Tips: Keeping a journal where thoughts and feelings can be written down is a great way for Achievers to practice self-care. Writing down goals and aspirations along with manifesting is also great to add to a journal.
Type Four: The Individualist
Traits: expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed and temperamental.
Type four personalities are coined as “The Individualist” because they maintain their identity by seeing themselves as fundamentally different from others. They often see themselves as unique and are emotionally honest, self-aware and creative. At times they can be moody and sensitive, but possess the ability to transform an experience when they are feeling at their best.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Embracing what makes them unique.
- I accept and approve of myself and don’t take others opinions or behaviors personally.
Self-Care Tips: Individualists are often creative, so doing something creative like drawing, painting or investing in a DIY project (like making scented cards) is the best way to care for yourself.
Type Five: The Investigator
Traits: perceptive, innovative, secretive and isolated.
The type five personality AKA “The Investigator” is known for wanting to find out why things are the way they are. They want to understand how the world works and are always searching for answers to questions they do not understand. They don’t accept received opinions and doctrines, as they feel a strong need to test the truth of most assumptions for themselves which can make them come off as intense. At their best, they are ahead of their time and very innovative and have a desire to come across as competent.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Their curiosity of the world around them and desire to understand.
- Today I will learn, grow and achieve greatness.
Self-Care Tips: Reading something enjoyable is the perfect way for Investigators to practice self-care. Reading a literary novel provides knowledge, wisdom and a perspective you may not have thought of before.
Type Six: The Loyalist
Traits: engaging, responsible, anxious and suspicious.
Type six personalities are deemed as “The Loyalist” because they are the most loyal to their friends and to their beliefs. They are the type to “go down with the ship” if it came down to it. Even if their beliefs don’t necessarily match the “status-quo,” they stand by them and will fight for what they believe in. They have trouble having confidence in their own judgments and tend to worry a lot, but are a trusty friend and companion who loves very deeply.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Their loyalty and commitment to friends and their beliefs.
- I choose myself and am worthy of my dreams.
Self-Care Tips: Writing down things you are grateful for will help you put things into perspective and appreciate all the gifts you have in your life when you’re anxious.
Type Seven: The Enthusiast
Traits: spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive and scattered.
Type seven personalities are named “The Enthusiast” because of their enthusiasm about almost everything that catches their attention. They have a sense of adventure and approach life with curiosity and optimism making them bold and vivacious. They pursue what they want in life with a cheerful determination which can sometimes make them come off as child-like, but can also bring out the best in others.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Their admiration for life and genuine happiness.
- I will believe in myself as I was not made to give up.
Self-Care Tips: Spending quality time with a friend or loved one is great for Enthusiasts because their loved ones help keep them balanced.
Type Eight: The Challenger
Traits: self-confident, decisive, willful and confrontational.
The type eight personality is named “The Challenger” because they love taking on a challenge that will lead them to success. They also love to give others opportunities that challenge them so they can exceed themselves in some way. They love being in control and have a desire to improve others lives, but can sometimes come off as confrontational and intimidating. The Challenger tends to inspire others and is often a great motivator.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Their ability to motivate themselves and others to be the best they can.
- I am deserving of success and happiness
Self-Care Tips: Exercising is a healthy outlet for Challenger personalities so they can clear their heads and get their extra energy out. Taking up running, joining a gym or dancing in your bedroom are all healthy options.
Type Nine: The Peacemaker
Traits: receptive, reassuring, complacent and resigned.
Type nine personalities are called “The Peacemakers” because of their devotion to the journey for internal and external peace for themselves and others. They are usually easy-going and have a desire to connect with others. They work to establish peace and harmony within themselves and in the physical world around them — often bringing people together. They are trusting, supporting and often go along with others just to avoid conflict.
Best Inner Beauty Characteristic: Their devotion to creating peace and harmony within themselves and the world around them.
- I help others live in a state of peace and love because I radiate peace and love to them.
Self-Care Tips: Meditation is perfect for Peacemaker personalities because it gives them time to practice peace and mindfulness.
Whatever personality type you have, use these affirmation and self-care tips to help let your inner beauty shine through. Your inner beauty is a signature, so get to know yourself better, embrace yourself, and appreciate life and those around you! To further your signature even more, check out these discount fragrances to find your new signature scent.