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Why choose TraitLab vs the Enneagram?

The Enneagram describes personality according to nine interrelated types. Several Enneagram assessments are available, each with varying interpretations of the underlying typology and its meaning. While the historical origins of the Enneagram are unclear, it is generally associated with spirituality and mysticism, and its related typology system is unsupported by modern personality science.

TraitLab uses a combination of models from peer-review, published research to describe your personality traits, career interests, interpersonal style, and character strengths. Unlike the Enneagram, TraitLab sticks to well-established, science-based frameworks for understanding personality differences.

The TraitLab system

TraitLab gradually combines information from hundreds of highly specific traits to build a more complete personality profile. Your TraitLab profile contains the same information from popular personality type measures like the Enneagram and much, much more.

Anyone can get started with TraitLab right now by creating a free account.

How it works

Go beyond simple types

Nobody fits into a single type. TraitLab uses measures over 80 different dimensions to identify your combination of personality traits, career interests, interpersonal style, and character strengths.

While millions of people fall into the same Enneagram types, your TraitLab results are unique to you.

Reveal unexpected career paths

While the Enneagram typology provides a general description of personality, it does not easily translate to the wide range of possible occupations and their relative demands.

With TraitLab, you can easily compare your profile across hundreds of occupations, learn about your relative strengths in each of them, and better understand the trade-offs and opportunities behind different career paths.

While the Enneagram types and wings do not easily explain career or job fit, TraitLab gives you insight into work-specific interests and their alignment with different occupations.

Lean into your strengths

TraitLab identifies your most potent character strengths, then suggests ways to exercise these strengths in your daily life.

Unlike the Enneagram, TraitLab goes beyond a broad description of your personality and translates it into more practical character strengths, useful in personal and professional contexts.

Discover your interpersonal style

Personality typologies like the Enneagram tend to lump people into overly broad categories. As a result, two people may share the same Enneagram type yet differ across several essential areas, such as social interactions.

TraitLab includes an analysis of your characteristic interpersonal style, which describes your natural tendencies when navigating social interactions, including the opportunities and challenges that comes with it.

The Enneagram of Personality typology often includes suggestions on how different types relate to each other, but TraitLab describes your unique interpersonal style that influences social interactions with most people.

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What people are saying about TraitLab Plus

The details available are fascinating and have helped me on my journey of self-knowledge.

- K. R.

Engaging and educational content, simple UI, and a steady stream of insights.

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I found the details of the facets provided insights beyond MBTI.

- K. S.

Very thorough examination. I appreciate the career insights. Helps me understand why some paths would work and some wouldn't ... Great work!

TraitLab Plus

Get crystal clear about your unique strengths.

Find Your Career Edge

Uncover your untapped personal strengths to level up in your current career, or get recommendations for surprising new career paths that fit your unique profile.

Clarify Your Strengths

Ground yourself with a deep analysis of your personal strengths, and learn how to exercise them in everyday life.

Spot Relationship Patterns

How is your personality influencing your most important connections? Learn to recognize how your characteristic interpersonal style impacts your social interactions.

Unique Personality Insights

Most assessments label you with a simple type, missing the important details that make a big impact. TraitLab analyzes over 80 dimensions so your results are one-of-a-kind, just like you.

Frequently asked questions

How is TraitLab different from other personality assessments?

Most online assessments are not based on real published research, so you can't connect your results to useful information about habits, career, relationships, and other practical aspects of your life.

TraitLab uses assessments and concepts from actual scientific research, then makes it easy to see how your results relate to important life areas.

I want a fun personality quiz. Is TraitLab right for me?

Maybe not. For quick and fun quizzes, you'll have better luck here.

But, if you are looking for an incredibly detailed analysis, TraitLab is perfect for you.

TraitLab is very, very detailed. To build an accurate and comprehensive picture of your personality, TraitLab asks a lot of questions. The more questions you answer, the more accurate your results will be.

How much does TraitLab cost?

It's free create an account on TraitLab and learn quite a bit about your personality.

For more advanced analyses and features, you can upgrade to TraitLab Plus.

Who made TraitLab?

TraitLab was created by me, Greg Park, Ph.D. Hi!

Before starting TraitLab, I spent many years researching psychological measurement and prediction methods at Vanderbilt University (graduate work) and University of Pennsylvania (postdoc research). I've always been fascinated by the field of personality psychology and how it can help us understand ourselves and each other.

I made TraitLab to make it easier for you to find reliable, valid, and scientifically-supported personality assessments.

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I'm always updating TraitLab to make it more useful and interesting. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you!

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