New RHETI and Enneagram Validation Doctoral Dissertation
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Sara Scott, a doctoral student in Counselor Education at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, approached us to undertake this work nearly two years ago because of her interest in helping to bring the Enneagram into more mainstream attention.
You can participate in this worthwhile endeavor by taking her free, 6-point Likert-scale version of the RHETI here. Please invite as many others as you would like to take the test. You don't have to know your type to take the Likert-RHETI.
Since the Enneagram typology has not been empirically validated, Sara is endeavoring to conduct the most rigorous study of the Enneagram as a whole to date. This is similar to the work SHL originally began with us, but from a different perspective. Instead of comparing the Enneagram to another validated system (the NEO-PI-R), she is using a statistical method called Factor Analysis. Sara is using the statements from the RHETI rearranged in a 6-point agree/disagree Likert-scale format.
In Factor Analysis all the responses to each item on the Likert-scale version of the RHETI are analyzed in different ways to show which items correlate most strongly with each other. The idea is that a response to one of the items in a cluster predicts responses to other items in that same cluster as well, with the hypothesis that nine different personality clusters (factors) will form. If the nine different factors tested on this Likert-RHETI each hangs together, it can be said to validly indicate nine different types of meaning-making—the nine personality types. This would indicate the construct validity of the Likert RHETI, which would confirm that there truly are nine different types of people in the world.
To achieve the level of validation that Sara is seeking for her doctoral dissertation, she needs 1,500 subjects to take the Likert RHETI by early 2011. This will be by far the largest empirical independent validation ever completed, not only of the RHETI, but more importantly of the Enneagram itself. As one of our students, we greatly appreciate your responding to this request by taking this free test.
You are also invited by the researcher to share this test with your friends, family, and business associates. The broader the sampling of respondents, the better. We have personally found that the Likert RHETI is extremely accurate, fun, and easy to take. You will get your results for all nine types at the end of the test. The Likert RHETI will take 15-20 minutes to complete. You don't have to know your type to take the test. It is free, totally confidential, and it will greatly help the whole Enneagram field!
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