Understanding the Enneagram type 7

Enneagram type 7 the enthusiast

“I want to experience life and have fun, I am not silly, I just want companionship, affection and freedom.”

They are in the Thinking Group and are enthusiastic, accomplished, uninhibited, and manic, they are concerned with responsiveness and enjoyment. Positively, the potential for enthusiasm, productivity, achievement, skill acquisition, curiosity, breadth, and the desire for change and variety.  Negatively, the potential for hyperactivity, superficiality, impulsiveness, excessiveness, and escapism.


Type seven typical therapy needs

Helping them to realise that they don’t need to keep immersing themselves in constant activity to escape from anxieties. Helping them to avoid emotional fatigue and burn out by stopping spreading themselves so thinly across so many things. Teaching them how others perceive them (often different to what they feel is happening) and how to really become emotionally empathetic, as often, they think they are, when in fact, quite the opposite is true. Teaching them how chasing instant gratification affects their health and how to slow down to live more in the moment savouring rather than consuming experiences. Helping them with motivation to stick with projects right through to the end.

Addictions: The type most prone to addictions: stimulants (caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines), Ecstasy, psychotropics, narcotics, and alcohol but tend to avoid other depressants. Wear body out with an effort to stay “up.” Excessive cosmetic surgery, pain killers.

Enneagram type seven wing personalities

Enneagram type 7 with a 6 wing is called the Entertainer or Comedian – funny, edgy, fun, high-spirited, playful, restless

Enneagram type 7 with an 8 wing is called the Realist or Adventurer – adventurous, energetic, fast-moving, high-energy.


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