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Enneagram Type 7 (Enthusiast and Epicurean) Motivations, Fears and Levels of Development

The Enneagram Type 7 is one of the nine personalities of the Enneagram. People who resonate with Enneagram Type 7 are social, upbeat, and spontaneous. Enneagram Type 7 has the nicknames the Enthusiast and the Epicurean because of their enthusiasm and appreciation for the high life.

Enneagram Type 7: The Enthusiast and The Epicurean

The Enneagram of Personality features nine points of a geometrical figure that represents a person’s personality. The Enneagram assesses the strengths, weaknesses, basic fears, and desires to determine someone’s core motivation and true version of themselves. Philosopher George Gurdjieff popularized using the geometrical figure to visualize the nine personality types. A student of Gurdjieff’s, Oscar Ichazo, brought the Enneagram to Chile and taught his theories surrounding the Enneagram at the Arica Enneagram school. Ichazo’s theories are the inspiration behind the modern interpretation of the Enneagram which was popularized by Claudio Naranjo in his book, Character and Neurosis.

Enneagram Type 7 is part of the Head center of intelligence. The Enneagram breaks down into three separate centers of intelligence – the Head, Heart, and Body. The centers of intelligence describe how Enneagram types respond to stress and how they make decisions. For example, Type 7 people respond to stress with fear and choose to avoid stressors in favor of a good time. Enneagram Type 7s struggle to confront their problems directly which causes them to exaggerate their positivity and fun-loving personality.

The main strengths of Enneagram Type 7 include their charisma, quick thinking, and ability to always have fun. Enneagram Type 7’s optimism makes them charming and their quick thinking skills help them keep the excitement alive. The main weaknesses of Enneagram Type 7 include impulsivity, unreliability, and absentmindedness. Their impulsivity creates a domino effect causing Type 7s to become forgetful and thus deemed unreliable.

Enneagram Type 7’s find motivation through their desire to get the most out of their life and fear of missing out on exciting experiences. Healthy Enthusiasts are eager learners with infectious positivity. However, unhealthy Enthusiasts are frantic, egocentric, and demanding. Type 7s can grow from an unhealthy state to a healthy state by slowing down to appreciate what they have instead of always searching for something new.

The Enneagram Type 7 personality is one of the most prevalent Enneatypes. Type 7s account for 13.7% of those tested for their Enneagram type, according to a study on Enneagram population distribution. Type 7s may appear more prevalent in society due to their larger-than-life personality that makes them want to socialize with anyone and everyone. Type 7’s social skills make them well-liked among team members at work. However, their impulsivity makes it difficult for Type 7s to stay on task, and an understanding management team is necessary to reel in the 7. 7s often find jobs in event planning, freelance gig work, or marketing because they are quick on their feet, enjoy variety in their work, and can draw from a well of experiences to help fuel their creativity.

It’s necessary to consider the variety of elements that influence the development of Enneagram Type 7. Each Enneagram displays a unique combination of characteristics that are relevant to the type in question. However, it’s necessary to consider the neighboring points, or wings, on the Enneagram that affect development. For example, Type 7 has two wings, 7w6 and 7w8. An Enneagram 7w6 will display traits of Type 6 while a 7w8 will display traits of Type 8.

What are the motivations of Enneagram Type 7?

Below are the four main motivations of Enneagram Type 7.

  • Pleasure: Enneagram Type 7s find motivation by seeking out pleasure. 7s are eager to get up and go if it means having a good time.
  • Distraction from stress: Enneagram Type 7s distract themselves from stress as a means of motivation. 7s want to have fun and will ignore their problems to focus on living the high life.
  • New adventures: Enthusiasts are motivated to experience all the world has to offer through new adventures. 7s will happily slow down their busy schedule to plan a new adventure.
  • Fulfillment: Type 7s find motivation through their quest for fulfillment. 7s are on a constant quest to feel complete in life and work hard to explore all possible avenues to fulfillment.

Enneagram Type 7s find motivation through their desire to seek pleasure. Epicures believe they need to distract themselves from stress to achieve their goals of fulfillment and adventure. Their motivations differ from other optimistic Enneatypes because 7s are forcing their excitement as a way of ignoring their negative feelings.

What are the basic fears for Enneagram Type 7?

Below are four basic fears for Enneagram Type 7.

  • Ennui: Enthusiasts fear the feeling of ennui because they don’t want to endure such profound boredom.
  • Psychological pain: Enneagram Type 7s fear psychological pain because they desire pleasure and joyful experiences.
  • Monotony: Type 7s fear routine and monotony because they yearn for adventure.
  • Missing out: Enneagram Type 7s fear missing out because they want to be involved in the action and make memories.

Enneagram Type 7s fear feeling negative emotions and losing out on the excitement. Enthusiasts try to constantly entertain themselves and keep their minds off of depression, envy, or profound boredom. Their fears differ from other Enneatypes because they appear to lack inhibition as they enthusiastically move through life.

Why is Enneagram Type 7 referred to as the Enthusiast?

Enneagram Type 7 is referred to as the Enthusiast because of their enthusiasm for life. Type 7s view life through a lens of curiosity and amusement. Enthusiasts long to live life to the fullest extent and enjoy dreaming about the world of opportunity that awaits them. They have the most fun during outings with friends, trying new food and drink, or planning their next escapade and loving every second of the process.

How does the Enneagram figure explain Enneagram Type 7?

The Enneagram figure explains Enneagram Type 4 using four elements. Firstly, the Enneagram figure uses a nine-pointed geometrical shape. Each of the nine points of the Enneagram represents the nine personalities within the Enneagram system. Secondly, the Enneagram uses wings to add nuance to the description of each personality type. Wings are the neighboring points of each time on the Enneagram. For example, Type 7 has Types 6 and 8 as wings. Thirdly, the Enneagram figure is used to outline Oscar Ichazo’s ego types. Ichazo theorizes that each Enneatype’s ego–type describes how they want others to perceive them.

Below is a breakdown of the Enneagram Type 7 figure and the primary standards used to describe important features of their personality.

EnneatypeMotivationFearCharacteristic RoleTrapEgo Fixation
Enneagram Type 7Avoiding discomfort and monotonySurrendering to ennuiBeing enthusiasticIdealismPlanning

Finally, the Enneagram figure uses stress and growth lines to describe each type. For example, Type 7 has a growth line that moves in the direction of Type 5 during a period of integration and a stress line that moves in the direction of Type 1 during disintegration.

What is the characteristic role of Enneagram Type 7?

The characteristic role of Enneagram Type 7 is being the Enthusiast, the Epicure, or the Adventurer. The main characteristics of Enneagram Type 7 are enthusiasm, hedonism, and escapism. Type 7s have an unmatched zeal for life and use their hedonistic impulses to escape from monotony. A real-world example of Enneatype 7 is Robin Williams. Williams enthusiastically enjoyed his role in life as a comedian and used the excitement to escape from his troubles.

What is ego fixation of Enneagram Type 7?

The ego fixation of Enneagram Type 7 is ego-plan or planning for the excitement that’s awaiting them in the future. Oscar Ichazo first introduced the concept of ego within the Enneagram as a way to examine how psychological obsessions influence development. Enneagram Type 7s desire to be free of pain and they use their ego fixation to plan their next adventure. The planning that Type 7 fixates on differs from Type 1 because 7s use plans to move from one thing to another while 1s use planning to structure their life.

What is the trap for Enneagram Type 7?

The trap for Enneagram Type 7 is idealism. Enneagram Type 7s ego trap describes the habit that influences ego fixation. Type 7 has an idealistic view of the world and projects its ideals onto others. Enthusiasts consider their idealism a way to escape from negative emotions because, in their ideal world, there wouldn’t be pain. However, the trap of idealism locks Type 7s into an infinite loop of disappointment.

What tempts Enneagram Type 7?

Gluttony tempts Enneagram Type 7. Enneagram Type 7’s temptation is the basis of their personality. If Type 7 enjoys something then it’s difficult for them to practice moderation. They become gluttonous, wanting more and more of anything that gives them pleasure. Type 7s convince themselves that by indulging they will combat their ego fixation. However, the temptation of gluttony holds Enneagram Type 7 back from true personal growth.

What are the virtues of Enneagram Type 7?

The virtue of Enneagram Type 7 is sobriety. Virtues of the Enneagram explain how an Enneatype can move past their passion and break free from their ego fixation. Sobriety describes the process Type 7s need to go through to clear their heads to see the error of their ways. Type 7s can move past their ego fixation with the virtue of sobriety by learning to control their impulsivity and see things through before moving on.

What is the holy idea of Enneagram Type 7?

The holy idea of enneagram Type 7 is holy work. The Enneagram of holy ideas is a concept within the Enneagram ego-types that describes how Enneatypes can look beyond the traps and break away from their ego. Type 7 requires holy work according to the Enneagram of holy ideas. Holy work means Type 7s must work and live in the present and not plan for the future.

How does Enneagram Type 7 integrate others?

Enneagram Type 7 integrates with Enneatype 5. Integration means an Enneatype is moving in the direction of growth, which for Type 7 means in the direction of 5. As type 7 experiences positive personal growth, they will start to exhibit characteristics of Type 5. For example, an Enneagram Type 7 experiencing integration toward Type 5 can rationalize their decisions and enjoy the moment.

How does Enneagram Type 7 disintegrate with others?

Enneagram Type 7 disintegrates toward Enneatype 1. Disintegration describes an Enneatype who is regressing toward a 1 due to stress. During Type 7s disintegration, they will start to display traits similar to Type 1. For example, Enneagram Type 7 experiencing disintegration will become critical of others and highly idealistic.

What are the scientists’ opinions on Enneagram Type 7?

There are two scientists with opinions on Enneagram Type 7. Firstly, Dr. David N. Daniels is a psychiatrist who studied and wrote about the Enneagram in his book, The Essential Enneagram. Dr. Daniels argues that Type 7s can develop their personality by examining if their search for pleasure is a reaction to fear or a form of escapism. Secondly, Dr. Beatrice Chestnut is a psychotherapist and expert on the Enneagram of Personality. In her book, The Complete Enneagram, Dr. Chestnut argues that Type 7s can experience personal growth by becoming more self-aware.

What are the wings of Enneagram Type 7?

The wings of Enneagram Type 7 are neighboring numbers on the Enneagram figure. Wings offer insight into the unique personality traits of each Type 7. Type 7s can be a 7w6 or a 7w8. Below is an analysis of each of the wings of Enneagram Type 7.

  • Enneagram 7w6: Enthusiasts are a 7w6 if they display Type 6 traits such as skepticism.
  • Enneagram 7w8: Enthusiasts are a 7w8 if they exhibit Type 8 traits such as being more ambitious than other Type 7s.

1. Enneagram 7w6

Enneagram 7w6 is one of two possible wings for Enthusiasts. Type 7w6 results from Type 7 exhibiting traits of Enneagram Type 6. Enneagram Type 7 wants to enjoy life but Type 6’s skepticism holds them back. 7w6s are more productive and organized because they’re less distracted by 7’s impulsivity. Enneagram Type 7w6s differ from the 7w8 because they’re more concerned with other people than Type 8.

2. Enneagram 7w8

Enneagram 7w8 is the second of two possible wings for Enthusiasts. Type 7w8 is the combination of Type 7 showcasing the traits of Type 8. The amalgamation of 7w8 creates a personality that’s assertive with ample perseverance. Type 7w8s possess more self-control than Type 7w6 and focus on their concerns over the concerns of others.

What are the developmental levels of Enneagram Type 7?

There are nine developmental levels of Enneagram Type 7. Each developmental level falls into one of three subcategories: healthy, average, or unhealthy. The three subcategories explain how the main traits of Enneatype 7 help their progression or regression as they develop. The developmental levels are a crucial component in understanding Type 7 people and the steps they can take to help them achieve personal growth. Below is a breakdown of each category of the developmental levels of Enneagram Type 7 and the distinctive traits Type 7s display at each level.

  • Healthy: Levels 1, 2, and 3 describe Enneagram Type 7s who are moving through healthy levels of development.
  • Average: Levels 4, 5, and 6 describe Enneagram Type 7s who display the average characteristics of Type 7s.
  • Unhealthy: Levels 7, 8, and 9 describe Enneagram Type 7s who are moving through unhealthy levels of development.

How is a Healthy Enneagram Type 7?

A healthy Enneagram Type 7 is optimistic, excitable, and pleasant to be around. Type 7s are productive and ready to make things happen. Healthy 7s are quick to react and have sharp minds. Type 7s can slow down and appreciate their experiences if they’re moving through healthy levels of development. Below we analyze and describe the features of levels 1, 2, and 3, and how Type 7s can ascend and descend to different levels.

1. Enneagram Type 7 level 1 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 1 is the level of liberation. Level 1 is the healthiest level of development. Type 7s that reach level 1 are known as the Ecstatic Appreciators and can truly enjoy, appreciate, and experience the full breadth of life. They can live in the moment without planning their next move. Type 7s can reach level 1 of the levels of development by embodying gratitude.

2. Enneagram Type 7 level 2 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 2 is the level of psychological capacity. Level 2 is the second healthiest level of development. Type 7s at level 2 are known as the Free-Spirited Enthusiast and surrender to their fear of emotional pain by being overly enthusiastic and boisterous. Enthusiasts can ascend to the highest level of development once their fear subsides.

3. Enneagram Type 7 level 3 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 3 is a level of social value. Level 3 is on the cusp of average or unhealthy levels of development. Type 7s at level 3 are known as the Accomplished Generalists and display healthy traits such as pragmatic productivity. Enneagram Type 7s at level 3 can replicate traits from level 1 by conquering their fear and managing their desire.

How does Enneagram Type seven react to stress?

Enneagram Type seven reacts to stress by distracting themselves with entertainment. Type 7s are reacting to their fears by giving into their desire to distract themselves from pain with positive energy and thrill-seeking behavior. Type 7s who move away from their unhealthy levels will move toward their growth line pointing to Type 5. However, type 7s move toward their stress line pointing to Type 1. Enthusiasts who descend the levels of development under stress will seek excitement in the form of large crowds or fast-paced events that prevent them from having a free moment to contemplate the stressful stimuli.

How is an unhealthy Enneagram Type 7?

An unhealthy Enneagram Type 7 is critical of others, angry, and unpredictable. Unhealthy Type 7s are always looking for something new to distract themselves with and will switch to new tasks without finishing the task they were working on first. Enthusiasts that are resting at unhealthy levels are endlessly searching for happiness and fulfillment. Type 7s need to live in the moment and stop thinking about their next adventure. Below we examine the unhealthy levels 7, 8, and 9, and analyze their distinct features.

1. Enneagram Type 7 level 7 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 7 is the level of violation. Type 7 people at level 7 of development are rash and reckless. They want to avoid emotional turmoil and will violate their enthusiastic reputation by acting with cruelty if they can’t escape their troubles. Type 7s at the 7th level of development are called Impulsive Escapists because of their impulsivity and desire to evade their emotions. Enthusiasts can shift from unhealthy levels to average levels by ignoring their impulses.

2. Enneagram Type 7 level 8 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 8 is the level of delusion and compulsion. Type 7 people that rest at level 8 are obsessive, prone to anxiety, and idealistic. Enthusiasts become delusional and refuse to face the realities surrounding their current situation. They begin to give into mood swings and narcissistic tendencies. Type 7s at level 8 is called the Manic Compulsive due to their erratic and obsessive behavior. 7s can descend to level 9 if they continue to give in to their impulsive behaviors only to be met with dissatisfaction.

3. Enneagram Type 7 level 9 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 9 is the level of pathological destructiveness. Level 9 is the lowest level of development. Type 7s are called Panic-Stricken Hysterics because they are prone to severe anxiety, self-destruction, and unpredictable behavior. Level 9 Enthusiasts try to escape their problems in such a reckless manner that they cause more for themselves through their irresponsible actions.

What are the average Enneagram Type 7 levels?

The average Enneagram Type 7 levels 4, 5, and 6. Each average level of development is an example of typical Type 7 behavior. Average Type 7s are impulsive and easily distracted by opportunity. They want to be part of the excitement and are always searching for their next source of fun. Average Type 7s are unhealthy because they’re trying to distract themselves from their negative emotions and fall into unhealthy practices such as avoidant behavior. Below is our analysis of the average levels of development of Enneagram Type 7 and the features of each average level.

1. Enneagram Type 7 level 4 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 4 is the level of imbalance. Type 7s that rest at level 4 try to maintain their self-image of the Enthusiast. 7s at level 4 are called the Experienced Sophisticate because they give into the temptation of gluttony. Type 7s want to remain busy and actively seek out a good time. Enthusiasts worry that they will miss out on a good time and display acquisitive behavior due to their greed for the latest and greatest. Type 7s can ascend to a healthy level if they learn to savor the good life rather than rushing through the motions.

2. Enneagram Type 7 level 5 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 5 is interpersonal control. Type 7s at level 5 display an abundance of enthusiasm and have the nickname Hyperactive Extrovert as a result of their energy. Level 5 Type 7s identify as the optimist and work hard to ignore anything that doesn’t please them. Type 7s become manipulative of other people because they still fear pain and the loss of their loved ones. Type 7s can work to combat their fears and ascend to level 4 by slowing down to consider their options.

3. Enneagram Type 7 level 6 analysis

Enneagram Type 7 level 6 is the level of overcompensation. Type 7s that are moving through level 6 are envious of others, greedy, and depressive. Type 7 is called the Excessive Hedonist at level 6 because it’s on the cusp the unhealthy levels of development. Level 6 Enthusiasts become obsessed with greed and envious of others if they don’t have what they have. 7s become depressed if they fear they’re missing out on life and they spiral into addiction and self-destruction.

How to recognize Enneagram Type 7?

There are four ways to recognize Enneagram Type 7.

  • They’re always busy: Enneagram Type 7s are recognizable for always being busy and having fun plans. Type 7s do more than remain busy, they’re distracting themselves with their busy schedules and will often aimlessly move through social outings.
  • They’re joyful: The Enthusiast can be identified by their contagious joy and positivity. 7s are always happy to try new things, partake in social events, and work hard to experience the best life has to offer.
  • They’re practical: Healthy Type 7s are practical and can handle themselves under many circumstances because they have so much worldly experience.
  • They lack inhibitions: Enneagram Type 7 can be recognized by their lack of inhibitions because they are always acting on a whim. 7s are natural hedonists and can’t ignore their desire to ignore business in favor of pleasure.

The key way to recognize Enneagram Type 7 is to consider their activity level. Enneagram type 7s are optimists that are always jumping from one activity or plan to the next. Type 7’s many hobbies and lack of inhibitions lead to them developing various practical skill sets.

How rare is an Enneagram Type 7?

An Enneagram Type 7 isn’t rare. According to research, Enneagram Type 7s have an average population distribution. A study assessing the Enneagram test results of 189,957 people shows that Enneagram Type 7 makes up 13.7% of the population.

Who are the famous Enneagram Type 7 people?

The famous Enneagram Type 7 people are celebrities who identify with the Enneagram Type 7. Famous Type 7 people are natural entertainers and are right at home in the limelight of fame. Below are five Enneagram Type 7 people and how we know they’re Enneagram Type 7.

  • Freddie Mercury: Freddie Mercury is a famous musician and Enneagram Type 7. Mercury centered his career around showmanship and excitement. For example, keeping his medical battles private for many years while he kept performing.
  • Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus is a celebrity Enneagram Type 7. Cyrus exhibits the Type 7 traits such as enthusiasm and always being on the go.
  • Tyler, the Creator: Tyler, the Creator is a famous Enneagram Type 7. Tyler is famous for his joyful demeanor and adventurous spirit.
  • Cara Delevingne: Cara Delevingne is a model, actress, and famous Enneatype 7. Delevingne displays the common Type 7 trait of disregarding realities in favor of a good time.
  • Doja Cat: Doja Cat is a famous musician with an Enneagram Type 7 personality type. She exhibits the typical Enthusiast traits of confidence and spontaneity.

What are the best occupations for Enneagram Type 7 people?

The best occupations for Enneagram Type 7 people are fast-paced, exciting, and won’t interfere with 7’s plans. Below are four examples of the best occupations for Enneagram Type 7 people.

  • Travel blogger: Travel blogging allows an Enneagram Type 7 to remain on the go without sacrificing their career.
  • News anchor: A career as a news anchor would allow Type 7 to avoid a dull career in favor of one that is uneventful.
  • Chef: A career as a chef will keep Type 7 busy and give them enough freedom to feel relaxed.
  • Event coordinator: Type 7s make excellent event coordinators because they are practical, outgoing, and exude joyous energy that makes others feel comfortable.

What are the hobbies of an Enneagram Type 7?

The hobbies of an Enneagram Type 7 are thrilling social experiences that elicit a feeling of fulfillment in Enthusiasts. Below are four examples of hobbies of an Enneagram Type 7.

  • Theater: Theater is a suitable hobby for Type 7s because it’s both social and always changing for the next production.
  • Art: Art is a preferred hobby of Type 7s because it lets them express themselves and act on their impulsivity without real-world repercussions.
  • Dancing: Dancing is a hobby that lets Type 7s show their enthusiasm for life and has many styles to keep 7s busy learning.
  • Reading: Reading attracts Type 7s because they can travel to new worlds and experience thrilling adventures by simply turning a page.

What are the growth tips for Enneagram Type 7?

Below are five growth tips for Enneagram Type 7.

  • Practice gratitude: Type 7s are quick to find a new activity or hobby to pursue and they fail to appreciate their ventures. They need to practice gratitude to grow and truly experience self-love.
  • Practice mindfulness: Enneagram Type 7s can grow by practicing mindfulness and learning to be authentic rather than forcing a good time.
  • Overcome and ignore fears: Type 7s are unable to grow because they react to their fear by running away from their problems. Enthusiasts need to overcome and ignore their fear of stagnation if they desire personal growth.
  • Consider others: Enneagram Type 7s have a reputation for being unreliable and should consider other people’s feelings. 7s need to learn to choose others over their quest for excitement.
  • Appreciate other people’s experiences: Enneagram Type 7s want to be at the center of the action and find it difficult to appreciate other people’s experiences. They should learn to live vicariously through other people and their jealousy will soon fade.

How do Enneagram Type 7 People motivate themselves?

Enneagram Type 7 people motivate themselves by seeking pleasure to distract themselves from pain or boredom. The primary motivation of Type 7 people is a combination of their fear and desire. Enthusiasts fear their life becoming boring and falling into a routine. They desire to avoid the painful monotony of life and work hard to stay busy having fun. For example, a Type 7 person learns their friends are going out at night but they have to work in the morning. Although they know they will end up staying out later than they’d like, they go out to avoid the boredom and feeling that they’re missing out. Enneagram Type 7’s core motivation is avoiding a dull night in and not because they want to have fun.

What are the strengths of Enneagram Type 7 for business?

Below are four strengths of Enneagram Type 7 for business.

  • Flexibility: Flexibility is a strength of Enneagram Type 7 for businesses because they are happy to pitch in and help where needed, even if it means switching their tasks at work.
  • High energy: The high energy level of Enneagram Type 7 is a valuable strength for business because 7s will continuously look for more work to keep them busy.
  • Resourcefulness: Enneagram Type 7 are resourceful in the workplace because they pick up a multitude of skills from their many projects and activities.
  • Ability to network: Type 7’s ability to network is a useful strength for businesses because they can meet other people to help them grow in their field.

What are the struggles for Enneagram Type seven?

Below are four main struggles for Enneagram Type seven.

  • Avoiding burnout: A major struggle for Enneagram Type seven is avoiding burnout because they want to stay active and keep a busy schedule.
  • Confronting pain: Enneagram Type 7 people struggle with confronting their pain. They want to enjoy life and ignore difficulties to maintain a false sense of positivity.
  • Living in the present: Enneagram Type 7s struggle to live in the present because they’re always planning for future endeavors.
  • Mastering skills: Enthusiasts struggle to master skills because they bounce from hobbies too fast to perfect the skill.

How do Enneagram Type 7 socialize?

Enneagram Type 7s socialize by staying active and having an upbeat energy level. Type 7s are always going out, having lively conversations, and planning memorable adventures for their friends. Enthusiasts won’t always consider a night in with friends to be a good time because they could be missing a more exciting evening elsewhere. For example, if Type 7 isn’t having enough fun at an event, they will start to look for other options. 7s will become angry and impatient if they can’t secure more exciting plans, and they will lash out at other people for ruining their evening. Type 7s are enthusiastic and pleasant at work which helps them to get along well with their coworkers. They will keep their enthusiastic facade up as long as they feel fulfilled in their role at work.

How is an Enneagram Type 7 in a family?

An Enneagram Type 7 is fun-loving and spontaneous in a family. The Type 7 parent is eager to share their hobbies with their children, take them on adventures, or try new things as a family. However, Type 7 parents avoid discussing disagreements or difficult topics with their children and leave them feeling abandoned. Type 7s are always looking for the next exciting experience to cross their path and their fickle behavior makes their family members feel anxious that they aren’t good enough for their Type 7 parent or spouse. Type 7s make up for their faults by serving as the go-to family member to improve a bad mood.

How is an Enneagram Type 7 in a relationship?

An Enneagram Type 7 is passionate, clever, and thrilling in a relationship. Enthusiasts are always on the go and need a partner that can keep up with their schedule. 7s are passionate about their lived experiences. They keep their significant others on their toes because they create unique romantic experiences and know how to keep their partner happy. However, Type 7s fear simple satisfaction and crave a phenomenal relationship experience. As such, they can become bored with their relationship and choose to abandon their partner for someone new.

How does an Enneagram Type 7 show love?

An Enneagram Type 7 shows love by sharing their experiences with other people. Enneagram Type 7 people make every effort to avoid boredom and are always finding a way to enjoy themselves. Type 7s show love by including others in their joy and avoidance of monotony and boredom. For example, an Enneagram Type 7 person will encourage their friends to participate in an activity they enjoy because they want them to experience the same level of fun.

How is an Enneagram Type 7 in friendship?

An Enneagram Type 7 is exhilarating, spontaneous, and impersonal in friendship. Firstly, a Type 7 friendship requires an exhilarating experience and not a deep emotional connection. Type 7s are fun to have around as friends but if someone can’t offer them a good time, they will pass them over in favor of more exciting friends. Secondly, Type 7 friendships are spontaneous because they jump at the chance to have fun. For example, without hesitation, Type 7s will encourage their friends to participate in events or travel to places they normally wouldn’t in search of a good time. Thirdly, a Type 7 friendship is impersonal. Type 7s want to avoid serious or painful discussions to keep having fun. Their disinterest in supporting their friends and detachment from emotions leaves their friends feeling hurt.

How does Enneagram Type 7 male differ from Type 7 female?

An Enneagram Type 7 male doesn’t differ from a Type 7 female. Male and female Enneagram Type 7s will display the typical characteristics of Enneatype 7s, such as enthusiasm and restlessness. Furthermore, the gender population distribution of Type 7 shows males and females are close in population. According to the Population Data Project, males make up 43.8% of the Type 7 population, females account for 54.7%, and non-binary people make up 1.4%.

Do Enneagram 7s have commitment issues?

Yes, Enneagram 7s have commitment issues. Enneagram Type 7s are averse to having concrete plans or schedules in place. They can’t commit to people or plans because they fear something better might come along and they’ll miss out. Unhealthy Type 7s will risk their employment, relationships, and social standing as they make their way through the latest and greatest crazes.

Are Type 7 Enneagrams trustworthy?

No, Type 7 Enneagrams are not trustworthy. Type 7 people are impulsive and will quickly move on to new interests once their old passions fade. Their difficulty committing to people makes them a flight risk in relationships and their fickle behavior doesn’t inspire trust. However, healthy Type 7s and 7w6s take time to appreciate what they have and are deeply loyal to those they love.

How do Enneagram Type 7 people control themselves?

Enneagram Type 7 people control themselves by recognizing the reasons for their impulsivity, meditating, and practicing mindfulness. Type 7 people lack self-control and make decisions without thinking them through. They jump from to and from different activities so much that people around them can’t keep up. 7s will lash out at their friends and family if they feel stagnant. Type 7s work to control themselves by acknowledging that they’re impulsive, meditating on the root of their impulsivity, and practicing mindfulness to prevent a future loss of control.

How is a relationship with Enneagram Type 7?

A relationship with Enneagram Type 7 is invigorating and intense. Type 7s take the lead to plan unique dates and keep the relationship exciting. However, 7s will ignore problems in the relationship and redirect conversations to more pleasant topics. Having a relationship with an Enneagram Type 7 requires patience to deal with their erratic and avoidant behavior. Despite their flaws, Enneagram Type 7s are loving partners who want to experience life to the fullest with their partners. Below is an analysis of each Enneatype’s relationship compatibility with Enneagram Type 7.

  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 1 relationship: Type 7 and Type 1 relationships are harmonious because they complement each other’s personality traits well.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 2 relationship: Type 7 and Type 2 relationships are an agreeable partnership that combines the rash reactions of Type 7 with the patience of Type 2.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 3 relationship: Type 7 and Type 3 are an ill-matched couple because of the endless pressure from Type 7.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 4 relationship: A Type 7 and Type 4 relationship is a compatible pair who complement each other’s personality.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 5 relationship: A Type 7 and Type 5 relationship is difficult but can be successful once Type 5 teaches Type 7 to relax.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 6 relationship: A Type 7 and Type 6 relationship is harmonious but can dissolve into unhappiness due to poor communication.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 7 relationship: Type 7 and Type 7 relationships are compatible, happy pairings, that let each Type 7 be their true self without interference from other personality types.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 8 relationship: A Type 7 and Type 8 relationship is a challenging combination that can work out if they can avoid arguments.
  • Enneagram Type 7 and Type 9 relationship: Type 7 and Type 9 pair are an active and joyful couple that share a zeal for life.

1. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 1 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 1 relationship is a harmonious coupling centered around reciprocity. Type 7s and Type 1s complement each other’s traits and bring out hidden qualities necessary for personal growth. For example, Type 1s bring practical thought to the sporadic Type 7. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 1 relationships is their ability to bring out the best in each other. The biggest struggles they face are managing their emotions and respecting each other during arguments. Type 7s are quick to run away from an argument while Type 1s are cruel to their Type 7 partner for their anxious and erratic behavior. Type 7 and Type 1 can have a successful relationship if they learn to communicate their concerns with one another as opposed to dissolving into arguments.

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 2 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 2 relationship creates a pleasant combination of compassion and adventure. Type 7 people are full of life and will take their Type 2 partner on endless adventures. Type 2 people are more empathetic than Type 7s and introduce a level of understanding that 7s need from anyone hoping to handle their upbeat personality. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 2 relationships is their desire to enjoy life. Type 7s want to have fun and Type 2s want to make sure other people are happy. The biggest struggle they face in a relationship boils down to Type 7’s commitment issues.

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 3 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 3 relationship is an unhealthy mixture of ambitious personalities. Type 7s are eager to seek out new thrilling exploits, and have a joyful attitude to a relationship with Type 3. Type 3s bring a sense of structure to their relationship with Type 7s because of their desire to stay on task to achieve their goals. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 3 relationships is their optimism and healthy pursuit of future goals. However, the biggest struggle of Type 7 and Type 3 relationships is dealing with the pressure each type puts on the other. Type 7s expect their Type 3 partners to understand their erratic behavior and fluctuating needs, but Type 3s require more stability to be happy in a relationship.

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 4 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 4 relationship is a delicate union of opposite personalities to create a harmonious partnership. Type 7s differ from Type 4s in how they present themselves to others, 7s want to be the Enthusiasts and 4s are the Individualists. However, their opposing traits bring them together as much as they tear them apart. For example, Type 7s are impressed with Type 4s ability to channel their emotions to analyze them further, and Type 4s admire Type 7 for their outgoing personality. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 4 relationships is their ability to communicate with one another as both types love to have thoughtful conversations. The biggest struggle they face is understanding their differences and not judging each other for an inability to achieve their expectations in the relationship.

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 5 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 5 relationship is a difficult partnership to make work without understanding between each type. Type 7s have a high energy level and stay active. Their encouragement to join them on occasion will bring Type 5 out of their shell, and 5s can get 7s to slow down and thoroughly enjoy their good times. The main strength of the Type 7 and Type 5 relationship is their complementary traits of 7s outgoingness and 5s shyness. The main struggle Type 7 and Type 5 relationships face is how they argue. They are both stubborn and won’t back down before someone gets their feelings hurt.

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 6 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 6 relationship is a pleasant match that works to balance both partners’ traits. Type 7s and Type 6s are both parts of the Head center of intelligence and respond to stress with fear. To handle their emotions Type 7s try to find as many options before making decisions while Type 6s try to assess the worst possible outcome of a situation. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 6 relationships is rapport and quick wit that keeps their relationship entertaining. The biggest struggle of Type 7 and Type 6 relationships is

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 7 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 7 relationship is harmonious and full of fun and freedom. Both Type 7s contribute the same spontaneous energy to the relationship and make for an exciting partnership. The main strength of the Type 7 and Type 7 relationship is a dual enthusiasm for life. Type 7s in a relationship with another Type 7 can jump from one activity to the next and their Type 7 partner will happily tag along. However, the biggest struggle for a Type 7 and Type 7 relationship is restlessness. Type 7s are impatient and jump from one activity to the next, but if one Type 7 wants to go another route, they will quarrel.

8. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 8 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 8 relationship is a complicated pairing that can see success if each party learns to respect the other. Type 7 and Type 8 both have ample energy to handle the other and they both plan for the future. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 8 relationships is their ambition and ability to work together to accomplish goals. The biggest struggle Type 7s and 8s face is how selfish each partner is. Type 7 only wants to satisfy their desire to avoid pain and will disregard Type 8 and Type 8 simply wants to be self-reliant.

9. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 9 relationship

An Enneagram Type 7 and Type 9 relationship is a healthy combination of optimism and mutual respect. Type 7s show Type 9s how to have impromptu fun and let loose, while Type 9s provide 7s with a sense of balance. Neither Type 7s nor Type 9s want to argue and will avoid disagreements in favor of pleasantries. The main strength of Type 7 and Type 9 relationships is their shared desire to enjoy life. Both Type 7s and Type 9s have optimistic outlooks and want to experience a joyful existence. The main struggle Type 7s and Type 9 relationships will face is their inability to confront relationship troubles head-on. Both 7s and 9s try to avoid painful experiences and uncomfortable conversations.

What are the misidentifications for Enneagram Type 7?

The misidentifications for Enneagram Type 7 are Types 3, 2, and 6. Misidentification of Enneagram Types happens if an Enneatype displays characteristics of another type. Type 7 will misidentify as Enneatypes that are outgoing, passionate, and nervous. Enneagrams 7 and 3 both share an outgoing personality, 7 and 2 are passionate, and 7 and 6 are prone to anxiety from being part of the Head center of intelligence. Below is an analysis of the misidentifications for Enneagram Type 7 and how to differentiate each type.

1. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 1 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 1 misidentification is due to each Enneatype’s idealism. Both Type 7 and Type 1 have high expectations and corresponding ideals. Type 7s might confuse themselves with Type 1s if they consider themselves to be perfectionists because of their idealism. However, their core motivations illustrate their differences. Type 7s get motivation from their desire to avoid pain and stay happy, whereas Type 1s find motivation from their desire to perfect everything.

2. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 2 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 2 misidentification occur because both types are emotionally reactive. Both Type 7s and Type 2s are friendly and enjoy socializing. Type 7s are happiest socializing at a superficial level while Type 2s want to be a shoulder for their friends to cry on. One difference between Type 7 and Type 2 that helps avoid misidentification is their core motivation in life and why they both require such social lives. Type 7s avoid pain by remaining active and joyful while Type 2 seeks the attention of others to avoid feeling unloved.

3. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 3 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 3 misidentification happens because they are both charismatic, ambitious, and assertive. Type 7s are enthusiastic about socializing and their lively nature can be captivating to others they encounter. Type 3s are ambitious social climbers who use their strong character to propel themselves to the level in society they desire. Both Types see their ambition in the other and will confuse the many pursuits of Type 7 as the ambition of Type 3. The biggest difference between Type 7 and Type 3 is their core motivation. Type 7s find motivation in enjoying life and avoiding negativity while Type 3 finds motivation in their desire to feel valued and to avoid feeling worthless.

4. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 4 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 4 misidentification is a result of displaying unhealthy selfish traits. Unhealthy Type 7s and Type 4s are gluttons for the finer things in life and act out in self-indulgence. Despite the impulsivity of unhealthy 7s and 4s, they have more differences than similarities. The main difference is seen in their core motivations. Type 7 draws motivation from their enthusiastic approach to experiencing life free of pain while Type 4 finds motivation through having a significant personal identity.

5. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 5 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 5 misidentification occur because both 7 and 5 are the Head center of intelligence. Type 7 and Type 5 both process stress through their fear response. Enneagram Type 7 approaches their stressors by considering their options at hand while Type 5 focuses on personal needs. Both of their responses can be interpreted as avoidant behavior, causing each type to be misidentified. However, the main way to avoid misidentifying Type 7 and Type 5 is to consider their core motivations. Type 5 draws motivation from a desire to be skillful because they fear being useless.

6. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 6 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 6 misidentification is due to their characteristics overlapping because they are wings. Both Enneagram Type 7 and 6 display similar traits because of their proximity to the Enneagram figure. Type 7 and Type 6 are both head types and have a deep understanding of fear. However, Type 7 and Type 6 share several differences, such as 7 remaining optimistic while 6 falling into pessimism. The easiest way to differentiate Type 7 and Type 6 is to identify their core motivations. Type 7 works hard to avoid their fear of pain and they try to remain in high spirits. However, Type 6 finds motivation through their desire to feel secure.

7. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 8 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 8 misidentification happens because both types share similar traits because they are wings. Type 7 and Type 8 are neighbors on the Enneagram figure and share similar traits, such as having an assertive personality. The main way to avoid misidentifying Type 7 and Type 8 is to consider their core motivations. Type 8s desire to control their life in fear of others controlling them. However, Type 7 fears emotional turmoil and desires to stay in high spirits.

8. Enneagram Type 7 and Type 9 misidentification

Enneagram Type 7 and Type 9 occur because both types are excitable extroverts who want to enjoy life. Type 7s and Type 9s are optimists and want the world to feel their positive energy. Each Enneatype is happy to be on the go and always has plans. Additionally, each type avoids negative feelings. Despite having similar vitality, Type 7 and 9 have their share of differences, such as their core motivation in life. Type 7 finds motivation in avoiding painful emotional turmoil and focusing on having fun instead. Type 9 draws motivation from their desire to avoid negativity and create a peaceful world.

What are the theories about Enneagram Type 7?

There are two theories about the Enneagram Type 7 that help explain the more peculiar traits of the Enthusiast. Firstly, Don Riso theorizes about Type 7 and the Dominant Affect Groups in his book, Understanding the Enneagram. Don Riso argues that Type 7 is in the Frustration Group and grows frustrated from hoping for happiness. Secondly, Beatrice Chestnut argues that Type 7 is in search of positive future endeavors in her book, The Complete Enneagram. Chestnut states that 7s focus their attention on avoiding pain and looking for pleasant experiences instead.