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Enneagram Type Seven

Type Seven

Enthusiast / Epicure

People of Enneatype Seven are upbeat adventurers motivated by a desire to have unfettered freedom with plenty of exciting new options and experiences to explore. They are playful and optimistic, often entertaining the people around them with engaging or funny stories.

Sevens are quick thinkers, constantly coming up with new ideas or plans for the future. They have a great deal of energy and usually have many plates spinning at once.  They tend to be multi-talented creative people who do their best to enjoy life at its fullest.

Sevens have a desire to avoid painful emotions, and to them, it seems that the easiest way to accomplish this is to stay busy! As such, they stay preoccupied with novelty and excitement which leads to over-extension in too many commitments. This can result in feeling scattered, distracted or exhausted, and they can struggle to stay focused and finish important projects.

At Their Best:

Optimistic, enthusiastic, imaginative, curious, quick-thinking, and often multitalented.

When Struggling:

Self-indulgent, insensitive, hyperactive, undisciplined, impatient, and uncommitted.

What Type Sevens say about themselves:

  • I am an optimistic and upbeat person.
  • I love having lots of options and choices; variety is the spice of life!
  • I tend to experience FOMO; I don’t want to miss out on exciting adventures and experiences.
  • I have a lot of interests and pursuits; sometimes it’s hard to stay focused on one thing.
  • My mind feels like it is always whirling – I think about many things at once.
  • When I really want something, I usually find a way to get it.
  • I’m good at lightening up a tense situation with playfulness, charm, or wittiness.
  • I am a visionary. I like to imagine what things will be like in the future.
  • I can be serious or even sad, but I usually like to keep things moving and reorient to something positive.
  • It’s hard to imagine why people wouldn’t want to be happy or have fun!

We each feel that we must show up in a certain way in the world in order to deserve love.

These are internal messages that resonate with Sevens:

BASIC FEAR: Of being deprived and in pain.

BASIC DESIRE: To be satisfied and content—to have their needs fulfilled.

BASIC PROPOSITION: “You can avoid pain and frustration by inventing options, opportunities and adventures.”

AVOIDANCE: Pain, suffering, boredom, and limitations.

FOCUS of ATTENTION: Multiple options and idealized future plans, pleasant options.

  • Positive aspect: The ability to find humor, positivity and exciting options in their everyday life.
  • Negative aspect: The tendency to neglect and run away from pain or burdensome responsibilities.


Strategies For Growth:

  • Observe your habit of mind with as little judgment as possible. Ask yourself, how am I distracted by new and exciting ideas and activities? Remind yourself to choose quality over quantity, especially in your experiences. The ability to have experiences of quality can be learned only by giving your full attention to the experience you are having now.
  • Practice listening to other people. They are often more interesting than you might initially think, and many of them want a deep meaningful connection with you. If you slow down your pace and spend more time listening, you will find that relationships improve.

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