7w6 Vs 9w8: The Enneagram Types (A Complete Guide)

This article will compare both of the enneagrams, 7w6 and 9w8, on a number of variables such as relationships, career behaviours and traits as well as their fears and desires. The article will also introduce both of them to the audience.

7w6 Vs 9w8: The Enneagram Types & Differences

The main differences between the 7w6 and 9w8 enneagrams are in the following areas:

  • The Workplace
  • Relationships
  • Strengths
  • Desires & Fears

We will explain how they differ from each other in the above highlighted areas. However, before we do that, we will introduce both of them to the readers.

The Pathfinder – The 7w6 Enneagram

Extremely enthusiastic individuals with a lot of energy, the type 7w6 enneagram is made up of traits mostly from the type 7 enneagram but also shares some with the type 6 enneagram. These individuals love looking forward to interesting and exciting experiences with a lot of excitement and of course enthusiasm – they never want to miss out on the fun! 

Having such a personality also necessitates that they be adventurous. These individuals love to venture into new experiences or opportunities and explore. They will try out new things just for the sake of it and possibly take a lot of risk too if required. The type 7w6 enneagram thus has an explorative trait that allows them to look for and grasp opportunities that they can experience or try out because one of the things that motivates these individuals the most is being a part of experiences.

Regardless of all the fun and exploring, the type 7w6 enneagram is very responsible and they like getting things done on time. They prefer to follow their own schedules but meet deadlines, complete tasks or fulfill commitments as agreed beforehand with another party – in their own way. This is one trait that allows them to successfully pursue relations with others. Being someone who fulfills their word puts them at a great edge in relationships – especially work or intimate ones.

This enneagram type is full of happiness and optimism – they like to see the bright side in things. Because of this reason, the Pathfinder is able to come across a lot of opportunities and benefit from them unlike those individuals who might see the bad side in things and hence not expect or look for the golden opportunities that are usually hidden in the dark. This is something that keeps this enneagram type lively and happy as well as a source or beacon of hope for others. They uplift people with their positive attitude and this helps them become someone who has a good rather than bad effect on others.

However, sometimes this enneagram can end up justifying or rationalizing the actions of others even though these specific actions or behaviours cause hurt and pain to the type 7w6 enneagram.

What Is The Enneagram Type 9w8?

The enneagram type 9w8 associates with the type 9 mostly but also shares traits from the type 8 enneagram. Compared to other type 9 enneagrams, these types are more outspoken and like to take more risks! 

These individuals like to remain out of harm’s way but they have this innate urge to be assertive hence they have conflicting traits due to the fact that they share traits from two different enneagrams. So they tend to avoid conflict but if pushed a lot they will speak up and won’t back down at all! So be careful when you deal with them. They may seem harmless and easy to take advantage of but they will fight back if you exceed the boundaries they have set up!

These individuals like to simplify issues they are facing. If something is very stressful they will like to avoid it completely but in other cases they will try to minimize the magnitude of problems they experience. This may be very soothing in the initial term but as things go along, the problem will start becoming bigger and bigger and eventually the enneagram will have to face the music. They can’t run away from problems forever.

All in all, this enneagram is creative and optimistic. They are supportive and engage well with people because they are sociable. They are comfortable talking to people and enjoy the experience because they get to learn new things, can figure out what is going on around them and what things, if any, they need to be aware of.

Now that we have a general idea of this enneagram, we will take a deeper look at its personality by looking at its fears and desires!

7w6 Vs 9w8 Enneagrams: How Are They Different?

The 7w6 and 9w8 enneagram behave differently in the following areas:

  • The Workplace
  • Relationships
  • Strengths
  • Desires & Fears

In this article, we will comment on the differences between the 6w7 and 7w6 enneagram with regards to the following areas:


The 9w8 is great at adapting to new situations and environments and can also assert their stance without any hesitation! They also support others and their opinions as well as speak up for people who have been wronged. This enneagram is a great leader that knows how to garner support and ensure people are being inspired and taken care of while working towards a goal.

The 7w6 is an enneagram that also has a number of traits. Firstly, they are very much sensitive to the feelings of others. They are also very productive and like to cooperate with people around them, especially those who they work with.

Workplace Practices

The 9w8 enneagram does a great job at work when they can fulfill their interpersonal needs such as helping others, understanding their issues and spending time with coworkers. Furthermore, this enneagram likes to lead others in projects and can do this when they do not face any sort of personal conflict – if they do then their performance is affected adversely.

Too much time alone, strict supervision and a boring old routine will definitely demotivate this enneagram type. The 7w6 enneagram prefers to be around people helping them. They like to meet new people and enjoy social gatherings or events even inside of work or those with whom they work! This enneagram type likes to incorporate aesthetics into the workplace, especially their own cubicle or desk. Furthermore, they like to have a flexible routine that allows them a number of options on how and when to work.


Although they can be supportive of their significant other, they may sometimes avoid personal conflict and run at the show of emotions. They simplify things and tend to be blunt or stubborn which can hamper their efforts in a relationship.

These enneagrams – 7w6 –  do pursue relationships with others however they always seek something exciting and want gratification. If they do not get it then they become grumpy or disinterested. They are happy and optimistic and sometimes justify the actions of their partners to avoid getting hurt.

Desires & Fears

One of the fears the 7w6 enneagram type has is that they will miss out on great opportunities. They want to have the most in life and believe that one should grasp all the opportunities that come to them. However, one problem they don’t realize is that a lot of opportunities may come to them and they take too much on themselves!

The most strong desire this enneagram has is that to feel happy and content. They want to experience what life has to offer and this is why they are so quick when it comes to grabbing the opportunities that pass by in front of them! This is most apparent when they express a lot of happiness even in the small things of life that they want to give recognition too – the things that people often overlook or disregard!

The 9w8 enneagram is afraid of being separated from others or falling into the bad books of people! They want to be on the good side of people and not get on their nerves. This is why they avoid conflict or disagreement with others so they can be likeable and not the one who tends to ruin things – even if it means hiding the sour truth!

You will see people with this enneagram type backing down from their long held stances just to avoid getting into a fight. Even if they believe in something wholeheartedly or have done much research to easily prove the other person wrong, they will refrain from doing so. They are afraid they will be left alone because of following their own whims and desires or beliefs.

The one thing this enneagram desires is peace – internally and externally. They want to feel content and happy within and they also want to be at peace with those around them. They do not want to face any sort of conflict that will become a source of stress for them and force them to choose one thing over the other.

What happens is that this enneagram tries to attain peace at quite some costs which may work in the short term but will adversely affect this enneagram type in the long run! They often numb their negative feelings so as to avoid erupting into a conflict with others and feeling happy ‘artificially’. They also engage in hectic or repetitive routines to avoid thinking about the problems that bother them.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.


This article took a deep dive into the differences that exist between the 9w8 and 7w6 enneagram in a number of areas such as strengths, traits, work, relationships and their fears and desires.




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