ESFP 7w6 (A 7 Point Guide)

This is a brief guide to the ESFP 7w6 personality type. SFP is a personality type derived from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality system. And 7w6 is one of the personality types outlined in the Enneagram of Personality. We will be looking at the similarities between these two personality types and at the likelihood of these two types occurring together. We will also examine their primary traits, strengths, weaknesses and other features in detail.

ESFP 7w6:

The MBTI and the Enneagram of Personality are two of the most popular personality classification systems. A number of attempts have been made to correlate the different types outlined in these two systems. These correlations may make it possible to provide individuals with a combined personality result, such as ESFP 7w6.

A majority of ESFPs test as Type 7s on the Enneagram. It may even be possible that Type 7 is the Enneagram equivalent of ESFP. The dominant function of ESFPs is extraverted sensing, which corresponds to Type 7. This is evident in the novelty seeking behaviour exhibited by both ESFPs and 7w6s.In this regard, Type 7s are also correlated with ENFPs, ENTPs and ESTPs who also have this function.

ESFP 7w6s tend to be energetic and sociable people. However, although they like being around people, they value their independence. They are easily bored and constantly seek new experiences. They engage in a wide range of culinary, fashion, physical or even sexual experiences. They value these sensory experiences for their own sake, not to satisfy an underlying need for stability or new perspectives. Unlike other ESFPs, ESFP 7sw6s are not in touch with their introverted feeling function and have a tendency to push away their negative feelings. One of the goals for ESFP 7w6s is to learn to introspect and not become too consumed by the external world.

ESFP (The Entertainer):

ESFP is an MBTI personality type. The MBTI is a classification of 16 personality types. It is measured by the MBTI indicator and encompasses the different ways in which people perceive and engage with the world. The tool assigns people along 4 dimensions:  introversion vs. extraversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, judging vs. perceiving and generates one of 16 possible combinations as the final result. ESFP is one of the possible results you can get on the MBTI.

ESFPs are effervescent and charming and draw people to them. They are spontaneous and energetic and take pleasure in everything around them. ESFPs are outgoing and like to engage in new and vibrant experiences. They have a keen eye for aesthetics and are always open to new experiences. ESFPs are ardently social and love bringing people together through fun and laughter. ESFPs like to be the centre of attention and are usually the individuals who are the ‘life of the party’.

Although they may appear self-absorbed, ESFPs are actually very observant and sensitive to others feelings. They are supportive and always available to talk about someone’s problem. However, if the problem is about them, they prefer to avoid rather than address the issues.

ESFPs can be impulsive and focus on immediate pleasure rather than analysing and planning for the future. They usually rely on luck or a friend to keep them on track. Additionally, because ESFPs are so focused on having fun they go out of their way to avoid situations that interfere with this.

Characteristics:                                               

·       Extraverted: Energised by spending time with other people.

·       Sensing: Focus on tangible experiences or facts rather than ideas and concepts

·       Feeling: Decisions are guided by feelings and values rather than cognition

·       Perceiving: Avoid planning and organising and adopt a spontaneous approach

Strengths:

·       Bold and open to new experiences

·       Original. Like to stand out

·       Good aesthetic sense

·       Prefer to see, do and experience rather than think

·      Focus on the here and now

·       Observant. Strong awareness of their surroundings and the needs of others

·       Excellent social skills. Witty, talkative and enjoy company.

Weaknesses:

·       Sensitive to criticism and highly emotional

·       Tendency to avoid conflict

·       Impulsivity and difficulty with long-term planning

·       Risky or over-indulgent behaviour

·       Easily bored

·       Difficulties with prolonged focus and persistence on tasks

·       Difficulty dealing in abstractions

ESFPs at Work:

ESFPs are born entertainers and love engaging with people. They prefer an active and social work environment. Owing to their keen aesthetic sense, ESFPs thrive in careers in music, art, food or fashion. Work that does not produce immediate results and environments that are extremely rule-bound and bureaucratic are not suited to ESFPs. Because they are so tuned to people’s needs, ESFPs thrive in careers where they can serve others.

ESFPs prefer hands-on working experiences and are good at practical problem solving. Jobs that an ESFP would be well suited for include: actor, artist, designer, teacher, psychologist, social worker, real estate agent, public relations manager, corporate trainer etc.

ESFPs in Relationships:

ESFPs have a natural interest in forming connections with people. They are warm, friendly and openly affectionate. They often go out of their way to make their loved ones happy. However, they dislike dealing with the complexities of relationships and have a tendency to avoid conflicts. Because of their focus on the here and now, ESFPs often neglect thinking about the future course of their relationship and find it difficult to maintain long term relationships.

7w6 (The Pathfinder):

7w6 (7 wing 6) is an enneagram type. It indicates Type 7 personality with a 6 wing. This means that this personality primarily has Type 7 traits, but also a few of Type 6. The enneagram is a personality typology system that focuses on the basic fears and motivations that guide the lives of individuals. It has been used widely in business and spiritual settings.

This system is made up of nine primary personality types. A nine point diagram helps to demonstrate how these nine types are connected to each other. In addition to the basic nine types, the system includes 27 different subtypes or wings as well as three primary central factors focusing on thinking, feeling and behaviour. According to the Enneagram, every personality type can be coupled with characteristics from one of its neighbouring personality types. Thus, type 7 is divided into two types: Type 7w6 and 7w8.

7w6s are optimistic, passionate and adventurous people. They enjoy new and stimulating experiences. However, they are also a lot more responsible than other Type 7s. The basic fear of 7w6s is a fear of missing out. Thus, while they strive to be responsible and dependable they also want to be open to a last minute change of plan. Their basic desire is to feel that they have fully experienced life. Like pathfinders, they seek joy in everything. Their defence mechanism of choice is rationalisation. 7w6s tend to rationalise their negative feelings and convince themselves that they are positive. They don’t like to be idle, and need to be constantly occupied with something.

Compared to their counterparts, 7w8, 7w6s are more people-oriented and less aggressive. But they balance their desire to socialise with a basic independence and self-sufficiency. Additionally, while most Type 7s dislike personal relationships, for 7w6s it is a source of immense joy.  

Strengths:

·        Productive and accommodating

·        Sensitive to others needs and emotions

·        Optimistic

·        Quick and systematic thinking

Weaknesses:

·        Sensitive to others attitudes

·        Self-doubt and anxiety

·        Easily bored in a job or relationship

·        Difficult staying focused or organised

Sources of Motivation:

·        Novel experiences or ideas

·        Creative and aesthetically pleasing things

·        Plenty of options and choices

·        Meeting new people

·        Being in large groups of people (parties, festivals)

Sources of Stress:

·        Rules, schedules and other restrictions

·        Negativity from others

·        Spending time alone

·        Dull or boring routine

·        Limits on their freedom and choices

7w6s at Work:

This personality type is productive and constantly seeks new and stimulating experiences. They are bored easily and thrive in environments that offer variation and new opportunities. Fast-paced environments that stimulate their creativity and sense of adventure are ideal for 7w6s. Their desire for stability, attributable to their 6w wing, makes 7w6s very productive people. Compared to other Type 7s, they plan their work well in advance and are good at following through with these plans.

Jobs that 7w6s are well suited for include: travel agent, travel writer, tour guide, pilot, photographer, designer, media planner, journalist, publicist, gym/dance instructor etc.

7w6s in relationships:

7w6s are open and willing to connect and people enjoy being around them. Their affinity for new and extraordinary experiences always equips them with interesting stories to share with other people. Their people skills enable them to have conversations with almost anyone. Simultaneously they are good at making people feel heard and understood. However, they tend to justify the behaviour of others to avoid feeling hurt or upset. This could hamper their relationships.

Conclusion:

In this guide, we looked at ESFPs and 7w6s. We focused on the likelihood of these two personality types co-occurring as ESFP 7w6.  Additionally, we explored the traits, strengths, weaknesses and other aspects of these two types in more detail.

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FAQ on ‘ESFP 7w6 (A 7 Point Guide)’:

Are ESFP manipulative?

ESFPs are not usually manipulative. However, they are very trusting and take most tings at face value. This makes it easier for other people to manipulate them.

What Enneagram is ESFP?

A major chunk of ESFPs identify as Type 7s. They tend to be highly extraverted, energetic and sociable.

What is the rarest Enneagram type?

The rarest Enneagram type is said to be Type 4. This is often because Type 4s go unnoticed because they tend to be introverted and withdrawn.

What is a 7 Wing 8?

7 Wing 8 has been called ‘The Opportunist’. This type has mostly Type 7 traits, but a few from Type 8. They are usually enthusiastic and driven individuals.

What does an unhealthy Enneagram 7 look like?

Unhealthy Type 7s are greedy and demanding. They are impulsive and self-centred and often exploit others to get what they want.

Which Enneagram is the leader?

The leader on the Enneagram is Type 8

References:

https://personalityjunkie.com/10/enneagram-type-7-7w6-7w8-enfp-entp-esfp-estp/

https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-7-wing-6

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/ESFP

https://www.verywellmind.com/esfp-extraverted-sensing-feeling-perceiving-2795984

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.